Archive for August 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Alfred!

Posted in FILM with tags , on August 13, 2009 by dcairns


110 years old and looking… pretty badly decayed, in fact. But the films are doing well!

Trust the master of the macabre to be born on the 13th, eh?

Big Head of Pola

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2009 by dcairns


In the fascinating and highly amusing Put Money in Thy Purse, Michael Mac Liammoir’s memoir* of the making of Orson Welles’ OTHELLO, we hear of some silent-era European émigré director whose English wasn’t too hot, shooting a Pola Negri romance, saying he wanted a “big head of Pola,” meaning a close-up. Welles’ cast and crew liked the expression so much they adopted it, so all through the book, Mac Liammoir writes of each day’s filming, “Big head of Pola of me today,” etc.

HOWEVER! The big head of Pola above is not Pola Negri but Pola Illéry, a Romanian actress in France best known (until now!) for her leading role in Rene Clair’s UNDER THE ROOFTOPS OF PARIS (available from the good people at Criterion) but currently under discussion over at the Auteurs’ Notebook, in my regular Thursday piece, where you can find out what Charles Boyer was doing here on Sunday.

*I can’t get over the fact I just typed “Mac Liammoir’s memoir.”

The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street

Posted in FILM, Painting with tags on August 13, 2009 by dcairns


By popular request (Thanks, Christopher!). Only fair to mention that I found a very fine previous Int. House of F. over here. Check it out!