Heavens

Pal Fejos’ miraculous and deeply weird MARIE LEGENDE HONGRIOSE gets the Forgotten treatment over at the Daily Notebook, so hurry on over! Staying with this week’s editing theme at Shadowplay, I touch a little on the filmmaker’s unusual cutting patterns: he’s really not like anybody else. Mesmeric repetition is a big part of his approach, I’d say. With variations. Mesmeric repetition with variations is a big part of his approach. A big part of his approach is mesmeric repetition with variations.

9 Responses to “Heavens”

  1. david wingrove Says:

    Thanks for a great piece on a miraculous film! It really is one of the all-time great melodramas, lurching irresistibly into fantasy in its final few minutes.

    I actually managed to see this film (under its other title, SPRING STORM) in a pristine restored copy at the Scottish National Gallery a few years back. It was shown with no fanfare – in fact, it was quite hard to find the projection room – and I was left marvelling that it’s not widely available on DVD.

    Annabella is stunning in it…one more example of a phenomenal talent utterly wasted by Hollywood. Although being ‘Mrs. Tyrone Power’ would be a test of anybody’s acting skills. Just ask the ghost of Errol Flynn.

  2. Also, Annabella’s father introduced the Boy Scout movement to France.

    Stick with me, it’s not much fun but it’s educational.

    Fejos is starting to get some attention, so it’s high time this one got a big Criterion Collection or Masters of Cinema release.

  3. david wingrove Says:

    Sorry to be the breaker of bad news…RIP Arthur Laurents!!

    The grand old man of gay screenwriters has died in New York at the age of 93. He was the author of great musicals (WEST SIDE STORY, GYPSY) and adaptations (ROPE, ANASTASIA, BONJOUR TRISTESSE) and originals (SUMMERTIME, THE WAY WE WERE…based allegedly on his liaison with Farley Granger). He also shared my visceral loathing of the obnoxious and talent-free Bertolt Brecht.

    On the plus side, Zsa Zsa Gabor has been rushed to hospital (again!) but bounced back (again!). So at least there’s some good news.

  4. “I don’t want to die but if I have to, I’m gonna die last.” ~ R Mitchum in Out of the Past.

    Very sad news on Laurents. The cast list on all my Hitchcock documentaries is diminishing by the month.

  5. david wingrove Says:

    David E – thanks for the fantastic and comprehensive tribute to Arthur Laurents. Do you know if the novel THE WAY WE WERE is still in print? I’d be madly curious to read it.

    Oh, and while we’re at it…RIP the 30s child star Jackie Cooper, best known for THE CHAMP and TREASURE ISLAND. Years later, of course, he became a director and played Christopher Reeve’s editor on the ‘Daily Planet’ in the SUPERMAN movies.

  6. And I was just rereading Treasure Island. I think I’ll watch the Cooper movie version…

  7. Merci!

    I don’t know if the novel is in print. Try e-bay.

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