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Dummy Up

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on December 22, 2015 by dcairns

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More snaps from Angels. Robert Ryan’s picture was way high up on the wall, no doubt because Ryan, a very tall man, hung it there himself.

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Paulette Goddard.

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Jean Seberg.

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John Phillip Law.

It felt curiously secret and criminous to be taking these snaps, but nobody seemed to mind. Why would they? Maybe my feeling of guilt and subterfuge is wrapped up in my sense of being a movie obsessive in a way that few serious workers in the actual industry are. I mean, they all ARE obsessives, but they obsess about their jobs and the films they’re on. They love movies generally but most of them have other interests, and are more focussed on current developments in the industry than on history. They’re serious about cinema as a livelihood, whereas I never somehow believed it was a possible career.

The back of Angels’ lobby seemed like a little nook just for me.

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The Costumier is Always Right

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on December 21, 2015 by dcairns

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Herbert Lom

Visiting Angels, the UK’s largest costume house, for the first time, I got entranced by their gallery of stills, many of them signed, showing movie and theatre stars of bygone days. I liked them particularly because they don’t seem to have been updated for aeons, and some luminaries still have pride of place despite having sunk to the status of subluminaries or even nonluminaries. Sinclair Hill, anyone? I may be unusual among visitors to Angels in that I was kind of thrilled to find a photo of the director of BRITANNIA OF BILLINGSGATE and the minor Jessie Matthews vehicle THE MAN FROM TORONTO.

Here are some better-known persons, some expressing their gratitude to Monty Berman, costumier-in-chief.

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Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee

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Edward Fox — father of our leading man, Freddie Fox

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Most of the costumes at Angels are on the racks, waiting to be used again, but two stand in pride of place: Indiana Jones, and this fellow. I would never have dared to touch its hem, but as I was taking a pic of a still of John Philip Law, I brushed against it, so now I can say I have done so.

I took lots of bad snaps, so if you want to see more (Hayley Mills! Hugh Williams!) just let me know.