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Great Directors Made Little #5

Posted in FILM with tags , on April 24, 2010 by dcairns

Alfred Hitchcock, right.

Hitch on horseback is a surprising idea. Are there baby photographs showing an infantile John Ford being chased by a crop-duster or knifing the nanny in the shower? Still, that dignified poise seems familiar from later images of Our Alfred. And the grocers shop is part of the legend.

Dad looks pretty stern.

Great Directors Made Little #1

Posted in FILM, Theatre with tags , , , , on March 12, 2010 by dcairns

Preston Sturges.

There’s also a still of him in Sturges on Sturges attending school in a classical Greek tunic (his mother’s idea). I always felt sorry for little Pres because of this, figuring that any kid turning up at school like that here in Scotland would have the crap knocked out of him, double-quick. But Sturges was in Bayreuth, where maybe they had different standards. Although he does recall being shoved off the stage of a ruined Roman temple by a homicidal fellow five-year-old.

Blame it all on Isadora Duncan. When asked if all Americans wore Greek tunics, she replied, “Oh no, some wear feathers!”

I knew about the Isadora Duncan connection, but it was only a few years ago that I realized that Mary Desti, Preston’s mom, was “scarlet woman” to the black magician Aleister Crowley. Little Preston and “the Great Beast” loathed each other, and I like the idea of a playlet exploring their rivalry. Something like HOME ALONE, but with more ritual masturbation.