An American Tragedy (1931)
“Young Frankenstein,” Brooks’s 1974 homage to the Golden Age of monster movies, features a large ensemble cast including Leachman, Garr, Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars and Gene Hackman. It earned Oscar® nominations for Adapted Screenplay (Wilder, Brooks) and Sound (Richard Portman, Gene Cantamessa).
Additional Academy events coming up in September at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles are listed below, with details at www.oscars.org/events:
“Let There Be Fright: William Castle Scare Classics”
Tay Garnett was a typical tough-guy director, working in every genre but with a feeling for exotic climes (usually reproduced on the backlot). His reputation—that of a seventh-rate Howard Hawks, maybe—has never been hugely prestigious, and despite his frequently working on the screenplays of Hawks' films, and even making cameo appearances, the notion of Garnett as auteur never really took hold. Maybe, just maybe, this is partly due to the scarcity of some of his most interesting work.
News: Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79
Gallery: A career in pictures
It's difficult to think of a better argument for the separate-but-equal value of the terms "actor" and "film star" than the career of Elizabeth Taylor. If that reads as a slight on her ability, it shouldn't. Taylor was a sporadically marvellous performer, one who rarely superseded her director or material but who could, with those factors working in her favour, surpass some of her more gifted peers' capacity for reckless emotional danger.
She was the rare actor who was as interesting on a bad day as on a good one, and not just for her mesmeric physical beauty: like any great film star, she was as compelled by her own screen presence as we were,
Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor died early this morning in Los Angeles of complications from congestive heart failure. She was 79 years old.
Certainly there was much about the glamorous Ms. Taylor outside of her motion picture work that could prompt her “legendary” status, namely her eight marriages, tabloid-saturated romances and tireless philanthropic work in combating the AIDS virus.
But the legend of the gorgeous, violet-eyed Ms. Taylor was created in the movies, which is where it will endure.
So many memorable performances in so many unforgettable filims. Here are a bunch of our favorites…
National Velvet, 1944
National Velvet (1944)
Everyone’s favorite equestrian endeavor introduced much of the world to its fresh-faced, rising star, a violet-eyed 11-year-old who quickly proved that she wasn’t horsing around. And don’t forget she won a special children’s Oscar for her performance!
Available on DVD from MGM/Fox
Little Women (1949)
MGM bleached Ms.
The latest provocation from South Korean director Park Chan-Wook (director of the critically divisive "Vengeance" trilogy: "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance," "Oldboy" and "Lady Vengeance"), "Thirst" is, in no particular order, a horror movie,
Penn, like Tom Hanks (Philadelphia ) and William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman ) before him, was praised for his “bravery” for taking on the role and even — eek! — kissing another man.
Gay actors, on the other hand, get no such credit for playing gay roles; let’s not forget the year that Rupert Everett’s hilarious supporting turn in My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) was ignored by the Academy, with the implication that queer thespians need merely show up to play queer characters, with no actual acting involved. (To add insult to injury, that same year saw
By Troy Brownfield
You may recall that I opened the new Unkillable Classics column with a discussion of Frankenstein. It’s almost a given now that installment two should cover the other big Universal release of 1931, that other standard-bearer of the horror genre that’s forever linked to that first film. The film for today is, of course, Dracula.
Like Frankenstein, I discovered this film for myself via the local broadcast outlet that carried the “thriller” package weeks. By that time, there were already plenty of other Dracula associations that I could make from pop culture. I fondly recall an issue of the Super Friends comic from DC (in fact, it was issue #10 from 1978, making me about five upon its release) where the heroes crossed paths with a group of characters that resembled the classic movie monsters. It turned out that these “monsters” were in fact the super