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Hattie McDaniel: Hollywood’s Beloved, Controversial Trailblazer

10 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

June 10 would have been the birthday of Hattie McDaniel, the memorable Oscar winner for “Gone With the Wind” and a Hollywood trailblazer who is remembered with both affection and a little ambivalence.

She was born in Wichita, Kans., in 1895, the youngest of 13 children of two former slaves. Five years later, the family moved to Colorado, where she made her debut on the relatively new medium of radio. She is credited as being the first black woman to sing on the radio, thanks to her gig at age 17 in Denver. She sometimes performed as “Hi-Hat Hattie” and continued singing and doing comedy on radio, in nightclubs and in vaudeville.

She came to Hollywood while in her 30s and appeared uncredited in several works. But the studios took notice with her small but fun role in 1933’s “I’m No Angel,” playing one of Mae West’s maids.

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- Tim Gray

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Hmwybs: Marlene Dietrich Double Feature

31 May 2016 7:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

For this week's Best Shot episode we featured two Josef Von Sternberg & Marlene Dietrich pictures. The famous Director/Muse pair made seven films together but we asked Best Shot volunteers to do either Morocco (1930) or Blonde Venus (1932), their first two Hollywood pictures. Let's get right to the choices - click on the photos to enjoy the corresponding articles and participating blogs...

Morocco (1930)

Directed by Josef Von Sternberg. Cinematography by Lee Garmes

Nominated for 4 Oscars including Cinematography

What becomes a legend most?

-Dancin Dan on Film

It bizarrely holds together even when the seams look like they are going to burst apart at any second from being buffeted by sand...

-Scopophiliac at the Movies

She strikes quite a figure though throughout the film...

-Sorta That Guy 

Blonde Venus (1932)

Directed by Josef Von Sternberg. Cinematography by Bert Glennon

An impression she gives you in one moment she might take back with force in the very next. »


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Dietrich, you little so and so!

31 May 2016 4:45 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

For this week's Best Shot Episode: Marlene Dietrich. I asked participants to choose either Morocco (1930) or Blonde Venus (1932).

Her most fascinating scene in Blonde Venus: the confession.

Is Marlene Dietrich a good actress? This question haunted me while watching Blonde Venus, the fascinating Pre-Code movie in which Dietrich plays dozens of archetypes within a brisk 93 minutes: loving mother, drunk floozy, hot temptress, frigid lover, forest nymph, martyred saint, gold digger, confident androgyne, isolated immigrant, jaded bitch, dazzling entertainer. It's enough to give you whiplash if you're trying to get a bead on Helen Jones, her cabaret singer / struggling mother in Blonde Venus (1932).

On the one hand she does everything "wrong." She rarely modulates her voice. Her characterizations aren't especially cohesive -- an impression she gives you in one moment she might take back with force in the very next...



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While You Were Away...

31 May 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

If you're just getting back from a long holiday weekend, catch up!


We looked back at Dorothy Dandridge in bondage in Tarzan's Peril...

Talked about the open director's chair for the 007 franchise...

Delivered not one but two new podcasts...

Investigated that cursed farm in The Witch in the latest "The Furniture"...

Reviewed the new X-Men film and looked at the career of Tye Sheridan thus far...

...and shared highlights of the month of May including Thelma & Louise, Oscar's Best Bad Girls, Sing Street, and more. If you've been away, there's lots to read.

P.S. And the Best Shot Episode starring Marlene Dietrich with Morocco (1930) and Blonde Venus (1932). 



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"Best Shot" Schedule for May

14 May 2016 5:07 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

'Here's what's coming up the rest of this month on Best Shot if you'd like to join us. It's easy. You...

1) watch the movie

2) pick a shot, post it and say why you love it

3) let us know you did via twitter, email or comments and we link up 

May 17th Queen Margot (1994)

Madwoman Isabelle Adjani stars in this blood-soaked, erotically-charged 16th century French epic which we figured is a great fit for a Cannes heavy week (the film won two prizes in its year including Best Actress for its unforgettable supporting actress Virna Lisi). Plus the last time we did an Adjani (The Story of Adele H) the articles were hot. Please join us if you haven't seen this one! [Streaming on Netflix]

May 24th Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

We pushed this back a month since it wasn't yet available to rent but it's time to revisit future jedi Rey as »


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