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Talent is currently being sought for the short film “Margreet.” “Margreet” is a short film that is seeking talent to fill 10 roles, and is inspired by the exotic dancer Mata Hari who was accused of spying for Germany during Wwi. The production is seeking both male and female actors, and will shoot this December in Los Angeles. Auditions will be held Nov. 24 in Hollywood. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Margreet” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! Photo: Greta Garbo in 1931’s “Mata Hari” »
Audrey Long, actress in B film noirs and Westerns, and widow of author Leslie Charteris, dead at 92 (photo: Audrey Long publicity shot ca. late '40s) Actress Audrey Long, a leading lady in mostly B crime dramas and Westerns of the '40s and early '50s, and the widow of The Saint creator Leslie Charteris, died "after a long illness" on September 19, 2014, in Virginia Water, Surrey, England. Long was 92. Her death was first reported by Ian Dickerson on the website LeslieCharteris.com. Born on April 14 (some sources claim April 12), 1922, in Orlando, Florida, Audrey Long was the daughter of an English-born Episcopal minister, who later became a U.S. Navy Chaplain. Her early years were spent moving about North America, in addition to some time in Honolulu. According to Dickerson's Audrey Long tribute on the Leslie Charteris site, following acting lessons with coach Dorothea Johnson, whose pupils had also included »
- Andre Soares
Greta Garbo is a delight in this biopic of the exotic dancer executed for espionage, and the supporting moustaches a special treat
Mata Hari (1931)
Director: George Fitzmaurice
Entertainment grade: B+
History grade: B+
Mata Hari (real name Margaretha Zelle) was an exotic dancer in Paris during the first world war. She was accused of espionage and was executed by firing squad in October 1917.
It is 1917. Russian aviator Alexis Rosanoff (Ramon Novarro) has an amusing moustache and a strong Mexican accent. This must be very early in 1917: Russia was in turmoil that year, with a revolution in February and the tsar's abdication in March. Fortunately, no sign of that here. Rosanoff is taken by imperial Russian general Serge Shubin (Lionel Barrymore) to see the celebrated Mata Hari dance. In real life, he'd have been disappointed: her final performance was in March 1915.
"Shiva, I dance for you tonight, »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
3 items from 2014
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