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In honor of the month-long retrospective of the films of the great Barbara Stanwyck starting today at Film Forum in New York, I thought I’d select my favorite Stanwyck posters. Brooklyn-born Ruby Catherine Stevens made 85 films over 37 years in Hollywood so there is an awful lot to choose from. But the remarkable thing about looking back at these posters is how artists seemed to have had a hard time capturing her likeness. The poster for one of her earliest films, Capra’s 1932 Forbidden, above, captures her beautifully, but the poster for Stella Dallas (1937), her first Oscar-nominated role (she never won, shockingly), seems to be of a different actress entirely. As for the sexed-up illustration on the flyer for The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933), in that she looks more like Jean Harlow. Some of my favorite posters for her films are the Swedish and Danish designs, »
- Adrian Curry
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has received a gift of costume design drawings and related production materials documenting the career of costume designer Michael Woulfe. Woulfe's career highlights include work on such films as Clash by Night (1952), The French Line (1953), Son of Sinbad (1955) and The Conqueror (1956). He was known for styling actresses such as Judy Garland, Jane Russell and Jean Simmons, and for designing the employee uniforms for four Las Vegas hotels and casinos owned by Howard Hughes, as well as the costumes for the Las Vegas nightclub shows of Debbie Reynolds, Lena
- Rebecca Ford
The Reader Spotlight series features you, The Film Experience community out there in the dark, watching movies and commenting or silently absorbing the conversation right here. I started this interview series because a) I'm grateful for your patronage and b) you're fascinating! Today we're talking to Angelica Jade Bastién who writes Madwomen and Muses.
Tfe: Hi Angelica, do you remember your first movie?
Angelica: Honestly, I don’t. In my youth (can I say that when I am only 24?) films weren’t that important to me. I was quite a raconteur (which continues to this day) but I told my stories through poetry and painting. It wasn’t until I went to an art high school that I fell in love with film turning to words to tell my stories through scripts, essays and prose. The three films that changed my life and sent me into a heady love affair with cinema, »
- NATHANIEL R
Previously, on Smash
When last we left our plucky band of Broadway babies, Karen was triumphant as Marilyn Monroe in the Boston tryout of Bombshell while Ivy backstage contemplated a handful of pills. We pick up three weeks later on the tryout's closing night, with Karen-as-Marilyn singing the original “Cut, Print, Moving On”. The number starts in black-and-white which makes Karen's lips look extremely creepy.
It's not doing those under eye lines any favors either
The number becomes a montage of the various characters returning to New York. Having dumped Dev for sleeping with Ivy, Karen's moved in with a friend called Ana, a new character who shares a fondness for eccentric spelling with her portrayer, Krysta Rodriguez. Dev's left Karen a letter that reads in part that he misses her terribly. Karen crumples it.
Also noteworthy: Ivy dumps all of her pill bottles in the garbage. One day at a time, »
4 items from 2013
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