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I found this photo from one of the dealers that I source my movie-stars-on-bikes photos from. (See Hollywood Rides a Bike, the international bestseller!) It's stamped "Sep 19 1954," and someone (a newspaper photo editor?) has written, in rich script, in pencil, "Dolores with fellow group member in Switzerland." I love this shot. I think it's Conde Nast Traveler that has that "Where are you?" feature where the magazine posts a photo and readers have to guess the locale.... If anyone recognizes this particular spot in the Swiss Alps, I'd love to know. Dolores and her fellow group member --... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
Just started reading The Astaires: Fred & Adele, Kathleen Riley’s biographical portrait of the sibling song-and-dance duo whose stage performances -- in the years between the wars, before Fred took his top hat and spats and tap-danced his way to Hollywood – were the stuff of legend, of dazzling delight. And then I happened on Ed Ochester’s poem, “Fred Astaire,” which begins with the line “The secret of his popularity was that he looked like a bus driver…” and goes on to compare Astaire to William Carlos Williams, “who also talks plain without ornament just like Astaire when he's singing.”... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
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This photo is on the wall in my study – I found it from a dealer of vintage film stills when I was on the prowl for a photo of Vanessa Redgrave on a bike. Instead, I found Vanessa Redgrave in a pool. Shot during the production of Isadora, the 1968 biopic of the legendary dancer Isadora Duncan, the photo is dreamy and romantic and also just a wonderful behind-the-scenes shot: there’s the movie’s leading lady, holding the clapperboard (it’s scene 82, take 1), ready to go to work for director Karel Reisz and cinematographer Larry Pizer. Reisz, the Czech... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
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I just saw Telly Savalas – Kojak a little later in his life, with considerably less hair – riding a bike and hanging onto a car being driven by character actress Cara Williams, and then losing his balance and falling off his Raleigh Sports. It’s a heart-stopping moment (ha!) near the exciting climax (ha!) of the 1963 Danny Kaye comedy, The Man from the Diners’ Club. I happened to be watching this screwball gem (not quite) on YouTube early this Sunday morning (dubbed in Hungarian, of course) -- because I’d recently acquired a publicity still from the film, an image... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
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