Tuesday, September 28, 2010

gloria in excelsis

First, remember this:

In 1932, when James Whale cast her as a white flame, "young and handsome, silly and wicked!", she was twenty-two years old.

She was one hundred years old this July.
. .
She died on September 26th, having long since seen and heard everything it was possible to see and hear.
.Now, we have only her shadow, or rather her shadows - in Roman Scandals and The Invisible Man and Gold Diggers of 1935 and The Secret of the Blue Room and Prisoner of Shark Island and The Old Dark House.
. .
Find a large white space, pass a beam of light through her shadow, and nothing will have changed.
Reality is no substitute for this.
When the model for Da Vinci's Mona Lisa died, did her friends say, "now all we have left is that inadequate, ephemeral painting..."?

Farewell, Gloria Stuart (1910 - 2010)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

He gives parties on a zeppelin

The lovely Kate at Silents and Talkies has published my guest post on Roland Young.
Who has been known to host parties on zeppelins. (In a film for which I am happy to have been described as "our John the Baptist" by Gerald at Laszlo's On Lex.)