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A major silent film and Old Hollywood fan, André Soares is the author of Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro, about the troubled gay Hollywood star (Ben-Hur, The Student Prince) who was brutally killed in 1968. Google+, Facebook


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Constance Cummings: Best Actress Tony Award Winner, Laurence Olivier Costar

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'Saint Joan': Constance Cummings as the George Bernard Shaw heroine Constance Cummings on stage: George Benard Shaw, William Shakespeare and Benn W. Levy (See previous post: "Constance Cummings: Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.") In 1936, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband Benn W. Levy's stage adaptations produced on both sides of the Atlantic: Young Madame Conti (co-adapted by Hubert Griffiths), from an original by Bruno Frank, and Madame Bovary, from the Gustave Flaubert novel. Referring to the former performance, The Sunday Times critic James Agate wrote that the American actress had made "a roaring success out of what in other hands might so easily have been an inarticulate, elegant flop." Cummings' other stage roles in the mid-to-late '30s included Nellie Blunt in Levy and Paul Hervey Fox's If I Were You (1937), which she performed in New York; Katherine Chipping in Goodbye Mr […]


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Constance Cummings: Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill

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Constance Cummings: Actress in minor Hollywood movies became major British stage star Constance Cummings: Actress went from Harold Lloyd and Frank Capra to Noël Coward and Eugene O'Neill Born on May 15, 1910, actress Constance Cummings, whose career spanned about six decades on stage, in films, and on television in both the U.S. and the U.K., would have turned 105 this year. Unlike other Broadway imports such as Ann Harding, Katharine Hepburn, and Claudette Colbert, the pretty, elegant Cummings – who could have been turned into a less edgy Constance Bennett had she landed at RKO or Paramount instead of Columbia – never became a Hollywood star. In fact, her most acclaimed work, whether in films or on stage, was almost invariably found in British productions. That's most likely why the name Constance Cummings – despite the DVD availability of several of her best-received stage performances – is all but […]


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'JFK' Movie Review: Riveting Kennedy Assassination Conspiracy Paranoia

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'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of "clunky," JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, dishonest, moving, irritating, paranoid, and, more frequently than one might expect, outright brilliant. In sum, Oliver Stone's 1991 political thriller about a determined district attorney's investigation of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy is a slick piece of propaganda that mostly works both dramatically and cinematically. If only some of the facts hadn't gotten trampled on the way to film illustriousness. With the exception of John Williams' overemphatic score – Oliver Stone films need anything but overemphasis – JFK's technical and artistic details are put in place to extraordinary effect. Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia's editing and Robert […]


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