anne bancroft

Robert Shaw – Thanks for the memories.

October 6, 2017 // 4 Comments

ROBERT SHAW (1927 – 78)                                             I suppose we all have our favourite character actors. I have several, but near the top of the list is Lancashire-born Robert Shaw. I wonder if he would appreciate being categorized as a ‘character actor’. Possibly not, for he seemed to have a sizeable ego on-screen. Was he the same off it? His [...]

DUSTIN HOFFMAN – An acquired taste.

September 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

DUSTIN HOFFMAN                                                Maybe he has mellowed as he has aged, but I doubt it. Dustin Hoffman’s contemporaries, actors, directors and producers alike, have always found him a pain in the neck to work with. His talent is conceded, but he is difficult. One director, who did not wish to be named, summed him up succinctly: ‘Next to [...]

Mel Brooks’ ‘The Producers’ – 1967 & 2005.

March 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

      I have seen the original 1967 version of The Producers a number of times because I enjoy many of scenes and the script is very funny indeed. When you consider that I simply cannot abide Gene Wilder in anything, it is no small compliment to the rest of the cast that I keep returning to the film despite his irritating presence in it. Zero Mostel is extremely funny and Kenneth Mars as [...]

My Top Ten Movies of 1967.

January 13, 2017 // 2 Comments

                                                                                        #10        THE FLIM-FLAM MAN       Sue Lyon                                                  George C. Scott The Flim-Flam Man is an entertaining conman caper, greatly aided by the presence of George C. Scott who is seldom dull. [...]

Past Oscars PT 5 – (1961-66)

November 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

    1961               West Side Story – Best Picture                         Maximilian Schell – Best Actor for Judgment at Nuremberg                         George Chakiris – Best Supporting Actor for West Side Story                                     [...]

Actors marrying other actors PT 3.

July 29, 2016 // 5 Comments

  BACALL, Lauren                 –           BOGART, Humphrey          1945 to 1957 (his death)                                                                 ROBARDS, Jason                 1961 to 1969 (div.)   Bogie & Bacall  Jason Robards & Betty Bacall And with Frank Sinatra Lauren (known [...]

Did you know? Shortcuts to an Oscar Pt. 3

October 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

  2010    Natalie Portman played a schizophrenic ballet dancer in Black Swan. This would become the first of five consecutive Best Actress Oscars going to portrayals of characters with mental illnesses. Natalie trained for an entire year (at her own expense) as a dancer for this role. She also lost 20 pounds in weight in her quest to look more like a dancer. In spite of claims to the [...]

A few snippets from Frank Langella.

July 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

  Oscar-nominated actor Frank Langella published his most entertaining biography titled, Dropped Names: Famous Men & Women as I Knew Them, in 2013. It is a scathing one that pulls few, if any, punches. Here are a few snippets from it, some of his observations down the decades, along with the occasional added comment that might be of interest. Bancroft, Anne:        Langella [...]