jean seberg

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT72.

October 23, 2018 // 4 Comments

Faye Dunaway in Chinatown (1974) Director Roman Polanski and his female lead in Chinatown (1974), Faye Dunaway, were embroiled in numerous on-set disputes throughout the shoot. At one time Polanski actually pulled out strands of her hair. Mostly, the arguments were about Dunaway demanding to know what her motivation was for various scenes. In the end, Polanski lost his temper altogether and [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT49.

August 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

  Many of the characters in Singin’ in the Rain (1952) are based on real people in Hollywood history. R.F. Simpson, the studio head, is a parody of L. B. Mayer; director Roscoe Dexter is a thinly disguised Erich von Stroheim; Dora Bailey is obviously a caricature of Louella Parsons; Olga, the vamp at the premiere, is a mixture of Pola Negri and Gloria Swanson; Zelda Zanders the ‘Zip [...]

The musical – a couple of duds.

April 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

                                     Movie musicals have been around for decades. The studios quickly became aware of their potential as cash cows the moment silent movies became talkies. Most pundits would probably agree that the genre suffered a mortal blow with the release of both Camelot (1967) and Paint Your Wagon two years later. Personally, I disagree with lumping [...]

Tragic Hollywood: Jean Seberg and the FBI.

October 22, 2015 // 7 Comments

There is no shortage of tragic stories in Hollywood’s history. Jean Seberg’s is just one of them. Even so, there is something particularly poignant about her story because she appeared to have the world at her feet until someone at the FBI decided to wreck her life and her health by orchestrating a deliberate smear campaign that ultimately led to her death. On 27 April 1970 a letter was [...]