Archive for category: by Bruce Reid

The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of July 3

3 July, 2015 (09:40) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Obituary / Remembrance | By: Bruce Reid

A pair of legendary Hollywood hotels have their colorful history recounted. Kirk Silsbee runs down the scandalous past of Alla Nazimova’s Garden of Allah retreat, where the parties were so constant John Barrymore used to ride between the bungalows on a bike, lest the walk take time away from his drinking. (“New York drama critic […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of June 26

26 June, 2015 (09:54) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Obituary / Remembrance | By: Bruce Reid

When he first suggested I come to Ghana, I was too weak to climb stairs and said, ‘Do you want a corpse on your hands?’ Later I decided I’d be fit to travel, with one proviso: if I brought a wheelchair, someone would push me around. The answer came back: ‘A wheelchair will get you […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of June 19

19 June, 2015 (08:13) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Obituary / Remembrance | By: Bruce Reid

“James Agee, Harold Lloyd, and John Ford all named it as one of their favorites, although they couldn’t agree on the title or director, and no one remembered the boxing match, just the pie fight. As Henry Miller (yes, that Henry Miller) put it, ‘There was nothing but pie throwing in it, nothing but pies, […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of June 12

12 June, 2015 (08:57) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Obituary / Remembrance | By: Bruce Reid

“The Western is a genre that, more than any other, has been connected to white chauvinism, but it’s also the only genre that, during its heyday, consistently gave the impression of the United States being what it actually was and is—an ethnically diverse polyglot experiment in democracy in which misunderstandings and outrages abounded and violence […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of June 5

5 June, 2015 (10:29) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“Watching all this, Hersh would note how savvy Ryan was politically; [Paul] Newman was always seeking advice on how to handle certain questions, but not Ryan. ‘He didn’t have to be educated about what the best thing to say about the draft was. And there was never blowback on anything he said. Newman would sometimes […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of May 29

29 May, 2015 (09:04) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

At 4 she had to improvise her way off a burning movie set when the route she was supposed to take through the flames was accidentally set ablaze; by 10 she estimates she was worth about 4 million dollars (what her parents didn’t spend a business manager stole); by 17 she was unemployable, a relic […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of May 22

22 May, 2015 (08:51) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“Considering the very personal tone of Dreams and that Kurosawa was 80 when he finished it, it’s hardly surprising that the film meditates on the balance of life and death. Yet this thematic crux is articulated not as a simple, binary opposition, but as an intricate intertwining: death-in-life and life-in-death.” Godfrey Cheshire has a lovely […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of May 15

15 May, 2015 (09:27) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“So if a question that might have some pertinence for the mid-1950s through the mid-1970s, “Why do the French love Jerry Lewis”, can be superseded by a question pertinent to the next four decades, “Why do the French and the Americans love Woody Allen?”, the fact that the first question continues to get posed while […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of May 8

8 May, 2015 (09:28) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“Where do you go from here? Obviously no place but down. Ekberg has been taking rent-paying jobs ever since Boccaccio ’70, but Tashlin in a sense used her up and Fellini brought her to unimagined heights, on a billboard on Mount Olympus from which there was no turning back. Or coming down, although she literally […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of May 1

1 May, 2015 (09:50) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“When I attempt to describe my years in Paris, no one believes me, I can tell. It was too Hollywood-dream perfect. Here is Nadja coming out of the student restaurant, minding her own business, and who should appear next but Eric Rohmer who stops her (“Why you of all people?” they ask) and within minutes […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of April 24

24 April, 2015 (09:49) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Sean Axmaker

“Nobody’s more responsible for the final outcome of the recording than Harry, just as nobody was more responsible for the final shape that The Conversation took than Murch. As an editor, he magicks emotional tone out of thin air.” Charles Bramesco plunks for alternate authorship of one of Coppola’s masterpieces, finding The Conversation’s themes so […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of April 17

17 April, 2015 (11:03) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“‘We’re going to shoot it without a script,’ he said, his face lighting up with excitement. ‘I know the whole story…. But what I’m going to do is get the actors in every situation, tell them what has happened up to this moment … and I believe they will find what is true and inevitable.’ […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of April 10

10 April, 2015 (09:25) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“But few, then or now, seem to have noticed that the plot of Hell’s Angels is essentially Wings viewed in a fun-house mirror. Where Wings presents the Great War through the lens of bravery, gallantry, romance, and tragedy, Hell’s Angels unfalteringly inverts those themes: romance morphs into lust, cowardice into realism, and idealism into nihilism. […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of April 3

3 April, 2015 (10:40) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“In 1932, he landed a job shooting posed promotional stills from a film-in-progress called “The Shadow of Pancho Villa.” The results were the quick-and-dirty products of many hands, but a few were strikingly staged: panoramic tableaus of peasant-revolutionaries, their faces half-hidden by sombreros, standing in low-horizon landscapes under towering, cloud-filled skies. They looked better than […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of March 27

27 March, 2015 (11:01) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“She’s exploring relationships that take years of self-reflection and conflict to reach a flawed but harmonious state. As a result, love at first sight doesn’t mean instant happiness; it’s simply the spark that inspires a long and thorny journey toward mutual connection, an endgame that transcends fleeting feelings like lust and infatuation.” Glenn Heath, Jr. […]

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