Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

The Twilight Zone‘s crew looks on as Rod Serling performs his on-camera narration for the episode Static, 1961. “As I grow older, the urge to write gets less and less. I’ve pretty much spewed out everything I have to say, none of which has been particularly monumental. I’ve written articulate stuff, reasonably bright stuff over the years, but nothing that will stand the test of time. The good writing, like wine, has to age well with the years, and my stuff is momentarily adequate.” -Rod Serling, 1972

The Twilight Zone‘s crew looks on as Rod Serling performs his on-camera narration for the episode “Static”, 1961.
“As I grow older, the urge to write gets less and less. I’ve pretty much spewed out everything I have to say, none of which has been particularly monumental. I’ve written articulate stuff, reasonably bright stuff over the years, but nothing that will stand the test of time. The good writing, like wine, has to age well with the years, and my stuff is momentarily adequate.”
—Rod Serling, 1972

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How to Write a Screenplay

Casablanca Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch Based onEverybody Comes to Rick's by Murray Burnett, Joan Alison

Casablanca, screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch
Based on Everybody Comes to Rick’s by Murray Burnett, Joan Alison

I get a fair amount of email from readers asking me about writing.

More specifically, how do I go about writing a movie?

Writing is ninety percent perspiration, ten percent inspiration. In other words do not wait to get struck with inspiration. That’s a load of romantic nonsense. In fact, that’s a sure way not to write. The biggest secret in Hollywood—at least for writers who actually work and make money—is how hard they work. Discipline is the name of the game. Organization is vital. An obsession with the minutae of a story is a requirement. G-d is in the details.

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Jews and Guns

A Jewish Ethiopian woman in the Israeli Defense Forces practices her marksmanship. In Israel, men and women are obligated to serve in the army.

A Jewish Ethiopian woman in the Israeli Defense Forces practices her marksmanship. In Israel, men and women are obligated to serve in the army.

Before our son Ariel Chaim ZT”L passed away in 2003 at the age of twenty-two, he and I spent a good deal of time discussing the Second Amendment, the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Ariel was amazed that so many American Jews–overwhelmingly liberal and secular–aligned themselves with the advocates of gun control, in reality a movement to banish the private ownership of guns by lawful citizens.

During the Los Angeles riots of 1992, my wife Karen and I, Ariel and Offspring #2, were inside a film theater. Abruptly, an angry mob congregated outside; soon they were trying to break down the doors. Trapped inside, we were all terrified. I held Offspring#2 in my arms; she shivered like a frightened rabbit. Karen gripped Ariel’s hand. Read More »

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“She liked to read philosophy for pleasure, and you could tell that, beneath the low-keyed clowning, she was very sensitive and introspective. I think if she had lived, and if she managed to get out of the stereotyped roles she was partly trapped in, she could easily have proven one of our best actresses, and splendid in dramatic roles.” – Jack Lemmon on Judy Holliday (1921-1965) b. Judith Tuvim (Hebrew: tovim means good, Yiddish: yomtoyvim means holidays, lit. "good days"

“She liked to read philosophy for pleasure, and you could tell that, beneath the low-keyed clowning, she was very sensitive and introspective. I think if she had lived, and if she managed to get out of the stereotyped roles she was partly trapped in, she could easily have proven one of our best actresses, and splendid in dramatic roles.”
– Jack Lemmon on Judy Holliday (1921-1965) b. Judith Tuvim (Hebrew: tovim means good, Yiddish: yomtoyvim means holidays, lit. “good days”

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The Ten Greatest War Movies of All Time

Confession: Not a single Myrna Loy film shows up in this list. But we just can’t resist posting this photo of Loy serving coffee to American sailors during World War II. Lucky guys.

Movies about war are ideally suited to the kinetic energy of motion pictures. The eternal themes of love, courage, and loyalty are given full range in the theater of war. Readers will immediately notice the absence of silent films and movies from Hollywood’s golden age. Yes, in spite of our love of classic cinema we are the first to admit that sound and modern special effects have rendered most older war movies tame and stylized.

We have also excluded war movies that treat war as “senseless killing” or set forth a pacifist narrative. As far as Seraphic Secret is concerned, a just war is the only method by which moral states can triumph over evil nations. War is too serious a business to be intellectually castrated by fuzzy minds who traffic in moral equivalence.

We concentrate on movies that feature intense warfare, yet whose narrative line does not neglect the more intimate, personal stories. We have eliminated home-front movies, fantasies of good Nazi soldiers ( Auf Wiedersehen, Das Boot), movies about Holocaust victims, tales of spies, and POW movies, sub-genres that—except for good-Nazi movies, historically suspect and morally loathsome—deserve and will receive ten best lists all their own.

As always, we invite our readers to list their own ten best war movies.

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Hidden Hollywood: Ava Gardner and Mickey Rooney’s Wedding Night

Ava Gardener, The Killers, 1946, the film that made her a star.

Ava Gardner, The Killers, 1946, the film that made her a star.

MGM’s roster of female stars constituted the greatest collection of beautiful and talented women the world has ever known.

One of the greatest was Ava Gardner.

As an emerging starlet in the early 1940’s, before she made a single movie the breathtaking Southern beauty was the talk of the town.

Mickey Rooney was MGM’s golden boy, a versatile star equally adept at musicals, comedy and drama. His signature role as the small-town youngster Andy Hardy made him something of a cash cow for the studio. The Hardy movies were cheap to produce and earned enormous profits.

In his compulsively readable autobiography, Life is Too Short, Rooney claims that his mother worked as a prostitute in order to put food on the table during the depths of the Depression. Thus, it’s not surprising that Rooney pursued women with an obsessive compulsion, seeking affection and love in all the wrong places: call girls, ambitious actresses and mature women–including Irving Thalberg’s widow Norma Shearer–were smitten by Rooney’s brash boyish charm.

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9/11 In Israel

US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro speaks at the 9-11 memorial in Israel.

US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro speaks at the 9-11 memorial in Israel.

Israeli politicians and American officials in Israel marked the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying Israel stands “shoulder to shoulder” with the United States in combating Islamic terrorism.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

From Katharine Hepburn’s 1981 interview with Barbara Walters: Hepburn: “I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man…I’ve just done what I damn well wanted to and I made enough money to support myself. And I ain’t afraid of being alone.” Walters: “Is that why also you wear pants?” Hepburn: “No, I just wore pants because they’re comfortable.” Walters: “Do you ever wear a skirt, by the way?” Hepburn: “I have one.” Walters: “You have one.” Hepburn: “I’ll wear it to your funeral.”

From Katharine Hepburn’s 1981 interview with Barbara Walters:
Hepburn: “I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man…I’ve just done what I damn well wanted to and I made enough money to support myself. And I ain’t afraid of being alone.”
Walters: “Is that why also you wear pants?”
Hepburn: “No, I just wore pants because they’re comfortable.”
Walters: “Do you ever wear a skirt, by the way?”
Hepburn: “I have one.”
Walters: “You have one.”
Hepburn: “I’ll wear it to your funeral.”

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Justice, Torah, and the Minimum Wage

This is not my friend Curt Biren author of the excellent article about justice, the minimum wage and Torah. But I could not resist using this picture by the great photographer Roman Vishniac of A Jewish Elder of the Village, Vysni Apsa, Carpathian Ruthenia, Ukraine c.1935

This is not my friend Curt Biren author of the excellent article about justice, Torah and the minimum wage. But I could not resist using this picture by the great photographer Roman Vishniac of A Jewish Elder of the Village, Vysni Apsa, Carpathian Ruthenia, Ukraine c.1935

A few weeks ago I introduced Seraphic Secret readers to my close friend Curt Biren through his astute article about how the Jewish left perverts the true meaning of Tikkun Olam.

Now, Curt has written another fine and timely article for the Acton Institute about the entwined issues of justice and the minimum wage, using the Torah—written and oral—as his primary lens.

The issue of a higher minimum wage — sometimes referred to as a living wage or a just wage — is back in the news, with a number of local and state governments enacting minimum wage ordinances.  In the current election season, it continues to be a contentious issue.

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Discovered in Israel: Floor Tiles From Second Temple

Marble floor tile fragments that archaeologists from the Temple Mount Sifting Project say are from the Herodian Temple in Jerusalem. (Temple Mount Sifting Project)

Marble floor tile fragments that archaeologists from the Temple Mount Sifting Project say are from the Herodian Temple in Jerusalem. (Temple Mount Sifting Project)

Via: Times of Israel

Hundreds of lavish stone floor tiles believed to have decorated the Second Temple in Jerusalem have been identified in rubble removed from the Temple Mount, archaeologists announced Tuesday.

The bits and pieces of 2,000-year-old marble flooring were found in fill removed from the contested holy site in the late 1990s when the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, the institution overseeing the al-Aqsa Mosque compound on the Mount, carried out excavations as part of the construction of a subterranean mosque in an area known as Solomon’s Stables.

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Prager University: Income Inequality is Good

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The hot buzzword making the rounds in leftist circles these days is income inequality. Local, state, or federal, not an election goes by when Americans don’t hear that manipulative phrase. Amid the moral blackmail, few find the peace of mind to ask themselves if income inequality is actually bad. A new video from the always trusted Prager U says no.

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Obamabomb: The Fraudulent Nuclear Deal With Iran

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In his new book, Obamabomb: The Fraudulent Nuclear Deal With Iran, former CIA analyst Fred Fleitz provides an in-depth analysis of the dangers of the nuclear deal with Iran and how the threats it poses to U.S. national security are growing. Fleitz discusses the dishonest campaign conducted by the Obama Administration to prevent Congress from rejecting the agreement, what is really in the deal and how Obama officials are trying to make even more concessions to Iran because Iranian officials claim the nuclear deal was not generous enough to Iran. Although Fleitz believes the nuclear deal is so flawed that it should be torn up by the next president on his or her first day in office, Obamabomb has recommendations on how the agreement might be renegotiated and recommendations for additional sanctions against Iran.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Terri Garr, Gene Wilder, ? & Mel Brooks in Young Frankenstein (1974). “I was in the middle of shooting the last few weeks of Blazing Saddles somewhere in the Antelope Valley, and Gene Wilder and I were having a cup of coffee and he said, I have this idea that there could be another Frankenstein. I said not another – we’ve had the son of, the cousin of, the brother-in-law, we don’t need another Frankenstein. His idea was very simple: What if the grandson of Dr. Frankenstein wanted nothing to do with the family whatsoever. He was ashamed of those wackos. I said, “That’s funny.” —Mel Brooks

Terri Garr, Gene Wilder b. Jerome Silberman (1933 – 2016), Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle and Mel Brooks on the set of Young Frankenstein (1974).
“I was in the middle of shooting the last few weeks of Blazing Saddles somewhere in the Antelope Valley, and Gene Wilder and I were having a cup of coffee and he said, I have this idea that there could be another Frankenstein. I said not another – we’ve had the son of, the cousin of, the brother-in-law, we don’t need another Frankenstein. His idea was very simple: What if the grandson of Dr. Frankenstein wanted nothing to do with the family whatsoever. He was ashamed of those wackos. I said, “That’s funny.”
—Mel Brooks

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When Ingrid Bergman Rebelled Against Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman as the saintly Sister Mary Benedict, “The Bells of St. Mary’s, 1945.

Ingrid Bergman as the saintly Sister Mary Benedict, The Bells of St. Mary’s, 1945.

So powerful are Hollywood movies as propaganda that America has never achieved victory in war without Hollywood’s support.

When Hollywood turns against America at war, defeat is assured. Witness Vietnam, the first casualty of Hollywood’s ideological wrath. The Jane Fonda, Jon Voight vehicle “Coming Home” (1978) was a turning point in Hollywood’s leftward tilt. This film convinced large segments of the American public that Vietnam was a war whose moral foundation—the fight against Communist dictatorship—was replaced by a grotesque narrative of veterans broken in body and spirit, who were, ultimately, victims of American imperialism.

Hollywood’s propaganda machine reaches beyond the content of movies into the very lives of movie stars. Certain roles register powerfully with the public in a manner impossible to predict. These performances end up defining an actor in a manner that resonates so profoundly with audiences that any deviation from that persona can thoroughly shatter an image—and a career.

Perhaps the most fascinating example is the career of Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982).

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Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner Shoot Out the Night

Ava Gardener, The Killers, 1946, the film that made her a star.

Ava Gardner, The Killers, 1946, the film that made her a star.

The love affair–and I’m using that term loosely–between Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra was doomed from the start. Both stars were emotionally immature with little impulse control. Both were alcoholics, and both had a history of affairs with equally unstable partners.

And so The Voice and The Shape plunged into a tsunami of a relationship and a six-year marriage (1951 – 1957) punctuated by unbridled passion, threats of suicide, and metronomic doses of violence.

In Autumn of 1949 Gardner and Sinatra, not yet lovers, were both guests at the Palm Springs home of producer Darryl F. Zanuck. The liquor flowed, and the two stars locked in on each other like missiles.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Say anything you like, but don’t say I love to work. That sounds like Mary Pickford, the prissy b***h. Just say I like to pinch babies and twist their legs. And get drunk.” -Mabel Normand (1892 - 1930)

“Say anything you like, but don’t say I love to work. That sounds like Mary Pickford, the prissy b***h. Just say I like to pinch babies and twist their legs. And get drunk.”
—Mabel Normand (1892 – 1930)

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The Jewish Left Lies About Tikkun Olam

This is not my friend Curt Biren. But I could not resist using this picture by the great photographer Roman Vishniac of A Jewish Elder of the Village, Vysni Apsa, Carpathian Ruthenia, Ukraine c.1935

This is not my friend Curt Biren author of the excellent article about the real meaning of Tikkun Olam. . But I could not resist using this picture by the great photographer Roman Vishniac of A Jewish Elder of the Village, Vysni Apsa, Carpathian Ruthenia, Ukraine c.1935

Here at Seraphic Secret we pay particular attention to the use and abuse of language by the left. The left has always lied and twisted reality to conform to its utopian ideology. But Barack Obama and the leftist media have ushered in a new Orwellian age where their morally depraved rhetoric has gone mainstream. George Orwell understood that those who control language control thought. Thus the American left have staged a quiet coup of public grade schools, most colleges and universities. American children rarely learn. They are now indoctrinated in leftism.

Jewish leftists have long tried to use Jewish texts to support their ideology. It’s a heavy push because Torah Judaism is inherently Conservative. Which is why over 80% of Torah Jews are Conservative Republicans.

Most abused by the Jewish left is the concept of Tikkun Olam. The literal translation is Repairing (or Perfecting) the World. Not surprisingly, leftist/secular Jews claim this concept as part of the social justice movement. But in Torah Judaism there is no such thing as social justice. There is only justice. Social justice is, let’s be clear, code for Marxism.

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Let’s Talk About Equal Rights and Peace and Democrat Fascism

Roman Vishniac Vishniac’s Daughter Mara in Front of an Election Poster for Hindenburg and Hitler that reads “The Marshal and the Corporal: Fight with Us for Peace and Equal Rights,” Wilmersdorf, Berlin, 1933 “Fight with Us for Peace and Equal Rights” This sounds like the Democrat party whose obsession with equality is, in essence, the road to fascism.

Roman Vishniac Vishniac’s Daughter Mara in Front of an Election Poster for Hindenburg and Hitler, Wilmersdorf, Berlin, 1933.

I recently came across this photo. Let’s translate the poster behind Mara Vishniac, a young Jewish girl and the photographer’s daughter:

“The Marshal and the Corporal: Fight with Us for Peace and Equal Rights.”
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Massive Flooding in Louisiana, MSM Yawns Because POTUS is Democrat

Caskets floating down the road in Louisiana.

Caskets floating down the road in Louisiana.

Remember the outrage directed at President Bush in 2005 when the flood waters rose in Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina?

Right now, twelve people have died, and over 20,000 citizens have been evacuated from Louisiana. Residents have been warned of disease and snakes. It is a catastrophe.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“The stronger the evil, the stronger the film.” ”Alfred Hitchcock Production still of Janet Leigh and John Gavin shooting the opening hotel scene, Psycho.

“The stronger the evil, the stronger the film.”
—Alfred Hitchcock
Production still, Janet Leigh and John Gavin, the opening hotel scene, Psycho.

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