Tweet A long time ago, in a universe far, far away, in a place called Hollywood, the movie studios and the actors who were under contract to them, celebrated their love of America, and enthusiastically indulged in overt displays of patriotism.
Tweet Like every writer or almost every writer, who goes to Hollywood, I was convinced in the beginning that there must be some discoverable method of working in pictures which would not be completely stultifying to whatever creative talent one might happen to possess. But like others before me I discovered that this was a […]
Tweet We continue our survey of the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s click here. 10. Zulu, […]
Tweet Rising at 4 to take my daily three mile walk, I spend a fair amount of time reviewing in my head current events, and deciding what to blog about. Iran’s march to becoming a nuclear power is frequently at the top of my list. Iran is the world’s greatest exporter of Islamic terrorism. They […]
Tweet The other day I was talking with an aspiring screenwriter about great film actors. I mentioned Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Cary Grant, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, and Marilyn Monroe. The aspiring screenwriter, a young woman, told me that she’d heard of them, seen a lot of their photos on the […]
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Tagged Agnes Pelton, Anna May Wong, Barcelona Haggadah, Carole Lombard, Carolyn Jones, Charlotte Salomon, Cornell Capa, David Ortins, Ed Ruscha, Gene Tierney, Hilma af Klint, Irene Dunne, Joan Fontaine, Livia Yarden, Marilyn Monroe, movie posters, Norma Jeane Baker, Paul Newman, Willem de Kooning
Tweet Pop quiz: Why isn’t the Justice Department investigating the Clinton money laundering operation? Any other so-called charity would be under multiple federal and state indictments. Hillary Clinton had her own private server when she was Secretary of State. This is indefensible. She destroyed 30,000 emails? Does anyone believe that all these emails were about […]
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Tagged Alfred Hitchcock, Ancient Judaica, Anish Kapoor, Anne Francis, Audrey Hepburn, Baseball, Beechnut Gum, Cary Grant, Craig Kneidler, Craig Kreindler, Gene Tierney, James Nares, Lauren Bacall, Livia Yarden, Lou Gherig, Ma'ayan Ariel, Matisse, Modigliani, Myrna Loy, Sidney Lumet
Tweet Hollywood was once the dream capital of the world. Movies peddled glamour and fantasy. This was La-La Land where outrageous plots and larger than life characters allowed audiences to construct alternate realities — entertainment. But La-La Land has relocated. On Wednesday, President Obama delivered the commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy in […]
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Tagged Andy Warhol, Anthony Perkins, Audrey Hepburn, Basil Rathbone, Brigitte Bardot, Disney Concert Hall, Don Ameche, Edgar Degas, Edward Hopper, Hedy Lamarr, Jimmy Stewart, Joan Blondell, Marilyn Monroe, Mark Rothko, Martin Puryear, Photography, Sandra Dee, Steve McQueen, The Little Fourteen Year Old Dancer, Vermeer, Wayne Thiebaud
Tweet Chutzpah: George Stephanapoulos says there is no liberal bias in the media. Enjoy the images.
Also posted in Alfred Hitchcock, Anna May Wong, Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner, Friday Fotos, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Israel, Marilyn Monroe
Tagged Anna May Wong, Ava Gardner, Brigitte Bardot, Clark Gable, Elizabeth Taylor, George Stephanopoulos, Glamour, Gun Crazy, Hashomer, Joan Crawford, Martin Puryear, Peggy Cummins, Randy's Donuts, Tiffany
Tweet The Baltimore neighborhood that saw the worst of the violence was already filled with many burned-out buildings and vacant lots that had not been rebuilt since the 1968 riots that followed the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Source via my friend Neo-Neocon Nothing more to say but enjoy the photos.
Also posted in Art, Baltimore Riots, Brigitte Bardot, Friday Fotos, Glamour, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography
Tagged Audrey Hepburn, Baltimore Orioles, Cal Ripken, Catherine Deneuve, Constance Bennett, Dorothy Gish, Elvis Presley, Emma Matzo, Francois Dorleac, Gustav Klimt, Hedy Lamarr, Joan Bennett, Joan Fontaine, John Wayne, Jr., Karen Singer Avrech, Lillian Gish, Lizabeth Scott, Marilyn Monroe, Micha Bar-Am, Olivia de Havilland, Pablo Picasso, Rabbi Philip Harris Singer, Rudolph Valentino
Tweet No commentary today. No rants about politics and culture. I am drained. Here are some random pictures that will, hopefully, enliven a darkling plain.
Also posted in Art, Audrey Hepburn, Betty Grable, Brigitte Bardot, Friday Fotos, Hollywood Mirror, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Marilyn Monroe
Tagged Andre de Dienes, Anish Kapoor, Augustus John, Diego Rivera, IDF, James Nares, Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, John Wayne, Livia Yarden, Louise Brooks, Maureen O'Hara, Micha Bar-Am, Michelangelo, Painting, Paulette Goddard, Philippe Halsman, Seven Samurai, Tallulah Bankhead, The Quiet Man, Toshiro Mifune
Tweet This past week, White House spokesman Josh Earnest admitted that Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism who kill Americans. But, he continued, it would be unrealistic to expect the Iranian regime to give up terrorism. This statement was in defense of Obama’s continuing appeasement of the IslamoNazis of Iran. In the past, when […]
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Tagged 1984, Abraham Lincoln, Alan Ladd, Clark Gable, Dovima, Evelyn Brent, Gary Cooper, Hashomer, Jews of Cochin India, Judith and Holofernes, Katherine Hepburn, Lucas Cranach The Elder, Lucille Ball, Milton Avery, Sunny Harnett, Suzy Parker, Travis Banton, Willie Mays
Tweet On Passover, Jews around the world recite a passage from the Haggadah that strikes a note both poignant and defiant. In every generation they [our enemies] rise up against us to destroy us, but the Holy One Blessed Be He saves us from their hands. But Judaism does not place faith in faith alone. […]
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Tagged Anish Kapoor, Clyfford Still, Ethiopian Jews, Ethiopian Passover, Jews of Iran, Joan Crawford, Lana Turner, Ma'ayan Ariel, Matzoh, Otis Kaye, Passover in Iran, Passover in Manila, The Yellow Ticket
Tweet Jewish holidays do not simply recall the past. Jewish holidays are cautionary tales for all time. They remind us that Jewish history repeats itself with terrible constancy. The Jewish people introduced ethical monotheism to the world — and for this gift the world has never forgiven us. Thus, we are despised and demonized.
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Tagged Abba Kovner, Audrey Hepburn, Edward Hopper, Entebbe, Jewish partisans, Lizabeth Scott, Myrna Loy, Sandy Koufax, Shalom of Safed, Theda Bara, Vermeer, Yom Kippur War, Yul Brenner
Tweet Jewish humor is filled with self-deprecating observations. We poke fun at our peculiar foibles, and frequently address our greatest anxieties — intermarriage, Jew-hatred, weight-gain — with a take-no-prisoners attitude. If you want to know how Jews are really feeling about something or someone, pay attention to the jokes Jews tell each other. A few […]
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Tagged Anita Björk, Barbara Stanwyck, Eleanor Parker, Gary Cooper, Hank Greenberg, Hitchcock, I Confess, Jewish Humor, Jimmy Foxx, Kelly's Kosher Kitchen, Livia Yarden, Louboutin, Miss Julie, Rembrandt, Sally Gray, Tattoos, Teshuvah, Twin Towers
Tweet In Pierke Avot (Ethic of the Fathers) Hillel teaches: “In a place where there are no men, strive to be a man.” Bibi Netanyahu won a resounding victory over the Israeli left and Barack Obama by paying heed to the great sage Hillel’s teaching. Bibi is a man in a world that is awash in […]
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Tagged Albert Pinkham Ryder, Alfred Hitchcock, Ann Sheridan, Anthony Perkins, Champion, Dizzy Dean, Ethics of the Fathers, Flesh and the Devil, Gilda, Great Garbo, Gun Crazy, John Dahl, John Gilbert, Kirk Douglas, Livia Yarden, Marilyn Maxwell, North by Northwest, Peggy Cummins, Pirkei Avot, Tippi Hedrin, Toby Kahn
Tweet Back in the days when Shakespeare still meant something to a lot of people, I wanted to be a great dramatic actress. Before I knew it I was in Hollywood . . . Thus begins Darcy O’Brien’s novel “Margaret in Hollywood” (1992), the story of Margaret Spencer, an early child star of vaudeville and a […]
Tweet Benjamin Netanyahu, in his devastating deconstruction of disastrous Obama’s Iranian policy was, in spite of Obama’s unprecedented assault on the Jewish State’s Prime Minister, a Churchillian attempt to preserve Western civilization against the onslaught of IslamoNazis. Obama’s White House would have you believe that Obama’s problem is a personal beef with Bibi. In fact, […]
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