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Hollywood — Play Ball!

Tweet Ever since Hollywood invented itself as a universal dream factory, movies about baseball were viewed as the perfect landscape in which to explore themes of loyalty, ambition, competition, and of course, love. More than any other sports genre, baseball movies have dominated the silver screen. And of course, Hollywood publicity departments frequently used baseball […]

Posted in Buster Keaton, Carole Lombard, Colleen Moore, Gary Cooper, Hollywood, Hollywood Baseball, Hollywood Play Ball, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Rita Hayworth | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Responses

Hollywood Star Ads: Buy Me, Be Me

Tweet Ever since there were movie stars there have been star product endorsements. Corporations and their advertising companies were quick to understand that those larger than life figures floating like angels on the silver screen were potent persuaders. Thus, the synergistic relationship between one product, the movie star, and a consumer product — cigarettes, perfume, […]

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Hollywood Friday Photos — Just Because

Tweet This week Seraphic Secret has been preoccupied with, um, stuff. Hence, no time to post about the latest ObamaCare outrage, our government of the pen and by the phone, and of course, John Kerry’s startling and touching discovery of his Jewish ancestry. Anyhoo. It is Friday. Time to take a vacation from the weight […]

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Flashback: When Hollywood Celebrated Christmas

Tweet There was a time when Hollywood openly and joyously celebrated Christmas. Now, among the Hollywood elite, the greeting I hear is “Happy Holidays.” Look, we at Seraphic Secret are Orthodox Jews. This is not our holiday. But we want our Christian friends to celebrate Christmas. The politically correct Happy Holidays shtick is another nail […]

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Hollywood: Cheek to Cheek

Tweet Commenting on yesterday’s Cheek to Cheek post, a faithful Seraphic Secret reader privately wrote that the lovely pictures saddened her. “Romance is gone,” she mused. “There are no contemporary Hollywood stars who can be photographed with such loving conviction.” Very true. Ever since movie stars first sat down with Johnny Carson and revealed themselves […]

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Friday Photos: Hollywood Celebrates Christmas

Tweet During Hollywood’s Golden Age, the studios took thousands of photos of their stars celebrating Christmas. In this way, Hollywood—though founded by poor immigrant Jews—let America know that it and the heartland were aligned. Seraphic Secret — Karen and I — are Orthodox Jews. We observe the Sabbath and eat only kosher food. Our lives […]

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Friday Fashion: The Female Animal

Tweet For as long as fashion has existed, animal metaphors have been an indispensible part of the designers language. Hollywood, during its golden age, a leading arbiter of taste, heightened and refined the animal metaphor with brilliant costume designers turning ravishing movie stars into expressions of animal desire.

Posted in Friday Fashion, Friday Footwear, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Myrna Loy, Silent Movies, Travis Banton | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Responses

Hollywood: A Dog’s Life

Tweet During Hollywood’s golden era studio photographers churned out thousands of photographs that created the iconography of glamour by which Hollywood stars were defined. There was a library of poses and props that photographers used in order to create and refine particular images. Who can forget Hurrell’s shimmering portrait of Jean Harlow in a skin-tight […]

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Hollywood Sells: Buy Me Be Me

Tweet Ever since there were Hollywood stars there have been star product endorsements. Corporations and their advertising companies were quick to understand that those larger than life figures floating like angels on the silver screen were potent persuaders. Thus, the synergistic relationship between one product, the movie star, and another product, cigarettes, perfume, makeup, whatever, […]

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Friday Footwear: Hollywood Steps Out

Tweet Classic photos of Hollywood stars usually reinforce a particular image. Lighting, composition, body language, wardrobe and the singular architecture of the face are the ingredients that create a glamorous narrative for audiences to internalize. Clark Gable is the man’s man who doesn’t give a damn; Carole Lombard, the girl next door who will drive […]

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Friday Footwear: Happy

Tweet The American economy is not happy. The European Union is even less happy. And the Asian markets are, you guessed it, totally unhappy. But shoe designers want you, more specifically your tootsies, to be happy in super cute, super colorful, super sculptural footwear. Let’s take a look at some examples of potential female happiness, Seraphic […]

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The Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s: ’34-’37

Tweet We continue our survey of the Twenty Greatest Movies of each decade. For The Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s, click here. For The Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s, click here. For The Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940’s, click here. Let’s roll: 11. Twentieth Century, 1934. Oscar Jaffe, John Barrymore, a stubborn, […]

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  • Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
    Eleventh: June 8, 2014
    Michael Medved: "Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 97MB)
    Tenth: June 9, 2013
    David Horowitz: "The War Against Judaism on the University Campus." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 16MB)
    Ninth: June 3, 2012
    Joel B. Pollak: "The Mainstream Media's Betrayal of Israel." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 15MB)
    Eighth: June 5, 2011
    Yossi Klein Halevi: "What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 18MB)
    Seventh: June 13, 2010
    Dennis Prager: "Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 80MB)
    Sixth: June 21, 2009
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: "Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?" Blog Post | Audio (mp3 64MB)
    Fifth: June 15, 2008
    Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl: "What Was the Rosh Yeshiva Reading: Intellectual Openness in 19th Century Lithuania." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 70MB)
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