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Independence Day: Once Upon A Time Hollywood Loved America

A long time ago, in a universe far far away, in a place called Hollywood, the movie studios and the actors who flourished in those dream factories, celebrated their love of America and enthusiastically indulged in overt displays of patriotism. L.B. Mayer (b. Lazar Meir) the powerful head of MGM, was a pioneer of the […]

Posted in Ann Blyth, Ava Gardner, Bette Davis, Betty Grable, Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, Helen Twelvetrees, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, July 4th, Lana Turner, Madge Evans, Marilyn Monroe, Movies, Photography, Rita Hayworth | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Dovima, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Judaica, Judaism, Movie Posters, Movies, Painting, Passover, Photography, Quotes, Rick McGinnis, Saul Bass, Screenwriting, True Hollywood Confessions, Vintage Cars, Vivien Leigh | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Responses

Flashback: When Hollywood Celebrated Christmas

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 in […]

Posted in Anita Page, Anna May Wong, Carole Lombard, Christianity, Christmas, Clara Bow, Fay Wray, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, Marceline Day, Mary Pickford, Rita Hayworth, Shirley Temple | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Brigitte Bardot, Family, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Joan Fontaine, Movie Posters, Movies, Painting, Photography, Quotes, True Hollywood Confessions | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Responses

Hidden Hollywood: Mae Clarke, Girl, Gangster, Grapefruit

Most actors are remembered for their unique personae. Clark Gable was a man’s man. The humorous gleam in his eye sent daggers to the knees of women everywhere. Bette Davis practically cornered the market on the deeply neurotic woman clawing at the boundaries of love with baroque fury. Gary Cooper was the classic taciturn American, […]

Posted in Hidden Hollywood, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Mae Clarke | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Barbara Stanwyck, Brigitte Bardot, Friday Fotos, Glamour, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Judaica, Movie Posters, Movies, Myrna Loy, Painting, Photography, Quotes, Sophia Loren, True Hollywood Confessions | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Actors, Art, Brigitte Bardot, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Movie Posters, Movies, Photography, True Hollywood Confessions | Also tagged , , , , , , , , | 10 Responses

July 4th Flashback: When Hollywood Loved America

A long time ago, in a universe far, far away, in a place called Hollywood, the movie studios and the actors who flourished in the dream factories, celebrated their love of America and enthusiastically indulged in overt displays of patriotism. L.B. Mayer (b. Lazar Meir) the powerful head of MGM, was a pioneer of the […]

Posted in America, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, July 4th | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Anna May Wong, Art, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Jean Harlow, Judaica, Judaism, Kim Novak, Lauren Bacall, Movies, Painting, Photography, Quotes, True Hollywood Confessions, Vintage Cars | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Actors, Art, Edith Head, Errol Flynn, Family, Friday Fotos, Glamour, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Joan Fontaine, Lielle Meital, Maayan Ariel, Marlon Brando, Movie Posters, Movies, Olivia De Havilland, Painting, Photography, Quotes, Silent Movies, They Died With Their Boots On, True Hollywood Confessions | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Responses

Flashback: July 4th, When Hollywood Was Patriotic

A long time ago, in a universe far, far away, in a place called Hollywood, the movie studios and the actors who flourished in the dream factories, celebrated their love of America and enthusiastically indulged in overt displays of patriotism.

Posted in Actors, America, Ava Gardner, Colleen Moore, Helen Twelvetrees, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, July 4th | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Painting, Photography | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 24 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Anna May Wong, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Jew-hatred, Lielle Meital, Livia Yarden, Marilyn Monroe, Movies, Myrna Loy, Photography, Quotes, The Wit and Wisdom of Hollywood, True Hollywood Confessions | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Responses

Friday Photos: Just Photos

No commentary today. No rants about politics and culture. I am drained. Here are some random pictures that will, hopefully, enliven a darkling plain.

Posted in Art, Audrey Hepburn, Betty Grable, Brigitte Bardot, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Hollywood Mirror, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Marilyn Monroe | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Responses

Hollywood in Stitches, Part I

“Hurry up and wait!” Anyone who has worked on a major Hollywood production is familiar with this ironic cry. There is a tremendous amount of down time on a Hollywood film. It takes hours to set up lights, rig camera and sound, and make sure the sets and props are in place. Thus, actors spend […]

Posted in Glamour, Hollywood, Hollywood in Stitches, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , | 17 Responses

Take #1: The Meaning of Leaning in Hollywood

Leaning boards ( also called Slant boards) were invented for Hollywood players to relax between takes. Frequently, the costumes were cut on the bias, and tailored so snugly that the actor could not sit down without bursting a ladder of seams. In fact, most of the time, there were no zippers or buttons on the […]

Posted in Adrian, Fashion, Glamour, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Jean Harlow, Leaning Boards, Movies, Photography, Rita Hayworth, Tony Curtis | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Responses

Hollywood: I Drive Therefore I am Free

The automobile represents freedom. You climb into a car and go, go, go, whenever and wherever you want. The car is modern man’s path to liberty. Contrast cars with trains. Railroads are an expression of the collective. Individual identity is erased. You are at the mercy of a government-controlled system that turns  citizens into passive […]

Posted in Friday Fotos, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Photography, Shirley Temple, Stars and Cars | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 22 Responses

Boys and Girls Together — But Not On Facebook

The goal of the postmodern Democrat party is to centralize and harness the power of the state, which is then used as a blunt instrument of intimidation to suppress liberty and bring about an imagined Socialist utopia. Because Socialism always brings poverty, unemployment, misery and chaos wherever it rears its collective head, Democrats have re-branded […]

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Flashback: When Hollywood Celebrated Christmas

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 in […]

Posted in Christmas, Holidays, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars | Also tagged , , , , , | 20 Responses

Hollywood Hair: Leda Styled By Leonardo da Vinci

Years ago, on Shabbos evenings, when our children were little, I would frequently grab an art book, sit in my chair, and one of the kids would climb into my lap. We’d turn the pages, look at the pictures, and make up stories about the figures in the paintings. Ariel, Z’TL, was intrigued by the […]

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    Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
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    Fifteenth: June 10, 2018
    Jackie Danicki: “Confessions of a Convert: A Humbling, Joyful Journey to Judaism.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (94 MB)
    Fourteenth: June 11, 2017
    Daniel Greenfield: “Fighting Anti-Semitism and Defending Israel in the Age of BDS.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (100 MB)
    Thirteenth: May 22, 2016Ben Shapiro: “How You Can Save Israel”

    Blog Post | Audio: (70 MB)
    Twelfth: June 7, 2015
    Larry Elder: “The New Black Anti-Semitism”

    Blog Post | Audio: (100 MB)
    Eleventh: June 8, 2014
    Michael Medved: “Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (97MB)
    Tenth: June 9, 2013
    David Horowitz: “The War Against Judaism on the University Campus.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (16MB)
    Ninth: June 3, 2012
    Joel B. Pollak: “The Mainstream Media’s Betrayal of Israel.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (15MB)
    Eighth: June 5, 2011
    Yossi Klein Halevi: “What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (18MB)
    Seventh: June 13, 2010
    Dennis Prager: “Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (80MB)
    Sixth: June 21, 2009
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: “Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?”

    Blog Post | Audio: (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: (70MB)
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