The looked at Merle crossing paths with Maria Montez into the Universal commisary is just too delicious.
David, I recall Powell stating that and in addition thought it had been insanely odd. I have the impression that a lot of Hollywood individuals, whatever form of casual slurs they may utter, simply sort of shrugged it off–when these people weren’t sleeping with both sexes like rabbits in temperature, this is certainly. (that isn’t a critique, brain you, i do believe the rabbits-in-heat part is one of Hollywood’s great charms. ) We have heard of Turhan Bey extravaganza and seeing Oberon in costume you think that people were consciously ignoring the obvious for it just makes. It absolutely was exactly about deniability, i assume.
P.S. Warmest congrats in the Red Shoes gig!! Which will be a pleasure to read.
To commemorate the bicentenary of Chopin’s delivery this 12 months, i am looking to find and re-watch A Song to keep in mind, with Cornel Wilde as Chopin and Queenie by herself as George Sand, constantly wanting to steal Chopin away to Majorca. I remember it as being a film that is truly terrible but i am nearly the snob I happened to be once I saw it (or simply another type of sort of snob). It will have a minumum of one priceless scene, though: while Chopin, newly found its way to Paris from Poland, has been told he is too old to be a kid prodigy ( which he definitely is), he hears their music being played into the space across the street. Whom must be playing it nevertheless the planet’s pianist that is greatest, Franz Liszt? Chopin joins within the performance, and also as the 2 males shake arms, each goes on playing the songs, one hand each. Ridiculous. Marvellous.
My fave rabbit-in-heat has been Burt Lancaster.
David, my RIH that is favorite is Reed. He had been therefore unapologetically sleazy it becomes actually endearing.
Estienne, I saw the Chopin movie many years and many years ago, and I also do not remember that scene. I really do keep in mind Paul Muni planning to see Oberon-as-Sand whenever Chopin is dying. She is posing for the painter (wait she isn’t about to go running off to some deathbed for it) and icily tells Muni. I will nevertheless remember her snapping, “Continue, Mr. Delacroix! ” But that is about all i will dredge up from memory. We bet it appears to be great, however.
Anybody seen Queenie in This Love of Ours, dir. William Dieterle? Could be worthwhile, with him during the helm.
Showing on what took place with Oberon, things have not changed that much. The Hawaiian born Maggie Q needed to visit Hong Kong to be a film celebrity. She actually is only gotten a few supporting functions in big Hollywood films, although a revival associated with the television show Nikita might alert the public from what us Hong Kong movie watchers have actually recognized for years. Nor may be the demand racially correct casting restricted to the part for the hemisphere, as there have been complaints regarding Ms. Quigley’s starring when you look at the period epic Three Kingdoms.
Ah, but Song to keep in mind has its own priceless scenes (if he continues on this concert trip it will probably literally as well as destroy him! ” “Discontinue that alleged polonaise nonsense! Though i am hoping my memory is not playing tricks): “”
Ida Lupino as Cathy, though We hear Yojimboen clucking skeptically 3,000 kilometers away.
In reality, Delacroix’s portrait of Sand had been a dual portrait with Chopin (this is basically the famous one on innumerable Chopin tracks). He later slice the canvas in two.
Peter, whenever Lincoln Center revived Carousel a bit right right right back they cast a black colored girl in a vital role and also you would not think the whining from many people. Maggie Q should indeed be great, she has that don’t-fuck-with-me-I’m-a-goddess quality that we revere in most my feminine stars.
XT, i did not also recognize Delacroix actually painted Sand, we thought that has been the moviemakers saying, “let’s slot in another duration celebrity! ” the real method they many times did. Now I seem to recall that there is an awful lot of “should Chopin FIGHT for Poland! ” stuff that I cast back my memory. Could it be on DVD, We wonder?
Siren, do you ever reach begin to see the Epic That Never ended up being? If We recall, we talked about it right here many years ago.
I am to you in the Merle appeal. Really breathtaking, but little draw.
Duprez, on the other hand, put the whammy on me years ago june. When American film Classics revealed movie that is american (without disruption, believe it or not), we viewed (and re-watched) June within the faux horror movie, The Brighton Strangler (1945). No major success, however it had a strange aura about this.
Forgive my stupidity, but exactly what’s a bunny in temperature?
A bit is read by me about Merle Oberon’s denial of her mom when you look at the Norma Shearer biography. I possibly couldn’t assist but hate her a little.
We have pale epidermis and thus does my mom but my grandmother is really A dominican that is dark-skinned woman blended history of Spanish, Taino and African. My mom (nor we for instance) would deny her, never or conceal her, or refer to her as such a thing apart from just what this woman is. I realize that Merle Oberon arises from another time, but I am able to never ever get together again the denial of 1 very very own’s heritage. In my experience it is simply simple incorrect.
Great post! Many thanks.
Siren, if we were adept at these plain things i’d offer a web link to D’s Sand portrait. Delacroix ended up being a tremendously good friend of Chopin and Sand.
I do believe most of us concur that the recording of imaginative genius (ok, perhaps maybe not Sand, though she had been an exceptional girl) is hopeless. The main reason, i believe, Impromptu worked wonderfully had been so it portrayed contemporary “creative” kinds masquerading as Chopin, Liszt (Julian Sands, for Jesus’s benefit! ), Delacroix, Sand (do not remember if Musset made the cut).
Flickhead, which is simply me personally choosing an animal that seemingly have a love life that is active. We guess I really could likewise have gone with cats or dogs and sometimes even pigeons.
Raquelle, this piece that is whole me personally determining whether or otherwise not to hate Merle. We nevertheless have not composed my brain and possibly We never ever will.
I might just simply take every thing authored by Higham and Moseley with a huge grain of salt, frankly. Oberon ended up being a tremendously actress that is good. Wuthering Heights was great along with her performance in Divorce of Lady X revealed xxxstreams her comic skill too. We additionally like Beloved Enemy and First goes Courage with Brian Aherne. I’m not sure why Oberon is really often maligned, frankly. I often seen her called simply breathtaking and that bothers me personally. Clearly most people are eligible to their viewpoint, but we wonder exactly just exactly how gossip that is much her remedy for her mother effect people’s judgment of her skill.
Sweet to see some shout-outs to Duprez june. None however the heart that is lonely a greater movie on her behalf being inside it.
I do believe that Cathy in “WUTHERING HEIGHTS” had been certainly one of her most readily useful functions. Oberon was crazy sufficient into the part without going over-the-top. And I also question that Wyler could have permitted her to portray Cathy such an over-emotional way.
Have actually I ever been a major fan of oberon? No, I have never. But we nevertheless genuinely believe that she ended up being a fairly damn good actress whenever the part demanded it.
Wyler’s ”Wuthering Heights” is decent in plenty of respects, it receives the nature that is brutal of course relations within the book and Olivier is Heathcliff but Merle Oberon is simply too innocent and too good which Cathy was not.