Sunday, February 15, 2009
José Ferrer plays both Henri and his father, the Comte Alphonse de Toulouse-Lautrec. To transform Ferrer into Lautrec required the use of platforms and concealed pits as well as special camera angles, makeup and costumes. Short body doubles were also used and, in addition, Ferrer used a set of knee-pads of his own design which allowed him to walk on his knees with his lower legs strapped to his upper body (an experience which must no doubt have been painful). Unfortunately, such methods made Ferrer appear a full 6 inches shorter than Lautrec's true height of 5'1" in most scenes. However, he received high praise not only for his performance, but for his willingness to have his legs strapped in such a manner simply to play a role.Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a French painter, printmaker, draftsman, and illustrator, whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of fin de siècle Paris yielded an oeuvre of exciting, elegant and provocative images of the modern and sometimes decadent life of those times. Toulouse-Lautrec is known along with Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Gauguin as one of the greatest painters of the Post-Impressionist period.
It was directed by Vincente Minnelli and produced by John Houseman. The film stars Kirk Douglas (who bore a surprising resemblance to Van Gogh), Anthony Quinn, James Donald, Pamela Brown and Everett Sloane.
MGM produced a short film Vincent Van Gogh: Darkness Into Light, narrated by Dore Schary and showing the European locations used for the filming, to promote Lust for Life. In the film, Jeanne Calment, then 80, who knew Van Gogh when she was a young girl, meets star Kirk Douglas, and comments on how much he looks like the painter. This short promotional film is shown on Turner Classic Movies occasionally. At the start and ending of the film, the creators list and thank a number of galleries, collectors, and historians whom allowed the works of Van Gogh to be photographed for the film.Gallery...
Michelangelo, was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet and engineer. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his rival and fellow Italian Leonardo da Vinci. Michelangelo's output in every field during his long life was prodigious; when the sheer volume of correspondence, sketches and reminiscences that survive is also taken into account, he is the best-documented artist of the 16th century.
Gallery of Sistine Chapel ceiling...
@TCManiacs starring Twitter updates.
- TCManiacs RT @peteramartin: Watching Lust For Life. Fab! Kirk Douglas acts entirely with his nose and chin. about 2 hours ago from TweetDeck
- peteramartin Watching Lust For Life. Fab! Kirk Douglas acts entirely with his nose and chin. about 2 hours ago from web
- rattusregina The 1950's version of Moulin Rouge is kind of distrubing, in a cat-fight sort of a way about 3 hours ago from web
- emmanovember Just saw Moulin Rouge on my tvguide and got so excited, only to find out it's was made in 1952 and does not star Ewan McGregor. about 4 hours ago from web
- pweifenbach Watching the original "Moulin Rouge". A work of art. Quite lovely visuall yand I see several parallels between that and the newer version. about 4 hours ago from TweetDeck
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RE: Fiddler on the Roof, Sophie's Choice, The King & I, South Pacific
- TCManiacs RT @willmckinley VDyTip fr South Pacific It's okay if you confess to your date that you killed a man, as long as you do it in French accent 11 minutes ago from TweetDeck
- TCManiacs RT @happycuties: south pacific, yes i love this movie, but is it bad that part of the reason i love it is how sexist it is? 15 minutes ago from TweetDeck
- TCManiacs RT @pcornqueen: I wnt a Big Puffy Dress lk Anna in The King & I, esp lk the 1 in this Scene when King points out her Etcetera Etcetera's LOL about 2 hours ago from TweetDeck
- TCManiacs RT @CathyBrooks: Nestled away amidst raindrops in Glen Ellen basking in the majestic score & richly saturated colors of The King & I ... ... about 2 hours ago from TweetDeck
- MicheBel Apparently TCM is showing divorce-themed movies all day. What's up with that? about 10 hours ago from web [Valentine's Day]
- TCManiacs RT @pisceanii: We go down there and live...for awhile. -Sophie, Sophie's Choice. 1:30 AM yesterday from web
- TCManiacs RT @kinougo: fiddler on the roof http://tinyurl.com/ckpz6r about 2 hours ago · 1:24 AM yesterday from web
In the show, it is sung as a solo by Emile de Becque, the French plantation owner, who falls in love with the American navy nurse Nellie Forbush. In this song he sings of seizing the moment so that it won't slip away.
South Pacific was made into a 1958 film of the same name, that topped the box office that year and the 65 mm Todd-AO cinematography (by Leon Shamroy) was nominated for an Academy Award. The film was also nominated for and won the music-adaptation-and-sound award.
"some enchanted evening"
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- twittergen: I am freezing. And watching South Pacific. "Some enchanted evening..."
- jafrogg: True story: my pal Duncan, the auto columnist, sang "Some Enchanted Evening" and a voice-activated GPS gave him a list of Indian restaurants
- talentlessville: some enchanted evening --- i will find my true love --- ME!
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