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THE CAFTAN WOMAN BLOGATHON

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on May 5, 2022

Tomorrow we gather to celebrate our friend and fellow classic film (and more) blogger, Patricia Nolan-Hall aka/Paddy, Paddy Lee - and Caftan Woman, the name of her award-winning blog. When Paddy left us on March 7th, we lost one of classic film's most passionate champions and finest, most devoted bl read more

For the Caftan Woman Blogathon: Champagne for Caesar (1950)

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on May 5, 2022

In memory of our friend and world class classic film lover and blogger, Paddy, we gather to celebrate her with this, our Caftan Woman Blogathon: Honoring Patricia Nolan-Hall. Click here for links to all participating blogs.~I don't know exactly when Paddy and I first virtually met, but it must've be read more

THE CAFTAN WOMAN BLOGATHON - HONORING PATRICIA NOLAN-HALL

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Mar 31, 2022

Patricia Nolan-Hall The Caftan Woman Blogathon – Honoring Patricia Nolan-Hall will be hosted by Jacqueline at Another Old Movie Blog and Patty at Lady Eve’s Reel Life on Friday, May 6th.On March 7th, the classic film blogger world lost one of its greatest writers and champions of cl read more

Veins of Noir: “Vehicular Noir” and “Noir on the Sea and in the Forest” ...

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Mar 6, 2022

For this post, veteran noir programmer Don Malcolm considers the sub-genre implications of the rare films noir from the US, Croatia and Germany set to screen when Midcentury Madness '22 returns to San Francisco’s Roxie Theater on March 12 and 13: VEHICULAR NOIR Looking over the long list o read more

Holiday Movie Memories: 3 Favorites from the Vault

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Dec 24, 2021

  As time goes by I find myself in a reflective mood on Christmas Eve, often savoring memories of holidays gone by, some long, long ago, others from just a few years past. This year as I perused TCM's Christmas Eve schedule, I noticed that several longtime favorites were in the lineup and read more

What a Character! The Everlasting Imprint of Conrad Veidt

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Dec 4, 2021

 Conrad Veidt packed nearly 120 film roles into his all too brief lifetime, but it was the last film released before his death that guaranteed him a special brand of eternal life, what could be called the “filmmortality” actors receive when they’ve had a key role in a timeless read more

FRENCH NOIRVEMBER RETURNS: The French Had a Name for It 2021

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Nov 6, 2021

On October 24, a rare and ferocious union of “atmospheric river” and “bomb cyclone” generated a savage storm that pummeled Northern California, dumping more than a foot of rain in some areas. As high winds blew and heavy rains fell, streets and roads flooded, power lines and read more

To Be or Not to Be (1942), a Daring Mixed-Genre Satire from Ernst Lubitsch

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Oct 20, 2021

This Hollywood-savvy item appeared in the December 1932 issue of Vanity Fair,   “…although a German director [he] is now claimed by America. His gay and cynic touch, his dramatic use of detail, have reconditioned many an otherwise anemic script and saved it from the shelf ̵ read more

Belmondo before "Breathless" and the comeback of Jean Gabin

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Oct 5, 2021

Tributes to Belmondo and Gabin Kick Off a 17-Film Noir SeriesOne Sunday near the end of February 2020 I spent a sunny afternoon in the dark at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco watching the first two films in what was to be a monthly program featuring French, American and British screen adaptations read more

A New Edition of the Seminal Noir Classic, Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Sep 13, 2021

Eddie Muller's Original Noir Bible in an Updated and Expanded Edition Eddie MullerBefore he was film noir's czar and long before he was a TCM host, Eddie Muller made a decision to take a leap and, as mythologist Joseph Campbell would've put it, follow his bliss. Muller had been a writer with a 16-ye read more

Old Hollywood Haunts: The Hollywood Canteen, 1942 - 1945

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Aug 12, 2021

Clockwise from top: Bette Davis and John Garfield; Rita Hayworth; Hedy Lamarr and Bob Hope; GIs at the Canteen A Very Special "Old Hollywood Haunt"In her 1987 memoir, This 'n That, Bette Davis remembered a day not long after World War II began when fellow Warner Bros. star John Garfield sat dow read more

Summer's Here and the Time is Right for ... SUMMER MOVIES

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Jun 20, 2021

 Just in time for summer, TCM and Running Press offer John Malahy's delectably readable Summer Movies: 30 Sun-Drenched Classics. Featuring summertime-set films dating from the '20s (Lonesome/1928) to the present day (Call Me by Your Name/2017), it's a wide-ranging collection, detailed, photo-pa read more

I Know Where I'm Going! a Black & White Jewel from Powell & Pressburger

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on May 21, 2021

Rich, vivid Technicolor is one of the hallmarks of the most well known and celebrated of the gorgeous, masterful films from the production team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, The Archers. From the mid-1940s into the early '50s, almost all of their films were shot in striking 3-strip Techn read more

For National Classic Movie Day: 6 Films - 6 Decades

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on May 16, 2021

May 16 is here and once more it's National Classic Movie Day. Hooray! Happily, Rick over at the Classic Film & TV Cafe is hosting his annual blogathon in honor of this special day. The theme this year is "6 films - 6 decades," with each participant focusing on a favorite classic from each of six read more

Old Hollywood Haunts: Charlie Farrell's Racquet Club in Palm Springs

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Mar 22, 2021

Charlie Farrell, top center; Ava Gardner, bottom left; on the right, Marilyn Monroe and Spencer TracyMany years ago, Charlie Farrell was a movie star. He first gained fame as a leading man in the late 1920s when he was in his late 20s. He'd started out in Hollywood as an extra, appearing momentarily read more

Old Hollywood Haunts: A Birthday Remembrance for the Brown Derby on Vine...

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Feb 14, 2021

I lived in Hollywood, once upon a time, on Poinsettia between Fountain and Santa Monica Blvd., not far from Melrose.  It was the early '80s and I was working at a radio station on Sunset at North Genesee, across from the Screen Actors Guild. Ed Asner was the president of the guild then and I me read more

WILSON (1944), Darryl F. Zanuck's Forgotten Campaign for World Peace

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Jan 31, 2021

It was August 1944 and World War II was advancing toward its cataclysmic end when 20th Century Fox launched a heavily promoted biographical spectacular, Darryl F. Zanuck’s production of Wilson. A tribute to Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States, and his vision for world peace, Wi read more

Marcel Dalio: What a (French) Character!

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Dec 4, 2020

 This is my entry for the annual What a Character! blogathon hosted by Paula at Paula's Cinema Club, Aurora of Once Upon a Screen and Kellee at Outspoken & Freckled. ~I was watching Josef von Sternberg’s flamboyantly decadent noir The Shanghai Gesture (1941) a while ago. Taking i read more

The Gene Tierney Centenary, Pt. 2: "...carried by the winds and the tides"

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Nov 23, 2020

 Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Gene Tierney's birth on November 19, 1920  Link to Pt. 1 Gene Tierney would admit that before she married Oleg Cassini, “I dated dozens of young men, had fun with all, made commitments to none.” This crush of eligible fellows ran the gamut read more

The Gene Tierney Centenary, Pt. 1: "I felt luck was with me"

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Nov 19, 2020

 Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Gene Tierney's birth on November 19, 1920 ~Marlene Dietrich once said, “The relationship between the make-up man and the film actor is that of accomplices in crime.” Amusing, and probably true of some whose faces have graced the silver R read more
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