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HER AGAIN: Becoming Meryl Streep By Michael Schulman

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Jul 20, 2016

Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep by Michael Schulman (Author) Print Length: 304 pages Publisher: Harper Collins (April 26 2016) “Her again “is exactly what I have said when watching the Academy Awards and Meryl Streep is nominated.  Michael Schulman crafts a fast paced look at Meryl Streep –from read more

YOUNG ORSON By Patrick McGilligan

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Feb 20, 2016

YOUNG ORSON The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to Citizen Kane By Patrick McGilligan 832 pages with two 16 page photo inserts Publisher: Harper Collins This was my second excursion into the world of Orson Welles and was by far the most comprehensive to date.  My previous experience was with S read more

WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD? PART TWO

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Oct 25, 2015

In the first part of this series I took a capsule look at the Studio System with a nod to the use of drugs in order to produce and package the huge amount of product. It was not a complete look as many smaller operations such as PARAMOUNT PICTURES, RKO and the Poverty Row companies such as PRC, and read more

A is for ALDO RAY

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Oct 1, 2015

  I recently facinated viewed gruff speaking Aldo Ray in  pseudo noir picture NIGHTFALL (1957) Directed by Jacques Tourneur . The way this fellow moved with economy of motion, stood tall, and what was so important in pictures of that day is that he wore his clothes well. Ray never actually pla read more

THE HUMAN COMEDY

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Aug 14, 2015

    Summers are wonderful times to enjoy pictures – some of which I enjoyed during the TCM SUMMER OF DARKNESS festival on Film Noir.  The rain felt warm, the dark was comforting, and dialogue was so sharp you could shave with it. There is morning even in a noir picture -however desol read more

ITS ALL GREAT WITH SUPER EIGHT

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Jul 18, 2015

      When PVR was still the “stuff dreams are made of,” or there was a hotel chain by the name or a Steven Spielberg film with the title,  those of us that wanted to see a certain style of film had to wait for these pictures in the theatres. Read about them in various magazines read more

WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD? PART ONE

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Jun 21, 2015

THE STUDIO GATES This is a slightly different look at the Hollywood myth – mainly because we are going to take a ‘hardboiled” look at some of the ideas that nostalgic sites gloss over. Not all sites do yet this is an important part of the Hollywood story.  Gloss over, just as the major studios read more

THE JEFFREY LYNN TYPE

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on May 21, 2015

    Hollywood was and still is filled with types – be they on the screen or not.  In fact, it was often remarked that you can expect anything to happen on Hollywood Blvd.  I remember making an inquiry in a bookshop only to have a person dressed in a red wool suit with Elvis side bur read more

DOES THE BAT REALLY WHISPER????

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on May 18, 2015

Outside the lonely foreboding mansion, thunder booms and lightning flashes in the sky. The approaching storm illuminates the large, time-worn building where inside the heroine is about to enter a secret staircase. The door slides ominously open, revealing a staircase down into the neither regions o read more

THE DREAM MACHINE RETURNS

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Apr 21, 2015

Digital power has brought motion pictures to a new audience.  The discs (or the next format) gives us all an opportunity to hold motion picture history.  The recent TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL in Los Angeles may have looked at first glance like it was going backward from that. THE RETURN OF THE DREAM read more

STARDUST AND SHADOWS CHANNEL

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Apr 11, 2015

STARDUST AND SHADOWS A Classic Hollywood Blog now has a utube channel simply called STARDUST AND SHADOWS  A Classic Hollywood Channel.  Its a place to post more video content plus more interviews in the future. We already have some items posted so feel free to Check it  out. STARDUST AND SHADOWS read more

GOODBYE TO ALL OF THIS

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Apr 1, 2015

There comes a time when one must pack up and get back to actual life. If you’re lucky, you get to continue with your love of film.   For some it is their full time job; for others, it can be an all- consuming hobby or Labour of Love. We try to attend as much as we can, including trying some new read more

REFLECTIONS OF AMBER

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Mar 29, 2015

The consuming of liquor has been a catalyst in Classic Hollywood since they were known as the “flickers.” The liquid has brought about the downfall of many a film character both on screen and off. I am writing this post in the TCM Club lounge during the 2015 Classic film festival with a read more

TIME TRIP

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Mar 29, 2015

I can say that you lose track of the time of day and even what day it is when you attend a film festival. I have found myself asking what day it is. You are not in the real world of whatever it is you do.  You have stepped into a existence of viewing film, making decisions about what you want to se read more

THE SEA HAWK SAILS AGAIN

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Mar 29, 2015

Film festival attending can be a mixture of working the crowd, finding what you want to see, and having to make decisions when items are crossed booked.  There are no bad decisions if you attend an event such is what is happening with us at the 2015 TURNER CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL in Hollywood. Hence, read more

STARDUST AND SHADOWS on the red carpet

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Mar 27, 2015

Hello all raw footage form me on the red carpet in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater not far from where the Academy ward are done. STARDUST AND SHADOWS make it to the red carpet in Hollywood.  Sorry for audio. turn it up read more

THE SAD SCENT OF GARDENIAS

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Mar 19, 2015

  The Golden Age of Hollywood is filled with brilliant successes and dismal failures. The film community likes a feel good story. That continues to this day.  Fitting in this category is the tragic end of Millicent Lilian Entwistle, simply known as “Peg.” She was born in Port Talbot, Wales read more

MAKING IT UP AS YOU GO ALONG

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Jan 26, 2015

  The look of Hollywood has always been one of the alluring aspects of what makes up the legend of the Golden Age.   Although the exact start of the Golden Age is debatable, many agree that style influences in American film making were between the years 1927 to 1963.  In broad terms, the look read more

WARREN WILLIAM WHO?

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Dec 12, 2014

One of the pleasures I get from writing about Hollywood as it was it is finding out more about some of the actors that don’t get mentioned yet give some startling performances. Warren William, most likely the personification of cad, scoundrel, swindler and non-repentant womanizer in Pre-code cinema read more

IN WAYNE’S WAY

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Oct 17, 2014

It is not often I post about war pictures as Classic Film, so I thought I would put my boots in on the Otto Preminger directed picture IN HARM’S WAY (1965) with John Wayne and a host of others. Wayne crossed many genres, yet he will be forever remembered as the gun totin,’ fist swingin,’ righteous read more
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