Silvervelvetsky’s 40 party guests

30 Jan

I’ve seen this kind of posts in many blogs, where you make a list of 40 (or fifty, twenty-five, eighty) people -dead or alive, from any century or decade- you would invite to a completely fabulous and ridiculous party. I made mine about two days ago or so, and it contains all sorts of artists from absolutely different backgrounds, ages, fields and so on. There are lots and lots of persons I admire and love that I didn’t include, such as photographers, painters or even some of my absolute favourite actors. I don’t know why I picked these people, I have no idea, because it’s not really a list of the people I look up to the most, or anything like that at all, I simply sat down and wrote forty names of people I consider to be interesting, talented, smart or just incredibly nice.

If someone is not in this list, it doesn’t mean I don’t fancy that person, not even a bit, since I adore hundreds and thousands of famous artists from different times. If you’ve got any questions, you can always ask me, and I’d also love to see your lists, so if you’ve made your own or if you have any doubts, leave a comment and I’ll gladly reply.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Woody Allen

Liza Minnelli

Tennessee Williams

Carole Lombard

Jean-Luc Godard

Jane Fonda

Bette Davis

Sidney Poitier

Paul Newman

Bob Fosse

Charles Chaplin

John Cassavetes

Al Pacino

Ingrid Bergman

Cary Grant

Yves Montand

Barbara Stanwyck

Fred Astaire

Ava Gardner

Peter Bogdanovich

Humphrey Bogart

Truman Capote

Audrey Hepburn

David Bowie

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

Dean Martin

Elizabeth Taylor

Frank Sinatra

Jack Nicholson

James Stewart

Julie Christie

Marilyn Monroe

Meryl Streep

Mick Jagger

Orson Welles

Paul McCartney

Robert Downey, Jr.

Shirley MacLaine

Goldie Hawn

“She was about nineteen, slender and supple, with a spoiled alluring mouth and quick gray eyes full of a radiant curiosity.”

30 Jan

Quote from The Offshore Pirate, written by the great F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Film stills: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

28 Jan

Rosemary’s Baby is a 1968 American horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin. The cast includes Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Maurice Evans, Sidney Blackmer, and Charles Grodin.
Farrow plays a pregnant woman who fears that her husband may have made a pact with their eccentric neighbours, believing he may have promised them the child to be used as a human sacrifice in their occult rituals in exchange for success in his acting career. The film was an enormous commercial success, earning over $33 million in the US on a modest budget of $2.3 million.

Rosemary’s Baby is my favourite horror movie, I love it. I think Polanski is a really great director, and this is definitely one of his best, next to Chinatown (1974). Given the fact that I’m a huge Woody Allen fan, I like Mia Farrow, I don’t love her like I love Diane Keaton, but I do like her, she’s alright, especially as Rosemary. I’m a rather big fan of John Cassavetes as well, so I truly enjoy his performance in the film. Ruth Gordon is fantastic as usual. Anyway, to me, there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s perfect and if you don’t like it, it’s because you were either expecting something too serious or something gory.

Film stills: Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)

27 Jan

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American Western film directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman (who won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film). Based loosely on fact, the film tells the story of Wild West outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker, known to history as Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) and his partner Harry Longabaugh, the “Sundance Kid” (Robert Redford) as they migrate to Bolivia while on the run from the law in search of a more successful criminal career. In 2003, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

This is another one of my favourite films, cinematography-wise. It’s definitely a beautiful piece of work and a brilliant movie, besides I’m not a big fan of Westerns, so Butch Cassidy… is probably the only one I like. I love Paul Newman and Robert Redford, although I do prefer The Sting (1973), but they have so much chemistry and it’s great fun to watch them together. I’ve only seen Katharine Ross three times (The Graduate, Butch Cassidy… and The Stepford Wives), but I like her, she’s very beautiful and quite a decent actress. George Roy Hill’s a wonderful director, and I think everyone should take a look at Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid. Oh, by the way, the entire bicycle scene is my favourite scene from any film, I adore watching it.

Film stills: Pierrot Le Fou (1965)

27 Jan

Pierrot le fou is a 1965 French film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Anna Karina and Jean-Paul Belmondo. The film is based onObsession, a novel by Lionel White. It was Jean-Luc Godard’s tenth feature film, released between Alphaville and Masculin, féminin. The title translates as Pete the Madman or Crazy Pete, but the film is usually released under its French title internationally.

I love Godard, I’m a huge fan of his, and Pierrot Le Fou is my favourite of all his films. The cinematography in it is beyond beautiful, all those vivid colors and wonderful places, the sea. Anna Karina is amazing, it’s always a pleasure to see her, besides, her outfits are absolutely incredible. Jean-Paul Belmondo is one of the greatest French actors, at least in my opinion, and I’m glad he did a few movies with Godard, especially this one. Take a look at these film stills and you’ll see how terribly pretty it is, I highly recommend it.

I’ll be doing quite a few more posts like this one, about other movies with beautiful cinematography.

Everyone wants to be found

22 Jan

I know most of my posts are about classic hollywood or even the 1970′s cinema, which I love, and I’m not truly a fan of the movies that have been made since 2000, but there are a few that occupy a place in my must-watch list. Lost In Translation (2003), directed by Sofia Coppola, is not only one of those few, it’s one of my favourite films ever.
Yesterday, I watched it for the third time, and I loved it just as much as the first, or even more. To me, there’s something magical about this film and its atmosphere, it’s beautiful and captivating, dreamy and yet so human. I’m not very good when it comes to reviewing movies, my reviews always end up being rather mediocre, but however, I felt the need to express my love for Lost In Translation and also share quite a bunch of nice captures I saved.

I like Sofia Coppola, but when I tried to watch The Virgin Suicides or Marie Antoinette, all I could think of was: the cinematography is beautiful. Nothing else. With Lost In Translation, I can say much more than that! It’s a film that moves me and makes me feel good whenever I’m feeling bored or sad, and it definitely is one of my biggest sources of inspiration. I’ve fallen in love with Scarlett Johansson since the day I discovered this movie, she’s become one of my muses, and although I don’t think she’s such a great actress, I do like her a lot; she’s quite good as Charlotte, it works perfectly well for me.
Coppola said that she wrote the character of Bob Harris with Bill Murray in mind and she only wanted him for the part, which I think is great. I grew up watching Bill Murray on the screen, you know, The Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, so I’m very very fond of him and it’s always a pleasure to see him; he is so convincing as Bob, he’s incredible.

A lot of people constantly complain about the movie, saying nothing ever happens or how tediously slow it is. I believe it’s not an ordinary film, it might not be easy to watch for everyone, but if you see it twice or really pay attention to it, you will like it. To me, the fact that Bob and Charlotte never sleep together is amazing, I mean, I love that detail, because I think that’s one of the factors that turn Lost In Translation into a wonderful motion picture. They are attracted to each other, but they don’t need sex to connect and support each other through their respective crisis.

The cinematography and the shots of the city are incredibly pretty, and I also adore the way the colors blend together. The soundtrack is marvelous, though it isn’t particulary “my style”, anyhow, it fits perfectly alright with everything. I suppose that if you’d ask me to name my three favourite movies, I’d say Sunset Blvd (1950), directed by Billy Wilder; Cabaret (1972), directed by Bob Fosse; and definitely Lost In Translation.

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20 Jan

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