You heard me, random! And I can prove it:
Liz at Now Voyaging made me this awesome decoupage notebook/journal with all my favourite classic faces! Thanks Liz, you did a super job and I love it! I’ll make sure to only write my Boris Karloff theory of cryogenics in this one.
With news this week that Hugh Jackman might do The Odyssey it’s a good time for a family story. From 1968 to 1970 there was a hugely popular European TV series adaptation (imdb) of this (it was also shown in TVO in Canada), and they filmed much of it a stone’s throw from where my dad grew up in Croatia. Dad told me how he went with family and friends to watch a scene being filmed with Cyclops chucking a boulder off a cliff at Odysseus/Ulysses (Bekim Fehmu, shown in the header photo) on his ship. The following weekend when nobody was working, dad and company went and took turns lifting the styrofoam boulder (no pictures, sadly).
I found that very scene and fake rock on YouTube (it’s in French, scene marked to start at 1.17).
To me the best part about this story is that Mario Bava was in charge of the special effects and directed a few episodes, so he was very likely present if not calling the shots. The series also starred Barbara Bach, Irene Papas, it was one of the first big Euro co-productions (Italy, France, West Germany, Yugoslavia), appointment television wherever it aired and I see that many reviewers call it a masterpiece. Look forward to checking out more than the Cyclops episode.
Things I bought lately:
Just finished reading the Linda Darnell biography by Ron Davis, review will be up this week.
A few days ago we announced the Criterion blogathon coming this November, which I’m pleased to be co-hosting with Ruth of Silver Screenings and Aaron of Criterion Blues, check out the details here, and the films already claimed here. It’s shaping up to be a very big and fun event, so please join us, and check #CriterionBlogathon on twitter and also check out Aaron’s new Criterion Close-up podcast.
I’ll be participating in the Lauren Bacall blogathon at In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood, the Swashathon hosted by Movies, Silently, the Republic Pictures Blogathon hosted by 50 Westerns From The 50s, and I’ll be writing about Thunder Road for the CMBA Fall Blogathon.
Some nice images:
Told you it was random.