Some quotes on films and the film business.
In another universe Skyfall would have been the final Bond film. The villain is the security services, seen in the shadows in a darkened mirror.
‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ is thought of as a Christmas film about virtue being recognised. But Capra’s movie is also about the ties that bind communities together.
Sondheim said that Follies was a play without a plot. Maybe. But it does have a story, about memory, regret, and illusion. And songs.
‘Silk Stockings’ is one of the last musicals from MGM producer Arthur Freed. It can be read as a commentary on the whole genre, as it’s made obsolete by rock ‘n’ roll.
The launch of Sputnik, in October 1957, meant that people had to reimagine their ideas about the Soviet Union–and about space.
On his current tour the folk singer Martin Simpson is singing ‘Palaces of Gold’ to remember the Grenfell Fire victims, both dead and alive. The song was written by Leon Rosselson after the Aberfan disaster.
My Favorite Wife reunited Cary Grant and Irene Dunne for a quirky comedy. It doesn’t quite work, but it has some fine comic moments.
Mitchell Loeb’s 1947 travel poster was designed in support of a Jewish homeland. With hindsight, ironies abound.
Suspicion is a 1950s detective novel by the Swiss writer Friedrich Durrenmatt that combines noir and metaphysics. Good call by Pushkin Press to republish an English translation.