Broadway by Light (1958), a film directed by William Klein

”I did this book on New York: black-and-white, grungy photographs. People said, “What a put-down–New York is not like that. New York is a million things, and you just see the seamy side.” So I thought I would do a film showing how seamy New York was, but intellectually, by doing a thing on electric-light signs. How beautiful they are, and what an obsessive, brainwashing message they carry. And everybody is so thankful for this super spectacle. Anyway, I think it’s the first Pop film.” – William Klein (source)

It’s been almost three years since we came to live next to Times Square – just off, still ”too close for comfort”. I’ve been crisscrossing Broadway every working day of the week, at least twice; sometimes during the weekends too. I have seen it by day and by night, sweating in the sizzling summer heat and glimmering after the rain, covered in snow and confetti, flooded with crowds and quasi-empty (yes, it does happen – rarely, but it does). But seeing it through Mr. Klein’s lens adds a whole new poetic dimension to the reality of Broadway, as we know it today.

It begins with these words:

”Les américaines ont inventé le jazz pour se consoler de la mort, la star pour se consoler de la femme.

Pour se consoler de la nuit, ils ont inventé Broadway…”

Click on the stills gallery for a larger view or, better yet, bedazzle yourself by watching this beautiful short film (only about 10′ long), here:

March 8th, 2018

Hollywood dogs

*Resident Postings* on the bulletin board of my building’s website:
 

3/2/19 6:30 PM
Dear person on 28th floor who leaves their poor dog home to bark for hours:please come home and take care of your poor dog. It does not like to be home alone or it has to go to the bathroom this is EVERY day! I feel for your dog!

3/14/19 8:36 PM
The dog barked Sat night for hours, its barking again now if you can’t afford to have a dog walker and work late or have a busy social life you should again get a dog walker I am VERY concerned for you dog you do not seem to be concerned because its barking as usual and you are not home. I am also going to make another complaint about you because this is animal abuse!PS: no more postings about the barking dog, all quiet from that front. Wish it would have been the same with the sirens…

PS1: images are from March 4th, 2018 from Loews Theatres, Lincoln Square. The film showing was Phantom Thread, a masterpiece directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps & the exquisite Lesley Manville.

It would take a while longer to watch the Isle of Dogs; it was only released on the 23rd of March.

March 4th, 2018

Sunset Boulevard Dreamin’

The unforgettable feeling of driving down Sunset Boulevard; Rodeo Drive; Santa Monica Boulevard. Strip after strip, mile after mile like a movie unfolding in front of you and you are part of the magic and have to keep pinching yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming.

See that long white colonnade building with the radio tower? That’s the old Warner Brothers Studio, now known as the Sunset Bronson Studios. And that’s where the first ever talkie was filmed in 1927, The Jazz Singer.

And now, Netflix, recently moved to their newly built Icon Tower next door, also signed a 10-year lease for the use of several sound stages at the studio.

That magical structure just off Rodeo Drive? It’s the Gaudi inspired, Art Nouveau loving O’Neill House aka The Mushroom.

Next time you see me, please don’t wake me up. Let me keep on dreaming.

July 16th, 2017

Dr. Phibes Rises Again

Following his murderous quest for vengeance against the doctors he believes responsible for the death of his beloved wife, Victoria, the fiendish Dr. Phibes enters the crypt where he has enshrined her, ”incredibly maintained neither alive nor completely dead”. And there he places himself in suspended life, like her, until it will be time to rise again. And there he lays in darkness, next to her body, in a splendid satin sarcophagus, until the moon, aligning with the eternal planets, shines upon the sarcophagus – once every 2.000 years – signalling the opening of the crypt. And then, the fiendish Dr. Phibes rises again from his deep sleep and, together with his trusted aid, Vulnavia, prepares to take Victoria to Egypt where, years ago, in a mountain overlooking the Valley of the Pharaohs, he prepared a wondrous shrine, ”unknown by any living man”. There, under a secret temple, the River of Life flows, promising resurrection for Victoria and eternal life for them both.

Three years have passed, and now it is time for their greatest adventure. But, to his utter horror, Dr. Phibes finds his house has been destroyed and his papyrus scrolls stolen, the very scrolls that would lead him back to the secret temple in Egypt.

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#now_watching
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Stills from imdb and filmgrab archives

Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)

October 27th, 2018

An Acromantula glamouring his lunch

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#the_tastiest_meals_come_in_tiny_packages
#five_days_to_Halloween

“An Acromantula is a species of giant spider, native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia, particularly Borneo where it inhabits dense jungles. Acromantulas are believed to be a wizard-bred species, designed to guard dwellings or treasure hoards, and were first created before the Ban on Experimental Breeding in 1965. These giant spiders with a taste for human flesh were first spotted in 1794.” {source}

Acromantula
Film: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Although this spider bears a striking resemblance to Aragog, it is, in fact, much smaller. Spiders like this one were created to fill the background of the Forbidden Forest scene in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets or were attached to Ron’s car as he sped away out of the forest.

Warner Bros Studio Tour

July 14th, 2017

Warner Bros Studio Tour – II

Apart from the outdoor sets and iconic soundstages, the tour offers views of original costumes, props and sets used in films and T.V. series, an unmissable opportunity to observe them at their source and a real treat.

Take 2 – Scene 1 ”D.C. Universe”

Superman, Batman & Wonder Woman costumes from ”Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)”. Designed by Michael Wilkinson


Perry White, Clark Kent & Lois Lane costumes from ”Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)”. Designed by Michael Wilkinson


Robin costume from ”Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)”.


Lex Luthor costume from ”Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)”. Designed by Michael Wilkinson


Harley Quinn costume from ”Suicide Squad” (2016)”. Designed by Kate Hawley


Eyeball Thug costume from ”Suicide Squad” (2016)”. Designed by Kate Hawley


The Joker costume from ”Suicide Squad” (2016)”. Designed by Kate Hawley


D.C. Universe, part of the Warner Bros Studio Tour

July 14th, 2017