The looked at Merle crossing paths with Maria Montez within the Universal commisary is just too delicious.
David, I recall Powell stating that and in addition thought it had been insanely odd. I have the impression that a lot of Hollywood individuals, whatever types of casual slurs they might utter, simply sort of shrugged it off–when these weren’t resting with both sexes like rabbits in temperature, this is certainly. (that is not a critique, head you, i believe the part that is rabbits-in-heat certainly one of Hollywood’s great charms. ) We have heard of Turhan Bey extravaganza and seeing Oberon in costume because of it simply allows you to believe that everyone was consciously ignoring the most obvious. It was exactly about deniability, i suppose.
P.S. Warmest congrats regarding the Red Shoes gig!! That’ll be a pleasure to read.
To commemorate the bicentenary of Chopin’s birth this 12 months, i am hoping to locate and re-watch A Song to keep in mind, with Cornel Wilde as Chopin and Queenie herself as George Sand, constantly wanting to take Chopin away to Majorca. We remember it as a really terrible movie, but i am not exactly the snob I happened to be once I saw it (or simply yet another kind of snob). It can have at least one priceless scene, though: while Chopin, newly found its way to Paris from Poland, has been told he is too old to be a kid prodigy ( which he undoubtedly is), he hears their music being played into the space door that is next. Whom must be playing it however the earth’s pianist that is greatest, Franz Liszt? Chopin joins when you look at the performance, so when the 2 males shake arms, each goes on playing the songs, one hand each. Ridiculous. Marvellous.
My fave rabbit-in-heat has long been Burt Lancaster.
David, my RIH that is favorite is Reed. He had been therefore unapologetically sleazy it becomes actually endearing.
Estienne, we saw the Chopin movie many years and many years ago, and I also do not remember that scene. I really do keep in mind Paul Muni planning to see Oberon-as-Sand whenever Chopin is dying. She is posing for a painter (wait she isn’t about to go running off to some deathbed for it) and icily tells Muni. I’m able to still remember her snapping, “Continue, Mr. Delacroix! ” But that is about all i will dredge up from memory. We bet it appears to be great, however.
Anybody seen Queenie in This Love of Ours, dir. William Dieterle? May be worthwhile, with him in the helm.
Showing on which took place with Oberon, things have not changed that much. The Hawaiian born Maggie Q had to visit Hong Kong to be a film celebrity. She is just gotten a few supporting functions in big Hollywood movies, although a revival of this TV show Nikita might alert the masses to what us Hong Kong movie watchers have actually understood for decades. Nor could be the necessitate racially proper casting restricted for this part for the hemisphere, as there have been complaints regarding Ms. Quigley’s starring when you look at the duration epic Three Kingdoms.
Ah, but Song to consider has its own priceless scenes (if he goes on this concert trip it’ll literally and in actual fact kill him! ” “Discontinue that alleged polonaise nonsense! Though i really hope my memory is not playing tricks): “”
Ida Lupino as Cathy, though We hear Yojimboen clucking skeptically 3,000 kilometers away.
In reality, Delacroix’s portrait of Sand had been a dual portrait with Chopin (here is the famous one on innumerable Chopin tracks). He later slice the canvas in 2.
Peter, whenever Lincoln Center revived Carousel some time straight right right back they cast a black colored girl in a vital part and you also would not think the whining from some individuals. Maggie Q is definitely great, she has that don’t-fuck-with-me-I’m-a-goddess quality that we revere in most my feminine stars.
XT, i did not also recognize Delacroix actually painted Sand, I was thinking which was the moviemakers saying, “let’s slot an additional duration celebrity! ” the means they so frequently did. Now that I cast right back my memory I appear to remember there is a great deal of “should Chopin FIGHT for Poland! ” material. Can it be on DVD, We wonder?
Siren, did you ever reach begin to see the Epic That Never ended up being? If We remember, we discussed it here many years ago.
I am with you regarding the Merle appeal. Extremely beautiful, but little draw.
June Duprez, regarding the other hand, place the whammy on me personally years back. When American film Classics revealed American film classics (without disruption, believe it or not), we viewed (and re-watched) June into the faux horror movie, The Brighton Strangler (1945). No major success, however it possessed a strange aura about this.
Forgive my stupidity, but exactly what’s a rabbit in temperature?
A bit is read by me about Merle Oberon’s denial of her mom into the Norma Shearer biography. I really couldn’t assist but hate her a little.
I’ve pale epidermis and thus does my mom but my grandmother is just A dominican that is dark-skinned woman blended history of Spanish, Taino and African. My mother (nor I for instance) would never ever reject her, or conceal her, or refer to her as any such thing apart from exactly just what this woman is. I realize that Merle Oberon arises from another time, but I’m able to never ever get together again the denial of just one own’s heritage. In my opinion it is simply simple incorrect.
Great post! Many thanks.
Siren, if we had been adept at these things we’d offer a web link to D’s Sand portrait. Delacroix had been a tremendously good friend of Chopin and Sand.
I believe most of us concur that the recording of imaginative genius (ok, perhaps maybe not Sand, though she ended up being a fantastic girl) is hopeless. The reason why, i do believe, Impromptu did wonders had been so it portrayed contemporary “creative” types masquerading as Chopin, Liszt (Julian Sands, for Jesus’s benefit! ), Delacroix, Sand (do not keep in mind if Musset made the cut).
Flickhead, that is simply me personally choosing an animal that appears to have a love life that is active. We guess I really could likewise have gone with kitties or dogs as well as pigeons.
Raquelle, this entire piece had been me personally determining whether or perhaps not to hate Merle. We nevertheless have not made my brain and perhaps We never ever will.
I might just take every thing authored by Higham and Moseley having a huge grain of sodium, honestly. Oberon had been an extremely good actress. Wuthering Heights was great along with her performance in Divorce of Lady X revealed her talent that is comic as. We additionally like Beloved Enemy and First goes Courage with Brian Aherne. I’m not sure why Oberon is really so usually maligned, frankly. I usually seen her named just stunning and that bothers me personally. Demonstrably many people are eligible for their viewpoint, but we wonder exactly how gossip that is much her remedy for her mother effect people’s judgment of her skill.
Sweet to see some shout-outs to June Duprez. None however the heart that is lonely a greater movie on her behalf being with it.
I believe that Cathy in “WUTHERING HEIGHTS” ended up being certainly one of her most readily useful functions. Oberon had been crazy sufficient within the part without going over-the-top. And I also question that Wyler could have permitted her to portray Cathy this kind of a manner that is over-emotional.
Have actually I ever been a fan that is major of? No, I haven’t. But we still genuinely believe that she had been a fairly damn actress that is good the part demanded it.
Wyler’s ”Wuthering Heights” is decent in many respects, it receives the nature that is brutal of course relations within the guide and Olivier is Heathcliff but Merle Oberon is just too innocent and too good which Cathy was not.