Happy Belated Birthday, Ms. Lupino!

As a teenager, I was obsessed with the Ida Lupino films, The Light That Failed (1939) and Moontide (1942). The former had the bonus of Ronald Colman, the latter of Jean Gabin. Ida was magnificent in both.

Ida Lupino in The Light That Failed (1939)

Ida Lupino in The Light That Failed (1939)

Ida Lupino enriched cinema with some of the most nuanced performances of the 1940s, only to outdo herself as a pioneering director and writer. She deserves that rarest of titles: One of a Kind.

Happy Birthday, John Gilbert!

John Gilbert, my favourite silent movie actor, was born on 10 July 1897.*

Let’s celebrate with some photos of the great matinée idol!

*I was born on the same day, nearly 80 years later.

Announcing the Great Villain Blogathon 2015!

We’ll be covering the murderous duo of Valerie Hobson and Stewart Granger in ‘Blanche Fury.’

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The first Great Villain Blogathon in 2014 was such a fun and huge event that, in the tradition of the greatest movie villains, we threatened promised to return and wreak havoc again with another event celebrating cinema’s biggest cretins.

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We cordially invite you to participate in the Great Villain Blogathon 2015. Pick a movie villain to write about and join us in this dissection of the dastardly and depraved, this survey of the stinking and spiteful, this audit of hateful and heinous characters.

Your hosts are Ruth of Silver Screenings, Karen of Shadows & Satin and Kristina of Speakeasy, and The Great Villain Blogathon happens APRIL 13 – 17, 2015.

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You may write on any Big Bad from any era, country and genre, whether they were dictators, outlaws, criminals, politicians, mistresses, monsters, slashers, gangsters, mama’s boys, hammy and backstabbing actresses, artificial intelligence, aliens, wicked stepmothers, or any…

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[The Miriam Hopkins Blogathon] Design for Living: Part Two-Gilda’s Tips for Dressing Like a Successful Commercial Artist

Gilda’s Tips for Dressing Like a Successful Commercial Artist

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Have you always wanted to dress like a successful 1930s commercial artist? Yes? You’re in luck! No? Fortunately, these ensembles transcend time and career. Gilda Farrell, successful American commercial artist and delightfully grown-up woman, knew how to keep it chic at all times. Let’s see if we can follow her lead down the road to professional acclaim and (if it suits us) radical romance.

#1-Takin’ the Train to Glamourville

Opening sequence: Meet Chic

Opening sequence: This is how you meet chic cute

Gilda proves that, no matter what your destination, dressing well is all in the details. Beret? Matching bow? Check, double-check. A simple skirt and artful blouse complete her comfortable and stylish traveling outfit. It’s best to be prepared, because you never know who you’ll meet when you least expect it…

#2-Go Big or Go Home

Decision Time Dress

Decision Time Dress

Those shoulders! That bow! Those…criss-cross ribbon things! When an important decision looms ahead, what better way to arm yourself with confidence than by dressing with sartorial bravado? Napoleon would agree.

#3-Mothers Can Be Avant-garde, too

Avant-garde Mother of the Arts

Avant-garde Mother of the Arts

When you are a Mother of the Arts, it’s okay to stand out from the crowd.  Having a strong style makes it easier to focus on the artists you are helping with your keen wisdom and cutting insights. Or something. A dress with an enormous Pilgrim collar and cuffs isn’t for everyone, but Gilda pulls it off. We can all learn from her nonchalance.

#4-Dressing for the Morning After

Morning After Confection

Morning After Confection

No matter what went down the night before, always dress with exceptional elegance for breakfast. Sometimes the most unexpected people show up at your door whilst you are canoodling over coffee. A decadent frock hides your surprise better than a tattered robe.

#5-Going to the Chapel…of Security

Wedding Dress

Wedding Dress

No matter how your marriage turns out, you’ll always have your wedding dress. Wear what makes you happy, and make sure that it fits like a dream. That way, you’ll have at least one good memory from you big day!

#6-Shimmery Shimmery Shake

Shimmery Dress

Shimmery Dress with Tuxedo Bookends

Own one dress that makes you feel like a movie star. Bonus points if it sparkles! Everyone looks good with a little shine, and even better when they radiate happiness. Having a wardrobe designed by the great Travis Banton doesn’t hurt, either.

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♦Charlotte is our Fashion correspondent. Her dream closet consists of the collective wardrobes of 796 films.

 Up next: In Part Three of our review, Frances ponders the pros and cons of going bohemian.

The Miriam Hopkins Blogathon

The Miriam Hopkins Blogathon

The Miriam Hopkins Blogathon