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November 20, 2004


Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* People in the midwest had the chance to see some extraordinary Northern-Lights displays recently.

* The Scotsman Alexander Mackendrick directed three movies that have made their way into the movie-history books: the early-'50s Ealing comedies "The Man in the White Suit" and "The Ladykillers," and the wonderful (and influential) 1957 tabloid horror-comedy "Sweet Smell of Success." Then he decided he'd had it with the movie business and turned to teaching. A professor of filmmaking at CalArts for more than 20 years, Mackendrick was -- or so I've been told -- an amazingly smart and effective teacher. He died in 1993, but apparently not before pulling his teaching notes into book shape. The result, "On Filmmaking: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director," has just gone on sale in England; it'll go on sale in the States next year. Reviewing the book for the Guardian, Zoe Green says it's the real deal.

* How'd that get there?

* Bored and lonely men are prone to do very foolish things.

* It doesn't look like "Waterfall" will be writing that romance novel after all.

* People have certainly eaten some strange things.

* A few years ago, the playwright Bryony Lavery lifted some words and facts from one of Malcolm Gladwell's New Yorker stories and used them in a play. When Gladwell learned about the borrowings, he was indignant. But why couldn't he sustain his outrage? His terrific New Yorker piece about the episode leads him into provocative musings about copyright, intellectual property, and how culture works. Henry Farrell sees an opportunity for the Dems to make some political hay out of the copyright wars.



posted by Michael at November 20, 2004


Those x-rays makes you see the idiom "...but no cigar" in a different light.
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Posted by: Tatyana on November 21, 2004 12:30 PM

Sweet Smell Of Success. What a great flick.

I haven't seen it in years, but there's a scene where the Burt Lancaster character (based on Walter Winchell) just at the moment he emerges from the Stork Club, sees a tough Irish cop breaking up a drunken brawl.

His comment? "I love this dirty town."


Posted by: ricpic on November 21, 2004 03:18 PM

Thanks for the link to, and just in time for Thanksgiving! Wow, what luck! Bloater Pate will be just the thang on my celery sticks this year, good-bye boring pimento cheese!

Posted by: Cowtown Pattie on November 22, 2004 11:59 PM

Tatyana -- Cigars show up in the strangest places ... Tks for the link, too.

Ricpic -- There are so many punchy-pungent lines and scenes in that movie. Amazing to realize that it was a flop when it was released. I wonder why.

Pattie -- Mmmmm, sounds good!

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on November 23, 2004 12:13 PM

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