Monday, 25 January 2016

Everything but the bloodhounds snappin' at her rear end.


I've always thought that Margo Channing is a magnificent film character. Waspish, loyal, wise-cracking, vulnerable, petulent and totally believable this diva played with gleeful gusto by Bette Davis has always been my hero.

Who is your cinematic hero?
And why?

It's a blustery , no news day here in Trelawnyd.....time for a bit of frivolity me thinks.

75 comments:

  1. Norma Desmond, a glamorous, batshit crazy survivor with a fabulous house and a, um, er, "pool" boy.

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  2. Scarlett O'Hara . lol ... I have quite a fondness for her and the idea of Thinking About It Another Day.

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  3. That moving picture is great!
    Movie heroes? Well I wouldn't say I have any but I have admired the work of many including Dustin Hoffman, Tom Hanks, Cate Blanchett and the brilliant Steven Spielberg. Nobody gets it right every time but when they do, it's magic and one's life is somehow enriched.

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  4. Jane Fonda in On Golden Pond, she finally stood up to her father.

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  5. cheating slightly with TV - Maury Chaykin as Nero Wolfe. Bombastic,lazy, blustering, obsessed with orchids and food; his arguments with Fritz his chef in the midst of a case are a wonder of detail. The sets, scripts, costumes and cinematography are worthy of a film and unbelievably sumptuous.

    And of course Maryl Streep as Julia Childs - amazing!

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  6. Kay Francis as the worldly, wise Mme. Colet in Trouble in Paradise, with the equally gallant Yolande Bavan as Betty in Parting Glances not far behind.

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    1. An interesting choice...off to google her

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  7. Gena Davis in A Long Kiss Goodnight... even if it is an amnesia-flick...

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    1. Yes ! she was so tough and cool ! I wanted to be just like her .... in my next life .. I am too short in this one :)

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    2. Its a pity she doesnt appear much nowadays

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    3. Absolutely love that film

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  8. Katherine Hepburn. She was all class, no matter what role she played, always the star in my book.

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  9. This may be no surprise you but my heroes are Lassie, Fury and a dog named Piney.

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    1. Since I wanted to be a horse when I was small, I wanted to be Black Beauty.

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    2. Skippy the kangeroo here

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    3. Champion the Wonder Horse. I GALLOPED everywhere until I was eleven....

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    4. It's good to know I'm not alone.

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    5. Wanda , did you make those funny whinny noises ?

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  10. Has to be John Hurt, the man has such sublime expressions of humanity written across his face in every part he plays. I loved him in Scandal, but as Winston Smith in 1984 he was superb.

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    1. I liked him in captain corelli's mandolin
      That man can play greek..... Btw he looks like tom stephenson

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  11. Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blain in Casablanca.
    Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.
    Nobody ever loved me that much.
    The Germans wore gray, you wore blue.
    Fate, it would seem, has taken a hand.
    As a matter of fact I've heard a lot of stories in my time. They go along with the sound of a tinny piano playing in the parlor downstairs. Mister, I met a man once they usually begin. I guess neither one of our stories is very funny.
    I drive my husbear nuts because I recite the dialogue just slightly ahead of the film.

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    1. I do that with Poseidon Adventure and Towering Inferno
      Ver batum

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  12. Love Bette! I often repeat her personal quote "Old age ain't no place for sissies". Boy, was she right, lol! I think you would enjoy the book Me and Jezebel: When Bette Davis Came for Dinner - and Stayed, and Stayed, and Stayed... True story, very funny!

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    1. I'll look that up cheers

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  13. Meg Ryan .... 'When Harry Met Sally' anyone who can do a fake orgasm in a cafe and then continue with her coffee and the conversation is okay in my book ;-)

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    1. She was incredibly cute but after she had the lips done, i think she lost things

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  14. Katherine Hepburn, Maureen O'Hara, Gregory Peck, and Cary Grant were my favorites from old films. Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Tom Hanks, Gael García Bernal, Ewan McGregor, Javier Bardem from today....

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    1. Mr Bardem very very cool

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  15. Lauren Bacall - 'you just put your lips together and blow' .............!!!

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    1. Even gay men melted when she said that

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  16. Shelley Winters, especially in Poseidon Adventure, lovely actress! Greetings Maria x

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    1. Omg Belle Rosen ! Another of my heros!

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  17. Well, she's technically a theatrical rather than a cinematic hero, but I saw the movie version with Vivian Leigh long before I saw the stage version. Blanche DuBois. She hangs on to her ideals--I don't necessarily cotton to all her ideals, just the hanging on to them--in spite of all odds, including the odds imposed by a big fellow in a torn T-shirt with his own unique set of ideals--and still manages to strike up a friendship with a stranger at the end.

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    1. I saw gillian anderson in the NT version....good...but not as good as vivian

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  18. Loving Gael Garcia Bernal in Mozart in the Jungle. A must binge watch. Have yo seen it John?

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    1. No, another i am off to research

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  19. Lady Penelope from Thunderbirds (well the voice anyway!) and Elizabeth Taylor - beautiful eyes.

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  20. Well Judi Dench of course - we are more or less the same age and she has more sexiness in her little finger than I have in my complete person. How does she do it?

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  21. Rudy... played by Sean Astin ...in the movie by the same name... God the camera loves him...Hugs! deb

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  22. My choice is a tie between Joan Crawford & Betty Davis. I love movies from the 1940s. Among living actresses/actors I'd have to pick Helen Mirren. I can always count on her to give a wonderful performance.

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  23. My cinematic hero would be Barbara Stanwyck....I believed her.

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    1. Stanwyck ...a gay man in a straight woman's body

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  24. Actor Warner Oland in his persona as Charlie Chan displayed familial devotion, dedication to justice, courage and compassion. His personal story ended in a tragic mystery -- but before the demons overwhelmed him, he managed significant achievements as an actor, writer and translator. He enjoyed a private joke: called a Swede, he hinted that a great-grandmother's adventure allowed him to appear Chinese without make-up, all the while knowing he was an even rarer bird, an ethnic Sami.

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  25. This is a tough one. If it was a question of who I wish I could be like, I'd have to go with Liam Neeson's character in 'Taken'. Totally cool and badass.
    Unfortunately I suspect a more realistic role model would be a cross between Victor Meldrew and Father Jack Hackett.

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    1. Realistic heros have shorter to fall

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  26. Idris Elba... anything with Idris!!!!!

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  27. Al Pacino in the Godfather - sex on a stick!

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  28. I loved most of the characters that Robert Redford played. They were often the same type; quiet, strong and principled. My favorite person he played was Roy Hobbs in The Natural.

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    1. Not forgetting 'The Way we Were'....'It was never uncomplicated, Katy'! Him on the beach wearing that Aran polo-neck and those jeans....sigh.A fine specimen of a man indeed.

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  29. Judith Anderson as Mrs Danvers in Rebecca 1940. Played with such quiet menace. This is my favourite scene. http://youtu.be/V6mt0ChEPLY
    What an interesting conversations you've started John. Now I'm off to google the suggestions above.

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    1. Ps Not a hero but a magnificent character.

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    2. Fingering Rebeccas underwear

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    3. Ha ha ! Exactly, definitely on the slightly unhinged side of devoted.

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  30. I liked Judith Anderson in Rebecca as well! One of my favorite pictures, so atmospheric.

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    1. I loved the lesbian overtones in rebecca

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  31. Wilfred Hyde-White, now that Lauren Bacall has be taken. Oh, and Margaret Rutherford too.

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    1. Interestingly they both always played themselves

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  32. Susan Sarandon-love the juxtaposition between the sweet face and the strong characters she often plays. Kevin Spacey because he actually acts, rather than play himself over and over. Johnny Depp... because he so unabashedly plays dress-up and has fun with it, lol.

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  33. Daniel Day-Lewis and Juliette Binoche, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, they were magnificent as acting goes. These days it is hard for me to make up my mind, so there they stay.

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    1. Ive never liked him but she is a delight loved her in chocolate

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    2. Brilliant film!

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  34. Olivia Newton John in Grease. Just for getting into those trousers!

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    1. She was the one that I wanted

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    2. Ooh ooh ooh honey! Tell me about it, Stud.

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  35. The cinematic force from Oz, Judy Davis, is a perennial favorite. From Hollywood's 'Golden Age', I'd have to say that Barbara Stanwyck ranks high on the list. She was unforgettable in Double Indemnity.

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  36. Peter Sellers ... I love a man who can laugh at himself AND make me laugh :)

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  37. Jack Nicholson in anything.

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