A Day without laughter is a day wasted-Charlie Chaplin
Above: Salvador Dali’s design for the deleted ballroom scene in the dream sequence in Spellbound (1945, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
Below: Gregory Peck & Ingrid Bergman in the ballroom scene
“In order to create this impression [of oppressiveness and unease], I will have to hang fifteen of the heaviest and most lavish pianos possible from the ceiling of the ballroom, swinging very low over the heads of the dancers. These would be in exalted dance poses, but they would not move at all, they would only be diminishing silhouettes in a very accelerated perspective, losing themselves in infinite darkness.”
[Spellbound producer David O. Selznick, worried about costs, decided to suspend miniature pianos from the ceiling. To correct the consequent problems with perspective, the studio employed forty dwarfs to dance in the scene]
“The miniature pianos didn’t at all give the impression of real pianos suspended from ropes ready to crack and casting sinister shadows on the ground…and the dwarfs, one saw, simply, that they were dwarfs. Neither Hitchcock nor I liked the result and we decided to eliminate this scene. In truth, the imagination of Hollywood experts will be the one thing that will ever have surpassed me.”
-Salvador Dali, Dali News, 20 Nov. 1945
Ziegfeld Follies dancer, Irene Delroy by Alfred Cheney Johnston c. 1927
Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly backstage at the Academy Awards on March 21, 1956 photographed by Allan Grant
Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor aka Elizabeth Taylor | February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011I have often have wondered what kind of a person I would be today if I did not have these enormous guilts — if everything had gone easily and I had not made such horrific mistakes. I think I would have been the most awful, pontifical goody two shoes. I was really so smug, so sweet, so good, so spoiled — so intolerant of anybody else’s downfall. But tragedy, mistakes, and shame for your mistakes cannot leave you untouched. All the superficial things that one gave so much value to before — money, luxury, indulging in whims — calamity makes them seem so incidental. I swear to God I’d be just as happy living with Richard and the kids in a shack. And I treat the happiness I have now with great respect, great appreciation, because I know how fragile and precarious it is — how easily it can go.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELIZABETH!
Clara Bow in Dancing Mothers (1926)
Joseph Cotten & Orson Welles on the set of The Third Man (1949, dir. Carol Reed) (via)
A Trip to the Moon (Inspiration for Scorsese’s “Hugo”)
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This is Charlie Chaplin in his second Mutual film “The Fireman” 1916
First love, last love
it’s only love
it’s only love.