“No, I never loved you, Walter, not you or anybody else. I’m rotten to the heart.” - Double Indemnity (1944)
[Christmas with Bette - Part III] Another memorable Christmas was in London. Bette was to stay in one of the apartments at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane. Knowing that she liked a Christmas tree I went to the suite before she got there and set up a 5 foot tree. When she arrived I received a call. She was thrilled and touched by the gesture and insisted that my parents and I join them for Christmas dinner. As we drove there my father was very apprehensive, which always mad him bad tempered, but he needn’t have been. It was a perfectly delightful day. Bette was very warm and wonderful and we all had a wonderful time. (Roy Mosely, Bette Davis an Intimate Portrait)
[Christmas with Bette - Part II] One year I saw Bette more moved than I had ever seen her. Each Christmas B.D. gave her a new date book. They were nothing elaborate, just simple diaries bound in red board that Bette could fill with her jottings in red ink. One year B.D. wrote an inscription in the front, from an old Jewish proverb: “Because God is so busy, he invented mothers”. Bette was moved to tears as she read it for the first time and thoughout the day every time she showed the present to someone else, she cried afresh. It was exactly the sort of message which she always wanted to hear from B.D. (Roy Mosely, Bette Davis an Intimate Portrait)
[Christmas with Bette - Part I] Christmas Day always started the same way. We all had to eat ‘gruel’ like something from a genuine Dickensian Christmas story. It was a sort of porridge, unlike anything I had ever eaten before. The present opening ceremony began at 10 am after we had finished the gruel and Bette had very set ideas on how it should be conducted. Each person had to open one present in turn. The only problem was that Bette received seven hundred presents each year, while the rest of us had half a dozen. The result was that we always ended up watching her opening parcel after parcel. She did her best to even things up by sending Vik out to buy lots of little things for everyone else, but presents kept arriving for her every ten minutes during the fortnight before Christmas and there was no way she could provide us with anything comparable. (Roy Mosely, Bette Davis an Intimate Portrait)
“They told me to take a street-car named Desire, and transfer to one called Cemeteries, and ride six blocks and get off at—Elysian Fields!” - A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
"When you’re between any sort of devil and the deep blue sea, the deep blue sea sometimes looks very inviting" - The Deep Blue Sea (1955)
One of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Perhaps because of the long wait or the great expectation that I had. After 15 years of waiting, I managed to see this film at the film festival organized by the BFI in London, on the occasion of Vivien Liegh’s 100th.
Vivien Leigh for the first time on the big screen at BFI, London. And I was there.
It’s the100th Anniversary of birth of one of the most beautiful, talented, enigmatic and unforgettable actresses of Old Hollywood: Vivien Leigh. She chose to work in a few good film. She devoted herself to the theater. All remember her as Scarlett O’Hara, but she wasn’t just Scarlett O’Hara. She was Scarlett, Myra Lester, Blanche Dubois, Lady Macbeth, Cleopatra, Anna Karenina, Emma Hamilton, Hester Collyer, Karen Stone, Anna Petrova. She loved intensely, as she suffered intensely. Her life was troubled. A life in constant struggle against mental illness that destroied her. Today I want to remember it with you with Shakespeare’s words:
"Now boast thee death in thy possession lies a lass unparalleled".
Happy centenary my love, my immortal, my everithing!
"…and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death." (Elizabeth Browning)
"Thanks for the tip. But when anything I wear doesn’t please Stephen, I take it off" - The Women (1939)