Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.

Friday, 26 February 2010

Blonde Crazy ?

London's National Film Theatre is running a season on cinema blondes. Since you ask, its GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES / RED DUST / I'M NO ANGEL / BECKY SHARP (Miriam Hopkins as the first Technicolor blonde?) / TO BE OR NOT TO BE / I MARRIED A WITCH / CASQUE D'OR / IT SHOULD HAPPEN TO YOU / YIELD TO THE NIGHT / WILD STRAWBERRIES / MARNIE / IMITATION OF LIFE / LE MEPRIS / BELLE DE JOUR / GLORIA and BASIC INSTINCT.

Intriguing enough, but no room for Jean Seberg, Kim Novak, Janet Leigh, Carroll Baker in her 60s sexbomb period, Belinda Lee [England's other blonde siren], Jayne in THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT or art-house goddess Monica as MODESTY BLAISE or her hilarious role in LE FATE or THE '50s siren Anita Ekberg or that other great exotic, Ursula Andress? Then there's the more 'everyday' blondes like Joanne Woodward, Carol Lynley, Tuesday Weld, Doris Day and ..... those other iconic Hitchock blondes as exemplified by Grace Kelly, Eva Marie Saint, Madeleine Carroll and the glacial Ann Todd.


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