The looked at Merle crossing paths with Maria Montez within the Universal commisary is just too delicious.
David, I recall Powell stating that and in addition thought it had been insanely odd. I have the impression that a lot of Hollywood individuals, whatever variety of casual slurs they might utter, simply sort of shrugged it off–when these people weren’t resting with both sexes like rabbits in temperature, this is certainly. (that is not a critique, head you, i believe the rabbits-in-heat component is certainly one of Hollywood’s great charms. ) I’ve heard of Turhan Bey extravaganza and seeing Oberon in costume because of it simply enables you to believe that people were consciously ignoring the most obvious.
P.S. Warmest congrats in the Red Shoes gig!! Which will be a pleasure to read. To celebrate the bicentenary of Chopin’s delivery this 12 months, i am hoping to find and re-watch A Song to keep in mind, with Cornel Wilde as Chopin and Queenie by herself as George Sand, constantly attempting to take Chopin away to Majorca. We remember it being a undoubtedly terrible movie, but i am not exactly the snob I happened to be once I saw it (or simply a various type of snob). It will have one or more priceless scene, though: while Chopin, newly found its way to Paris from Poland, has been told he is too old to be a young child prodigy ( that he undoubtedly is), he hears their music being played within the room across the street. Whom ought to be playing it however the planet’s pianist that is greatest, Franz Liszt? Chopin joins within the performance, so that as the 2 guys shake arms, each goes on playing the songs, one hand each. Ridiculous. Marvellous.
My fave rabbit-in-heat has long been Burt Lancaster.
David, my RIH that is favorite is Reed. He had been therefore unapologetically sleazy it becomes actually endearing.
Estienne, we saw the Chopin movie many years and many years ago, and I also do not remember that scene. I really do keep in mind Paul Muni planning to see Oberon-as-Sand whenever Chopin is dying. She actually is posing for a painter (wait she isn’t about to go running off to some deathbed for it) and icily tells Muni. I’m able to still remember her snapping, “Continue, Mr. Delacroix! ” But that is about all i could dredge up from memory. We bet it appears great, however.
Anybody seen Queenie in This Love of Ours, dir. William Dieterle? May be worthwhile, with him in the helm.
Showing on which took place with Oberon, things have not changed that much. The Hawaiian born Maggie Q had to head to Hong Kong in order to become a film celebrity. She actually is just gotten a few supporting functions in big Hollywood movies, although a revival associated with television show Nikita might alert the public from what us Hong Kong film watchers have actually recognized for years. Nor could be the demand racially proper casting restricted for this part regarding the hemisphere, as there have been complaints regarding Ms. Quigley’s starring within the duration epic Three Kingdoms.
Ah, but Song to consider has its own priceless scenes (if he goes on this concert trip it’s going to literally and also destroy him! ” “Discontinue that alleged polonaise nonsense! Though i really hope my memory is not playing tricks): “”
Ida Lupino as Cathy, though We hear Yojimboen clucking skeptically 3,000 kilometers away.
In reality, Delacroix’s portrait of Sand ended up being a dual portrait with Chopin (here is the famous one on innumerable Chopin tracks). He later slice the canvas in 2.
Peter, whenever Lincoln Center revived Carousel a little while right straight back they cast a black colored girl in a vital part and also you would not think the whining from some individuals. Maggie Q is definitely great, she has that don’t-fuck-with-me-I’m-a-goddess quality that we revere in every my feminine stars.
XT, i did not also recognize Delacroix actually painted Sand, I was thinking that has been the moviemakers saying, “let’s slot an additional duration celebrity! ” the real method they so frequently did. Now I seem to recall that there is an awful lot of “should Chopin FIGHT for Poland! ” stuff that I cast back my memory. Will it be on DVD, We wonder?
Siren, did you ever reach start to see the Epic That Never ended up being? We discussed it here a few years ago if I recall.
I am to you regarding the Merle appeal. Extremely breathtaking, but little draw.
Duprez, on the other hand, put the whammy on me years ago june. Back when American Movie Classics revealed American movie classics (without disruption, believe it or not), we viewed (and re-watched) June into the faux horror movie, The Brighton Strangler (1945). No major accomplishment, however it had a strange aura about this.
Forgive my stupidity, exactly what’s a bunny in temperature?
We read a little about Merle Oberon’s denial of her mom into the Norma Shearer biography. I possibly couldn’t assist but hate her a little.
I’ve pale skin so does my mom but my grandmother is just a dark-skinned dominican girl with blended history of Spanish, Taino and African. My mom (nor we for instance) would never ever reject her, or conceal her, or refer to her as any such thing aside from just exactly what this woman is. I realize that Merle Oberon arises from another time, but I’m able to never ever get together again the denial of 1 very very own’s history. In my opinion it is simply plain incorrect.
Great post! Many thanks.
Siren, if we had been adept at these plain things i’d offer a hyperlink to D’s Sand portrait. Delacroix had been an extremely close friend of Chopin and Sand.
I do believe all of us agree totally that the recording of imaginative genius (ok, not Sand, though she ended up being a fantastic girl) is hopeless. The reason why, i believe, Impromptu did wonders was so it portrayed contemporary “creative” types masquerading as Chopin, Liszt (Julian Sands, for Jesus’s benefit! ), Delacroix, Sand (do not keep in mind if Musset made the cut).
Flickhead, that is simply me personally choosing an animal that seemingly have a dynamic love life. I guess I could also provide gone with kitties or dogs and sometimes even pigeons.
Raquelle, this piece that is whole me determining whether or perhaps not to hate Merle. I nevertheless haven’t composed my brain and perhaps We never ever will.
I might just simply simply take every thing compiled by Higham and Moseley having a huge grain of sodium, honestly. Oberon ended up being a tremendously good actress. Wuthering Heights had been great along with her performance in Divorce of Lady X revealed her talent that is comic as. We additionally like Beloved Enemy and First goes Courage with Brian Aherne. I do not understand why Oberon is really so usually maligned, frankly. We usually seen her described as just stunning and that bothers me personally. Demonstrably everybody is eligible to their viewpoint, but we wonder just just exactly how gossip that is much her remedy for her mother effect people’s judgment of her skill.
Sweet to see some shout-outs to June Duprez. None however the heart that is lonely a definitely better movie on her behalf being inside it.
I believe that Cathy in “WUTHERING HEIGHTS” had been certainly one of her most readily useful roles. Oberon had been crazy sufficient within the part without going over-the-top. And I also question that Wyler could have permitted her to portray Cathy such an over-emotional way.
Have actually I ever been a major fan of oberon? No, I have not. But we nevertheless think that she had been a fairly damn good actress whenever the part demanded it.
Wyler’s ”Wuthering Heights” is decent in many respects, it receives the brutal nature for the course relations within the guide and Olivier is Heathcliff but Merle Oberon is simply too innocent and too nice which Cathy was not.”