Film review: camelot


this stodgy 1967 filmm uses the King Arthur story from T H white’s TheOnceandFutureKing, itself a redux of lemort du king arthur, Thefilm is also a musical, unfortunately neither leads can sing very well. The songs are splendid, including Camelot, atke Me to the fair and I wonder what theKing is doing to night. The filkm one 2 oscars: for 

More Famous Film actor suicides

More Famous Film actor suicides

Maggie McNamara

Capable but short lived actress.


Herman Bing

Plump, explosive German who was a former assitant to F W Murnau.Image

Ross Alexander 


Leading man of the thirties. He was on stage from his teens. Married actresses Aleta Freel and Anne Nagel. Shot himself aged thirty.


 Gia Scala 

Italian leading lady who made a few films (Guns of Navarone) but died of a drugs overdose.


Clara Bladick

She usually played Aunts, her most famous role was in the Wizard of Oz.



Famous movie suicides

aside from stars who have passed away naturally or died on film in mysterious circumstances, the list of

actors committing suicide is surprisingly long



the most prominent are:

George Sanders

The star of Hitchcock classics Rebecca and the Foreign Agent, the super suave Sanders killed himself in 1972, because he couldn’t accept his fading fortunes and the loss of his status.

Pier Angeli (1932 – 1971)

sensitive looking Italian actress married to Vic Damone, she committed suicide in 1971. cause; pills

Charles Boyer (1899-1978)

Gentlemanly French actor mostly in intrenational films, went to Hollywood in 1929, and gained a reputation as a great lover. He committed suicide following the death of his wive of 44 years

Charles Butterworth (1896 – 1946)

Balding american comic actor who through the ’30s played his own role of shy upper class bachelor, never getting the girl and sometimes drowning his sorrows in drink, He died in a car crash.

Dorothy Dandridge (1922 – 1965)

American leading actress of unrecognised potential. she begain in films as a child but found few roles as an adult. Known for Carmen Jones and Porgy Bess. she died in poverty due to an overdose of drugs.

Albert Dekker

Dutch stage actor of long experience, his films are disappointing, Hanged himself in 1968, and left a suicide note in lipstick.

Alan Ladd

The star of Shane was handicapped by his size – he was 5 feet five inches but audiences rooted for him  He never displayed much interest in acting and was more concerned with what clothes his character would wear, he died as the result of alcohol and an overdose of sleeping pills.

Carol Landis – (1919 – 1948)

Uninhibited blonde leading actress, Credits include Turnabout and It Shouldn’t Happen to a dog. She was married four times, the first at 15. she killed herself over a failing love affair with Rex Harrison.

George Reeves

The actor who played Superman on TV, his life was filmed as the movie Hollywoodland. Typecast,he found no other roles to play, Became a wrestler, Shot himself in 1959.

Jean Seberg

The girlfriend of Jean Paul Belmondo in  A Bout de Souffle, she was found dead in her car at the age of 41.

Everett Sloane

incisive actor introduced to Hollywood by Orson Welles. Famous line; ‘old age. Mr thompson. Its the only disease you don’t enjoy being cured of.

Margaret Sullivan (1911 – 1960)

A leading actress of the thirties, she had a special whimsical quality that was unique. Her first three husbands were HENRY FONDA, William Wyler and Leland Hayward.

Lupe Velez (1908 -1944)

Temperamental Mexican leading lady best remembered with Leon Errel in the Mexican spitfire series.she was married to Johnny Weissmuller and committed suicide when pregnant after a love affair went wrong.

Gig Young

Light comedy leading man with a pleasant bemused air, committed suicide after killling his fifth wife. He was previosly married to actress Elizabeth Montgomery. 



I really cannot stress how much I have been enjoying this series.

set in Lillehammer, the northern city in Norway which was host to the 1994 Winter games, its about a Chicago gangster forced to hide out in Norway as part of his relocation process.


just as desperate Housewives uincovered the dark underbelly of the rich suburban elite, lily hammer suggests that even a country as socially democratic and egalitarian as Norway may not be quite as fair as we could imagine, so much so that the gangster is made almost noble by his dealings by the very people who should be above corruption and protectionism. For instance, in the first episode Johnny uncovers compromising photos of the social worker who has been assigned to help him assimilate in the country.

time and again the gangster is made to appear an unlikely hero in the face of nitpicking bureaucracy and pointless regulations. So when he goes to buy a pram which is the most expensive and best in the shop, we know that we can’t trust the seller, indeed only moments later we watch him attempt and fail to collapse the pram and destroy it, and we know that the store will try not to accept any responsibility.

Last episode we saw was when the rival gangsters from New York had got hold of his whereabouts. this was another skillful demonstration of who the real bad guys are. Not Giovanni Henriksen, new in town and already a local hero and expectant father of twins, but the heartless and cold-blooded murderers who on their first day savagely assualt a gas station attendant.

The season has two episodes yet to air. Let us hope there are more to follow.

Bob Dylan Rolling Stone interview

Here are the best bits from the Cover story on B.D.:

Why do you have the need to reshape things? 

Because that’s the nature of existence. Nothing stays where it is for long.

You’v described what you do as a calling.

everybody has a calling, don’t they?

some have a high calling, some have a low calling, There is a lot of distraction for people, so you might never find the real you, No kind of life is fulfilling if your soul hasn’t been redeemed,

What’s your estimation of president Obama?

you should be saking his wife what she thinks of him., She’s the only one that matters,,,,

Look, I only met him a few times, He loves music, he’s personable, What the fuck do you want me to say?

On the ‘Tempest album’: There’s plenty of death songs. you nay well know in folk songs every other song deals with death, As far as agreeing with the common consensus of what my songs mean or don’t mean, its just foolish

Clearly the language of the Bible still provides imagery in your songs.

\of course, how could it not? I believe in the Book of Revelation, There’s truth in all books, You can’t go through life without reading some kind of book.

when you sY THt those who conjecture about you don;’t really understand, does that mean you feel misunderstood?

It doesn’t mean that all!  (laughs) I mean, who’s there, like, to understand? I mean – no, no.Just the opposite, Who’s supposed to understand? My in-laws? Am I supposed to be some misunderstood artist living in the attic? You tell me. What’s there to understand? Please, can we stop now?




Old films vs new films

I prefer old films generally to older films, and I’d rather watch a film that I’ve seen before than risk watching an old one. The situation gets more acute as the number of old films that I want to see diminishes in number, a few Hitchcock’s some Bergman’s and some of the Italian masters Fellini and Antonioni. perhaps after watching those films somebody will have made a film I actually want to watch.

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