Film: Beautiful Darling

Posted March 21st by in Film


Candy Darling

Beautiful Darling, a documentary film, pays tribute to the short but influential life of an extraordinary person — the actress Candy Darling, born James Slattery in a Long Island suburb in 1944. Drawn to the feminine from childhood, by the mid-Sixties James had become Candy, a gorgeous, blonde actress and well-known downtown New York figure. Candy’s career took her READ MORE….

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Lonely Nights

Posted March 19th by in Film

a short film by Oliver Maxwell Kupper for Pas Un Autre

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8mm Fragments 2

Posted March 16th by in Film

Shot by Oliver Maxwell Kupper for Pas Un Autre

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8mm FRAGMENTS 1

Posted March 13th by in Film

Shot by Oliver Maxwell Kupper for Pas Un Autre

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Italian Style on the Silver Screen

Posted March 10th by in Film

A major collection of rare images depicting the influence of Italian style in film will be unveiled at an exhibition at Proud Chelsea,  which launched last Tuesday with a private viewing. The exhibition has been curated by celebrated top photographer Rankin and Italian fashion writer, film expert and cultural commentator Anna Battista in conjunction with Peroni Nastro Azzurro. The exhibition officially opened yesterday at Proud Chelsea and from there will tour another four UK cities , until Saturday 2nd April where it finishes in Bristol. The Peroni Collection – Italian Style on the Silver Screen explores the relationship between Italian fashion design and its enduring influence on film making, image making and characterisation. The exhibition will feature rare and never seen before images and costumes from the cinematic world. The Peroni Collection references not only classic Italian films like Ladri di Biciclette and Bellissima, but also more contemporary titles (including American Psycho and Casino Royale). The images, taken from classic Italian film and fashion archives from around the world, showcase the beauty of Italian fashion on celluloid. www.proud.co.uk

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Let Us Now Praise Androgyny: Clara Bow in The Wild Party

Posted March 5th by in Fashion, Film, Style

In a publicity shot for sex symbol Clara Bow’s first talkie, ‘The Wild Party’ (1927), she dresses in an unusually masculine style in sleeveless shirt, tie and braces (suspenders).

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Deneuve

Posted February 28th by in Film

Stunningly beautiful, mysterious, ageless, and possessed by a peerless elegance, Catherine Deneuve is one of the most legendary actresses in all of cinema. Over the course of her 40 year career—from early work with film giants like Luis Buñuel, François Truffaut, Roman Polanski, Agnès Varda, and Jacques Demy to later films with celebrated contemporary cineastes like François Ozon, Arnaud Desplechin, Raoul Ruiz, and more—Deneuve has played muse for Europe’s greatest filmmakers, channeling her remarkable beauty and compelling eroticism to create some of cinema’s most iconic roles. Presented in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Institut Francais, a 25-film tribute to the actress being held at the Brooklyn Academy represents only a sliver of the over 100 films she has appeared in during her career. Deneuve runs from March 4 to March 31.  www.bam.org

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Openings: JAMES FRANCO / GUS VAN SANT “Unfinished”

Posted February 24th by in Art, Film

“Unfinished” features two films, Endless Idaho and My Own Private River, which are collaborations between Gus Van Sant and James Franco. After casting Franco in the award-winning film Milk (2008), Van Sant showed him the dailies and other footage that he had shot many years before for My Own Private Idaho (1991), which starred River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves as street hustlers in Portland, Oregon. Much of this material did not make it into the final cut, and so Franco decided to fashion it into two new films, riffing off the original title. The opening is February 26th at the Gagosian in Beverly Hills and runs till April 9. www.gagosian.com

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Goodbye Tura Satana! Into the Great Wild Beyond You Go….

Posted February 8th by in Film

Tura Satana, who is best known for her roll as Varla in Russ Meyer’s 1965 cult film Faster Pussycat! Kill Kill!,has died. She lived fast, strange, and long; at one point even turning down a marriage proposal from Elvis Preseley. Bon voyage Tura Satana!

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Stolen Youth: In Memory of Maria Shneider

Posted February 5th by in Film, Sex

Maria Shneider, who was paid $4,000 dollars to star opposite Marlon Brandon in Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris, has died at the age of 58; she will be buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

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