September 04, 2016
Nicole and Hamlette have both nominated my little blog for the Liebster Award, and I am incredibly honored and flattered! The award requires you to answer 11 questions posed by the person who nominated you (so I'm answering 22 in this post) and then draft your own 11 questions to be answered by the 11 other bloggers that you choose to nominate. (ps. I've seen this award floating around ever since I started blogging in 2009 and I've always been curious about where "Liebster" came from, but never bothered to actually look it up until now. If you're equally curious, here's a post that explains its origins!)
Are there any movie locations you would like to visit?
I’d have to actually go back in time to see this, but I would LOVE to visit the ice castle from Doctor Zhivago. I think it’s one of the most beautiful locations ever filmed.
Do you share a birthday with a famous someone?
The most famous person would be Grace Kelly, but my favorite birthday twin is Jacques Tourneur, the director of Cat People and I Walked With a Zombie!
Which films are on the top of your to-watch list?
I made a list of 30 movies to watch before I turn 30 and with two months to go I’ve only watched 9 of them. Oops!! So those would definitely be at the top of my to-watch list. The ones that I’m most excited about are The Sting, Out 1, and Red Desert. I have the whole list on letterboxd here.
If you were to make a biopic, who would it be about?
I would like to make one on Olga Horstig-Primuz. She was a French talent agent who represented icons like Brigitte Bardot, Charlotte Rampling, and Michele Morgan! She even introduced Jane Fonda to Roger Vadim! I’m especially interested in her personally because she happened to represent both of my favorite actors, Dirk Bogarde and Alain Delon. Her autobiography is only available (as far as I know) in French so I’ve slowly been translating it with the help of an app, and then cleaning up the translation manually. Ideally I’d love to eventually do some more research on her and try to get something published in English. I think her story seems absolutely fascinating so far, and she had such a far-reaching impact on European cinema. And in a climate where female voices are struggling to be heard, I think it would be refreshing to see a biopic on a woman who had such a huge influence in the filmmaking community.
What are your other hobbies and interests?
Right now my main interest outside of movies would be travel. I’ve got the wanderlust bug, and I’ve got it BAD. I also love reading, although I don’t get to do it nearly as often as I’d like to. (Related: I’m determined to finish four more books for Raquel’s summer reading challenge before September 15th!)
Is there a film that appeals to your aesthetics?
Off the top of my head I’d say Elevator to the Gallows. I just re-watched it last month, and Jeanne Moreau wandering aimlessly around Paris in the rain is everything I aspire to be. If I could live in that movie I would. There are so many others though, it really all depends on my mood. Lately the ennui of black and white French melodrama has swallowed me whole but catch me in a few months and I might say Sinatra’s Come Blow Your Horn is more up my alley. Who knows!
If you could visit a specific era, which one would it be?
The 1960’s! Hands down. No question.
How did your interest in classic cinema evolve?
It started with Audrey Hepburn in How to Steal a Million when I was 13, then quickly evolved into a full-fledged obsession within a year. In high school I interviewed Robert Osborne for a school project, pasted photos of Robert Montgomery and Rudolph Valentino to my notebooks and made a website about the mysterious death of Paul Bern, Jean Harlow’s husband. Along the way my interests hopped from mainstream 50’s classics to pre-code cinema to 1960’s spy capers to mid-century British films before I settled on a pretty steady diet of pre-codes and foreign films from the 60’s-70’s in the last six years.
Which film would you like to see on the big screen?
Le Samourai. I actually got to see it (IN PARIS, OMG!) in July but it’s still at the top of my list. It’ll be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year so I’m crossing my fingers that it’s on the TCMFF schedule. I’m not holding my breath, though, since the 2017 festival theme is comedy and Le Samourai isn’t exactly funny.
Is there a movie you wish you could have taken part in?
I’m going to go with Purple Noon. It’s my favorite movie, it has prime Alain Delon and Maurice Ronet in it and it takes place along the Italian coast. That sounds like a pretty fantastic shoot to be a part of! :)
Are there any actors or directors you would like to learn more about?
Francois Truffaut. I just finished a pretty hefty biography on him but I’m still hungry for more. I love him as a director, but I love him even more as a person/movie fan. His love of cinema absolutely makes my heart burst. And from everything I’ve read so far he seemed like such a genuine, beautiful human being. I have a book of his correspondence and I think that’ll be my next read after I finish the book I’m currently working on.
Is there a movie that has really yummy-looking food in it that you'd love to eat?
Off the top of my head I can’t think of any, but I will have to come back and edit this answer later when something springs to mind. Because I KNOW there are movies that make me want to be able to eat the food the characters are eating. I think it might happen to me more often with tv shows than movies, though, simply because tv characters eat pizza or chinese takeout (two of my biggest weaknesses) way more often than classic film characters do, lol.
What era do most of your favorite movies take place in?
The 1960’s! Hands down. No question.
What two actors/actresses have you always hoped would make a movie together, but didn't/haven't yet?
I would have loved to see a movie with Dirk Bogarde and Alain Delon together. Dirk was originally supposed to play Trotsky opposite Alain (as his assassin) in The Assassination of Trotsky before Richard Burton got the role. Burton is fantastic, but I would have loved to see that combination!
If money and time and supplies (and crafting ability) were not considerations, what movie character would you love to cosplay or dress up like for Halloween?
Maybe Sophia Loren’s character in Arabesque. But only if I get to do like seven costume changes throughout my Halloween party so I don’t have to narrow it down to one outfit!
Have you ever cosplayed or dressed up like a movie or TV character for Halloween?
Yes! I can’t remember if I’ve ever dressed like a movie character (surprisingly!) but in the last few years I was Angela from The Office, Dana Scully from The X-Files, Princess Unicorn from The Office and Helena from Orphan Black. Usually I have my costume picked out almost a year in advance but with only 2 months to go until Halloween I’m still totally stumped on what to do this year!
What movie would your friends/family be surprised to learn you truly enjoyed?
hmm… I’m going to go with PS. I Love You. It’s the worst kind of sappy romantic drama/comedy/whatever that usually doesn’t appeal to me AT ALL. It has a happy ending. It’s from 2007. Usually the only way you’ll get me to watch something like this is if I have a crush on the lead actor, but I don’t even like Gerard Butler that much. But for some reason I’ve seen this movie like four times, and I enjoy it every time. I DO NOT EVEN KNOW WHY.
What's one book you hope no one ever makes into a film?
A lot of my favorite books have already been turned into movies, so I’m just going to list one that I have no intention of ever watching — The Bell Jar. When I read it, it felt (to me) like a story that was too sacred to be moved away from the page. I don’t want to see an actress playing Esther. I think if it *had* to be made into a movie, it’s currently in good hands and hopefully it will turn out okay… but I have zero interest in seeing it myself.
Do you know the Wilhelm Scream when you hear it?
NOOOOOOOOO!!!! But I wish I had an ear for it!
When a character onscreen has to hold their breath, to you try to hold your breath to match theirs?
Yes!! Sometimes I even hold my breath when the characters don’t have to. I get physically wrapped up in movies way too often, haha!
What upcoming movies (or TV series) are you excited about?
Right now I’m excited to see The Light Between Oceans, and my local movie theater is showing Journey to Italy in November so I’m excited about that! TV wise, I’m looking forward to Bill Nye’s new Netflix show that’s coming out next year. And I’m hoping to see what all the fuss is about and settle down to binge-watch Stranger Things sometime soon.
What are some of your favorite movie-oriented blogs? (Or just blogs that post movie reviews sometimes.)
I’m ashamed to say this since I’m a movie blogger who always feels like nobody is reading her blog but… I don’t really get to read movie blogs or reviews as often as I’d like to. I need to rectify that and then come back and update this with a list or something!
Last time I did a blog award nobody that I nominated answered my questions, but I thought they were pretty fun and clever so I'm going to use the same ones all over again, lol. And this time I'm not going to nominate anyone in particular -- if there is actually somebody out there who is reading my blog, consider yourself nominated! Here are the questions:
1. If you were stuck on a desert island with one actor, who would you pick?
2. If you were stuck on a desert island with one actress, who would you pick? (Note - this is not necessarily your favorite actor/actress, but someone you'd want to spend months, years, possibly the rest of your life eating coconuts and building sandcastles with)
3. If you were stuck on a desert island and could only watch one movie on repeat for the rest of your life, which would you pick?
4. If you were stuck on a desert island with any movie character, who would you pick?
5. If you could watch a movie with any two actors/actresses stuck on a desert island together, who would you pick? If you've got some free time, elaborate a bit on the plot!
6. Who is the last actor you would ever want to be stuck on a desert island with (cough, Tyrone Power, cough)?
7. You're stuck on a desert island with Edmund O'Brien. What actor shows up in a giant pirate ship to whisk you away to safety and/or a life of adventure on the high seas?
8. If you were stuck on a desert island with a movie cook, who would you choose -- Felix from Christmas in Connecticut or Mildred from Mildred Pierce? Who would make the most out of all the coconuts and tree bark?
9. If you were stuck on a desert island with me, what movie would you force me to watch? I can't get away! I can't escape! I HAVE TO WATCH IT!
10. You're on a life raft with Herbert Marshall, Joel McCrea and Laraine Day but your weight is sinking the raft. Do you: a) sacrifice yourself to save these three amazing actors or b) push one of them into the water. If you chose b, who did you push and why?!
11.If you could choose any movie animal to be stuck on an island with, who would you pick? Some ideas -- Asta, Lassie, Pongo, Perdita, The Pie, Cat (from Breakfast at Tiffany's)
And thank you again to Nicole and Hamlette! It might seem silly to say this, but the fact that you chose my blog (and the fact that you visit and read and comment!) means an awful lot to me, more than I can say, and I'm incredibly grateful. Thank you!