The most mysterious diva

Posted on August 20, 2011

70 years of the most amazing cinematic withdrawal were met: the Greta Garbo. So seductive and enigmatic, after filming "Women of both sides" (1941) did not appear in public again. He died in 1990.

The 90 minutes of "Two faced woman" ("Woman with Two Faces") do not in themselves anything eloquent to the history of cinema. However, over the years this film became a landmark. In this film, the eccentric and mysterious Greta Garbo last performed. Was only 36 years old.

At this unusual old Greta Lovisa Gustafsson-this is his real name decided to leave Hollywood. Not only does re-tread a film studio for the next 49 years (died in 1990) but not allowed out in public. It was the living legend.

Garbo-which not all critics recognized as a virtuoso performance-shined first in silent films. Then in the '30s, he played memorable roles in movies master as Grand Hotel (1932), Queen Christina of Sweden (1933), Anna Karenina (1935) and Ninotchka (1939). They say that in the filming of the latter, Greta and thought about his retirement. They say he was afraid of failure.

Garbo in a scene from his latest film.

Whatever the case, Garbo was the architect of his own myth. Versions confirmed never spoke of latent enmity with Marlene Dietrich, another symbol of the era. Thousand reasons on his lonely hermit character, which gave evidence in 1954, when he left standing to Oscar organizers, who wanted to give an honorary award is also speculated path.

Was kept as a strict reserve against photographers and journalists who managed to grasp sometimes. Deliberately protected sunglasses always those unforeseen sieges.

He died in 1990 and was buried in his native Stockholm. It took many secrets to the grave, if she was not a big secret.

Text: Andrés Bacigalupo

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Frances McDormand, 15 years later

Posted on February 27, 2011

In 1996 the critic and the audience consecrated as a revelation for his brilliant performance in "Fargo". Then come "North Country" and "Burn After Reading".


Before becoming quaint and puzzling police officer Marge Gunderson, Frances McDormand had enough cinematic experience. Had been part of the cast of Raising Arizona 1987) and a year later was placed on the skin Mrs.Spell, the wife of a congressman in racist Mississippi Burning ("Mississippi Burning").


But I still had to spend several years to cherish the most coveted prize of the Academy Awards. This happened exactly fifteen years ago when not only McDormand, but the entire movie, pleasantly surprised audiences and critics, who almost unanimously applauded.
From "Fargo" has said it is among the best films of its decade (critic Roger Erbert) and even in 1998 it was included among the hundred most important films of the first century of American cinema.


Wife and (large) actress

McDormand is married since 1984 with Joel Coen and, a priori, his professional and personal life were always closely linked. She almost always has looked at the films of the Coen brothers though, to be fair, we should mention that has also worked with other filmmakers (Alan Parker, Sam Raimi).
Indeed, one of his last lucimientos was in "Burn After Reading" ( see trailer ), that exquisite black comedy where McDormand plays a mediocre employee fitness blackmailer-turned suddenly in the secret services.

Text: Andrés Bacigalupo
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Another great moment of Annette Bening

Posted on November 17, 2010

11 years ago shocked the critics for her performance in "American Beauty." Now is a lesbian mother in "The kids are all right" and the Oscar dreams finally arrives in 2011.


He debuted late in cinema (at age 30, an age that Hollywood seems "too") and admirer of talent such as Helen Mirren, Liv Ullman and Ingrid Bergman confessed.
Grew actoralmente in supporting roles and in 1999 starred as Carolyn Burnham in "American Beauty", this hysterical woman unable to fully enjoy their marriage for stains on a couch. Bening composed in that film as exquisite as irritating character, the unhappy remember Carolyn as boba repeating the platitudes of self-help books or self-cleaning windows with a psychiatric sick frenzy.


That film's candidateó an Oscar finally took Hillary Swank (for "Boys Do not Cry") but now, they say, the statue would not be so elusive in March 2011. Their role in The Kids Are All Right movie investigates new families emerged from gay marriage, has been highly praised by critics again stressed that his interpretive sensitivity and gestural capacity.
Married to Warren Beatty since 1992, was in 2004 Bening star in "Being Julia," dramatic comedy in which he starred none other than Jeremy Irons.

Text: Andrés Bacigalupo

Garland, the magic does not end

Posted on October 15, 2010

72 years ago began the filming of "The Wizard of Oz," one of the highest grossing films in history. With this film, Judy Garland became a young star and later a myth.

The year was 1938 and the Queen of innocence in U.S. film named Shirley Temple. But another 16 year old girl coming of Minnesota, Judy Garland is about to make history when he won the lead role of "The Wizard of Oz" in preferences shifting from producers to the girl with the golden curls.
Garland turned the fantasy film from October 13, 1938, when they began recording. The following year the premiere took place and finally established the American public to see their interpretation of the song "Over the rainbow".


The actress was not bound for life to the naive youth cinema, although that was the genre that won him his only Oscar. Later, however, she was nominated for A Star Is Born (1955) and The Trial of Nuremeberg (in 1962 and as supporting actress).


Life and icon

Profile with a reserved and not without difficulties addictions and personal life, Frances Ethel Gumm-this is his real name Vincent Minelli married, with whom he had his famous daughter, Liza. He died in 1969, about 47 years premature, and perhaps that the early departure will be enhanced as a myth and celebrity.
By its mix of innocence and its connection to the world of music, Garland has become a gay icon, especially in his native country. But an accident has reinforced that symbolism: in June 1969 the actress's funeral in New York coincided with the events of Stonewall (rebellion into a gay bar that gives rise to the movement for gay rights). The chroniclers of the time recorded that the death of Judy especially affected public who adored and that was "somewhere, over the rainbow ..." (somewhere over the rainbow).


Text: Andrés Bacigalupo
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Who is Jennifer Westfeldt?

Posted on October 2, 2010

Emerged in 2001 in the independent film and is married to Jon Hamm (Mad Men). Invited to the hit series 24, the review laid eyes on it and hope that it stops being a promise.


Some nine years ago, Jennifer Westfeldt decided to enter the world of self-management and shaping their own cinematic dreams. To do this, adapted the novel "See Jane Run" (Canadian novelist Joy Fielding, a real bestseller machine) to the big screen and reaped "Kissing Jessica Stein."
The film, a comedy of romantic tone with allusions to lesbianism but mostly frustrating collections blind dates, had good impact on independent cinema won a mention in the Festival of Los Angeles and was praised by the influential Ellen DeGeneres.


Habitué in TV series

After the success of Kissing Jessica Stein, Westfeldt entered slowly but steadily to the TV and saw in some of the most successful series; from the melodramatic Judging Amy (as last season aired in 2005) to Grey's Anatomy.
Finally, last year captured the attention of TV critics when he broke into the blockbuster series 24 in the role of an ambitious journalist with ties to the Arab leader Hashemi (played by Anil Kapoor, the insidious TV host in Slumdog Millionaire).


Couples with fellow actor Jon Hamm (Don Draper in Mad Men), Jennifer now expects its emergence as a mainstream series will open doors for new projects.

Text: Andrés Bacigalupo

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