Saturday, December 12, 2009
And then there is the appearance of both characters to show the audience that both people are complete opposites of each other on every level. And that is a long list. Here we go: Ben is male, Sarah is female. Ben has short blond hair, Sarah has long dark brown hair. Ben has a red shirt, Sarah has a green dress. Ben's shirt has holes in it, just like his life of failures while Sarah's dress is as new as just bought in a store. Ben has a short red ribbon around his straw head, Sarah has a long green ribbon around her head, even more Ben's head is more the straw head for a girl while Sarah's head is almost a bowler head for a man indicating that she is decisive in live while Ben is undecisive like a young girl who does not know what to do with her live. Ben has a leather ribbon around his neck, Sarah has a silver necklace with heart shape pendant covered with diamonds in two color gold, white and yellow. This necklace indicates that Sarah has a torn heart and is a torn women. And so to my belief, Ben and Sarah could never have come together. They were just to different to connect. Sarah says it best during this scene: I am a butterfly among flies. And that makes this scene one of my favorite Marisa Mell clips!
But the story doesn't end there. The heart shaped diamond pendant around Marisa Mell's neck is a rather strange object. The question remains if this necklace belonged to Marisa Mell from her private collection (maybe given to her by a lover???) or that she fell in love with the necklace after the production of the movie and took it home. I believe that the necklace was from her private collection and that she wore it during the shooting of the movie. Fact is that almost ten years later the heart shaped diamond pendant resurfaced again around her neck in public. As many of you know from a former entry, Marisa Mell has made a single called "Slave of Love", produced by Ralph Siegel. To promote this single she made an autograph card with a picture from a sexy photo shoot for a skin magazine. And around her neck the pendant appeared again. This time giving a completely different message from an older sexual mature women seeing herself as a "Slave of Love". Unfortunately for Marisa Mell, this carreer was very short lived. And so the heart shaped diamond pendant disappeared never to be seen again.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
As many of you know by reading this blog during the past months Marisa Mell filmographer André Schneider, actor - director - all round whiz boy regarding movie making, has made last summer in Berlin, Germany, a movie about love, hate, friends, separation and everything in between. Now the movie "Alex und der Löwe" is in its final stages of post production and so the end is near of an almost impossible production schedule for André and his cast and production crew. As everybody knows the final stages of a task are always the hardest and many have failed but in this case the work will get done whatever the cost because this group of dedicated creative people have made a special bond during the past months full of hardship while making this movie! André Schneider has written a production diary of the movie that you can read here http://vivasvanpictures.wordpress.com/
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
The movie is kind of a murder mystery with not much action rather more a suspense film. Although the story telling is slow the movie has a lot of fan following accumulated during the years and has become a fan favorite for many.
The always excellent well written and documented Spanish blog La abadía de Berzano (El rincón de los cinefagos más desprejuiciados) written mostly by José Luis Salvador Estébenez, Jesús Palop and Fernando Rodríguez were able to catch an interview with Spanish cult director Jorge Grau during his stay at the "X Festival de cine fantástico y de terror de Estepona" last september 2009.
The interviewer was Jesús Palop. He was able to let Jorge Grau talk about his life in the movies, the movies he directed and the stars he worked with. He also talked about his impression of Marisa Mell when they first met each other and how she came to be selected for her role in the movie they made together.
With passing years the creative people who have worked during the Eurocult years in the 60's and 70's are dwindling at a rapid speed. Although there is a lot of material available about the life and work of the stars, directors and producers it is always good to hear the behind the scenes stories from those people directly involved in the creative process during those years. This kind of interview should be done more often now that there is still time as a keep. In 10 or 15 years it is too late. Therefore this interview is a great entry and gives a clear picture of who Jorge Grau is and what his motives were for making the movies that he has done.
You can read the excellent interview here.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Another as much talented artist working in the field of painted movie posters was Frank McCarthy. Everyone knows his movie posters but very few people know the name of the man behind these posters, even for die-hard "Danger: Diabolik!" fans. Who was the man who created the Diabolik poster? Like many illustrators of his era, young Frank McCarthy was enthralled by the adventurous, courageous exploits of Prince Valiant, Flash Gordon, and the characters N.C. Wyeth brought to life — so much so that the walls of his boyhood tree house were covered with copies he'd drawn of the beloved illustrations. This early fascination with daring, athletic heroes has carried through his dual-career life. McCarthy was not only a prolific illustrator of paperback covers, magazine stories, and major advertising for films from the 1940 's through the late 1960 's, he also became an outstanding fine arts Western painter from the end of the 60's to the present.Born in 1924 in New York City, McCarthy drew pictures throughout his grade school years in Scarsdale, New York. As a teenager, he ventured into Manhattan to study during the summer at the Art Students League under George Bridgman, the author of many anatomy books, who gave him a strong appreciation for the dynamic human form. He was later a student of Reginald Marsh, a well-known painter of the Depression Era. Pratt Institute followed high school, where, McCarthy modestly claims, "I was by far not the best student — but somehow I managed to muddle through." During that time he attended many fascinating and edifying lectures at the Society of Illustrators by great artists such as John Gannam, Al Parker, and Harold Von Schmidt. Soon after graduation, McCarthy worked as an apprentice at Illustrators Incorporated, where he wrapped packages, made deliveries, and assembled mechanicals. Once he became a staff artist he worked on many Saturday Evening Post ads for which he had to retouch his own veloxes.
Gallery of stunning movie posters created by Frank McCarthy
They Came To Rob Las Vegas (1968)
(Notice that he uses the same machine gun as in the Diabolik poster. BTW this poster has a very beautiful rendition of German actress Elke Sommer while on the Diabolik poster Marisa Mell is hardly recognizable!)
A Distant Trumpet (1964)
Day of Anger (1967)