As a young child we dropped for Merle in every night in Paradise — an easy method cheezy confection by which she is combined with Turhan Bey. The looked at Merle crossing paths with Maria Montez within the Universal commisary is just too delicious. David, From the Powell stating that and in addition thought it had been insanely odd. We have the impression that a lot of Hollywood individuals, whatever style of casual slurs they might utter, simply sort of shrugged it off–when these people weren’t resting with both sexes like rabbits in temperature, this is certainly. (that isn’t a critique, head you, i believe the part that is rabbits-in-heat certainly one of Hollywood’s great charms. ) I’ve heard of Turhan Bey extravaganza and seeing Oberon in costume you think that people were consciously ignoring the obvious for it just makes. It had been exactly about deniability, i suppose.
P.S. Warmest congrats from the Red Shoes gig!! Which will be a pleasure to read. To commemorate the bicentenary of Chopin’s birth this I’m hoping to track down and re-watch A Song to Remember, with Cornel Wilde as Chopin and Queenie herself as George Sand, always trying to steal Chopin away to Majorca year. We remember it being a really terrible movie, but i am not exactly the snob I became once I saw it (or maybe a different kind of type of snob). It will have one or more priceless scene, though: while Chopin, newly found its way to Paris from Poland, has been told he is too old to be a young child prodigy ( that he definitely is), he hears their music being played into the space across the street. Whom must certanly be playing it however the planet’s pianist that is greatest, Franz Liszt? Chopin joins within the performance, so when the 2 guys shake fingers, they’re going on playing the songs, one hand each. Ridiculous. Marvellous.
My fave rabbit-in-heat has been Burt Lancaster.
David, my RIH that is favorite is Reed. He had been therefore unapologetically sleazy it becomes actually endearing.
Estienne, the Chopin was seen by me movie many years and many years ago, and I also do not recall that scene. I actually do keep in mind Paul Muni likely to see Oberon-as-Sand whenever Chopin is dying. She actually is posing for a painter (wait because of it) and icily informs Muni this woman isn’t planning to go running down to some deathbed. I will nevertheless remember her snapping, “Continue, Mr. Delacroix! ” But that is about all I am able to dredge up from memory. I bet it appears to be great, though.
Anybody seen Queenie in This Love of Ours, dir. William Dieterle? May be worthwhile, with him during the helm.
Showing on which took place with Oberon, things have not changed that much. The born that is hawaiian Q needed to visit Hong Kong to be a film celebrity. She actually is just gotten a few supporting functions in big Hollywood movies, although a revival for the TV show Nikita might alert the public from what us Hong Kong film watchers have recognized for decades. Nor could be the demand racially casting that is correct to the region of the hemisphere, as there have been complaints regarding Ms. Quigley’s starring within the duration epic Three Kingdoms.
Ah, but Song to consider has its own priceless scenes (if he continues on this concert trip it’ll literally and also kill him! ” “Discontinue that alleged polonaise nonsense! Though i really hope my memory is not playing tricks): “”
Ida Lupino as Cathy, though We hear Yojimboen clucking skeptically 3,000 kilometers away.
In reality, Delacroix’s portrait of Sand had been a dual portrait with Chopin (this is basically the famous one on innumerable Chopin tracks). He later slice the canvas in 2.
Peter, whenever Lincoln Center revived Carousel some time right right right back they cast a black colored girl in an integral part and also you would not believe the whining from many people. Maggie Q is definitely great, she has that don’t-fuck-with-me-I’m-a-goddess quality that we revere in every my feminine stars.
XT, i did not also understand Delacroix actually painted Sand, we thought that has been the moviemakers saying, “let’s slot an additional duration celebrity! ” the real means they so frequently did. Now that we cast back my memory I appear to remember that there’s a great deal of “should Chopin FIGHT for Poland! ” material. Can it be on DVD, We wonder?
Siren, do you ever reach begin to see the Epic That Never had been? If We remember, we talked about it right here many years ago.
I am with you from the Merle appeal. Really gorgeous, but little draw.
June Duprez, on the other side hand, place the whammy on me personally years back. When American Movie Classics revealed movie that is american (without disruption, believe it or not), we viewed (and re-watched) June when you look at the faux horror movie, The Brighton Strangler (1945). No achievement that is major however it had a strange aura about this.
Forgive my stupidity, but exactly what’s a bunny in temperature?
We read a little about Merle Oberon’s denial of her mom within the Norma Shearer biography. I really couldn’t assist but hate her a little.
We have pale epidermis and thus does my mom but my grandmother is just a dark-skinned dominican girl with blended history of Spanish, Taino and African. My mom (nor we for example) would never ever reject her, or conceal her, or refer to her as any such thing apart from exactly what she’s. I am aware that Merle Oberon originates from another right time, but I am able to never ever reconcile the denial of 1 very very own’s heritage. For me it is simply plain wrong.
Great post! Many thanks.
Siren, if we had been adept at these plain things i’d offer a hyperlink to D’s Sand portrait. Delacroix had been a rather good friend of Chopin and Sand.
I do believe most of us agree totally that the recording of imaginative genius (ok, maybe maybe not Sand, though she ended up being a fantastic girl) is hopeless. The reason why, i do believe, Impromptu worked wonderfully had been so it portrayed contemporary “creative” types masquerading as Chopin, Liszt (Julian Sands, for Jesus’s benefit! ), Delacroix, Sand (do not keep in mind if Musset made the cut).
Flickhead, that is simply me personally selecting an animal that seemingly have a dynamic love life. I guess I really could also provide gone with kitties or dogs and even pigeons.
Raquelle, this piece that is whole me personally determining whether or otherwise not to hate Merle. We continue to have not comprised my brain and possibly We never ever will.
I would personally just take every thing authored by Higham and Moseley with a huge grain of sodium, honestly. Oberon ended up being a rather good actress. Wuthering Heights had been great and her performance in Divorce of Lady X revealed her talent that is comic as. We additionally like Beloved Enemy and First goes Courage with Brian Aherne. I do not know why Oberon is indeed often maligned, frankly. We usually seen her described as just gorgeous and that bothers me personally. Clearly many people are eligible for their viewpoint, but we wonder just exactly how much gossip about her remedy for her mother effect people’s judgment of her talent.
Sweet to see some shout-outs to June Duprez. None however the heart that is lonely a definitely better movie on her behalf being with it.
I believe that Cathy in “WUTHERING HEIGHTS” had been certainly one of her most readily useful functions. Oberon ended up being wild sufficient within the part without going over-the-top. And I question that Wyler could have allowed her to portray Cathy such an over-emotional way.
Have actually I ever been a fan that is major of? No, I have never. But we still genuinely believe that she ended up being a fairly damn actress that is good the part demanded it.
Wyler’s ”Wuthering Heights” is decent in lots of respects, it gets the nature that is brutal of course relations into the guide and Olivier is Heathcliff but Merle Oberon is simply too innocent and too good which Cathy was not.