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Life Is a Banquet
Life Is a Banquet
by Rosalind Russell
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the Banquet!, 22 May 2011
This review is from: Life Is a Banquet (Hardcover)
I don't know where the previous reviewer is going with the "mean to Ginger Rogers" statement, because Ginger is mentioned twice in passing and Roz isnt mean about her. A beautifully written book, you can almost hear Roz's voice as Auntie Mame as she reads it. She is an excellent writer, its a really enjoyable read about an actress who was very self deprecating in her sense of humour and who chose to slow down after she settled down and had her son and according to her bothe "had her cake and ate it too!" I would recommend this book to anyone who loves reading Biographies, Hollywood and who loves our "Auntie Mame" as much as I do!

Twin Sitters [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Twin Sitters [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Peter Paul

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun...., 3 May 2011
Very silly comedy which shows its low budget only slightly, Peter and David Paul are Bodybuilding Waiters at a local Italian Restaurant who get fired and become involved in protecting a set of Ten year old Twins. Its a family film, Peter and David handle both the comedy and action elements of the plot very well and have a slightly self deprecating sense of humour which makes the whole thing easy to watch and they poke fun at the Bodybuilding Community. With their outrageous hat has a knitted seagull on it with a nest and eggs....Another is a leather flying hat with goggles....outfits include dungarees with things hanging off them attached by Telephone wires! Consequently because their humour is in sympathy with the kids they are looking after they prove to be the perfect baby-sitters. All in all its much better than say "Home Alone" even if it doesnt have the budget.

Lost And Found [VHS][1979]
Lost And Found [VHS][1979]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It starts well....., 15 April 2011
In a similar vein as " A Touch of Class" (it even has Paul Sorvino as a cab-driver) This film starts well, with Segal and Jackson crashing into each other on a ski-ing holiday (several) times before marrying them off to each other and bringing them to America where they meet Segal's mother, the divine Maureen Stapleton (all too brief a role) and begin life on campus, for Segal's character is a Professor of Literature. This really is where the wheels come off and it becomes rather tedious. Jackson is bored as a housewife and becomes jeaulous of one of Segal's students (God Knows why because aside from being unnatractive she is rather tedious) For me as a Glenda Jackson fan, its vital to my collection and she is extremely entertaining as the acerbic wife of Segal, (especially when drunk) It doesnt quite reach the dizzying heights of a Hepburn-Grant Comedy but you will have sat through worse. One thing really bothers me...everytime Jackson has a close-up the lens is cloaked in gauze or vaseline...which is rather insulting.

The Barbarians and Co. ( I barbari ) ( The Barbarian Brothers )
The Barbarians and Co. ( I barbari ) ( The Barbarian Brothers )
Dvd ~ Giovanni Cianfriglia
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: £20.64

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Daft Guilty Pleasure with Mulletts and Muscles., 15 April 2011
Thought-provoking it isnt...Fun it is....The quality of the print is not fabulous and it appears to have been cropped to fit TV screens, but David and Peter Paul are likeable in this Fantasy on a budget. Its a well worn story, so well worn that Im not going to relay it but there is action and Comedy to be had along the way. Just don't buy this expecting fantastic acting or the equivalent of Orson Welles style Plotting and Direction. It is what it is....A daft Guilty pleasure with mullets and muscles and a very hissable baddie.

Augustus F. Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits 1905-1920
Augustus F. Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits 1905-1920
by Augustus F. Sherman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Document of a Unique Time in American History., 17 Dec 2010
This book is gorgeous and its relatively inexpensive, I showed this book to other friends interested in
photography and they ordered it immediately!
For anyone interested in American History or Portrait photography this is s must.
I am a Fashion Designer and for me this is a beautiful resource to draw upon.

Long Day's Journey Into Night [Region 2] [import]
Long Day's Journey Into Night [Region 2] [import]
Dvd ~ Katharine Hepburn
Offered by GREAT4DVD
Price: £44.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully acted O'Neill Play of Family addictions!, 6 Dec 2010
In all possibility Kate Hepburn's finest performance. A must for fans of hers, As Mary Tyrone
she is unflinchingly brave in her portrayal of a morphine addicted mother who is yet again unravelling
as Day draws into night. Equally impressive are Ralph Richardson as her old ham of an actor husband and Jason
Robards as her drunken son. I saw Jessica Lange play Mary Tyrone on stage in London and she was rather good.
Hepburn however is altogether a different experience she is utterly brilliant.

Skagen 233XSGSC Ladies Watch with Stainless Steel Strap
Skagen 233XSGSC Ladies Watch with Stainless Steel Strap

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful Ladies Watch., 3 Dec 2010
Bought this as a Christmas present for Mum and it is an incredibly lovely,
piece, very feminine but with a very clear contemporary face, very nicely

Stella Adler: The Art of Acting (Applause Acting Series)
Stella Adler: The Art of Acting (Applause Acting Series)
by Stella Adler
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.04

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CAUTION: Hardcore Creativity at Work!, 21 Nov 2010
Stella Adler's "The Art of Acting" is a mustfor anyone involved in Acting, OR for that matter any other creative
profession for Stella Adler insists that one must "Learn to please yourself, but Dont Be easily pleased"
I am only part way through this book...three or four chapters in, but it is FANTASTIC! She dispels many notions and
pre-conceptions held about the method and talks largely about the use of ones imagination in order to play roles
such as Macbeth and Hamlet which exist beyond our sphere of understanding. She offers lots of advice but at the same time
insists we go out and find out for ourselves. Its written almost as if Adler were talking directly to us. She does not believe
in fancy language and gets right to the point with everything she says. She also tells us we should choose what we READ very wisely
we should not just read a book that has fallen off a book shelf into our laps we should seek out Good, Strong Rigorous material.
This is probably as wise a read for a creative person that you could get whether you want to become an Actor an Artist or a Designer.
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Screen Goddess Collection: Rita Hayworth [DVD]
Screen Goddess Collection: Rita Hayworth [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rita Hayworth
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £13.99

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Strong Collection of Rita Hayworth films., 21 Nov 2010
Containing "Gilda" "Circus World" "Miss Sadie Thompson" "Salome" " The Lady From Shanghai" "You'll Never Get Rich" This is an extremely fair representation of Rita Hayworth's most famous role's. Gilda is a superb film noir from 1946 which catapulted Rita Hayworth into super stardom for good reason, she sizzles alongside Glenn Ford as a bad girl who if she had been a saloon wouldve been "called the bar nothing!", Circus World is one of those Big Top Drama's involving John Wayne and Claudia Cardinale with Rita as Cardinale's long lost mother who ran away years before, she gives a sensitive performance in what is otherwise a bit of a dud. Miss Sadie Thompson was Rita's return to Columbia after she divorced Prince Aly Khan and contains a fruity portrayal of the well worn classic with Rita performing "The Heat is On", Salome also from 1953 is a very classy Sword and Sandal Epic perfect for a Sunday afternoon co-starring Charles Laughton as the vile King Herod and Judith Anderson as Herodias. Rita is of course Salome and her version of the Dance of the Seven veils is fantastic. The Lady From Shanghai is Orson Welles classic noir from 1948 when he famously chopped off Hayworths Red Hair and made her a blonde! It works beautifully and is a gorgeous addition to the collection. "You'll Never Get Rich" is from 1941 when Rita was a burgeoning star and casts her opposite Fred Astaire as a young dancer. Their initial Tap Routine is fantastic. If you are a fan of classic films but havent experienced Hayworth yet this is a good place to start!
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The Prince And The Showgirl [DVD] [1957]
The Prince And The Showgirl [DVD] [1957]
Dvd ~ Marilyn Monroe
Offered by Sent2u
Price: £8.75

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Monroe Glows!, 21 Nov 2010
The story is little to write home about...The Prince Regent of an imaginary Ruritanian country meets a showgirl whilst in
London for the 1911 coronation of George V. Laurence Olivier is the Prince Regent and Marilyn Monroe is the showgirl he encounters.
Photographed by legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff who also worked on Black Narcissus (amongst many many others) The affair here is between Monroe and the camera. She has never been more lovingly photographed. At 30 years old she is at the peak of her amazing beauty. Her comic timing is pretty good too. In fact she blows Olivier off the screen. Others along for the ride include Dame Sybil Thorndike as the dotty Queen Dowager, Richard Wattis and Jeremy Spenser as the Young King. The sets are extremely plush and the production values are excellent. Monroe wears the same white evening dress throughout and did I mention how ravishing she is? I did! Okay well if you are a Monroe fan you need to see this film. It is not as Laugh out Loud funny as Some Like it Hot or as Raw as Bus Stop but it does have charm.

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