NOIR CITY: CHICAGO

Poster for Noir City: Chicago August 28-31, 2017

I’ll be co-hosting NOIR CITY CHICAGO from 28-31August. Hope to see you there!


 

ONE WAY STREET

 

Soldier in the Rain... and a favorite femme fatale

I watched Soldier in the Rain (1963) for the second time in my life this week. The initial viewing was on a local New York television station some four decades ago. I was many things different back then starting with “impressionable” followed by “young”. Soldier in the Rain resonated with me as a soulful vibe back in the long ago… and I discovered that it still does.

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A Worthy Charity Prize: Dinner with Eva Marie Saint!

 

Eva Marie Saint and her husband, documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Hayden, have made a donation to have dinner with a lucky contributor to the Children's Neurobiological Solutions research foundation.

 

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Philip Yordan -- The Rest of the Story

 

In addition to my article about Phil Yordan, (here's a link to it on the Film Noir Foundation website), here are some other interesting details gleaned from my research about Yordan:

  • Claimed to have watched every movie with Jean Gabin who served as a model for his Western characters in Anthony Mann’s movies.
  • Believed that The Bravados wasn’t successful because director, Henry King, was too old.
  • Wanted to use the standing sets from Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) for something called, Luke the Magnificent for $1million from Paramount but Samuel Bronston turned him down.
  • His approach toward Joan Crawford to convince her about the script revisions on Johnny Guitar: “I’ll do anything you want. Anything you want, I gotta do”
  • During his glory days with Samuel Bronston, Yordan lived in a Paris apartment that had 28 foot ceilings in a 2 story complex at the foot of Avenue Victor Hugo.
  • Originally tried to cast Richard Burton as Jesus in King of Kings (1961), but after having trouble with his agent, used the $200,000 ticketed for Burton to cast all eight principal actors except the title role that ended up going to Jeffrey Hunter.

Yordan on Method Acting:

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