Elizabeth Taylor, RIP
Posted 24 March 2011 - 01:24 PM
Posted 25 March 2011 - 05:05 AM
Posted 25 March 2011 - 07:48 AM
It always seemed to me that Taylor's cosseted early life prevented her from learning first-hand the sorts of life lessons that sparked Burton's performances; one could see her struggling for genuine moments, wrung from experiences she hadn't had. Her life was stamped by wealth, privilege, illness and tragedy, extremes on every hand: the middle steps were missing. In later years, after her movie career had ended, she was able to fashion a renewed path, weaving from her own substance a remarkable tapestry of public service.
I certainly will miss her. I admired her activism and enjoyed her sparkle and the sheer force of her presence, at every age. One senses Zsa Zsa in the wings, and a few others who remember or embody the glory days of Hollywood. The passing of an era, a mindset, a dream, is a weighty thing.
Posted 25 March 2011 - 09:24 AM
as well you might, since the LATimes (which I now have to read the main stories on, as well as WaPo, so as to save idiosyncratic articles in the NYT since they're 'cracking down') reported yesterday that she had had to be hospitalized once she started watching news reports about Liz. She's got some of the same outlandishness and zaniness of Liz, which is probably why they were friends (or so the article said), but the cottage industry of selling princeling titles to mafia is a bit much--Prince Anhalt is a fake, and so it won't matter that much in certain kinds of dens in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, although they've sold these titles for millions.
NYTimes also had an interesting article about Liz's frequenting of gay bars in West Hollywood, with the Abbey as her hangout. There was an 'Elizabeth Taylor Room' there, and she came often in her wheelchair.
The extremes you note are definitely in evidence; perhaps even the weird closeness with Michael Jackson was something she was uniquely suited for--both children, in somewhat different ways, but few have the time to take with someone as far gone into fantasy as Jackson. Other articles pointed out that she was buried in the same mausoleum at Forest Lawn as Jackson, not far from him. That's a place I've never managed to make myself go to, although I have been in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in 2008, where Valentino and many other stars are buried. I'll see if I can find these articles now...
Here's the Zsa Zsa one: http://www.latimes.c...295.story††This is pretty sad, since it's all happened (even for her age) since July. She does look like a very old woman, although the face still has some of the prettiness.
Here's the other. This is very touching, and obviously Liz felt comfortable with this kind of thing:
Posted 25 March 2011 - 11:06 AM
Posted 26 March 2011 - 06:10 AM
You sure are. I think she does improve as the movie goes along, dropping a bit of weight, toning down the screeching, and managing some quiet dignity at the end, but thatís about all I can say.
Posted 26 March 2011 - 08:02 AM
As a Youtube poster wrote..."And THAT, ladies and gentlemen..is how one makes an ENTRANCE!!! ;D"
Posted 26 March 2011 - 09:12 AM
I was interested to see that the styles of spectacle had not changed that much from D.W. Griffith ('Intolerance' is more effective for the most part than this, though, more exciting and much more beautifully detailed for this kind of big thing) and early and later DeMille (parts of the silent 'Ten Commandments'), all of which I saw much later. There is some particularly campy dancing which looks almost like break-dancing in the procession. I wouldn't say that the 'parade entertainers' were substantively different from what you see in the Colbert version.
However, that inscrutable face she has at first glance does make it all worthwhile; with a big Hollywood property like that (no matter where it was filmed), you can't expect them never to fall for the cheap shot, and I hadn't remembered the face in this scene.
I wonder if Cleopatra has ever been well-played. I've read that the Cleopatra of the Shakespeare play is extremely difficult, and that it's usually a near-miss or worse. The Caesar and Cleopatra with Vivien Leigh is comedic and light, this is not bad at all, except I don't think most people think of Cleopatra as light and girlish that way. This is her first meeting with Caesar here (I think), and Taylor conveys the sensuality and hyper-seductiveness a good deal more than Leigh ever would, had she even intended to--until that wink. Before that, the face conveys something essential about what the word and concept 'idol' mean.
Posted 26 March 2011 - 11:43 AM
I didn't. I thought her midcentury American whine put the kibosh on any attempt to evoke an ancient time and place. Her chubby figure, extremely heavy eye makeup, and rather ugly Irene Sharaff ensembles actually make her look unappealing. In the second half of the movie all of these problems are somewhat ameliorated, at least as far as her performance is concerned - although it does seem a bit odd that Cleopatra looks younger and fresher with the years.
(I agree that the first half of the movie is better, but for different reasons.)
Posted 27 March 2011 - 04:11 PM
Helena Cassadine (Elizabeth Taylor) curses the marriage of Luke and Laura Spencer (Anthony Geary and Genie Francis) at the height of General Hospital-mania in 1981:
And, arguably, Helena's curse continues to plague the Spencer family (Luke, Laura and their children Lucky and Lulu) on General Hospital, lo these 30 years later.
The money shot starts at 5:45 . . .
Posted 27 March 2011 - 09:14 PM
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