As a young child we fell for Merle in every night in Paradise — an easy method cheezy confection by which she actually is combined with Turhan Bey. The looked at Merle crossing paths with Maria Montez into the Universal commisary is just too delicious. David, From the Powell stating that and also thought it had been insanely odd. We have the impression that a lot of Hollywood individuals, whatever type of casual slurs they might utter, simply sort of shrugged it off–when these weren’t sleeping with both sexes like rabbits in temperature, that is. (that is not a criticism, 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 for this just enables you to believe that individuals were consciously ignoring the most obvious. It had been exactly about deniability, i assume. P.S. Warmest congrats regarding the Red Shoes gig!! That’ll be a pleasure to read. To commemorate the bicentenary of Chopin’s delivery this 12 months, i am looking to find and re-watch A Song to keep in mind, with Cornel Wilde as Chopin and Queenie herself as George Sand, constantly wanting to take Chopin away to Majorca. We remember it being a film that is truly terrible but i am not exactly the snob I became whenever I saw it (or simply a different type of sort of snob). It can 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 undoubtedly is), he hears their music being played within the space across the street. Whom ought to be playing it nevertheless the earth’s best pianist, Franz Liszt? Chopin joins into the performance, so that as the 2 guys shake arms, each goes on playing the songs, one hand each. Absurd. Marvellous. My fave rabbit-in-heat has been Burt Lancaster. David, my favorite RIH is Oliver Reed. He had been therefore unapologetically sleazy it becomes actually endearing. Estienne, we saw the Chopin movie many years and many years ago, and I also do not remember that scene. I really do keep in mind Paul Muni likely to see Oberon-as-Sand whenever Chopin is dying. She actually is posing for the painter (wait for this) and icily informs Muni this woman isn’t geting to go running down to some deathbed. I will nevertheless remember her snapping, “Continue, Mr. Delacroix! ” But that is about all i will dredge up from memory. We bet it appears great, however. Anybody seen Queenie in This Love of Ours, dir. William Dieterle? May be worthwhile, with him during the helm. Reflecting about what took place with Oberon, things have not changed that much. The Hawaiian born Maggie 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 television series Nikita might alert the masses from what us Hong Kong movie watchers have understood for a long time. Nor could be the necessitate racially casting that is correct for this region of the hemisphere, as there have been complaints regarding Ms. Quigley’s starring within the duration epic Three Kingdoms. Ah, but Song to keep in mind has its own priceless scenes (though i am hoping my memory is not playing tricks): “If he continues on this concert trip it will probably literally and in actual fact destroy him! ” “Discontinue that alleged polonaise nonsense! ” Ida Lupino as Cathy, though We hear Yojimboen clucking skeptically 3,000 kilometers away. In reality, Delacroix’s portrait of Sand ended up being a dual portrait with Chopin (this is actually the famous one on innumerable Chopin tracks). He later slice the canvas in 2. Peter, whenever Lincoln Center revived Carousel some time right straight back they cast a black colored girl in an integral part and you also would not think the whining from some individuals. Maggie Q should indeed be great, she has that don’t-fuck-with-me-I’m-a-goddess quality that we revere in most my female stars. XT, i did not also recognize Delacroix actually painted Sand, I was thinking which was the moviemakers saying, “let’s slot an additional duration celebrity! ” the method they frequently did. Now I seem to recall that there is an awful lot of “should Chopin FIGHT for Poland! ” stuff that I cast back my memory. Can it be on DVD, We wonder? Siren, did you ever reach begin to see the Epic That Never ended up being? If We remember, we talked about it here a couple of years ago. I am with you from the Merle appeal. Extremely gorgeous, but little draw. Duprez, on the other hand, put the whammy on me years ago june. When American film Classics revealed American movie classics (without disruption, believe it or not), we viewed (and re-watched) June in the faux horror movie, The Brighton Strangler (1945). No achievement that is major however it possessed a strange aura about this. Forgive my stupidity, exactly what’s a bunny in temperature? We read a little about Merle Oberon’s denial of her mom into the Norma Shearer biography. I really couldn’t assist but hate her a little. I’ve pale epidermis so does my mom but my grandmother is a dark-skinned dominican girl with mixed heritage of Spanish, Taino and African. My mom (nor we for example) would deny her, never or conceal her, or refer to her as any such thing apart from just just what this woman is. I am aware that Merle Oberon arises from another time, but I am able to never ever get together again the denial of just one own’s history. In my opinion it is simply plain incorrect. Great post! Many thanks. Siren, if I had been adept at these plain things i’d offer a hyperlink to D’s Sand portrait. Delacroix ended up being a really friend that is close of and Sand. I believe all of us concur that the recording of imaginative genius (ok, maybe perhaps maybe not Sand, though she had been a fantastic girl) is hopeless. The reason why, i believe, Impromptu worked wonderfully had been so it portrayed contemporary “creative” kinds masquerading as Chopin, Liszt (Julian Sands, for God’s benefit! ), Delacroix, Sand (never keep in mind if Musset made the cut). Flickhead, which is simply me personally choosing an animal that seemingly have an energetic love life. We guess I really could also provide gone with kitties or dogs if not pigeons. Raquelle, this piece that is whole me personally determining whether or perhaps not to hate Merle. We continue to have not made my mind and perhaps We never will. I might just simply simply take every thing published by Higham and Moseley with a grain that is huge of, honestly. Oberon ended up being an extremely actress that is good. Wuthering Heights had been great and her performance in Divorce of Lady X revealed her talent that is comic as. We also like Beloved Enemy and First works Courage with Brian Aherne. I’m not sure why Oberon is indeed usually maligned, frankly. We usually seen her described as just stunning and that bothers me personally. Demonstrably most people are eligible to their viewpoint, but we wonder exactly just just how gossip that is much her treatment of her mother effect people’s judgment of her talent. Sweet to see some shout-outs to Duprez june. None however the Lonely Heart is a better movie on her being inside it. I do believe that Cathy in “WUTHERING HEIGHTS” ended up being certainly one of her most readily useful functions. Oberon had been crazy sufficient into the part without going over-the-top. And I also question that Wyler could have allowed her to portray Cathy this kind of an over-emotional way. Have actually I ever been a fan that is major of? No, I haven’t. But we nevertheless think that she had been a fairly damn good actress whenever the part demanded it. Wyler’s ”Wuthering Heights” is decent in many respects, it gets the nature that is brutal of course relations into the guide and Olivier is Heathcliff but Merle Oberon is just too innocent and too good which Cathy was not.