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Re: Passages

#7476 Post by colinr0380 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:12 pm

Craig Wallace wrote:
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Liz Fraser, veteran of British cinema, at the age of 88
She turns up in a lot of Peter Sellers films early on: Two-Way Stretch, I'm All Right Jack and The Smallest Show On Earth but I guess she is most famous for being a part of the large ensemble casts of the Carry On... films, usually brought in to play the attractive blonde. She is there for a few of the best films around the mid-point of the series with Carry On Regardless, Cruising, and Cabby and then appears again in the penultimate film, 1975's Carry On Behind. It seems that she avoided the nadir of the series, 1978's Carry on Emmanuelle, but only because she seemed busy with the other 1970s sex comedy series, the Adventures of... and Confessions of... films. Not to mention Rosie Dixon - Night Nurse!

She also appears in much the same function around the same time of the early 1960s in a few of the films that felt influenced by or offshoots of the Carry On series - Raising The Wind (directed by Gerald Thomas, who did all of the Carry Ons), A Pair of Briefs (directed by Ralph Thomas, Gerald's brother and co-director of Carry on Regardless and Cruising, as well as director of the Dirk Bogarde Doctor... series of films) and Double Bunk, with Sid James.

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#7478 Post by bearcuborg » Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:06 am

The wonderful Bill Daily

Bob Newhart reruns airs on Sundance Channel, and is still hilarious.

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#7479 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:51 am

And another Carry On actress, Fenella Fielding, who only starred in a major role in one of the films but made quite the impact as the goth femme fatale in Carry On Screaming!

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#7480 Post by thirtyframesasecond » Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:32 pm

colinr0380 wrote:
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And another Carry On actress, Fenella Fielding, who only starred in a major role in one of the films but made quite the impact as the goth femme fatale in Carry On Screaming!
Indeed. She was a crazy old dear; dressed in that elaborate get-up even in her eighties. One of a kind. In COS, I like how she purrs "I should be ever so grateful" when Harry H Corbett refuses to save Kenneth Williams from Rubbatiti.

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#7481 Post by tojoed » Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:25 pm

It's a bit strange to remember Fenella Fielding for a bit in a "Carry On" film, when she was one of our finest actresses in Ibsen and Wilde.

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#7482 Post by knives » Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:45 pm

Which have more people seen though. I doubt Ibsen.

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#7483 Post by tojoed » Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:28 am

True, but by the same token, more people have seen Orson Welles in sherry commercials, but that's not what we remember him for.

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#7484 Post by knives » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:44 am

The last part of that sentence is key. We remember him for his movies because that is what available most widely now. Likewise Carry On is pretty widely available.

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#7485 Post by ellipsis7 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:16 am

Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian recounts in his appreciation of Fenella Fielding....
Some time in the late 1960s, Federico Fellini is said to have taken the beautiful young Fenella Fielding out to dinner at Claridge’s in London and offered her a movie that he would direct, featuring her in half a dozen roles: a sensational showcase. But Fielding turned him down, on the grounds that she was booked for a theatrical season at Chichester. It may not have happened quite that way – Fielding had a mischievous way of exaggerating anecdotes for the benefit of saucer-eyed interviewers. But however serious or merely seductive Fellini’s movie idea (did he expansively improvise it over brandies?), the great director was undoubtedly impressed with Fielding’s acting talent. She was a brilliant interpreter of Wilde and Ibsen on stage and had written and performed one-woman revue shows at the time of the Peter Cook satire boom. Perhaps Fellini was also a little in love with her.
Conjuring up the delightful tagline - " F F in a film by F F " ...

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#7486 Post by MichaelB » Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:55 am

ellipsis7 wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:16 am
It may not have happened quite that way – Fielding had a mischievous way of exaggerating anecdotes for the benefit of saucer-eyed interviewers.
That sentence works just as well if you replace "Fielding" with "Fellini"...

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#7488 Post by andyli » Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:35 am

Kirin Kiki just passed away.

EDIT: In the west, she is probably most famous for playing many mother/grandmother roles in Hirokazu Kore-eda's films.

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#7490 Post by artfilmfan » Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:25 am

andyli wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:35 am
Kirin Kiki just passed away.

EDIT: In the west, she is probably most famous for playing many mother/grandmother roles in Hirokazu Kore-eda's films.
I like her performance (and everyone else's of course) in Still Walking (which I've watched frequently). It's sad to know that we will not be seeing her in any more film.

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#7491 Post by Aunt Peg » Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:13 pm

andyli wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:35 am
Kirin Kiki just passed away.

EDIT: In the west, she is probably most famous for playing many mother/grandmother roles in Hirokazu Kore-eda's films.
And a lead role in Naomi Kawase's Sweet Bean.

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#7495 Post by colinr0380 » Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:36 pm

Stephen Jeffreys, a playwright probably best known for adapting his play into The Libertine, and perhaps less celebrated for the 2013 adapted screenplay for the Princess Di story, Diana.

He also worked the other way, by teaming up with Iain Softley to turn his previously filmed story about the "fifth Beatle", Backbeat, into a theatrical play in 2010.

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#7497 Post by thirtyframesasecond » Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:09 am

Denis Norden. Had a long comedy career in the UK, although best known to more modern audiences for It'll Be Alright on the Night, a show about unfortunate events, usually happening to TV presenters and the like, broken up by Denis's witty one-liners.

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#7498 Post by Mr Sausage » Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:43 am

I'd no idea, but it seems the great and underread Russian novelist Vladimir Sharov died last Friday. Here is a superb obit from his translator, Oliver Ready.

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