Part two of the Poseur’s Guide to Horror Films takes us from Val Lewton to the impact of the transformation from foreign and uncanny monsters to psychos who look like the guy in the mirror.
The Poseur looking to discuss horror films intelligent has a lot of ahead of him. Enough that the guide will have to expand past one part at the very least.
Reports that footage of the accident was actually included in the film upon release may or may not be merely the stuff of Hollywood urban legend, but even if true the point is entirely moot at this time as “The Skywayman” is another one of early Hollywood’s lost films.
The history of Hollywood drama is dependent to a large extent upon the leading actors of each generation. Montgomery Clift was the first in line of a handful of actors who changed everything in the 1950’s.
Don’t call me Keaton, buster! I didn’t call you Buster Keaton!
While engaged to Franchot Tone she began an affair with B-movie king Tom Neal. Payton decided to leave Tone for Neal and that decision resulted in one of the most infamous celebrity brawls in Hollywood history. Tone and Neal went at each other in the courtyard of Payton’s home in Hollywood. When it was over Barbara Payton had a black eye and a reputation as trouble.
Two men. Both haunted by Montgomery Clift. Will one of them be the man to bring the story of the tragic actor to the big screen? Read what the other victim of a haunting has to say about the chances.
Timothy Spall as Alfred Hitchcock? Perfect. January Jones as Tippi Hedren? Meh. But a movie about the making of “The Birds” and how Hitch ruined Tippi? Sounds interesting.
In a famous essay Jean Baudrillard utilizes Disneyland as the perfect simulacrum because it takes such pains to recreate Main Street, USA and other locales within the theme park that when people leave they no longer accept the reality of similar locales as being authentic and instead replace the reality in their minds with a simulation that they want to be the genuine article. Alamo Village took this idea to its logical extreme.