My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

“I spend 70 per cent of my time praying for it to rain … and 30 per cent praying for it to stop.” – Oldtimer living in the desert I’m sure many of you have been (eagerly) anticipating The End of my Vera Cruz celebration. I’m wrapping it up some trivia and a few pics. I hope …

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“A director is a ringmaster, a psychiatrist and a referee.” Robert Aldrich Director / Writer / Producer “The power is for the director to do what he wants to do. To achieve that he needs his own cutter, he needs his cameraman, he needs his own assistant and a strong voice in his choice of …

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The Politics of Vera Cruz  It’s often the case that movies have a message that has gotten foggy over time. Vera Cruz was such a movie – with plenty to say about the politics in 1954. A director with a message – Reviewed by Glenn Erickson / DVD Savant http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s3559cruz.html Vera Cruz shows Robert Aldrich at his …

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Denise Darcel (1925–2011) “All my life I go up, down, up, down, I am indestructible.” Celebrating Denise Darcel: I admit it. I was stuck. I couldn’t figure out whether Denise should be viewed as yet another fallen Star who passed through the Hollywood mills before falling to earth and facing the reality that the rest …

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Excerpt from Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0600060/bio “It is quite impossible to cover here all the awards Sara Montiel has won in her long successful career but we must mention the “Premio del Sindicato” (at that time Spain’s equivalent of the Oscar) for best actress, won two years in a row for her performances in “El Último Cuplé” and “La …

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I’m posting updates to my Vera Cruz page – slowly – as able. Right now I’m working on the wonderful Cast. Bios for Lancaster and Cooper are in MFW Cowboy Hall of Fame … and everybody else’s too. Below is the wonderful Cesar Romero … Onward ! Romero’s acting credits are so extensive I have refrained from …

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The Power of Projection ‘Projection’ they call it. Some actors have it. Most never will. It’s the ability to take a simple line of dialogue and make it sing; have impact; the knack of making a whisper into a shout. All the great Shakespearean actors have it: Olivier, Burton, Dench, Jacobi, O’Toole … YET … out of the …

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