Foibles: A Mother-Daughter Podcast
Foibles Episode 17 Part IV: Subversive Blondes- “Strange, Lovely Talent”

Foibles Episode 17 Part IV: Subversive Blondes- “Strange, Lovely Talent”

March 22, 2020

Subversive Blondes

Bibiliography:

My Story by Marilyn Monroe, 1974.

Music for Chameleons by Truman Capote, 1980. (Chapter 6 A Beautiful Child is Capote's novelized non-fiction story about MM.)

Marilyn Monroe by Barbara Leaming, 1998.

Marilyn Monroe: The Biography by Donald Spoto, 1993.

Links:

Calendar photos of Marilyn: https://www.widewalls.ch/marilyn-monroe-rare-nude-photos/

Scudda Hoo Scudda Hay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gD8YZu8uLs&t=3110s

Foibles Episode 17 Part III: Subversive Blondes- Sex Vibrations

Foibles Episode 17 Part III: Subversive Blondes- Sex Vibrations

February 16, 2020

Bibiliography:
My Story by Marilyn Monroe, 1974.
Music for Chameleons by Truman Capote, 1980. (Chapter 6 A Beautiful Child is Capote's novelized non-fiction story about MM.)
Marilyn Monroe by Barbara Leaming, 1998.
Marilyn Monroe: The Biography by Donald Spoto, 1993.
Links:
Calendar photos of Marilyn: https://www.widewalls.ch/marilyn-monroe-rare-nude-photos/
Scudda Hoo Scudda Hay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gD8YZu8uLs&t=3110s
Marilyn Miller (Marilyn's namesake): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marilyn_Miller

From My Story
At 13, first time walking down the beach in a bathing suit:
"I was full of a strange feeling, as if I were two people. One of them was Norma Jean from the orphanage who belonged to nobody. The other was someone whose name I didn't kow. But I knew where she belonged. She belonged to the ocean and the sky and the whole world."
Acting teacher Michael Chekhov, "You are a young woman who gives off sex vibrations-no matter what you are doing or thinking...You can make the studio a fortune by merely vibrating in front of the camera. You more valuable to them as a sex stimulant."
MM: "I want that. Because I want to be an artist, not an erotic freak. I don't want to be sold to the public as a celluoid aphrodisical. Look at me and start shaking.It was all right for the first few years. but now it's different."
Background: Maternal great-grandfather has syphilis and got dementia as a result; maternal grandmother died in a straitjacket (violent and ran around naked); maternal grandfather was an alcoholic; mother was commited to mental hospital; was not sure who her father was.
When she was 7 a neighbor chopped her dog in 2 in front of her.

From Music for Chameleons:
Constance Collier's description:
She is a beautiful child. I don’t mean that in the obvious way—the perhaps too obvious way. I don’t think she’s an actress at all, not in any traditional sense. What she has—this presence, this luminosity, this flickering intelligence—could never surface on the stage. It’s so fragile and subtle, it can only be caught by the camera. It’s like a hummingbird in flight: only a camera can freeze the poetry of it. But anyone who thinks this girl is simply another Harlow or harlot or whatever is mad. ..This beautiful child is without any concept of discipline or sacrifice. Somehow I don’t think she’ll make old bones. Absurd of me to say, but somehow I feel she’ll go young. I hope, I really pray, that she survives long enough to free the strange lovely talent that’s wandering through her like a jailed spirit.”

Foibles Episode 17 Part II: Subversive Blondes- The Calendar Scandal

Foibles Episode 17 Part II: Subversive Blondes- The Calendar Scandal

January 18, 2020

Bibiliography:
My Story by Marilyn Monroe, 1974.
Music for Chameleons by Truman Capote, 1980. (Chapter 6 A Beautiful Child is Capote's novelized non-fiction story about MM.)
Marilyn Monroe by Barbara Leaming, 1998.
Marilyn Monroe: The Biography by Donald Spoto, 1993.
Links:
Calendar photos of Marilyn: https://www.widewalls.ch/marilyn-monroe-rare-nude-photos/
Scudda Hoo Scudda Hay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gD8YZu8uLs&t=3110s
Marilyn Miller (Marilyn's namesake): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marilyn_Miller

From My Story
At 13, first time walking down the beach in a bathing suit:
"I was full of a strange feeling, as if I were two people. One of them was Norma Jean from the orphanage who belonged to nobody. The other was someone whose name I didn't kow. But I knew where she belonged. She belonged to the ocean and the sky and the whole world."
Acting teacher Michael Chekhov, "You are a young woman who gives off sex vibrations-no matter what you are doing or thinking...You can make the studio a fortune by merely vibrating in front of the camera. You more valuable to them as a sex stimulant."
MM: "I want that. Because I want to be an artist, not an erotic freak. I don't want to be sold to the public as a celluoid aphrodisical. Look at me and start shaking.It was all right for the first few years. but now it's different."
Background: Maternal great-grandfather has syphilis and got dementia as a result; maternal grandmother died in a straitjacket (violent and ran around naked); maternal grandfather was an alcoholic; mother was commited to mental hospital; was not sure who her father was.
When she was 7 a neighbor chopped her dog in 2 in front of her.

From Music for Chameleons:
Constance Collier's description:
She is a beautiful child. I don’t mean that in the obvious way—the perhaps too obvious way. I don’t think she’s an actress at all, not in any traditional sense. What she has—this presence, this luminosity, this flickering intelligence—could never surface on the stage. It’s so fragile and subtle, it can only be caught by the camera. It’s like a hummingbird in flight: only a camera can freeze the poetry of it. But anyone who thinks this girl is simply another Harlow or harlot or whatever is mad. ..This beautiful child is without any concept of discipline or sacrifice. Somehow I don’t think she’ll make old bones. Absurd of me to say, but somehow I feel she’ll go young. I hope, I really pray, that she survives long enough to free the strange lovely talent that’s wandering through her like a jailed spirit.”

 
 
Foibles Episode 17 Part I: Subversive Blondes- Marilyn “The Mmmm Girl” Monroe

Foibles Episode 17 Part I: Subversive Blondes- Marilyn “The Mmmm Girl” Monroe

December 21, 2019

Bibiliography:
My Story by Marilyn Monroe, 1974.
Music for Chameleons by Truman Capote, 1980. (Chapter 6 A Beautiful Child is Capote's novelized non-fiction story about MM.)
Marilyn Monroe by Barbara Leaming, 1998.
Marilyn Monroe: The Biography by Donald Spoto, 1993.
Links:
Calendar photos of Marilyn: https://www.widewalls.ch/marilyn-monroe-rare-nude-photos/
Scudda Hoo Scudda Hay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gD8YZu8uLs&t=3110s
Marilyn Miller (Marilyn's namesake): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marilyn_Miller

From My Story
At 13, first time walking down the beach in a bathing suit:
"I was full of a strange feeling, as if I were two people. One of them was Norma Jean from the orphanage who belonged to nobody. The other was someone whose name I didn't kow. But I knew where she belonged. She belonged to the ocean and the sky and the whole world."
Acting teacher Michael Chekhov, "You are a young woman who gives off sex vibrations-no matter what you are doing or thinking...You can make the studio a fortune by merely vibrating in front of the camera. You more valuable to them as a sex stimulant."
MM: "I want that. Because I want to be an artist, not an erotic freak. I don't want to be sold to the public as a celluoid aphrodisical. Look at me and start shaking.It was all right for the first few years. but now it's different."
Background: Maternal great-grandfather has syphilis and got dementia as a result; maternal grandmother died in a straitjacket (violent and ran around naked); maternal grandfather was an alcoholic; mother was commited to mental hospital; was not sure who her father was.
When she was 7 a neighbor chopped her dog in 2 in front of her.

From Music for Chameleons:
Constance Collier's description:
She is a beautiful child. I don’t mean that in the obvious way—the perhaps too obvious way. I don’t think she’s an actress at all, not in any traditional sense. What she has—this presence, this luminosity, this flickering intelligence—could never surface on the stage. It’s so fragile and subtle, it can only be caught by the camera. It’s like a hummingbird in flight: only a camera can freeze the poetry of it. But anyone who thinks this girl is simply another Harlow or harlot or whatever is mad. ..This beautiful child is without any concept of discipline or sacrifice. Somehow I don’t think she’ll make old bones. Absurd of me to say, but somehow I feel she’ll go young. I hope, I really pray, that she survives long enough to free the strange lovely talent that’s wandering through her like a jailed spirit.”

Foibles Episode 16 Part II: Wuthering Heights- “She Burned Too Bright for this World”

Foibles Episode 16 Part II: Wuthering Heights- “She Burned Too Bright for this World”

November 23, 2019

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Bibiliography:

In Search of Anne Bronte by Nick Holland, (2016). - As the title indicates, this book focuses on Anne but it gives a rounded view of the family and their circumstances.

Wuthering Bites by Sarah Gray (2010) - In which Heathcliff is a vampire. Didn't bother to read it, but had to include it here to show the range of fan fiction.

 

Film and televion adaptations of WH. Please forgive omissions. There are so many! Ratings out of 5 stars.

1920 - Wuthering Heights, starring Colette Brettel and Warwick Ward - silent screen adaptation - I have not seen it.

1939 - Wuthering Heights, starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier - 3 stars: Worth-seeing, though the content is sanitized for the Hollywood censors and the actors' looks are beautified for the tastes of the day.

1948 - Wuthering Heights (British TV adaption) - starring Katherine Blake and Kieron Moore - have not seen it.

1962 - Wuthering Heights, starring Keith Mitchell and Claire Bloom - have not seen it.

1967 - Wuthering Heights (British TV series), starring Angela Scoular and Ian McShane - 1 1/2 stars: McShane has the Heathcliff glower down to the tee. But little else about this slow-paced drama is engaging.

1970 - Wuthering Heights, starring Anna Calder-Marshall and Timothy Dalton - 4 stars: I saw this for my 13th birthday. It was my first taste of WH. My friends and I were so in love with Timothy Dalton. Nice dark perspective that maintains a lush emotional and physical violence along with the feral sexiness.

1978 - Wuthering Heights (TV series one season), starring John Duttine and Amanda Root  - have not seen it

1992 - Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, starring Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes - 2 stars: Fiennes is more mean and brittle than dark and brooding, while Binoche is too refined for Kathy.

1998 - Wuthering Heights, starring Robert Cavanah and Orla Brady - have not seen it.

2003 Wuthering Heights, starring Erika Christensen and Mike Vogel - modern day loose adaptation, I haven't seen it.

2009 - Wuthering Heights (limited TV series), starring Charlotte Riley and Tom Hardy - 4 1/2 stars: These 2 actors are the among the best to assay these roles. They both have the acting heft and temperment to manage the layers these characters embody. Though note to ITV, for God's and all our sakes please get some better wigs. Only someone as massively talented as Tom Hardy could overcome that mop on his head.

2011 - Wuthering Heights, starring Kaya Scodelario and James Howson - 1 1/2 stars: Director Andrea Arnold's films, while interesting, are low in energy and understated. This style does not serve a wild Gothic ghost story. The film is a faded husk. (On the other hand, many critics lauded it.)

Rita’s Mini Recommendation: Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield
Foibles Episode 16 Part I: Wuthering Heights “Heaven Did Not Seem to be My Home”

Foibles Episode 16 Part I: Wuthering Heights “Heaven Did Not Seem to be My Home”

October 26, 2019

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Bibiliography:

In Search of Anne Bronte by Nick Holland, (2016). - As the title indicates, this book focuses on Anne but it gives a rounded view of the family and their circumstances.

Wuthering Bites by Sarah Gray (2010) - In which Heathcliff is a vampire. Didn't bother to read it, but had to include it here to show the range of fan fiction.

 

Film and televion adaptations of WH. Please forgive omissions. There are so many! Ratings out of 5 stars.

1920 - Wuthering Heights, starring Colette Brettel and Warwick Ward - silent screen adaptation - I have not seen it.

1939 - Wuthering Heights, starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier - 3 stars: Worth-seeing, though the content is sanitized for the Hollywood censors and the actors' looks are beautified for the tastes of the day.

1948 - Wuthering Heights (British TV adaption) - starring Katherine Blake and Kieron Moore - have not seen it.

1962 - Wuthering Heights, starring Keith Mitchell and Claire Bloom - have not seen it.

1967 - Wuthering Heights (British TV series), starring Angela Scoular and Ian McShane - 1 1/2 stars: McShane has the Heathcliff glower down to the tee. But little else about this slow-paced drama is engaging.

1970 - Wuthering Heights, starring Anna Calder-Marshall and Timothy Dalton - 4 stars: I saw this for my 13th birthday. It was my first taste of WH. My friends and I were so in love with Timothy Dalton. Nice dark perspective that maintains a lush emotional and physical violence along with the feral sexiness.

1978 - Wuthering Heights (TV series one season), starring John Duttine and Amanda Root  - have not seen it

1992 - Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, starring Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes - 2 stars: Fiennes is more mean and brittle than dark and brooding, while Binoche is too refined for Kathy.

1998 - Wuthering Heights, starring Robert Cavanah and Orla Brady - have not seen it.

2003 Wuthering Heights, starring Erika Christensen and Mike Vogel - modern day loose adaptation, I haven't seen it.

2009 - Wuthering Heights (limited TV series), starring Charlotte Riley and Tom Hardy - 4 1/2 stars: These 2 actors are the among the best to assay these roles. They both have the acting heft and temperment to manage the layers these characters embody. Though note to ITV, for God's and all our sakes please get some better wigs. Only someone as massively talented as Tom Hardy could overcome that mop on his head.

2011 - Wuthering Heights, starring Kaya Scodelario and James Howson - 1 1/2 stars: Director Andrea Arnold's films, while interesting, are low in energy and understated. This style does not serve a wild Gothic ghost story. The film is a faded husk. (On the other hand, many critics lauded it.)

 

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Foibles NEWSFLASH We Just Surpassed 3,000 Downloads!

October 12, 2019

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Rita’s Mini Recommendation: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Rita’s Mini Recommendation: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

October 12, 2019

Rita's back in this extra short episode format to give you a very quick review.

Foibles Episode 15: Elaine May- Director of the World’s Worst Movie?

Foibles Episode 15: Elaine May- Director of the World’s Worst Movie?

September 28, 2019

ELAINE MAY
Films directed:
American Masters- Mike Nichols (2016)
 Ishtar (1987)
 Mikey and Nicky (1976)
 The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
 A New Leaf (1971) - The very best per Rita and Xoe.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5278964/