Doris Day was an American actress and singer, a vivacious blonde with a wholesome image, she was one of the most prolific actresses of the 1950s and 1960s.
Dubbed the “eternal virgin”, she thrived in “no sex sex comedies” full of double entendres and sexual innuendo in the final days of the Hays Code-era but her popularity waned with the arrival the more explicit films of the sexual revolution.
Tim Conway was an American actor and comedian.
Bruce Bickford was an American animator, who worked primarily in clay animation. From 1974 to 1980, he collaborated with Frank Zappa.
Bickford’s animation was featured extensively in the Frank Zappa videos Baby Snakes and The Dub Room Special.
Zappa also released a video titled The Amazing Mr. Bickford, which was entirely composed of Bickford animations set to a soundtrack of Zappa’s orchestral music.
Jean-Pierre Marielle was a French actor.
I have very warm recollections of the film Coup de Torchon (1981).
In the scene above Marielle is shot by Noiret.
There is a complete version of the film … Comme la lune (1977), a period piece of 1970s French mores.
Dave Samuels was an American percussionist known for his work with the jazz fusion group Spyro Gyra.
His composition “New Math” (1988) was included on Joe Claussell’s compilation Music… A Reason To Celebrate (2001).
He is one of those unsung heroes like Daniel Ponce, another percussionist who died in 2013 but whose death only came to my attention this February.
Ryszard Kaja was a Polish painter, poster artist, stage designer, and costume designer.
Kaja was new to me, but his work seems like it comes straight of the post-war era, the height of the Polish film poster age.
John McEnery was an English actor and writer. He played the clerk Bartleby in the 1970 film version of Melville’s Bartleby.
You can scroll to 3:06 to hear McEnery utter the immortal words: “I would prefer not to.”
Bibi Andersson was a Swedish actress known for films such as The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957) and Persona (1966).
Dick Cavett: “It’s always said that Ingmar Berman [sitting next to her] understands women. Would you say that’s true?”
Bibi Andersson [hesitating, then nodding]: “Eeehh yes.”
Seymour Cassel was an American actor known for his many collaborations with John Cassavetes.
Above is the full version of Minnie and Moskowitz (1971). It’s quite a wonderful film, reminiscent of the film Harold and Maude (1971), which also deals with an unlikely romance.