Cloris Leachman was an American actress with a long an fruitful career.
I give you a fragment from
The Last Picture Show (1971) in which she is a wife angry at her husband.
And one set of fragments from the
Young Frankenstein (1974), where she famously is Frau Blücher, and everytime her name is pronounced the horses start to whinny, neigh and rear.
(1971) The Last Picture Show
(1974) Young Frankenstein
Joan Micklin Silver was an American filmmaker.
Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979)
My film bible
Cult Movie Stars lists Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979) and Between the Lines (1977) as noteworthy.
I feel I have to add
Crossing Delancey (1988).
Carol Arthur was an American actress and wife of Dom DeLuise (1933-2009). She played bit parts in the films of Mel Brooks. I think I was 12 years old when I insisted on seeing Brooks’s Silent Movie (1976).
Silent Movie. Smart slapstick. A film about film. What’s not to love?
In that film she played an “extremely pregnant woman”. Was it perhaps she who completely tilted Brooks’ sports car nose in the air due to a heavy weight in the back seat? I cannot remember.
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Later I saw Brooks
Blazing Saddles (1974), the Western parody with the many and loud farts around the campfire. Beans and cowboys, you know how that works out.
Blazing Saddles, Carol plays a schoolteacher who first speaks very shyly at a city meeting, then is told that she speaks too quietly, and then she announces in a loud and not at all shy voice to the governor that he is the “leading asshole of the state”.
Thomas Jefferson Byrd was an American actor who worked several times with director Spike Lee.
‘Shorty the shooter’ scene from in which Thomas Jefferson Byrd is shot by a young kid. Clockers
Olivia de Havilland was a French-British-American actress.
She is best known for her part in
(1939). Gone with the Wind
However, I remember her most fondly for her part in the psychological horror movie
(1964). In that film she is the evil Miriam Deering. Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Above is the scene in
Hush … Hush in which Olivia and Bette Davis get rid of the supposedly dead body.
Kevin Rafferty was an American filmmaker, best known for his 1982 documentary . The Atomic Cafe
The Atomic Cafe
The Atomic Cafe is a portrait of the United States in the 1950s, especially the nuclear threat and arms race of the Cold War.
The film makes use of archival government footage and propaganda.
Carl Reiner was an American comedian, actor, director, screenwriter, and publisher.
I have fond memories of the highly enjoyable films he directed starring Steve Martin in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
I think of
The Jerk (1979), Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) and The Man with Two Brains (1983).
Lewis John Carlino (1932 – 2020) was an American screenwriter known for several films.
In our book, he wrote the screenplay to
(1966), a film about an ordinary and unfulfilled man who wants a second life and is reborn in a new body. Seconds
There is an ‘orgy’ scene (above) which was supposedly only included in European films, a practice which was common at that time.
There are plenty of surreal images.
Shirley Knight was an American actress known for her performances in 1960s American cinema.
Here she is in a scene from the film
(1967), an adaptation of the Amir Baraka play of the same name. Dutchman
Allen Garfield was an American actor.
Garfield at 2:52
In my book he is noted for playing a smut peddler in no less than two early Brian De Palma films:
(1968) and Greetings (1968). Hi Mom!
Greetings Garfield praises the imaginary book The Horney Headmaster by Richard P. Long (“beautiful book, tremendous insights!”) to Robert de Niro.
The Conversation, that masterpiece of paranoia, he is the one to describe Hackman as “the best bugger on the West Coast.”
The true jewel of the three films I mention here, is the film
Hi Mom! for its ‘black experience’ episode (but to be honest, Garfield is not in that segment).
Trailer to Cry Uncle!, Garfield is throughout
While researching this death, I stumble upon
Cry Uncle! (1971), judging from the trailer, I gather this is an amusing film.
Au revoir John. I suspect you were lots of fun.