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RIP Ned “squeal like a pig” Beatty (1937 – 2021)

Ned Beatty was an American actor known for his parts in Deliverance (1972) and Network (1976).

Deliverance is known for its “dueling banjos” scene, its degenerate hillbilly trope and its brutal male-on-male rape, in which Ned Beatty is ordered to “squeal like a pig” while being anally raped.

In Network Beatty plays an executive who gives a speech on the nature of capitalism.

Epigraph page to Deliverance

This is also a good time to call to mind that in the novel Deliverance on which the film of the same name is based, the dictum “there exists at the basis of human life a principle of insufficiency” by Georges Bataille, is used as epigraph in the original French.

RIP Tawny Kitaen (1961 – 2021)

Tawny Kitaen was an American actress and model.

She first came to my attention as the lead to The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak (1984).

Here I Go Again

To the world at large she is probably best-known for her parts in the Whitesnake videos, especially in the 1987 clip for the song “Here I Go Again” (1982). In that clip, she is seen cartwheeling across the hoods of two Jaguars XJ dressed in a white negligee.

RIP Monte Hellman (1929 – 2021)

Monte Hellman was an American film director known for his cult films.

I remember seeing Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) on the Moviedrome cult movies programme.

I’m fond of road movies and suddenly I am reminded of C’était un rendez-vous (1976) by Claude Lelouch, the short film that plays in Paris and where the race ends at the Sacré-Cœur.

Another road movie of particular interest is Vanishing Point (1971) with the unforgettable part of DJ Super Soul.

RIP Cloris Leachman (1926 – 2021)

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.

The Last Picture Show (1971)
 Young Frankenstein (1974)

RIP Carol Arthur (1935 – 2020)

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.

In 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”.

RIP Olivia de Havilland (1916 – 2020)

Olivia de Havilland was a French-British-American actress.

She is best known for her part in Gone with the Wind (1939).

However, I remember her most fondly for her part in the psychological horror movie Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964). In that film she is the evil Miriam Deering.

Above is the scene in Hush … Hush in which Olivia and Bette Davis get rid of the supposedly dead body.