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- Friday 28th September
“I remain one thing and one thing only and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane then any politician.” Charlie Chaplin
The exhibit at our South Bank Museum ‘Charlie Chaplin - The Great Londoner’ is I believe a fitting tribute to one of the true pioneers of film. Produced by Jonathan Sands, founder of the London Film Museum, and devised by Leslie Hardcastle OBE, creator of the prize-winning Museum of the Moving Image (1989-1998), in collaboration with David Robinson - Chaplin’s biographer, it is a permanent exhibition at the museum and one I have marveled at many times, always finding something new on which to feed my fascination for the ‘Little Tramp’. Read more...
John Huston - Friday 28th September 2012
August marked the birth and 25 years since the passing of the one of the all-time greatest directors, John Huston.
Born John Marcellus Huston, the only son of acclaimed actor Walter Huston and journalist Reah Gore in Neveda, Missouri on August 5th 1906, John Huston was married five times and a father to Tony, Anjelica and Danny and two adopted children, Pablo and Allegra. A renowned pugilist as a young man, celebrated for his straight blow, his delight in the odd ‘scrap’ combined with his pursuit of carousing and love of whiskey with pals such as Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum, plus his penchant for big game hunting during his Hollywood career, only added to his macho allure.
London's September Highlights - Friday 14th September
Wow, what an August. London was buzzing, as lively and vibrant as never before! The London 2012 Olympics were without doubt a huge success – Team GB really done us all proud with a huge medal haul. It all began with an opening ceremony from the Oscar winning director Danny Boyle, a series of striking images attacked the senses, a fantastic tribute to the NHS, the industrial age was brought to life and despite the sheer scale we enjoyed a warm, witty, self-deprecating show, complete with the Queen and Bond jumping from a helicopter!
A wonderful fortnight was brought to a close with a closing party to end all closing parties. And excitingly London played host to all of the Team GB Olympiads on September 10th for a victory parade; what a day that was, and what a wonderful finish to surely the greatest ever Olympics! Yet, there is still much to look forward to in September. Read more...
- Friday 10th August 2012
London is playing host to so many wonderful ‘happenings’ over the coming month from theatre and film, through to music and exhibitions, and of course by the time you will be reading this the Olympic Games will have opened and medals won! It will be the biggest national event ever to happen in most of our lifetimes.
Much has been made of the expense to us for hosting the Games but placing that argument to one side, the seven years of planning is finally coming to fruition as over 10,000 athletes and copious amounts of spectators from across the globe make their way to the UK, and London in particular. As the Olympics flames have been passing through counties, cities, towns and boroughs across the UK crowds have come out in their thousands to cheer on the relay runners and one can feel the tangible sense of excitement.
Next month, August 5, marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe at the tender age of 36. Our fascination with this goddess of the silver screen burns as bright as ever and she can be seen in all of her glory when 20th Century Fox release on Blu-ray the box-set Forever Marilyn Four Film Collection featuring Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch and Some Like it Hot.
I, like so many, have been entranced by her since as long as I can remember but what is it that still engenders this enduring affection?
When we were putting together our recent exhibit at Covent Garden we all rushed to see the Magnum images of Monroe with her skirt billowing up in The Seven Year Itch and those wonderful pictures captured on the set of her last completed film, The Misfits. There was a sense of sadness when we handled her pill box, a reminder of her tragic demise. Read more...
In Focus at the LFM - The Iron Lady & Politics on the silver screen - Friday 20th July 2012
We hope that many of you have been able to see our Iron Lady exhibit. With us until the end of July, it is truly wonderful, centring on Consolata Boyle’s award-winning costume designs for The Iron Lady.
The Oscar-nominated costume designer recreated Lady Thatcher’s iconic royal blue suit, the elegant chiffon dress she famously wore to dance with Ronald Reagan in the White House, her maroon and navy pinstripe suit, all of which combined to help Meryl Streep win her third Oscar statuette. Read more...
The London Film Museum Blog (!), an introduction - Friday 13th July 2012
Well, here we are with our first London Film Museum blog; although I’m not sure I like the word ‘blog’. I know it is a portmanteau of the term ‘web log’ but I feel the need to call it something else, something less like bog!
I want to bring into focus films, art and photography, the creative people who provide us with so much pleasure and cultural highlights both home and abroad. So let’s call our little corner shop of film chat ‘In Focus at the LFM’.