“The thing is, for me - and here the advising studios and the investigative journalists barked up the wrong tree with this pre-industrial amateur - filmmaking, too, has always been an act of faith. Not only in the sense in which one needs a certain amount of conviction to get the films made in the first place, but in the more amorphous sense in which one takes one’s faith to the cinema as to the confessional: the last resort of the determined inarticulate, the unmediated, the intravenous experience of something existential - transmuted through the dark, through the flickering of the constant image through the projector onto the screen… the sharing of private fantasy; the very issue of the unconscious made in light. Faith way beyond politics. Way beyond religion. Way beyond time.”—"A Letter to a Boy from His Mother," by Tilda Swinton.
“The creative individual is, in a sense, complementary to the society in which he lives, rather as a soloist in a concerto. Both the basic ideas of science and the key inventions of mankind have generally been conceived in the minds of individuals, while the effort to gain the data on which the ideas and inventions have been based, and the subsequent effort to turn them to good account, have required the contributions of many besides the inventor and originator of ideas. So the individual and the community are necessary to one another.”—Niels Bohr
A short list of stars + days worth checking out during TCM's "Summer under the Stars"
Saturday, August 14 - Gene Tierney. One of the most unsung Hollywood actresses. The Shanghai Gesture at 1 PM is a rare screening, and if you’ve never seen Leave Her to Heaven (8 PM), do so.
Friday, August 20 - Katharine Hepburn. But of course. Christopher Strong (7:30 AM) is interesting for its portrayal of a female pilot in the early 1930s (also directed by a woman). You can’t go wrong with Woman of the Year, the first Tracy/Hepburn film (8 PM).
Saturday, August 21 - Paul Newman. It’s hard to find a bad one in this list. I have a soft spot for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1:45 PM), the first film I ever saw him in.
Monday, August 30 - Thelma Todd. One of the most engaging of the early Hollywood actresses, whose life and career were cut short. Her appearances with the Marx Brothers in Monkey Business and Horse Feathers start at 8 PM.
As a companion to my weekly episode essays on the Deliberatepixel blog, I post here the best of the other recaps, videos and items of related interest on the internet. (This edition is for last week’s episode, because I’m running late. This week’s should be more timely.)