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Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Sex, Deviance, and Drama from by Anne Helen Petersen

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By Anne Helen Petersen

Gossip meets history—a compulsively readable selection of Hollywood's such a lot infamous clashes and controversies within the spirit of Hollywood Babylon
Believe it or now not, America's fascination with megastar tradition used to be thriving good sooner than the times of TMZ, Perez Hilton, Charlie Sheen's breakdown and allegations opposed to Woody Allen. And the celebs of yesteryear? They weren't continually the saints that we lead them to out to be. movie professor Anne Helen Petersen is the following to set the checklist immediately with Scandals of vintage Hollywood. Pulling little-known gemstones from the documents of movie historical past, Petersen unearths eyebrow-raising info, including:
The smear crusade opposed to the unique It lady, Clara Bow, began by way of her ally The heartbreaking tale of Montgomery Clift's swift upward push to reputation, the automobile coincidence that destroyed his face, and the "long suicide" that Fatty Arbuckle's descent from Hollywood royalty, fueled via allegations of a boozy orgy became violent attack Why Mae West used to be arrested and jailed for "indecency charges" and masses extra half biography, half cultural historical past, those tales hide the stuff that movies are made from: love, intercourse, medicinal drugs, illegitimate childrens, illicit affairs, and botched cover-ups. yet it's now not all simply tawdry gossip within the pages of this booklet. The tales are all contextualized in the obstacles of movie, cultural, political, and gender background, making for a learn that would tell because it entertains. in response to Petersen's well known column at the Hairpin, yet that includes a hundred% new content material, Scandals of vintage Hollywood is sensationalism made clever.

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Indeed, what we learn from the painting of artists in whose work Beckett had a long-standing interest, as with Caravaggio or Arikha, is rarely to do with particular images and more to do with how the visual resources of the stage – depth and foreground, lighting and darkness, movement and stillness, colour and gesture – compose the larger effect of the play. So much is signalled by the title of the ‘dramaticule’ Come and Go, a work in which, with narrative and back story reduced to an absolute minimum, Beckett achieves some of the most painterly stage work in his oeuvre.

Here, all but the upper right-hand quadrant of the drawing is dominated by Beckett’s dark shape, relieved only by the arm of the chair that forms a diagonal with the chair back where it fades into the white triangle of the upper-right corner. That diagonal is crossed by the intersecting dark diagonal of the writer’s body as he relaxes into the chair, forming roughly a right-angled triangle with the black column of the wall or door frame to the left. The dark patches and clots of ink out of which his suit is composed seem to generate the sure and rapid brushstrokes that sketch in his facial features and wiry hair as if those emerged out of the dry remnants of unused ink.

The term, indeed, echoes Arikha’s term ‘high velocity’ which he uses in his essay ‘On Drawing from Observation’. Beckett’s replacement of the phrase ‘recovered need’ with ‘Siege laid again to the impregnable without’ certainly refers to the repetitive process whereby Arikha’s drawing continually interrogates what is seen, striving to render the visible on paper, but it has further implications. It refers, moreover, not only to Arikha’s personal trajectory from his initial commitment to abstract painting back to the draughtsmanship that marked his very early work, but also to his return over a terrain Beckett had already explored and departed from much earlier in his critical reflections on painting: that of the Italian Renaissance and its legacy.

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