Just found this picture. I've never seen this wonderful picture before. It says: Elizabeth Taylor, Victor Mature, Michael Wilding - Morocco, 1955 http://timelessmegastar.tumblr.com/post/115770105517/elizabeth-taylor-victor-mature-michael-wilding


George Clooney says that Baird Whitlock in Hail, Caesar! was inspired by Victor Mature. Here are 3 different quotes and links to 3 articles! Cool! :-) "Hail, Caesar! sort of satisfies Clooney’s fantasy of being in a sword and sandals epic, because, as he would jokingly explain, he would get to wear a leathered skirt. But then he got a little bit more serious. “When you go back and look at those films, it’s hard to not crack a smile through them. I really fell in love with, having watched all them for a long time, I really feel in love with those Victor Mature’s version of all of those kinds of films. His hair is dyed black. He’s been wonderful in all of those kinds of films. I actually am a fan. It did feel like he got cinched up into those outfits. He’s got that sort of thick Bronx accent – like Harvey Keitel in Last Temptation of Christ or Tony Curtis in Spartacus. I just loved the idea of this guy who says ‘Let’s go do another one of these.’ I thought it’d be a fun thing to do. But the truth is it’s not as much about this particular role as it is – I don’t know an actor the Coen Brothers can come to and say ‘Hey I got a movie for you to be in,’ and people say no." http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2016/02/02/hail-caesar-george-clooney-josh-brolin-channing-tatum-jonah-hill --- "CLOONEY: The fantasy was to wear the leather skirt. That was my fantasy. When you go back and look at those films, it’s hard not to crack a smile through them. They take it very seriously. Having watched all those movies for a long period of time, I really fell in love with Victor Mature’s version of all of those kinds of films. His hair was always dyed black. And he’s been wonderful in films. I’m actually a huge fan of Victor Mature. But it did feel like he’d get cinched up into his outfit and have that fake Bronx accent, like Harvey Keitel in The Last Temptation of Christ when he was like, “Jesus, how could you forsake me?!,” or like Tony Curtis in Spartacus. I just love the idea of this guy who was like, “All right, let’s go do another one of these.” I thought it would be a very fun thing to do. But the truth is, it’s not as much about this particular role. I don’t know of an actor that the Coen brothers would come to and say, “Hey, I’ve got a movie for you to be in, if you want to do it,” that would say, “No.” That’s the truth." http://collider.com/channing-tatum-george-clooney-jonah-hill-hail-caesar-interview/ -- "In “Hail, Caesar!,” George plays Baird Whitlock, an actor shooting one of those swords and sandals epics popular in the 1950s. He said Baird was inspired by the late actor, Victor Mature, and his perpetually “jet black hair,” who was also from Kentucky like George. http://entertainment.inquirer.net/189295/george-clooney-opens-up-about-his-marriage-to-amal


Check out these interesting articles that talk about Victor! Thank you so much to Victoria for the information! -- The BFI Victor Mature page: http://explore.bfi.org.uk/4ce2b9f3d1041 -- Where to begin with the films of Vittorio De Sica that discusses After The Fox http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/features/fast-track-fandom-where-begin-films-vittorio-de-sica -- How I fell for the films of Robert Siodmak that discusses Cry of the City http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/features/how-i-fell-films-robert-siodmak -- 10 great New York noirs that discusses Kiss of Death and Cry of the City http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/10-great-new-york-noirs -- How to get into... film noir master Robert Siodmak that discusses Cry of the City http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/features/how-get-film-noir-master-robert-siodmak -- Exciting news about Lady In The Dark: University of Minnesota: “Weill and Brecht: A 21st Century Celebration” -- This project was made possible with generous support from the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music -- https://music.umn.edu/weill-and-brecht-twenty-first-century-celebration
The University of Minnesota honors Weill with a semester-long interdisciplinary celebration of his music, presented in collaboration between several university departments and local arts organizations. Performances get underway with Kleine Dreigroschenmusik, February 5, performed by the University Wind Ensemble under the leadership of Jerry Luckhardt. The concert offers a preview of a fully staged production of The Threepenny Opera presented by the Department of Theater Arts and Dance, February 25 through March 6. The festival continues in April with performances of Lady in the Dark, presented by the University Opera Theater. Two Weill experts will be on hand as students prepare for the production. Prof. bruce mcclung, author of Lady in the Dark: Biography of a Musical, will present a paper to students, faculty and the general public. Conductor James Holmes will coach cast members and work with the conductor.? Other events include a symposium with Weill expert Dr. Kim Kowalke and Brecht expert Elizabeth Diamond, February 3, and a “Brecht/Weill Smorgasbord” featuring performances by professional performing arts organizations from around the Twin Cities, March 21. Complete event listings and details may be found on the UMN School of Music festival page.

Theatre Production: Lady in the Dark
April 14-17, 2016 in the Ted Mann Concert Hall
A Musical Play by Moss Hart, Music by Kurt Weill, Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
David Walsh, Director of Opera Theatre
Chad Hutchinson, Conductor
A full production on the stage of the Ted Mann Concert Hall presented by University Opera Theatre. “Moss Hart’s wry, playful, intelligent book, Ira Gershwin’s wittily sophisticated lyrics and Kurt Weill’s hauntingly gossamer melodies ...the innovative 1941 Broadway hit is a multifaceted gem” hails the San Francisco Chronicle. This production marks the premiere of Lady in the Dark’s critical edition, thoroughly researched and authorized by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music.

Tickets: $20/$5 U of M students and children. General admission.
Two for one tickets for U of M faculty, alumni, retirees, and staff.
612-624-2345 or tickets.umn.edu

Spring 2016
Kurt Weill’s Lady in the Dark
A musical play by Moss Hart, music by Kurt Weill, and lyrics by Ira Gershwin.
David Walsh, director

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Thursday, Apr 14 at 7:30 PM
Friday, Apr 15 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 16 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 17 at 1:30 PM

"Moss Hart's wry, playful, intelligent book, Ira Gershwin's wittily sophisticated lyrics and Kurt Weill's hauntingly gossamer melodies ...the innovative 1941 Broadway hit is a multifaceted gem." – San Francisco Chronicle


Spend Valentine's Day watching "Footlight Serenade"! https://www.facebook.com/events/763047497160837/

http://torontofilmsociety.org/series-and-seminars/fallwinterfilmbuffs/sunday-film-buffs/footlight-serenade-1942/ Through the Toronto Film Society. Double Feature with Dear Heart with Glenn Ford. Thanks so much to Victoria for the information!

Start Date:
February 14, 2016

End Date:
February 14, 2016

1:30 pm To 12:00 am

Magic Lantern Carlton Cinema, Carlton Street, Toronto, ON, Canada


$15 includes two films

TFS presents a rare afternoon, double feature of romantic comedies. Screenings start 2 p.m. sharp and there is a 10 minute intermission between features.

FOOTLIGHT SERENADE (1942) (80 min.)
Director: Gregory Ratoff
Starring: Betty Grable, Victor Mature, John Payne & Jane Wyman

A neat little backstage musical with a top cast. Cocky boxer Mature turns to Broadway in an attempt to woo Grable - who's secretly engaged to Payne!

DEAR HEART (1964) (114 min.)
Director: Delbert Mann
Starring: Glenn Ford, Geraldine Page, & Angela Lansbury

Ford is errant-but-earnest Harry, dutifully engaged to small-town matron Phyllis (Lansbury). Page shines as Evie, an out-of-townner in New York for a convention who embarks upon a momentous journey, following her wistful heart where it's never gone before!

Looking for the PERFECT VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT for your favourite film buff? $30, $60, $90 & $100 GIFT CERTIFICATES are now available!

To reserve your Gift Certificates,
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-or see us at the TFS desk prior to the show!

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Check out this cool World War II Coast Guard story in Liz Smith's column about Victor and Rita Hayworth before Vic started his service on USCGC Storis. Thank you so much to Victoria for the info! http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/guest-diary/2016/liz-smith-play-it-as-it-lays



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