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Boogie Nights Revisited

Saw Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (1997) recently. It was a second time I’ve seen it but it was a while ago, so it felt like a brand new viewing. Excellent film, no doubt about that.  For those of you who do not know the film, it deals with the rise and fall (ummm…really no … Continue reading

The Original Vamp

Recently, I ordered three silent films.  One of them was A Fool There Was (1915) directed by Frank Powell and produced by William Fox.  It stars Theda Bara, an actress that is part of that category of “Vamps and femme fatales.”  It was in fact Bara’s role in A Fool There Was that started and … Continue reading

Adventures of the “It” Girl

British writer of modern romantic stories (geared toward the female audience – think tame erotica), Elinor Glyn, articulated what is the “it” in a man or a woman.  We are not to confuse it with sex appeal.  Rather, according to Madame Glyn, “To have ‘it,’ the fortunate possessor must have that strange magnetism which attracts … Continue reading