Category Archives: Film

Very, Very Natural and Herself: Katharine Hepburn in “Bringing Up Baby”

Is Katharine Hepburn playing herself in Bringing Up Baby? And if so, why not? Katharine Hepburn turned Hollywood on its head. She fearlessly and uncompromisingly set out to become a star in an industry that wanted greatness on its own terms. She wanted greatness on her own unconventional terms, and she became the reluctant and the most natural movie star. So why wouldn’t she play some version of herself in at least some of her movies? Read More

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April Newsletter: On Personal Space and Actors’ Private Lives

Photos: Classiq Journal     I have watched Nomadland this week. Fern, Frances McDormand, moves around country with the weather and with the work. After the economic collapse of her working-class town, Fern, a former substitute teacher and a widow … Read More

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Anny Romand in “Diva”: An Agnès B. Kind of Sensibility

Anny Romand and Jean-Jacques Moreau in “Diva”, 1981. Les Films Galaxie, Greenwich Film Productions, France 2   We go to different films for different reasons, Roger Ebert once said. And, of course, we love each film for different reasons. Jean-Jacques … Read More

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Romy Schneider in “Innocents with Dirty Hands”: A Study in Black Yves Saint Laurent

Romy Schneider in “Innocents with Dirty Hands”, 1975. Jupiter Generale Cinematografica, Les Films de la Boétie, Terra-Filmkunst   Romy Schneider is glorious in Les innocents aux mains sales. And although this article will mainly cover the role her Yves Saint … Read More

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March Newsletter: On Music in Film and Escapism

The Classiq Journal newsletter goes out the first Sunday of each month. It’s a culture trip. Read More

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