Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell take a break on the set of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, (1952, photo by Ed Clark)
“Marilyn is a dreamy girl. She’s the kind who’s liable to show up with one red shoe and one black shoe.”
Nino Rota - Otto E Mezzo (8 1/2 theme) (Songs for Fellini)
“The most precious collaborator I have ever had, I say it straightaway and don’t even have to hesitate, was Nino Rota — between us, immediately, a complete, total, harmony.”
Bambi Meets Godzilla is the title of a humorous 1969 cartoon created entirely by Marv Newland. Less than two minutes long, the film is regarded as a classic of animation, and in 1994 was voted #38 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field (via)
The cartoon can be seen online here.
“Sure I was glad to see John Wayne win the Oscar. I’m always glad to see the fat lady win the Cadillac on TV, too.”
Esther Williams in Bathing Beauty (1944, dir. George Sidney)
“It was as if I were at home. And of course I was - I genuinely loved swimming and being underwater. It appeared as if I had invited the audience into the water with me, and it conveyed the sensation that being in there was absolutely delicious.”
“Apparently on the screen I look tall, ageless, and damned close to omniscient—delivering jeopardy-laden warnings through gritted teeth. But when people see me on the street, they say ‘by God, this kid is 5 foot 5, he’s got a broken nose, and looks about as foreboding as a bank teller on a lunch break.”
-Rod Serling (1963)
Johnny Mandel (music) & Mike Altman (lyrics) - Suicide is Painless (M*A*S*H: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
“For two extraordinary years I have been working on it - learning to write - but mostly learning how to tell the truth. At first it is quite impossible. You make yourself better than anybody, then worse than anybody, and when you finally come to see you are “like” everybody - that is the bitterest blow of all to the ego.
But in the end it is only the truth, no matter how ugly or shameful, that is right, that fits together, that makes real people, and strangely enough, beauty.”
-Louise Brooks on writing her memoirs
June Christy - Night People