Thursday, June 30, 2011

Millie LOOOOVES This

A tribute someone made to the awesome and British television actress, Judy Carne. It just makes me happy.

Michael Caine's Glasses.

I thought it would be a good idea to have a post of Michael Caine with his glasses, because, well, because -- I DON'T EVEN NEED A REASON.

So here's to Michael Caine wearing awesome glasses and being cooler than everyone else!






{Note: the entire reason for this post was NOT so that I could post this photo, which I do not at all find very weirdly fascinating.}


"I'm the original bourgeois nightmare - a Cockney with intelligence and a million dollars."


{with Natalie Wood}








Only Michael Caine can do cool impersonations of.... Michael Caine: 

-Millie 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Batman: The Movie. This IS Mind-Smushing Entertainment - you sad, deprived souls!


When I write  about the "sad, deprived souls," I am NOT talking about my awesome blog followers. No, I am referring to the people who continually give Batman: The Movie (1966) bad reviews and talk about its idiocy and lack of plot.....on and on and on....

Clearly, these people (and there are so many of them) have trouble identifying satire. Because Batman is brilliant, Wowzie Kazam, stupendously amazingly cool satire.

There is no possible way a film that includes exploding sharks, emergency Bat-copter landings at foam mattress conventions, the entire Security Council at the pseudo-U.N. getting disintegrated, and heroic "almost-human" porpoises -- COULD NOT BE COMPLETELY GENIUS.

Which also brings me to another point: Stop telling me that "a little camp goes a long way!" (This phrase is in many even-basically-sympathetic reviews.) I have NO idea what you're talking about. ;-D



Or maybe I just understand this movie because it is dedicated to me?


"Lovers of the ridiculous and the bizarre"? That's definitely not me.

And speaking of this opening title, HOW DO PEOPLE STILL NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY ARE WATCHING AFTER READING THAT?!

There is an IMDb review where someone questions whether, maybe, the film was actually just supposed to be funny.

No, it was definitely Christopher Nolan's inspiration for The Dark Knight, genius.

Is anyone else amused by the fact that I am writing an idiotic, non-nonsensical post at 1 AM just to ridicule people who think that Batman: The Movie is idiotic and makes no sense? OH, WE'RE THE COOL PEOPLE HERE AT CLASSICFOREVER. ;-D

Anyway, those sad, deprived souls who simply cannot comprehend the awe-inspiring power of Batman -- it is for them that I shall write and publish my magnum opus on Mind-Smushing Entertainment.* I've already got two people who are planning on reading it: me and also Marya PROMISED she would read it. haha

So yeah. It's gonna be great, guys. 

I think I'm just gonna go now. ;-D

-Millie

*The Definitive Guide to Mind-Smushing Entertainment still has not found its publisher yet. It also needs to be written. But it WILL happen! It will. ;-D


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Deanna Durbin: from the beginning


Deanna Durbin has long been one of my favorite actresses -- LONG, as in basically always.

She never made a bad film, is a wonderful person off-screen, and was almost FRIGHTENINGLY popular in the '30s and '40s -- yet she is strangely underrated and under appreciated today.

Plus, she was not just a gorgeous actress, but also a trained opera singer. I MEAN WHAT?!

{Many of you are possibly wondering at this point why you are not already crazily-devoted fans of Deanna Durbin.}

I have seen all but one of Deanna's films (most for the first time before the age of 10). However, some of the films I have not seen for many years (blasted library getting rid of its entire VHS collection!).

For me, this series will be a re-watching of an actress I have loved for longer than I can remember. Her movies were a huge part of my childhood. Her films are inextricable from actual, tangible memories.

It should be fun. Some of the movies are completely imprinted on my brain forever, others I have only a faint recollection.

Hopefully, I'll be able to show just a little bit WHY Deanna Durbin is so completely Wowzie Kazam awesome!

I'm excited.

-Millie

Friday, June 24, 2011

Photo of the Day!


This is a still from Better A Widow (1968). The other day I discovered that the third star of this film is Gabriele Ferzetti. Kate and I's search for the film has been updated from absolutely necessary to LIFE-OR-DEATH URGENT. We need to see this glorious Peter McEnery film. We will do anything, steal anything, kill anybody -- to get our hands on it.

So yeah. Let one of us know if you've got a copy lying around.

THANKS! ;-D

-Millie

Peter Falk.


September 16, 1927 - June 23, 2011

I don't even know what to say right now. Peter Falk is not only one of my favorite actors ever, but also one of my favorite PEOPLE ever.

Peter Falk was always brilliant. In movies, he could play Jack Lemmon's evil, dim-witted assistant Max (The Great Race); he could play a brutal thug (Murder Inc.); he could play a singing Guy Gisborne (Robin and the 7 Hoods); he could play a convincing psychiatrist (Pressure Point); he was widely regarded for his art-house films with John Cassavetes. These are just a few of his many awesome film performances.

with Natalie Wood

Of course, Peter Falk also owned television. He could do anything in any medium. He could go from playing a Fidel Castro-type on The Twilight Zone to spoofing himself on a Dean Martin Roasts. He was literally mesmerizing in any role.

And, if we're speaking of Peter Falk being mesmerizing, I simply must mention his most famous and most brilliant performance of all: Lt. Columbo.


Columbo is one of the greatest characters of all-time from ANY medium. He is impossible to NOT love. He's always borrowing pencils from people (always claiming that he just "misplaced" his). He never throws away a cigar until there is LITERALLY nothing left to it. He loves his trench coat with an undying devotion. He's always walking away from a suspect, only to turn around and say the phrase that strikes fear in the hearts of murderers, "Oh, there's just one more thing." Of course, even though everyone thinks he's an idiot, Columbo is always smarter than everyone else.

He's perfect.

No one else could have played him but Peter Falk. The man and the character were made for each other.



In my family, Columbo adoration is taught from a very young age. There are certain things you simply must like (Alfred Hitchcock, Peter Paul and Mary, Emergency!) -- and Columbo is one of them. I grew up on Peter Falk's brilliance and I find him even MORE brilliant now. I once watched Pocketful of Miracles (O_O) JUST for him. I will watch anything he is in, because I know he'll be awesome. I have NEVER seen Peter Falk NOT being awesome.


Early in his career, Peter Falk mostly played support in movies (he had back-to-back Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor in '60 and '61). Of course, that didn't last for too long -- because he kept stealing everything from everyone (EVEN FROM JACK LEMMON BEING DELICIOUSLY CRAZY AS PROFESSOR FATE!).

The poor actors he worked with. They never thought that this crazy, short guy with a fake right eye was going to easily take-over their movies.


Here is an episode of the Alfred Hitchcock Hour that Peter Falk starred in. It's nothing particularly famous or special, but it is brilliant. Peter plays a charismatic traveling revivalist preacher guy...who ruthlessly kills people. It's all cool. I'm posting this random little episode because it is Peter Falk being awesome and crazy and fascinating. Classic Falk.

Also: only Peter Falk could get away with saying lines like, "We're gonna cry when we peel onions and laugh when we drink wine." What?!




I was actually planning on writing a post this week about the Falk-Gazzara-Cassavetes friendship, because it is one of my favorite things ever. Now, separately, each of these three men were a little odd. But together -- they were absolutely crazy. I always feel very sorry for Dick Cavett when the three of them showed up on his show in 1970 (basically completely drunk or something). Before he welcomes them he says, "They're all in the wings now -- taking the theater apart." I'm pretty sure they actually were. Poor, Mr. Cavett. Peter made random jokes, John just stared, and Ben -- was off somewhere...

They were basically a Rat Pack for art-house intelligentsia.

with Gena Rowlands
This post makes no sense at all and I still don't know what to write. It's just that Peter Falk is one of my favorite people ever. He was a brilliant actor, hilarious, cool, slightly crazy -- and utterly awesome. He will be greatly missed.


-Millie

You should have never allowed yourself to be lulled into a false sense of security, Kate.

MWAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAA!

A couple of weeks ago, Kate horrifically tweeted me a creepy gif of Jimmy Stewart...BUT SHE LABELED IT WITH DANA ANDREWS (or another favorite-- I can't remember exactly). I vowed revenge. I slowly lulled her into a false sense of security. I regularly sent her Tumblr links, but of people she actually liked. She finally confessed to me that she no longer dreaded the links. I KNEW IT WAS TIME TO MAKE MY MOVE.

It was time for something BIG!

I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Tyrone Power from The Millie on Vimeo.

So, yeah. Apparently, something big ended up being a five o'clock psycho video (it's been a long time...hasn't it?!).

This video was created from the perspective of Tyrone Power -- who just WON'T give up on Kate!

I decided to use "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" as sung by the Supremes and the Temptations, because -- why not?! It was perfectly creepy for my needs! 

(Note: alternate music track ideas were "Girl, I'm Out to Get You" by Boyce & Hart and "And I Love You So" by Don McLean)

(Also note: I may have started the whole falsely tagging a photo thing a few months ago when I sent Kate a photo of Randolph Scott and labeled it as Oskar Werner. I'm not sure if that was the catalyst though. ;-D)

(Also, also note: I am never myself at 5am.)

Anyway, that is that (sadly, I only used what I had lying around on DVD...so there is no Mark of Zorro, A Yank in the RAF, Witness For the Prosecution, or myriads of other famous Ty roles).

At this point, Kate is just being unnecessarily stubborn. No one could seriously not like Ty for this long. It goes against the very laws of the universe. BECAUSE OF HER DISLIKE FOR TYRONE POWER, STARS DISAPPEAR AND COMETS EXPLODE!

Okay, I really should go to bed now.

-Millie

P.S. I waited an hour for the video to upload to YouTube, and at the last second the upload "failed" for no reason. ARRGGHHH, KATE! ;-D

I just had to spend another hour waiting for it to upload onto Vimeo. It is now 6:30 am. I will do practically anything to save Kate from the dark, dreary path she is headed down.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Birthday, Matthew!


I missed it again! SHEESH.

Happy one-day-late Birthday, Matthew. (At least this post is closer to the actual date than last year's! ;-D)

I hope you had a lovely birthday...and many more.

-Millie

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Photo of the Day!

Paul and Joanne with Nell.

L'Avventura (1960): Don't ask me. I don't know.

{File this one under: Screen-Caps That Explain the Entire Film}

I think my brain is going to explode.

Who decided it would be a good thing to let The Millie watch a movie so obviously far above what her viewing comprehension level will EVER BE?! Who?!

Oh, right. That blasted new obsession with Gabriele Ferzetti. 

Let this be a lesson to you: obsessions are never healthy. ;-D

(I actually feel rather guilty for even using a winking emoticon in a review of this film.)

I'm not gonna lie, I was scared before I started watching this. Every single thing I'd ever read about it was always about the genius and never-ending symbolism. I get scared, because I can't possibly keep up with all the symbolism. Is that fluttering leaf in the background a symbol for something? What about the oddly shaped window -- is that a symbol? Do you understand how stressful that is? I'm on summer vacation, for heaven's sake! (I really want to use another winking emoticon right now, but I feel that would be a strangely unforgivable sacrilege.)

Of course, I forgot about all that and began to judge the film on its entertainment value alone. I always do. I may pretend to like Citizen Kane, The Third Man, and the like for their genius -- but it's mostly because they are highly entertaining.

L'Avventura also stars Monica Vitti (who I adore) and she is quite wonderful, as is Gabriele Ferzetti (I'm still having fun typing his name) -- and really the entire cast. Of course, they are being so wonderful playing basically completely unlikable characters (although, I really did thoroughly like them all at first [except for Anna]).

After all the characters become hollow and selfish jerks, there were still four very good reasons why I kept watching the film. One, the cinematography is so hauntingly and utterly perfect. Two, Monica Vitti wears so many cool '60s clothes. Three, every person had an Italian accent. And four, I could take as many Gabriele Ferzetti screencaps as my little heart desired. (Note that these are not necessarily in order of importance.)

I don't know. This movie just seriously confused me. That's not to suggest it isn't the masterpiece so many claim it to be, because I can totally see why it is considered so. It's just that I'm a dork, who enjoys happy endings and mostly likable protagonists. And L'Avventura had waaay too much fun messing with me. You should have seen me during the last minute, PATHETICALLY yelling for her not to walk away. The reason it was pathetic, is because it didn't matter if she left or not. Their lives would have been just as empty and soulless. 

The characters in L'Avventura jump from one "adventure" to another. They are the definition of impulsive. It's as if they need to continually change and change and change to pretend they are not empty and purposeless.

But, now I'm beginning to sound like one of those scary symbolism people. QUICK! CHANGE THE SUBJECT!

L'Avventura was brilliant and horrible. It totally made its point and made me understand its point. The cinematography, direction, and acting were all excellent. But, it was horrible because it made me BLOODY THINK. The Millie doesn't like thinking on summer vacation. This movie has certainly ruined me forever for Dr. Goldfoot and The Bikini Machine and I sure won't be able to watch Gidget Goes Hawaiian anytime soon.

JUNK IT!

This is what happens when you decide to have your current obsession be an Italian actor from the '60s. Nothing EVER ends happy. Sheesh.

 ^This was basically my final reaction to the film. ;-D

-Millie, who promises to never again watch genius films far above her viewing comprehension and then write sacrilegious semi-reviews on said genius films.

P.S. If you're looking for any more Gabriele Ferzetti L'Avventura screencaps -- I have a "few." ;-DD

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Jessica (1962): I...I...I...just don't know what to say.



I almost ALWAYS only write actual semi-reviews for films I utterly loved, films I utterly hated, or films that are completely and brilliantly idiotic. I never blog about harmless, forgettable movies (for those I write a couple sentences on my 2011 in Film page). But, I have to with Jessica....because I don't even know whether I'm supposed to love it or hate it or ridicule it. THE MILLIE IS HOPELESSLY CONFUSED. ;-D

This movie has an awesome setting in Sicily -- utterly gorgeous. The cast is super-cool. The '60s fashion is to-die-for. And the music is quite lovely. 

But the story is complete junk. Normally, I adore horribly written movies -- but I don't even know what to say about this one. It tries to be dramatic and "realistic," before being lured away into becoming a charming and wonderfully unrealistic comedy, before suddenly remembering that this is Jean Negulesco picture -- AND IT'S GONNA BE DRAMATIC. It's like the writer realized that the characters were just a little too happy and settled -- QUICK! KILL OFF THE HARMLESS, OLD CARE-TAKER WHO IS CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING A LITTLE JOY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS OLD AGE AND DESTROY THE GARDEN HE'S BEEN WORKING ON FOR 60 YEARS WHILE YOU'RE AT IT! And while, we're on that point. The little wind storm utterly demolishes the garden he's been working on for 60 years. Had there literally been NO wind in Sicily since at least 1902?! (Normally, I forgive such anomalies. But, I'm not in a forgiving mood. ;-D)

I'm not even going to talk about the remarkable amount of sexism in this film, because I want to move right along to Maurice Chevalier as a priest.

*Excuse me a moment.*

AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Okay, anyway, I'm back. Yeah. Maurice Chevalier is the, um, devout and pious Father of the village (yeah, I'm stilling dying of laughter). He also sings and dances. And as the title character of Jessica is a midwife, I was seriously expecting him to wander by singing, "Thank heaven for leeetle girhls..."

Also: Why was everyone mad at Jessica? SHE DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG. arrrgghhh.

Good things about this movie:

** It once again makes me want to Vespa my way around '60s Europe.

** The fashion was awesome.

**The cast was utterly brilliant.

** MARCEL DALIO SIGHTING (even though his character was extremely creepy [and Marcel made it the least possible of creepy that he could])!

** Gabriele Ferzetti.

Who is this actor? AND WHY HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF HIM BEFORE?! He was so utterly perfect that I added basically all of his 50s/60s stuff to my Netflix. He's in a bunch of famous films that I've heard of before -- BUT SOMEHOW I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF HIM?! Craziness.

 

And while we're on the subject of Gabriele Ferzetti (his name is totally fun to type): You know how in all those late '50s/early '60s movies where there was a "handsome," older bachelor it was ALWAYS played by Rossano Brazzi -- but he is just so seriously creepy that I can't even handle watching anything with him? Well, Gabriele Ferzetti (go type/say his name. You know it's fun. ;-D) was playing that part in this movie AND HE WAS SO PERFECT. Is there any possible way we can go and digitally remove Rossano Brazzi from everything and add Gabriele Ferzetti instead? Get back to me on that, because I am seriously curious. ;-D

Well, in conclusion, I don't even know what to say about this movie. It was like the kind of movie I should have loved ('60s, Sicily, cool clothes, Vespa, MARCEL DALIO), but absolutely do not love.

That script was crazy and not in a good way (and you have to be aware that to be not crazy in a good way in the eyes of The Millie is extremely hard to be).

However, this movie introduced me to Gabriele Ferzetti -- so all is forgiven.

Well, almost all. I still cannot get the image of Maurice Chevalier as a singing, dancing priest out of my head. I fear that I never shall.

-Millie

Friday, June 17, 2011

Six Greatest Upbeat, Cheerful Bobby Darin Songs About Violent Death

Oh, Bobby.

Bobby Darin liked fast songs. If songs weren't fast -- he enjoyed speeding them up (compare Bobby's "On The Street Where You Live" to the film version sometime: HILARIOUS). This is not to say he didn't brilliantly sing many slow songs, because he did. It's just he was so utterly Bobby with his fast-paced, snapping songs.

He also, THOROUGHLY, enjoyed songs about people dying. According to Bobby, clearly songs about violent death must always be sung cheerfully. And he's so darn cheerful, most of time you don't realize that you're tapping your foot to the detailed description of someone being done in by a serial killer.

So...

6) "Clementine"

In Bobby's interpretation of "Oh My Darling Clementine," the title female weighs 299 pounds and a bridge breaks while she's walking on it -- plunging her into the river below. She immediately sinks and drowns, with the narrator watching. He explains himself by saying:

I thought that she was doin' fine
I wasn't nervous
Not until the service
That they held
For Clementine.

Poor Clem...



5) "Artificial Flowers"

This song contains genuinely gripping social commentary. Any self-respecting crooner would sing slowly, letting each phrase and word sink in -- perfectly guilting the listener. Not Bobby. He just states the facts: nine year-old Annie is an orphan who survives by making artificial flowers for rich ladies to wear. She is found one day frozen to death. That's that. As Bobby happily dances by, he does stop to declare:

There must be a heaven where little Annie can play
In heavenly gardens and bowers.
And instead of a halo she'll wear 'round her head
A garland of genuine flowers.

That's cool at least. CONSOLATION PRIZE, ANNIE! Yay! ;-D



4) "That's How It Went, All Right"

This is quite the dramatic stuff. Jealous guy kills girlfriend. The girl can't get away from the knife and the guy can't stop himself. Afterward, he sets her down and watches her white dress turn red with blood. Bobby fully acts out the scene and dances along cheerfully! Might I also mention that this scene was Bobby's film-debut.

I love Bobby. He was crazy.



3) "Goodbye Charlie"

Bobby doesn't even pretend to care that someone's been shot and killed in this song. AND IT'S HIS BEST FRIEND. He mumbles some false sentiment about missing Charlie and feeling low, just before gleefully singing:
Goodbye... Charlie
Cashin' in your chips

Note to everyone: Bobby would be awesome to have as friend. He's always there to cheer you up and you CAN LITERALLY NEVER DEPRESS HIM. Be aware though, that he will care very little when you die; even less if you haven't left him some sort of financial aid.


The song wasn't on YouTube, but you can listen to it here.

2) "Mack the Knife"

MacHeath, babe, is quite the incomparable killer. He never takes away a trace of blood and knows the exact amount of cement to weigh a body down. People are disappearing left and right....which means.... LOOK OUT! OLD MACKY'S BACK IN TOWN! The main death highlighted in this song is that of Louie Miller. Poor fool.



1) "Gyp the Cat"

I consider this to be Bobby's sequel to "Mack the Knife" and really, the lesser song. HOWEVER, I like Gyp the character better than Mack the character. Mack seems to be quite proficient at his job of killing, but Gyp seems to just enjoy it. And Gyp doesn't stop at murder. He dabbles in extortion, bank robbery, burglary, pick-pocketing -- everything is cool with him. He even pretends to have a funeral for himself and shows up at that very funeral as his "twin brother" and proceeds to pick the pockets of the mourners at his funeral. THERE'S A GUY who cheerfully enjoys his work as much as Bobby cheerfully enjoys singing about it.

Oh, and those BRILLIANT opening lines:

Where those bayou's wind
And them gators swim
Sometime late last night
When the moon was dim
Someone left this life
Much against his will
And while Gyp the Cat was alibi-in'
You know his clothes were dryin'

Listen to it here.

And there you have the definitive six upbeat and cheerful Bobby Darin songs about violent deaths. What are your favorites (mentioned or not)?

-Millie

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

2011 in Film: May


You know what they say: "Better almost never, than actually never."

And with that GLORIOUS opening sentence, I am going to move right into the month in review.

May was a pretty cool month. I had a rather late start (I had only watched three films before the 19th), but eventually ended with a not really respectable 15 (June WILL be better. ;-D). And I can't really blame Doctor Who this time, because I have watched very little (I'M AVOIDING THE END OF TEN BECAUSE I WILL THEN HAVE NOTHING TO LIVE FOR).

May:  7 new films/16 total

My Favorite New Film:

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. This movie is perfection and genius and, oddly enough, also Millieness personified. Can I just take this moment to recommend it to everyone -- everywhere.


My Least Favorite New Film:

This was a pretty awesome month with no 1 or 2 starred reviews, so I'm gonna have to go with the three starred Endless Night. Hayley was utterly perfect and Agatha Christie GETS ME EVERY BLOODY TIME, but I cannot handle watching Hywel Bennett. As I mentioned on the 2011 in Film page (where you will always find a short one or two sentence review for every new-to-me film), his late '90s power-mom hairstyle was really creeping me out. ;-D 


Unfortunately, this photo doesn't give it NEARLY full justice:




Best Movie Title:

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. There was no contest.


Best Cast:

Love is a Ball: Charles Boyer, Glenn Ford, Hope Lange, Ricard Montalban...(any film with Charles Boyer will always win Best Cast).


Worst Cast: 

Hmmm, there wasn't really a bad cast. But, I will take this moment to once again condemn Hywel Bennett and his haircut. ;-D


Best Title Song:

Goodbye Charlie. It's such a lovely, cheerful song about the main character's violent death.

Runner up: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (which I may or may not have gone to the midnight premiere of, because I'm a dork). THE PIRATE'S MUSIC ALWAYS WINS.

Most Horribly, Depressing Ending:

Edward Scissorhands. WHY?! WHY?! WHY?! I mean, I understand why. BUT WHHHHYYYY?! Was this just so I would cry thousands of tears? ;-D

Most Viewed Actors:
Bob Hope: 3
Vincent Price: 2
Michael Callan 2
Johnny Depp: 2


Films by Decades:
1900s: 1 / 0 new
1930s: 2 / 0 new
1940s: 2 / 0 new
1950s: 2 / 2 new
1960s: 6 / 2 new
1970s: 1 / 1 new
1990s: 1 / 1 new
2010s: 1 / 1 new


Well, I'll see you in July! Hopefully, with more films than this pitiful amount! ;-D

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Winner of the Bob Hope DVD Giveaway!

I am SO sorry that it took me a week to post this -- the delay is inexcusable! (But, you can blame finals! ;-D)

I would like to thank everyone who participated. It was awesome to read all the Bob Hope fandom.

Anyway, to choose the winner I used Random.org. This ensured that everything was completely fair and Wowzie Kazam!


The winning number was 2, which means Audrey will be receiving the copy of Princess and the Pirate! Just email me your mailing info at classicforeverblogger@yahoo.com and I'll be mailing that out soon! :-D

Thanks again to everyone who entered. Hopefully, I'll be able to have another contest soon!

-Millie

Monday, June 6, 2011

June 6, 1944


Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world. ...

The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!

-General Eisenhower


We will never forget.

-Millie

{Photo credits: Robert Capa}

Lovely Lady of the Week: Francoise Hardy

I know, I KNOW, I haven't posted in the series for quite some time. But I was posting Francoise's "La Mer" on Tumblr just now (it's one of my absolute favorite summer songs), and I suddenly decided to resurrect the Lovely Lady series.

It was quite difficult to narrow down the photos from the ones I had saved to Oscar (my laptop. He's actually named after a awesome/famous Oscar!), because Francoise Hardy is a stinkin' style goddess and never looks not-awesome (she's still gorgeous today). Here are a "few" of my favorite photos:









 ^Only Francoise gets away with wearing that. Everyone else would look like a late '90s homeschooler. (COUGH COUGH! Not that I know ANYTHING about being homeschooled in the late '90s. COUGH COUGH!)



My Three Favorite Songs:


"Mon Amie la Rose"


"Tous les Garcons et les Filles"



^Also this is one of my favorite music videos of all time. I used to watch it for hours on repeat when I was avoiding homework on Sunday afternoons.

And a random video of her singing "Le Premier Bonheur du Jour" and looking impossibly gorgeous.

Francoise Hardy is just awesome and practically perfect in every way. ;-D


-Millie

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