New series – A Random Weekly Roundup

I’m going to try a regular Sunday series: a weekly roundup of interesting movie tidbits–essays, posts, news, etcetera. I’ll keep it short this week, with three items.

First up, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, second time around.

Here’s the trailer for Ben Stiller’s new film, an adaptation of Thurber’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” It’s a beautiful-looking trailer, a bit Coen-esque.

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And here’s a link to the classic short short story–well worth a read. Or a re-read.

http://www.all-story.com/issues.cgi?action=show_story&story_id=100

Just for kicks, here’s the original 1947 trailer for the Danny Kaye version of Mitty.

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Next, a much less-fun but fascinating read about the Nazi party’s influence in Hollywood: The Hollywood Reporter’s excerpt from the new book The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler (Harvard University Press, on sale Sept. 9) by Ben Urwand. 27cover_lores

It’s worth noting that film scholar Thomas Doherty has published two books on the subject, Projections of War: Hollywood, American Culture, and World War II (1999) and Hollywood and Hitler, 1933 – 1939, published earlier this year. And that Doherty isn’t a fan of Urwand’s take: to wit, his responding essay in The Hollywood Reporter: “Does ‘The Collaboration Overstate Hollywood’s Cooperation with Hitler?” (Spoiler alert: Yes, it does.)

Be sure to check out the slide show accompanying Urwand’s excerpt, which includes links to relevant film clips, including one from 1942’s Once Upon a Honeymoon, starring Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers and directed by Leo McCarey. Why had I never heard of this?

 

Finally, a great entry in the conversation about women in film (in front of and behind the camera), a dispatch from the San Diego Comic Con:

http://m.xojane.com/entertainment/michelle-rodriguez-women-who-rock-panel-comic-con

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