Sunday, July 29, 2007
I've been listening to a fantastic book on tape ( yes, on tape...) by David Niven called "Bring on the Empty Horses". This book is read by Niven and is FANTASTIC! He tells the story of his career path in old Hollywood and the really big freinds that he made along the way. Fred Astaire, Bogart, Cary Grant, and Errol Flynn to name a few. He tells little cool stories about these stars and the impact they had on his life and career ( the Errol Flynn stuff is great).
One really good story is about Charlie Chaplin and an after-dinner drinks discussion about filming the famous banana-peel-fall-on-your-ass scene. The discussion was about how to make a tired and old bit funny. Chaplin's method was a scene-by-scene narrative of how this could play out effectively on film.
First, shot of large woman in high-heels carry a load of packages.
Second, shot of banana peel
Third, woman approaches banana peel...Walks around it...and falls into an open manhole.
6" x 6", oil on gessoed panel
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Posted by otto at 5:45 PM