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A bear called Paddington

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The author Michael Bond pass away at aged 91 last 28 June. He was the creator of the beloved children’s character Paddington Bear.

Michael Bond published his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, about the marmalade-loving bear from deepest, darkest Peru, in 1958.

The author, born in Newbury, Berkshire, in 1926, kept writing until his death. His most recent Paddington story, Paddington’s Finest Hour, was published in April.

His daughter, Karen Jankel said: “For him, writing was his life. It was wonderful he could continue writing until the end,” she said. “Because … Paddington and his other characters were so real to him, he became alive to everybody else.”

“You can tell just by reading his books what a lovely person he was. I never came across anybody who disliked my father. He was one of those people that people instinctively warmed to and he was as funny as a person and delightful as he was in his writing and as a father.”

Michael Bond created an endering and memorable character full of enthusiasm and optimism. His an icon of children’s fiction. Paddington is the Peruvian immigrant bear quirkiest but emotionally real children’s characters.

As well as Paddington, Bond created characters including Olga da Polga and A Mouse Called Thursday along with a series of novels for adults, featuring the detective Monsieur Pamplemousse.

More than 35m Paddington books have been sold worldwide, spawning toys, TV programmes and most recently the films.

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Good memories with Paddington in London. Copyright: Pilar Gallardo

Ann-Janine Murtagh, HarperCollins’s executive publisher of children’s books, said: “I feel privileged to have been Michael Bond’s publisher – he was a true gentleman, a bon viveur, the most entertaining company and the most enchanting of writers.

“He will be for ever remembered for his creation of the iconic Paddington, with his duffel coat and wellington boots, which touched my own heart as a child and will live on in the hearts of future generations. My thoughts and love are with his wife, Sue, and his children, Karen and Anthony.”

A huge thank you to Michael Bond for this sweet and wonderful legacy.
Michael Bond with his most famous creation, Paddington Bear.
 
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Publicado por en julio 20, 2017 en Art, Books

 

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Friday Night Films: “Village of the dammed” by Wolf Rilla

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village_of_damned_poster_02Village of the Damned is a 1960 British science fictionhorror film by German director Wolf Rilla. The film is adapted from the novel The Midwich Cuckoos (1957) by John Wyndham. The lead role of Professor Gordon Zellaby was played by George Sanders.

A sequel, Children of the Damned (1963), followed, as did a remake, also called Village of the Damned (1995).

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In London, the military Alan Bernard is talking to his brother-in-law Gordon Zellaby in Midwich by telephone when there is a communication breakdown with the village. Alan heads to the British village and finds that all the inhabitants have fallen unconscious at the same time and who else crosses the borderline faints. Out of the blue, the inhabitants awake at the same time. Two months later Anthea Zellaby tells her husband Gordon that she is pregnant…

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Publicado por en noviembre 18, 2016 en Art

 

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Friday Night Films: “The private life of Sherlock Holmes” by Billy Wilder

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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is a 1970 DeLuxe Color film in Panavision, directed and produced by Billy Wilder; he also shared writing credit with his longtime collaborator I. A. L. Diamond. It starred Robert Stephens as Sherlock Holmes and Colin Blakely as Dr. Watson. The film offers an affectionate, slightly parodic look at the man behind the public façade, and draws a distinction between the “real” Holmes and the character portrayed by Watson in his stories for The Strand magazine.

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The magic of this film, I think, comes down to the writing of the dialogue by Wilder and his writing partner, Izzy Diamond. There are a number of conversations between Robert Stephens (Sherlock) and Colin Blakely (Watson) that are just like tiny symphonies…

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Publicado por en noviembre 4, 2016 en Art

 

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Friday Night Films: “Cat People” by Jacques Tourneur

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Cat People is a 1942 film directed by Jacques Tourneur. The original screenplay, written by DeWitt Bodeen, was based on Val Lewton’s short story The Bagheeta published in 1930. The film stars Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph and Tom Conway.

This is the story of Irena, a young Serbian woman in Manhattan, who believes that, because of an ancient curse, any physical intimacy with the man she loves will turn her into a feline predator.

An extraordinary work of photography by Nicholas Musuraca.

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Publicado por en octubre 28, 2016 en Actors, Actresses, Art, Movies

 

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Friday Night Films: “The Ladykillers” by Alexander Mackendrick

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Here’sone of my favourite fims. A masterpiece. A must see.

the_ladykillers-664308624-largeThe Ladykillers is a 1955 British black comedyfilm made by Ealing Studios. Directed byAlexander Mackendrick, it stars Katie Johnson, Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green and Jack Warner.

American William Rose wrote the screenplay, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay and won the BAFTA Award for Best British Screenplay.

Sinopsis

Mrs. Louisa Alexandra Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) is a sweet and eccentric old widow who lives alone with her raucous parrots in a gradually subsiding lopsided house, built over the entrance to a railway tunnel in Kings Cross, London. With nothing to occupy her time and an active imagination, she is a frequent visitor to the local police station where she reports fanciful suspicions regarding neighbourhood activities…

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Publicado por en octubre 14, 2016 en Actors, Actresses, Movies

 

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Friday Night Films: “The day of The Jackal” by Fred Zinnemann

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The day of The Jackal (1973) is a thriller based on the novel by Frederick Forsyth, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Edward Fox.

The film is about a professional assassin known as “The Jackal” who is hired to assassinate French president Charles De Gaulle in the summer of 1963.

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I think Edward Fox is perfect as the murderer. The English actor did an excellent job. He’s got the magnetism needed to give credibility to a character characterized by the coldness.

Edward Fox in The Day of the Jackal

And it’s fascinating to see the meticulous work of this mysterious murderer to prepare the assassination.

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Truly it’s’s one of those movies that you never seem to get bored watching.

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Publicado por en octubre 7, 2016 en Actors, Movies

 

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Friday Night Films: “The Haunting” by Robert Wise

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Long before The Legend of Hell House (1973) or Ghost Story(1981) or Poltergeist (1982), Robert Wise directed a creepy little tale about the supernatural called The Haunting (1963), which was based on the Shirley Jackson novel, The Haunting of Hill House. In the film, Dr. John Markway (Richard Johnson), a professor of anthropology with a deep interest in the occult, decides to investigate an infamous mansion with a long history of unexplained psychic phenomena. Joining him in his experiment are Luke Sanderson (Russ Tamblyn) who stands to inherit the house from his family, and two volunteers, Eleanor Vance (Julie Harris) and Theodora (Claire Bloom) who possess unusual extrasensory sensitivities.

Though set in New England, The Haunting was actually filmed in England with the interior scenes being shot at the MGM studio in Borehamwood. “The exterior was a several-hundred-years-old manor house out in the country, about ten miles from Stratford-on-Avon,”…

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Publicado por en septiembre 30, 2016 en Actors, Actresses, Art, Movies

 

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