Tag Archives: Norma Shearer

September/October 2023 Viewing Diary

I moved in late September. Again. I found a little cozy apartment, the second floor of a little house, with slanted ceilings, little cubbyhole-eaves everywhere, and a big yard. It’s a 10 minute walk to the beach. I found it … Continue reading

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January 2018 Viewing Diary

Supernatural, Season 7, episode 10 “Death’s Door” (2011; d. Robert Singer) What an extraordinary episode of television. It’s funny: I too block out what happened in that kitchen in Bobby’s childhood. I forget it almost every time. Those actors playing … Continue reading

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Ebertfest 2014: He Who Gets Slapped (1924)

One of the highlights of Ebertfest this year (and we’re not even done yet) is getting a chance to see the 1924 silent film He Who Gets Slapped on the gigantic Virginia Theatre screen, surrounded by a packed house, and … Continue reading

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Transformation: Norma Shearer as Marie Antoinette

It is such a good performance. Brilliant, really. More thoughts about it here.

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Seen Recently: The Conjuring (2013), Marie Antoinette (1938), Chasing Mavericks (2012), Danton (1983)

The Conjuring directed by James Wan At one point during The Conjuring, my friend Jen whispered to me, “I have got to stop screaming.” Well, no, you don’t. Why would you? Let it out. Let your screams cry out into … Continue reading

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Seen Recently: A Free Soul (1931), Whirlpool (1949), The Women (1939)

A Free Soul directed by Clarence Brown A daring (to say the least) pre-Code film, starring Norma Shearer (very good, for the most part, here), a ferocious and sexy Clark Gable, a sympathetic and noble Leslie Howard, and a masterful … Continue reading

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Norma Shearer and George Sanders:

Two appreciations by Dan Callahan, who is such a marvelous writer. Here is his piece on Shearer – a measured and detailed examination of this controversial star. People hate her, people stick up for her, the gays love her … … Continue reading

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