“Why do people go to the cinema? What takes them into a darkened room where, for two hours, they watch the play of shadows on a sheet? The search for entertainment? The need for a kind of drug? All over the world there are, indeed, entertainment firms and organizations which exploit cinema and television and spectacles of many other kinds. Our starting point, however, should not be there, but in the essential principles of cinema, which have to do with the human need to master and know the world. I think that what a person normally goes to the cinema for is time: for time lost or spent or not yet had. He goes there for living experience; for cinema, like no other art, widens, enhances and concentrates a person’s experience—and not only enhances it but makes it longer, significantly longer. That is the power of cinema: ‘stars’, story-lines and entertainment have nothing to do with it.”
“I see it as my duty to stimulate reflection on what is essentially human and eternal in each individual soul, and which all too often a person will pass by, even though his fate lies in his hands. He is too busy chasing after phantoms and bowing down to idols. In the end everything can be reduced to the one simple element which is all a person can count upon in his existence: the capacity to love. That element can grow within the soul to become the supreme factor which determines the meaning of a person’s life. My function is to make whoever sees my films aware of his need to love and to give his love, and aware that beauty is summoning him.”
Happy Birthday Norma Shearer!
(August 10, 1902-June 12, 1983)
She is an idol, with her talent, her beauty, her glamour, and more important, her warmth and love as a person.
Lucy displayed wisdom and sensitivity when her friend Marcella Rabwin suffered her second miscarriage. Marcella was lying in her hospital bed doubting she would ever have a child when the door opened and in came Lucille. "I was terribly depressed and barely able to talk," Marcella remembered. "She did not say a word, not even hello. She simply started humming burlesque music. She took off her hat, she took off her coat, and did a striptease down to her underwear. She had me screaming and laughing, and then she put on her clothes and went home and never did say one word to me about the whole incident. I was a different person after that."Happy Birthday, Lucy
"When we did a scene together, we forgot about technique, camera angles, and microphones. We weren’t acting. We were just two people in perfect harmony," he said. “Myrna, unlike some actresses who think only of themselves, has the happy faculty of being able to listen while the other fellow says his lines. She has the give and take of acting that brings out the best." - William Powell
Happy Birthday Myrna Loy | August 2, 1905 – December 14, 1993