Sunday, October 17, 2010

Triad 1 (redux)


  1. Gerry, you've been tagged, with a proviso: Take your time with it, but I look forward to a response should you go ahead with it - particularly from the angle I suggested.

    As for Novak, I have not seen her in Jeanne Engles but I always thought she was great in Vertigo, despite some of the criticism. I wonder how Vera Miles would have been in the part...

  2. MovieMan:

    One of the drawbacks of watching films for seventy years is that the component parts of the structure that occupied those seats during those viewings tends to atrophy and deteriorate. And one spends more time away from home on offsite maintenance. Hence the late acknowledgement. Thank you for your comment.

    The tagging idea intrigues but please allow some time for me to consider. I will respond to your site or by Email.

    As to Kim Novak in “Vertigo,” I agree totally with you and not with Hitchcock. I have listened to the Hitchcock/Truffaut tapes (#21) on the Charlie Parker site and Hitchcock states that “I had a terrible actress in it.” I suppose a great director is allowed a blind spot. In the book manifestation of the Hitchcock/Truffaut dialogues, Hitchcock is negative on Novak but the “terrible actress” quote is not used. I first saw “Vertigo” in Garmisch Partenkirchen, remember that first viewing vividly, and did a related posting in May.

    Not sure about Vera Miles, probably because Novak is etched into memory. And finally, Novak might not have been Eagels but in the Eagels film she was very Novak, which sits well with one smitten at an early age. Thank you again for your comment and being interested in my thoughts on directors. Best. Gerald.