Archive for October, 2010

October 28th, 2010

Depression Era Cooking

Clara Cannucciari

Clara, cooking up a storm!

Depression Era Cooking!  Is there anyone who has yet to be introduced to the wonders of Clara Cannucciari?  Being the international super-star that she is, I find it hard to believe.  Yet, from time to time, I get a puzzled look in response to my effusive rhapsodizing over this 94 year old cook and YouTube sensation.  So today, dear readers, I would like to take the opportunity to extol the virtues of Clara!

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October 18th, 2010

The Women (1939)

The Women The Women The Women

A woman is compromised the day she is born.

1939. It is a year cited by many as one of the greatest in cinematic history. Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Ninotchka, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington? All released in 1939. On the eve of a war that would forever change predefined notions about humanity, it seems fitting that Hollywood should produce some of its most memorable meditations on the nature of good versus evil, preservation in the face of destruction, idealism apropos reality, and the toll that such struggles reign over its subjects.

On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland. That very same day, on the other side of the Atlantic, MGM released George Cukor’s comedic classic, The Women. At first glance, The Women seems nothing more than a marriage of style, wit, and star-power, thereby marking it anachronistic to the geo-political battles raging behind its birth. And yet, it proved to be one of the year’s top grossing films, a box-office juggernaut that lifted itself beyond the laurels of Clare Booth Luce’s play, and into a territory all its own. Why? Let’s peel back the onion’s layers and take a peek. . . read more »