Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The most important private collection of motion picture costumes and memorabilia belongs to Debbie Reynolds. It is rivaled only by The Smithsonian Institute in Washington. For the first time in 50 years, she is selling many of the pieces at auction.
If you click on the red title above, you will be directed to the site for the auction. Look at the catalog.
For me, this is the Holy Grail. Getting to get up close some of the most important pieces of historical film, made by skilled hands of spectacularly gifted craftspeople, (the likes of which simply do not exist anymore, except in the tiny, tiny world of couture, premium costume houses, and some boot and hat makers for film), is a luxury. Many of them came here from Europe, escaping Nazis, in the early part of the 20th Century. They turned their crafts into film making, and gave the world magic. Their crafts pretty much died with them. There are a few left around town, and in some parts of Europe; England, and Prague, most notably. We also see the finesse of their nimble fingers and lightening fast needles in the great Japanese and Australian epics, but they are a very rare and specialized handful. I get to see some of these workers of magic and dreams when I go into the backrooms at Western Costume, where they are keeping the dreams alive.
I, for one, am very grateful to Debbie Reynolds for preserving and collecting these pieces of history. Everything form Marie Antoinette to Ben Hur, Little Women to Laurel and Hardy, My Fair Lady to Singing in The Rain, Cleopatra, it goes on and on, remarkable in it scope. These pieces will never again been seen together, and very likely never again in their current condition.
If you love costumes, history, and the art of making film, you will love this!
Saturday, May 21, 2011
I spent a couple of hours today at the Best Friends Animal Society Adoption Drive at the La Brea Tar Pits, in Los Angeles. Hundreds of beautiful and loving dogs, all running around with bright orange neckerchiefs that read ADOPT ME.
Then I went to the cat tent, and there they were, so gorgeous and warm, soft and making motorboat sounds, waiting for a new home with someone to love, who could love them back.
It was heartwarming, and heartbreaking, all at the same time. So much love sitting there, ready to be given a chance. So many good, decent people, volunteering to help them to, literally, get a leg up.
If I regret one thing, it is that I have not yet figured out how to help them all. How to reach people and ask them to wake up. So much innocence and life lost, by the simple refusal of humans to neuter or spay.
I thank all of you who have reached into your hearts and taken one of these lovely beings home with you. I know you feel, as the rest of us do, that in the end it is they who have saved us, and not the reverse.
Petfinder.com has hundreds of thousands of animal available to view online, as there are so many waiting for a home at a shelter near you. Sometimes they have been beaten so down by sadness, so they don't show themselves to be the ones they will become, after they've had a chance to feel safe and welcome. Please give them your patience and a chance to blossom.
You will be repaid for your kindness a million kisses over ^..^~~