Thursday, October 19, 2017

Actors on Acting #4 : Robert Taylor

After seeing Robert Taylor films back to back, I was curious to see if he any good insights on Acting. He sure did. Robert's quotes on Acting totally capture how I was trained as an actor.

"A screen metamorphosis is more psychology than histrionics. The thing is to analyze the character you are playing and then the various stages of self-development become a logical outgrowth of that individual finding himself."

"Know yourself", said the wise old Greeks. That is the simple but profound maxim which, I am convinced, has been largely responsible for my feet stepping firmly up the movie ladder. Unless you do know yourself, your capabilities, and--what is perhaps more important still--your limitations, then opportunity will go on knocking on your door in vain. If you analyze yourself and find out your own strength and weaknesses, then you have taken the first step towards understanding others and being able to interpret them. In its more direct application to the film business this will result in there being less likelihood of any miscasting. And, by carrying out these principles I very soon learned to resist the temptation of "flying high" and playing roles for which I was temperamentally and physically unsuited.I have rigorously kept to that rule of only playing roles for which I know myself to be fitted."


Monday, October 16, 2017


I was on a Robert Taylor kick. I just finished watching Magnificent Obsession (1935) with him and Irene Dunne. Then I saw a listing of the movie Camille. I had heard of the movie and never seen. Camille had Robert Taylor, Great Garbo as a courtesan, in beautiful clothes. Garbo isn't one of my favorites, I decided to watch it anyway. Wow, I am happy that I did.

Robert Taylor was gloriously handsome when he was young.

Great Garbo played Marguerite with the right mix of fragility, wistfulness and passion that I was immediately drawn in.

The story is simple.Marguerite and Armand meet at the Opera. She mistakes him for a rich count. Though attracted to him, she has to pay her bills. Sends Armand to get candy, and leaves with her rich count. Armand is fascinated by her. Destiny is kind, the two meet again.

Marguerite ,who has known poverty and riches, finds true love with the handsome and open hearted Armand. Can a Courtesan and a honorable gentleman find true happiness in Paris? The question of love is woven in the movie. Can you love someone that "others" find unsuitable for you? Can love overcome prejudice and station?

Well, you have to watch Camille to find out. I was rooting for Marguerite and Armand to win. Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor are entrancing on screen together.If you never seen this movie,you are in for a treat. Camille will pull at your heart strings. Be prepared. Still, it is a beautiful and heartfelt movie. Of course,here is the trailer.

P.S. Moulin Rogue heavily borrows from Camille. I only realized this after the movie ended.
2nd P.S. Because I love all of you, here is the link to watch Camille.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Happy Friday the 13th

Happy Friday the 13th, my friends. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know I consider this a lucky day.

See, even Woodstock knows!

Here are fun things to do today:

🌠Write down 13 wishes. I got this from my dear friend Robert

🌠 Expect lucky events in your life, then be open to how it comes to you.

🌠 Use affirmations:
"I am filled with good luck."
"I am constantly drawing good luck towards me."
"Lady luck is my good friend."

Wishing you all a luck filled Friday.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Happy Indigenous Day

A very great vision is needed and the woman who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky.

- Crazy Horse, Oglala Lakota Sioux (circa 1840-1877)


Friday, October 6, 2017