Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tending Banked Coals

The John Ehle Collection

At Southern Sources a posting about revised/new finding aids has information about the John Ehle collection within the UNC Southern Historical Collection.
[...]The collection documents both the literary career and public service activities of John Ehle. Literary materials include correspondence, clippings, and financial items relating to Ehle’s novels and other works, as well as notes, drafts, and galleys. Family items include correspondence of Ehle’s parents and a few items relating to Rosemary Harris. Other materials relate to Ehle’s work with various public and private institutions. These include files generated in the course of Ehle’s work in the Governor’s Office, especially his efforts on behalf of the North Carolina School of the Arts and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. There are also files relating to the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Federation for the Arts and Humanities, Duke University, and the Penland School of Crafts. Photographs and audiovisual materials include family photographs and photographs used as book illustrations, including some of activists protesting segregation in Chapel Hill, N.C., that were taken for use in The Free Men (1965); audiodiscs of radio shows that Ehle wrote or acted in; tapes of interviews done for various books; and filmstrips, chiefly on North Carolina history, which Ehle produced, sometimes in collaboration with others. A few items relate to Rosemary Harris. [...]



The Rosemary Harris Collection

Ms Harris was Among the glitterati in NYC on Monday May 18 at an event on Michelle Obama's schedule.
"[...]the first lady changed into evening clothes and headed to American Ballet Theatre's spring gala at the Metropolitan Opera House, a highlight of the city's social calendar. Among the glitterati: Actresses Sigourney Weaver, Kim Raver, and Rosemary Harris[...]"
(I wasn't able to find photos of Ms Harris at the event. Perhaps a reader out there is a better photo-miner than I & will share?)

And, some more reviews of Is Anybody There.
Ken Eisner liked the supporting cast who "constitute a who's who of great English character actors"

LIZ BRAUN In The Toronto Sun found the film charming saying "the cast is superb" and "an extraordinary collection of respected British actors as the residents of the old-folks home".

California Chronicle's John Beifuss had his cynic's armor pierced by the movie "thanks to the pictorial tastefulness of director John Crowley and, especially, a brace of fine performances." Whether or not he was thinking of things like leg braces or other aids isn't clear but he does go on to write "Other seniors are played by such welcome British character actors as Peter Vaughan, Leslie Phillips and Rosemary Harris (Aunt May in "Spider-Man"), as an ex-dancer with a plastic replacement leg."

(Bonus information from the Beifuss article: the soundtrack includes Dexy's Midnight Runners. I mean, does a movie set in the 1980's get any better than that?)

MICHAEL SMITH at tulsaworld found the glass half full/empty saying "The acting is first-rate among a talented cast saddled with a third-rate piece of material" but also that "Actors like Rosemary Harris and Peter Vaughn shine in portraying their many pains and their tiny moments of joy when the spotlight is taken off of Caine for a moment."

From The Wichita Eagle's Rod Pocowatchit's musings on the screen scene "Acting legend Rosemary Harris ("Spider-Man") particularly stands out as a kind woman trying to lure an aging drinker into sobriety." (You know, don't you, that I'm tempted to make some comment about whether the author intended "stands out" to relate to any prior mentions of the character's restrictions.)

And speaking of Spidey, here's a charming clip of Ms Harris discussing Aunt May in a featurette of the 2007 movie Spider-Man 3.





Fashion, Fun, & Games with Liz and Darce

More pictures of Regency fashion can be seen at this article about the National Gallery of Victoria’s Fashion in the Age of Jane Austen and at ABC.net and also Jane Austen Today Blog . The insights into changing fashion are interesting especially in that the period during which women's clothes were "streamlined into relatively unadorned gowns of diaphanous white muslin that fell close to the body’s natural contours." was of a relatively short duration.

Blogger Tia Nevitt read and reviewed Marvel Comic's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and "was all over the comic book like the younger Bennet girls on men in red coats." She found it well worth the price but warns "Contrary to the cover image, Lizzy does not look like Jennifer Ehle from the A&E Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice."

Check out these Signs that you have watched Pride and Prejudice too many times and you may find that far too many of them apply! I found them excessively diverting.


Need a break from those boring hours of computer solitaire while filling time at work? Try these, also fashion related.

A. Regency dress up dolls

B. Lizzy and Darcy paper dolls

A. lizzydressupdoll B. lizzypaperdoll That wig looks familiar. I think it deserves a BAFTA.

Or, perhaps you'd enjoy the challenge of a Pride and Prejudice jigsaw puzzle

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Whenever possible, of course, this will turn back into a Ms Awesome Jennifer Ehle blog. In the meantime, there is gratitude that she has such admirable relatives and that because of the greatest mini-series of all time an Austen reference is never out of line.

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