Officer Officer Short Shrift to Milo: “Not doing anything, eh? You’ll have to admit at your aOfficer Short Shrift to Milo: “Not doing anything, eh? You’ll have to admit at your age that’s a crime.”
Milo and Tock, Norton and Jules, Officer Short Shrift and the Spelling Bee–the gang is together again thanks to a new documentary film celebrating the 50th anniversary of Norton Juster’s classic book, The Phantom Tollbooth (also known as the Only Book I’ve Read More Than Once). Get the details on Kickstarter.
Also, be sure to check out these brain-bending infographics from Brooklyn artist Jan Avendano.
Photographs by William Claxton.
Around this time in 1965, Robert Mulligan, the director of To Kill A Mockingbird, released another Southern-set movie starring Steve McQueen. Baby the Rain Must Fall is set in the backwoods of Columbus and Wharton, Texas and features McQueen as a hot-headed, golden-voiced parolee. McQueen couldn’t carry a tune, so the music is clearly dubbed; the style, however, is genuine authentic.
Just a man, a guitar, and a bathtub.
Co-star Lee Remick.
From a 1990's French magazine whose title I can't pronounce or translate.
Last night the Chelsea Room hosted a screening of Beard at Work, a short documentary directed by a couple of NYU film-school seniors (obviously) and produced by Brett Ratner. Since the film documents one of Beard’s photo shoots, it features models like Lydia Hearst and Doutzen Kroes, who were no doubt in attendance last night with lots of their model-pretty friends. Why am I mentioning this? Because Peter Beard, who grew up in New York City, Long Island, and Alabama, is a true adventurer and one of the only people to rock a blazer-kikoy combo and still manage to look distinguished.
Image from A Maysles Scrapbook
The Edies would be so thrilled to know that their stars continue to shine 25+ years after they let the Maysles brothers film their lives, fabulousness, squalor, and all. The documentary was recently selected for inclusion in the 2010 National Film Registry, alongside classics like The Exorcist and The Empire Strikes Back. Whereas the Beales’ family and community shunned their eccentricities, any self-respecting Southern town would have embraced such ever-loving-craziness with open arms. As for Albert Maysles (the only surviving brother), anyone who can rock seersucker atop Mt. Ararat has my respect.
Inside Albert Maysles' library. Photo by Todd Selby for theselby.com.
Al at home. Photo by Todd Selby for theselby.com.
Another awesome look inside Albert's apartment. Photo by Todd Selby for theselby.com.
I haven’t been this excited/bothered by the Ozark Mountains since Where the Red Fern Grows. The New Yorker calls Winter’s Bone, the Sundance Award–winning film (Best Picture, 2010) based on Daniel Woodrell’s 2006 book about drugs, crime and family secrets in the Missouri Ozarks, “something new in movies: a ‘country-noir’ thriller.” It’s high-brow indy meets low-brow backwoodsy South meets the Angelika. I like it.