Monday, March 8, 2010

Hitchcock cameos

A collection of Hitchcock's cameos.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Sartre/Monroe Freud Biopic by John Huston

A little known piece of movie trivia:
Another way of looking at it would be to say that Huston, following the great American biopic tradition, wanted to make a movie about how Freud became Freud. But in either case Sartre, the pre-eminent and ultra-European philosopher of becoming, was an ideal choice. He completed a 95-page screen treatment in 1958. The protagonist of Sartre’s script was Freud the young neurologist, who had reached a ‘desperate impasse’ in his treatment of Anna O. and in his theory of the sexual etiology of hysterical neurosis. For the part of Anna O., incidentally, Sartre had his eye on Marilyn Monroe, who was discouraged from taking the role by Anna Freud and by Monroe’s own psychoanalyst, Marianne Kris, whose father had been Freud’s tarot partner.

The Huston-Sartre collaboration fell apart in 1959, when Sartre travelled to Huston’s home in Ireland to work on the script. The two didn’t work well together. ‘There was no such thing as a conversation with him,’ Huston later recalled. ‘He talked incessantly, and there was no interrupting him. You’d wait for him to catch his breath, but he wouldn’t.’ Meanwhile Sartre, in his letters to Simone de Beauvoir, described Huston as ‘perfectly vacant, literally incapable of speaking to those whom he has invited’. Evidently he didn’t realise that Huston was waiting for him to catch his breath. The philosopher went on to compare Huston’s ‘inner landscape’ to ‘heaps of ruins, abandoned houses, plots of wasteland, swamps’: ‘He is empty,’ Sartre concluded, ‘except in his moments of infantile vanity, when he dons a red tuxedo, or goes horseback riding (not very well).’ (Huston, of the infantile red tuxedo, was equally bemused by Sartre’s wardrobe, its stark invariance: ‘I never knew if he owned one grey suit or several identical grey suits.’)
From Elif Batuman's essay "On Complaining."
(Hat Tip: Book Slut)

Friday, February 19, 2010


Grilled Pork Banh Mi

Recipe at Wandering Chopstick.

Momofuku Ramen with Pork Belly

Recipe in the Momofuku cookbook.

Spicy Fried Chicken

For fried chicken:
Deep fry chicken wings.

For sauce:
Melt 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
Diced shallots
Diced garlic
Diced habanero

Coat fried wings in sauce. Top with green onions.

Pollo A La Brasa

The wood-fired rotisserie chicken at Pollo A La Brasa.

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'Le Petit Nicolas'

The upcoming film adaption of the classic French children's book.

Vampire Weekend 'Giving Up the Gun'

(Hat Tip: Spinner)

'Death Bed Subtext'

Thursday, January 21, 2010