Lynn, in John Knowles’ novel Indian Summer,  is a young adult but not too old to run away  —  away from a family and a place that are stifling her.  Walking through the Connecticut night she heads for a big enough town “where the movie houses seemed the kind of palaces she loved, so much more magical than a real house…movie palaces with their functionless theater boxes, tormented Vatican pillars lining the lobbies, rococo balconies encrusted with crust, lost Arabian courtyards featuring one drinking fountain, fake stars winking from the satiny ceiling; above all, their huge screens, where she could watch huge people doing huge things and be happy until the arid moment when the lights came on and she had to withdraw into her own somewhat undersized self again and step back onto the bleak, unintelligible treadmill called real life.”  (John Knowles, Indian Summer, Random House, 1966.)

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The magazine/book “Gone With the Wind, 75th anniversary of the first blockbuster movie,” does better by Leslie Howard  than the other current magazine/book (Life’s) mentioned in my blog of 11/21/14.  Howard was omitted from the latter in the section on the post- GWTW life and work of the film’s stars.  But here he is included with mention of his death in WW ll in a plane crash following Nazi gunfire.  The two pages of information capsules contain stills from The Petrified Forest, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and his two Oscar-nominated roles in Berkeley Square and Pygmalion.  There is also a very good studio portrait as well as a black and white study of him as Ashley Wilkes.  (“Gone With the Wind, 75th anniversary…”, 1-5 Publishing, Irvine, CA.)  (For an outstanding gallery of Leslie Howard photographs I refer readers to Ginevra di Verduno’s blog

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On her blog “John Gilbert, St. Elmo and Me” Sheryl Stinchcum currently offers a farewell to the late Leatrice Joy.  (

NEXT FRIDAY POST FEBRUARY 6, “An Open Letter to the Academy”
Until then,
See you at the movies,

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