Guest Essays

 

Hi – If you click on this section from time to time, this is the place where I’ve asked friends to write an essay about a classic movie they enjoy; give ’em a chance to express them- selves about a movie or actor/actress that resonates with them in a positive way. I promised them I’d put their name up in lights if they sent me something. So, if there’s a movie you really like from the “good ol’ days” and you want to tell folks about it, send me an e-mail at cinemavenessays@gmail.com. Your name can also go up in lights.

( Lights. Uhmmm… do computer monitors count? )

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TRUDY RING:

Trudy Ring is a writer and editor for a media company based in Los Angeles. She’s a native Midwesterner who left part of her heart in Chicago but loves L.A.’s weather and easy access to many classic film events. She enjoys almost every genre but particularly loves film noir and screwball comedy, and her favorite decades for movies are the 1930s and ’40s. When she’s not watching classic movies, she can be found seeing new movies, attending plays, reading, listening to music, or talking politics. Her favorite author is F. Scott Fitzgerald and her favorite musician is Bruce Springsteen. The film directors, writers, and stars she admires are too numerous to list.

TRUDY’s ESSAYS:

BARBARA STANWYCK: Oscar’s Perennial Bridesmaid  ~ 7 / 16 / 2017

CYNARA” ( 1932 ) ~  7 / 10 / 2016

GEORGE CUKOR: The Men in His Life ~ 1 / 12 / 2016

LAURA”      ( 1944  )  ~  4 / 19 / 2015

MY REPUTATION    ( 1946  )  ~  1 / 19 / 2016

THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS ” ( 1946 ) ~ 10 / 25 / 2017

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ROBERT REGAN:

When Robert Regan first saw “Spellbound” he asked his mother how Ingrid Bergman could be here and across the street in “The Bells of St. Mary.” This wise woman explained that movies are not “real”, but are like snapshots that appear to move. Since then he has seen thousands of movies and loved hundreds.

Love On The Run”   ~ 11 / 17 / 2016

We Were Strangers~  9 /  5 /  2017

 

 

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MARVIN KUJAWSKI:

Born the same day as Barbara Stanwyck ~ July 16th, Marvin’s worked 23 years at the Fountain Pen Hospital ( where modern and vintage pens are bought and sold ) near NYC’s City Hall. He loves to sing Opera ( tenor ), Neapolitan songs, oldies, show tunes, etc. Marvin also loves to draw ( cartooning/ illustration ). “I’ve been a fan of movies all my life
( since four years of age ) and when I turn on the TV my priority is always a ( good ) movie. My favorite genre is Film Noir, with westerns being a close second, but I also love musicals, drama and action films as well. My favorite actor is Gary Cooper, and Claire Trevor is my favorite actress. Billy Wilder and Michael Curtiz share the number one spot as favorite director.

MARVIN’S ESSAY

MARVIN’S FIVE FAVES ………… MAY 24th, 2017

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JEFF LUNDENBERGER:

 

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I fell in love with classic films when I happened to turn on “The Misfits” late one Saturday night when I was in high school. I’ve managed to tame my Marilyn Monroe fetish somewhat but my love of the movies remains, and my husband constantly reminds me that there are television stations other than TCM. I usually ignore this advise. ( Jeff has written a piece on Gary Cooper and Clara Bow for FLICKER ALLEY entitled “Yep, Nope and ‘It’.” )

 

JEFF’s ESSAYS:

 

A CAPITOLFEST DIARY  ……………………….    8 / 29 / 2016

A LOVE LETTER TO TCM  ………………………  4 / 10 / 2016

AND THE WINNER IS   ………………………….   2 / 17 / 2017

ART IMITATES LIFE IMITATES ART IMITATES … 1 /   4 / 2016

IMITATION OF LIFE ( 1959 ) ……………………  2 / 10 / 2016

MY FIRST TIME AT THE RODEO ………………..  3 /  6 / 2017

MY TCM CLASSIC ( MOSTLY ) FILM FESTIVAL… 5 / 6 / 2017

TCMFF’16 SOCIAL PRODUCER ………………… 5 / 23 / 2016

THE WAYS WE WATCH …………………………  3 / 16 / 2016

TWO MOMENTS THAT MOVE ME  ……………… 6 / 24 / 2016

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KARIN MUSTVEDT-PLÜSS:

Karin was born, raised and lives in Norway. She is half-Swiss, half-Norwegian and attended university in Scotland. In 2011. Karin served as the Artistic Coordinator of the inaugural Maureen O’Hara Classic Film Festival in Glengariff, Ireland. She is a classic film fan through and through. I’d say her heart lies mostly in the 1930’s with film favorites that include: Myrna Loy, Constance Bennett, Ronald Colman and the lovely Claudette Colbert.

KARIN’s ESSAYS:

Ingrid Bergman                           ~ 8 / 28 / 2015

1932: It Was A Very Good Year  ~ 7 / 19 / 2016


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MICHELE S. PRICE:

MICHELE & ME ( ELMER GANTRY )

Michele Price is a real-life jurist, a position which she is not just honored to hold, but by which she is humbled, on a daily basis. As well, she is an eager student and admirer of classic film, and has attended the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival many times as well as other festivals devoted to various genres. As legal writing is not particularly entertaining, the opportunity to reference her English degree and craft something of a more creative nature is most welcome. Moreover, it is not unexpected that her favorites among the classic canon often highlight strong women: “Mildred Pierce,” “Stella Dallas” and “Now, Voyager.”

“If only hats with veils, gloves and seamed stockings would come back…sigh…” ~ Michele S. Price


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CASS TIMBERLANE” ~ THE HUMANIST JURIST  ……  6 / 8 / 2016

 

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WENDY T. MERCKEL:

To say Wendy loves old movies doesn’t say the half of it, but for time and space purposes, Wendy is a lover of classic films. She is definitely a 20’s, 30’s and 40’s gal.

WENDY’s ESSAYS:

Paulette Goddard ~ 6  /   3  /  2015

Beggars of Life ~  9  / 10  /  2015

 

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CHRISTY PUTNAM:

There’s more to my friend Christy Putnam than her Texas-sized love for classic films. During her formative years, she spent summers traveling with her family to more than 19 states in Mexico which helped her learn to speak Spanish. As the daughter of a petroleum company executive, she has lived in the Midwest, Northeast and South. Upon receiving her Master’s Degree in English, Christy has taught college English for the last 20 years.  Her son, who is still in college working on his own degree, accepts the fact that she loves classic film and enjoys his Mom’s cooking, ( He teaches Comedy Defensive Driving . )  Christy has written about the Turner Classic Film Festival since June of 2010 as “Sue Sue Applegate” on the TCM Message Boards, The Silver Screen Oasis, as well as her blog at Christy’s Inkwells. She’s also published articles or reviews in Noir City Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, The Baytown Sun, The Sentinel, and Examiner.com, where she enjoys writing about TCM Film Festival Guests and TCM Film Festival Fans from all over the world.

CHRISTY’s ESSAY:

Being Indiscreet: ( Cary Grant & Ingrid Bergman in “Indiscreet” ) ~ 1 / 18 / 2015

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SHEILA SCHLESINGER-SIMON:

Let me introduce you to my friend Sheila Schlesinger-Simon. She was an Early Childhood educator and loves to read books and watch old movies. ( brooklynoutlier@gmail.com )

Her favorite quote is from Groucho Marx:

“Outside of a book, a dog is man’s best friend. Inside a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

SHEILA’s ESSAY:

It’s All About The Story: ( Why Millennials Should Watch Classic Films ) ~ 1 / 18 / 2015

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LINDSEY WILSON:

My friend Lindsey Wilson has been my creative partner in a number of projects for many years. A graduate of Hampton University and involved with marketing and p.r. firms in the past, she’s finally exploring her life and love of music. She is a singer/songwriter with a band of her own: ( the Reckoning ) and original music ( urban folk rock with conscious lyrics ). But she also loves movies. We’ve had so many conversations about stars and plots and scenes. She’s graciously decided to write down her thoughts on one of the great movies from the 60’s that might be ahead of its time. This is her contribution to yet another one of my projects. This blog.

LINDSAY’s ESSAY:

The Manchurian Candidate ~  3 / 01 / 2015

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