Monday, November 21, 2011

Weekend discoveries

-- On Saturday Anjali Banerjee posted a link to this wonderful video on Facebook. Stick with it to the 30 second point and I promise you won't be disappointed. Oh, and please click the full screen icon for optimum viewing. :)

Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.

-- Yesterday I watched two 1935 films as research for a certain project. First up was Katherine Hepburn in Alice Adams, which I must confess I did not like at all. (And I'm a huge Hepburn fan.) Fortunately, the next selection was much better -- the original 39 Steps directed by Alfred Hitchcock. LOVED it! I was glued to the TV and even had to rewind a few times to fully admire Hitchcock's signature match cuts and quirky framing of shots. This film had a more credible script (in my opinion) than the recent TV adaptation starring Rupert Penry-Jones. (It definitely offered more roles for women -- I can think of at least 4 memorable female characters.)

Best of all was lovely Robert Donat, with his floppy hair and fetching guyliner -- my latest dead actor crush!


  1. I saw 39 Steps on Broadway. I must check out the actual film!

  2. Loved that video! Thanks for posting it.

    Just wanted to say hi and happy holidays. Hope your newest book is coming along. Last I saw you at the fall conference, you were working on your second for Knopf. If they're not the same, I hope they are both going well.

    Break a pencil,