May 30, 2015

Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.
H. G. Wells

[as Jane and Michael run down the path in the chalk drawing]" Don't fall and smudge the drawing!"
— Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews), Mary Poppins (1964)

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
Oscar Wilde

In the Heat of the Night (1967) (part 1 of 5)
  • Sidney Poitier insisted that the movie be filmed in the north because an incident in which he and Harry Belafonte were almost killed by Ku Klux Klansman during a visit to Mississippi. Hence the selection of Sparta, Illinois for the location filming. Nevertheless, the filmmakers and actors did venture briefly into Tennessee for the outdoor scenes at the cotton plantation, because there was no similar cotton plantation in Illinois that could be used. Poitier slept with a gun under his pillow during production in Tennessee. Poitier did receive threats from local racist thugs so the shoot was cut short and production returned to Illinois.
  • This was the first major Hollywood film in color that was lit with proper consideration for an actor with dark skin. Haskell Wexler recognized that standard lighting used in filming produced too much glare on most black actors and others of dark complexion. Wexler toned down the lighting to feature Poitier with better results.
  • According to Sidney Poitier, Tibbs' retaliation slap to Endicott was not in the original script nor in the novel on which the film is based. Poitier insisted that Tibbs slap Endicott back and wanted a guarantee that the scene would appear in all prints of the film. According to Stirling Silliphant, the slap was in the original script though not in the novel

  • "Conflict builds character. Crisis defines it."
    Steven V. Thulon

  • A B-25 bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building on July 28, 1945.
  • A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!
  • In France, there’s a place called Y.
  • One in every 4 Americans has appeared on television at least once in their life.

  • What can be driven, but has no wheels. And can be sliced, and still remain whole?

    I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.

    “Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.”

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