July 11, 2015

There is no friend as loyal as a book.
Ernest Hemingway

"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse."
— Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), The Godfather (1972)

"It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office."
H. L. Mencken

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) (part 4 of 11 )
  • When the film was previewed in Santa Barbara in 1951, the director Elia Kazan's date was a then obscure contract starlet, Marilyn Monroe, whom he introduced to Arthur Miller.
  • As of 2014, it is one of only two films in history to win three Academy awards for acting. The other is Network (1976).
  • While Vivien Leigh was playing Blanche, her real-life husband Laurence Olivier was also in Hollywood, filming Carrie (1952), costarring Jennifer Jones and directed by William Wyler. On one occasion, the celebrated couple dined with Marlon Brando.
  • Vivien Leigh initially felt completely at sea when she joined the tight New York cast in rehearsals. Director Elia Kazan was able to exploit her feelings of alienation and disorientation to enrich her performance.

  • Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
    Helen Keller

  • It is illegal to frown at cows in Bladworth, Saskatchewan.
  • There were 240 pedestrian fatalities in New York City in 1994.
  • In Japan, watermelons are squared. It’s easier to stack them that way.
  • Bird droppings are chief export of Nauru, an island nation in the Western Pacific.
  • Common Cobra venom is not on the list of top 10 venoms yet it is still 40 times more toxic than cyanide

  • What's black when you get it, Red when you use it, And white when you're all through with it

    It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.

    “The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them... Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.”

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