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William Holden in Picnic

"I find Holden has a more earthy sex appeal in his early roles, you could kick your shoes off and put them on his lap and he wouldn't flinch." - Mark

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Reader Comments (10)

You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the union!

Oscar no3 for Lincoln? (An Oscar mind just can't stop working even for a moment!)

September 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames T

Seriously at this point I'll be working during Christmas. This is the kind of underemployment I'm practically married to.

September 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaolo

Paperwork Day!

(Yes, I'm pretending to be excited)

September 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Well, Labor Day in Argentina is May 1st! But I will mention the wonderful memories Sally Field pic brings. What a splendid performance. I first disconvered the incredible Grace Zabriskie in Norma Rae. (Sigh)... I just love supporting actresses.
In any case I remember how torn I was come Oscar time between Sally Field and Bette Midler, whose singing career I had been following since 1973 (give or take).

September 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarcos

I'm spending the holiday grading papers and tidying my files. Ugh.

September 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

The 1979 Best Actress race was tough for me as well. I think Sally deserved the award, but Marsha Mason in Chapter Two and Jane Fonda in The China Syndrome were both terrific. For me, Jill Clayburgh was invisible in a boring movie and Bette Midler was passionate but still raw. JMO.

September 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Brookesboy: You are right. Maybe I was rooting for Midler because I was such a big fan. Both Fonda and Mason were extraordinary.

September 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarcos

Sally Field was terrific in this, her character persevering in the face of scorn, dismissiveness, and hostility. I wish there were more juicy lead roles like this for actresses right now. I also wish there were more current directors with the sensibility of director Martin Ritt, who deserves to be appreciated more.

September 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteradri

Marcos: I have a soft spot in my heart for Bette. She is one of the most versatile performers I've ever seen, and her film debut in The Rose has to be one of the best first performances ever. I'd really love to see that film again.

September 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

brookesboy: I sometimes shudder at the thought of seeing films again. Particularly films from the late 1960s and 1970s. Many of them have "aged", and not well. I recently started watching "The Graduate" and "Midnight cowboy". I had to stop them both. Watching them again would have ruined my memories of the films. Curiously enough, this practically never happens with films from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Could it be the mid-1960s is the period when color really started to be used massively? The fashion? The camera work?

September 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarcos
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