Tomas Milian: Not only spectators have big screen heroes

The actor, born on 3/3/1933, chose the Adidas sneakers with three stripes when creating his most famous character. (To escape quicker from the police, not for advertising purposes.) On the other hand, the introverted Milian wanted to run away, but from himself. Thus, he modeled this good-hearted criminal in accordance to whom he’d like to…

Sondra Locke’s Ratboy: A modern day fairy tale

Having acted exclusively with Clint Eastwood in so many films had its pros and cons for Sondra Locke. For one, she had witnessed the filmmaking process all the way, from casting to editing, postproduction and sound mix. Since she loved all of it, Locke started to think about directing. A bittersweet fairytale rooted in the…

Impulse by Sondra Locke: The many lives we could live

Impulse came at a bad time in Sondra Locke’s life. She had never felt so happy professionally since the beginning of her career with the Oscar nominated role in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter in 1968. It’s the story of an undercover cop who feels tempted to have as much power as the role…

Exclusive Interview with Sondra Locke: Magic in films and the real world

In this in-depth interview, Sondra Locke talks about her life and career in a straightforward way. Why some things didn’t work out; Hollywood, directing, acting, her personal tastes in film, literature, her career choices, and the problems she faced when she chose not to walk away from a real life “showdown”. She also tells how…

Sondra Locke’s The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly: The Woman with a Name

Actors aren’t writers. They’re supposed to act, not write. Some do, mostly screenplays and memoirs. Sondra Locke’s autobiography stands out because it doesn’t fit labels. It’s a “Hollywood Journey”, but it reads like a novel. We know these characters. Clint Eastwood comes to mind – the actress is still very associated with “the Man with…

Exclusive interview with Sondra Locke about The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

From small things, big things one day come. The way Sondra Locke got the part in a major Hollywood production – the film adaptation of Carson McCullers masterpiece – is a story which should be remembered. It was an episode of faith, talent, luck. Almost overnight, an aspiring actress from Shelbyville, Tennessee, got nominated for…

Wand’rin’ Stars: Patrick McGilligan (English version)

We were not allowed to watch movies growing up in my family in Madison, Wisconsin. “Allowed” is too strong a word. Movies cost money and were too permissive, and actually we never thought of them. We were too busy living a life outdoors. Occasionally we saw family movies on television on the Walt Disney show…

High Sierra by Marilyn Ann Moss

Even in Raoul Walsh’s lesser-known films, there’s an element somewhat comparable to Hemingway’s statement when he finished writing a book. As he once said: “I just have to perform that little miracle we all must do at the end.” That is, to edit, revise and transform a narrative into a timeless work. My impression, in…

Raoul Walsh’s biographer Marilyn Ann Moss produces documentary

In various ways, Raoul Walsh helped in shaping what we nowadays call a “movie”. Those who just seek entertainment will find it in his films. Those who prefer great performances and a good script, will not be disappointed either. And those who admire that rare quality in cinema, the sensation of life taking place in front…