Market lady

The black and white lady of the market in Jerusalem:

market lady

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memories of the ’70s – The Goodbye Girl

Goodbye_Girl_movie_posterNeil Simon’s words were the key to this rom-com of the late 1970s: The Goodbye Girl.

Directed by Herbert Ross and produced by Ray Stark, the film starred Marsha Mason and Richard Dreyfuss.

Paula (Mason) is a dancer who is living with Tony, a married actor, who takes off to Italy for a job and doesn’t tell her he has sublet his apartment to an aspiring actor Elliot Garfield (Dreyfuss).

Paula and her daughter Lucy (Quinn Cummings) are wary of Elliot and tolerate his presence. But slowly he and Paula become friends as he tries and fails to succeed as an actor. Lucy doesn’t trust that Elliot truly loves Paula but soon is convinced he is honest unlike Tony.

As the three become a unusual family, Paula realizes she has relied on the wrong men for too long, and Elliot is the right man, while Elliot knows that he needs Paula and Lucy, and not just an acting career.

Originally titled Bogart Slept Here, the screenplay was written based on Dustin Hoffman’s rise to success as an actor. With Mike Nichols as director, the lead was given to Robert De Niro, playing an actor with a career on the rise, living with a woman and her daughter.

But when filming began, De Niro wasn’t the right fit, and was replaced with Dreyfuss, while Nichols left the project and was replaced by Herbert Ross. Simon rewrote the screenplay to add in more humour and a few more secondary characters.

Warner Bros partnered with MGM to release the film in November 1977, and this rom-com did well at the box office, and earned the film four Golden Globe nominations (and wins) and five Oscar nominations for Dreyfuss (Best Actor), Mason (Best Actress), Cummings (Best Supporting Actress) Simon (Best Screenplay) and Stark (Best Picture).

The movie’s title song also did well, sung by David Gates and earned a number 15 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

Dreyfuss became the youngest male at the time to win the Best Actor Oscar for the film at age 30 in 1978, and had a trio of success in the 1970s with his roles in Jaws in 1975 and Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1977.

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Man vs man

Two of the many faces by Solomon Souza in Jerusalem:

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memories of the ’80s – Conan the Barbarian

516gJwHFxvLThe early 1980s brought a fantasy story from the 1930s to the big screen and the launch of a new action hero: Conan the Barbarian.

Based on a collection of fantasy stories published in the 1930s by Robert E. Howard in Weird Tales Magazine, the movie idea started with producer Edward R. Pressman.

In 1975, Pressman tried to get support for the film, recruiting Oliver Stone to write the screenplay and asking Arnold Schwarzenegger to be the lead actor.

But in 1979, Pressman couldn’t get the interest of any of the major studios and sold the project to producer Dino De Laurentiis, who had his daughter Raffaella De Laurentiis and Buzz Feitshans produce the film, with John Milius as director. Although Pressman was supposed to be a partner, in the end he he was a minor player in the project.

Millius rewrote the Stone screenplay, and Schwarzenegger spent 18 months working on his body to become less muscle and more athletic and had agreed to not star in any other fantasy or action film while the production was prepared for the filming.

Milius was known for his male-focused screenplays that became Clint Eastwood films – Dirty Harry and Magnum Force. Stone completed his script in 1978, but Milius took another two years to rewrite the script and filming began in England and then Spain for six months starting in 1981.

The storyline begins with Conan as a child, who sees his parents killed during an attack on his people, and he becomes a slave. As he gets older, he becomes a gladiator and earns his freedom. He soon befriends Subotai (Gerry Lopez) and Valeria (Sandahl Bergman) to help him go after the cult leader who killed his parents – Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones).

After a few successes, Conan is asked by King Osric (Max von Sydow) to rescue his daughter, who has now become under the control of Doom’s cult. His first attempt, Conan fails, is captured and sentenced to die. Subotai and Valeria rescue Conan and promise this time to help him rescue the king’s daughter and defeat Thulsa Doom.

Released in Spain in March at a film festival, Conan the Barbarian came to the big screens in the US in May 1982, just before Memorial Day weekend. Young male film fans came in crowds to see the film and the film, which had a budget of US $16 million, was a success for the 1982 summer season.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was confirmed as an action star, and the resulting $130 million at the box office insured the sequel – Conan the Destroyer – went into pre-production, which came to the big screens two years later.






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memories of the ’80s – Conan the Barbarian

516gJwHFxvLIn 1982, a fantasy story came to the big screen and created a new action star: Conan the Barbarian.

Based on pulp fiction stories of the 1930s written by Robert E. Howard in Weird Tales Magazine, director/writer John Millius rewrote the screenplay that had been done by Oliver Stone.

The project was sold to producer Dino De Laurentiis by Edward R. Pressman when he couldn’t make it wok and was consequently produced by his daughter Raffaella De Laurentiis and Buzz Feitshans.

Arnold Schwarzenegger had been chosen to play the lead character by the previous production company while Millius chose James Earl Jones to be the villain. During the time period between production companies, Schwarzenegger agreed to a $250,000 contract and to not star in any other action/fantasy films.

Conan (Schwarzenegger) is a young boy when his people are attacked, his parents killed and he becomes a slave because of Thulsa Doom (Jones). He becomes a man, a gladiator and is then set free, and makes a plan to go after Doom.

With his friend Subotai (Gerry Lopez) and friend/lover Valeria (Sandahl Bergman), Conan pursues Doom and takes on a new challenge to rescue the daughter of King Osric, who has become captured by Doom’s cult.

Conan is captured and set to die, but is rescued by Subotai and Valeria, who both agree to help Conan fufill his quest to rescue the daughter and avenge his family by pursuing Thulsa Doom again.

Filmed in England Spain over six months, Schwarzenegger did his own stunts and the sets were very elaborate to showcase the detail of the fantasy stories. With a budget of US$16 million, the team spent almost a year in post-production. When Universal Pictures saw the final edit, they requested more edits, worried about some of the violence shown.

Released in May 1982, the film had been promoted for a year before its official release, using artwork from the 1966 book Conan the Adventurer.With a budget of US $16 million, the film garnered support from fans across the US and quickly became the first blockbuster of the summer movie schedule.

Thanks to the success of this film, Schwarzenegger became a bonafide action star and the sequel was immediately planned. The film made US $130 million at the box office.

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Old man of MIMA

Spotted in the basement gallery of the MIMA Museum:

Mima old man

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MIMA Woman

Another amazing example from Brussels’s MIMA Museum:

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