Monthly Archives: November 2009

on this day in lohan history

On this day in 2006 in Lohan history, Lindsay, overcome with grief following the previous day’s news of Robert Altman’s death, released—surprisingly to USA Today and not US Weekly—a bizarre and lenghty rant that expressed her sorrow in a wonderfully unique way. Her message has improved with age:

“I would like to send my condolences out to Catherine Altman, Robert Altmans wife, as well as all of his immediate family, close friends, co-workers, and all of his inner circle.

I feel as if I’ve just had the wind knocked out of me and my heart aches.

If not only my heart but the heart of Mr. Altman’s wife and family and many fellow actors/artists that admire him for his work and love him for making people laugh whenever and however he could..

Robert altman made dreams possible for many independent aspiring filmmakers, as well as creating roles for countless actors.

I am lucky enough to of been able to work with Robert Altman amongst the other greats on a film that I can genuinely say created a turning point in my career.

I learned so much from Altman and he was the closest thing to my father and grandfather that I really do believe I’ve had in several years.

The point is, he made a difference.

He left us with a legend that all of us have the ability to do.

So every day when you wake up.

Look in the mirror and thank god for every second you have and cherish all moments.

The fighting, the anger, the drama is tedious.

Please just take each moment day by day and consider yourself lucky to breathe and feel at all and smile. Be thankful.

Life comes once, doesn’t ‘keep coming back’ and we all take such advantage of what we have.

When we shouldn’t…..

Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of yourselves’ (12st book) -everytime there’s a triumph in the world a million souls hafta be trampled on.-altman Its true. But treasure each triumph as they come.

If I can do anything for those who are in a very hard time right now, as I’m one of them with hearing this news, please take advantage of the fact that I’m just a phone call away.

God Bless, peace and love always.

Thank You,


Lindsay Lohan”

Altman and Linds

That is certainly the most lovely use of the word “hafta” that I’ve ever read in a blackberry dispatched eulogy/motivational speech. The gossip media were predictably critical of Linds’s words and for some reason it took her spokesperson nearly two weeks to address the minor splash that they caused: “She was devastated, she was crying… here was a girl who found something special in this man that she felt so close to, and she was completely shocked and blown away that he had just died. It was written very quickly and from the heart.”

Devastated and crying. Understandable, then. On February 20, 2007, a memorial service was held for Altman in New York. Attendees included Lily Tomlin, Harry Belafonte, Julianne Moore, Kevin Kline and Tim Robbins—all of whom presumably considered the cranky director to be the closest thing to both a father and a grandfather that they really did have in the past several years. Lindsay, however, was not in attendence. It was later reported that she had spent the day of the memorial service in LA partying with Jackass “star” Steve-O.

vadim directs

Roger Vadim and Jane Fonda on the set of Barbarella. 1968.

festival time!

Beatles & Birkin

George, Ringo, Jane Birkin and so on. I seem to recall something about Harrison getting into some sort of very minor trouble with the law while attending the festival but I can’t find any information about it anywhere right now.

Malle, Vitti, Polanski

Festival jurors Louis Malle, Monica Vitti, Roman Polanski.

Lelouch, Godard, Truffaut, Malle and Polanski

Claude Lelouch, Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Louis Malle and Roman Polanski. I think at 5’7″, Godard is the tallest of the bunch.

Polanski, Tate

Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate. Cannes 68!

grammar school 1957

I wonder which position Jagger played.

making zabriskie point

feb 68

Wow, considering that it was neither directed by an ageing Chaplin nor did it star the Burtons, Zabriskie Point sure got an inordinate amount of press back in the day. Here’s a sampling of the coverage from Films and Filming beginning in February 1968 (above).

july 68

July 1968.


Antonioni oneAntonioni two

October 1968.


January 1969.

bay of angels

Bay of Angels

Bay of Angels

La baie des anges. Demy. 1963.



Clint Eastwood modeling sweaters for Playboy.

smooth criminal

Alexander Perdyan

A burglar at age 16. Arrested June 5, 1936.

cover art


Julie Christie and Roland Curram in Darling.

the beach boys love you

The Beach Boys Love You

I was pretty jazzed to find this ad featuring The Beach Boys—in the middle of their “Brian’s Back” campaign—hocking car stereos not just because it features the classic line up all with great facial hair but also because the record they were pushing at the time was The Beach Boys Love You . Everyone always makes a big stink about Pet Sounds—and with good reason—but I think I like Love You more.

The Beach Boys Love You

I believe that this is the first album that Brian soley wrote and produced since he relinquished control of the group following the failed Smile sessions. When the other guys agreed to allow Brian to write again were they aware of how moog-fixated he’d become or that the material that he would hand them would be songs about Johnny Carson, rollerskating Lolitas and the solar system bringing wisdom? Anyway the record is fascinating and—even though it may take a little getting used to—is an unjustly overlooked corner of their rather large catalog.

Love You ad

If you’re unfamiliar with this 1977—well, I’ll call it a masterpiece of sorts, it can be found here. Be warned that Brian, Carl and Dennis are all in very poor voice with Dennis and Brian’s voices being in particularly ragged shape. Al, however, rather nails his take on (I kid you not) my favorite track, “Honking Down the Highway”. Don’t miss that “woo” and that “yeah” that he throws in or this ragged live version. Also watch out for “I Want to Pick You Up”, the creepiest song about touching a child this side of “Baby Greaser George”. I wish Danny Tanner and his boys had sung “I Want to Pick You Up” to Michelle. Finally, if the lyrics to “Mona” seem a bit made-up-while-going-along, here‘s a solo Brian demo that will dispell that assumption.

the beach boys