Wednesday, March 15, 2006

O BEAUTY, THERE IS THY STING!


I’m still in recuperation mode after the Altman Blog-a-Thon…and what better medicine than the Big Bad Mama herself?



(Thanks to Amazing Motor Girls for the keen pics.)

But nothing can top the Dickinsonian treat offered recently by my blog friend Tom Sutpen at If Charlie Parker Were a Gunslinger, There’d Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats. Gentlemen, and ladies, take your heart medicine, still yourselves, click here, and be sure to take time to thank Tom for his terrific site and his terrific taste.

Consider my batteries recharged!

26 comments:

Flickhead said...

~ sigh ~

blaaagh said...

Wow. Spring must be in the air, or something.

And to think that when I was in college and saw her on "Police Woman" and in "Dressed to Kill," she looked kind of old to me then!

Maya said...

Time to send an email to David Thompson.

Campaspe said...

I used to eat occasionally at a restaurant called Mary's in the West Village, I think it's gone now. It was in an old brownstone and had several dining areas. When I went with a crowd, we used to request the Angie Dickinson Room, a small private dining area decorated with pictures of you-know-who. The waiters told me that Ms Dickinson herself had stopped by a few times, to see how her room was doing.

That Little Round-Headed Boy said...

And, you know, BIG BAD MAMA is actually a pretty good movie, even beyond its obvious charms and attempts to cash in on the BLOODY MAMA/BONNIE AND CLYDE drive-in aesthetic. Steve Carver was one of the best directors of the Corman quickie school, and he filmed that sucker in about two weeks. Watch it again and look at how well put together it is (not just Angie!), how the scenes cut together nicely, how well he frames the compositions and how the sets effectively capture the period feel. Man, that's when a B-movie didn't need a $100 million budget to get its point across. BIG BAD MAMA has it all: hot-dang action, ribald humor and, of course, plenty of guns blazing and breasts flashing. For rock fans, it's even got Graham Nash's future wife in the nude. And, of course, it's got the man himself: Shatner. On an amusing commentary track between Corman and Dickinson on the recent DVD of BIG BAD MAMA, Angie is quite proud of the movie and pretty blase about the nudity. Only one scene upsets her: the scene where Shatner is naked with her and rubbing himself all over her back. But who wouldn't be freaked out by that!

blaaagh said...

Ha ha--Little Round Headed Boy, you've convinced me: I'm putting it on my queue immediately! I don't know how I managed to miss seeing it all this time--I do remember it being advertised on TV--but it sounds well worth a look. And yes, given Angie's experience with Shatner, I admire her even more for her intestinal fortitude!

Dennis Cozzalio said...

Flickhead: What you sighed...

Blaaagh: I was thinking the same thing when I was going over those Police Woman episodes. And if my calculations are correct, she was around 45 at the time they were shot! Hooray for middle age!

Maya: Shall you send it, or shall I?

Campaspe: I don't know if you know Buca di Beppo, a chain of spectacularly gaudy Italian restaurants that seem to be proliferating like wildfire (out here on the West Coast, anyway), but there's a bunch of rooms toward the back of the one in Universal City that some coworkers and I tend to gather at during the Christmas season, and one of those rooms, a big circular place just right for our group, is called the Pope Room, decorated with pictures and statues of popes past and (I'm presuming now) present. That's okay and all... but why am I suddenly seized with the surely heretical notion of bombarding Buca di Beppo with a letter-writing campaign? Out with the pope, in with Angie!

TLRHB: I just cleared out two movies from my Netflix queue last night and will have a great New World Pictures/AIP double feature coming next, hopefully on the same day: Big Bad Mama and Monte Hellman's Cockfighter, neither of which I have ever seen. I've heard plenty of good things about Big Bad Mama and Carver-- did he not direct Drum, the sequel to Mandingo? What ever happened to him? I appreciate your mentioning a bit about him and the movie-- now I'm really excited to see it, and to hear that commentary. But William Shatner naked... that's enough to induce a round of therapy sessions for me, 30 years removed and in the privacy and protection of my own living room. That Angie Dickinson must be made of resilient stuff indeed! I can't wait to see her firing a tommy gun!

Flickhead said...

Hmmm...considering that she's worked for Howard Hawks, Sam Fuller, John Boorman, Charles Marquis Warren, Edward (Shack Out on 101) Dein, Andrew L. Stone, Don Siegel, Arthur Penn and Steve Carver, would an Angie Blog-A-Thon be too ridiculous to propose?!?

Or this this just my feeble excuse for surfing the net for Angie photo galleries?

Dennis Cozzalio said...

As well as Delmer Daves (Rome Adventure), Burt Kennedy (Young Billy Young), Roger Vadim (Pretty Maids All in a Row), Gus van Sant (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues) and, of course, Brian De Palma...

Personally, I'd welcome any occasion to rifle through the photo galleries for treasures like these. I don't know how many others would be, but I'd be up for a Angie Blog-a-Thon, even if it were a mini version... !

That Little Round-Headed Boy said...

And she was in both versions of Ocean's Eleven.

I'd be happy to write the tease lines for the Angie Blog-a-thon commemorative poster:

Slapped by Reagan!

Slashed by Caine!

Seduced by Shatner and Sinatra!

She's salty — and Pepper, too!

It's the Big Bad Mama's B Movie Blog-A-Thon!

Count me in. Although, once we come to our senses here, we might realize that she ain't exactly Olivier when it comes to expounding on her technique...

That Little Round-Headed Boy said...

Dennis -- totally off topic, but knowing what a fan you are of Jonathan Glazer's BIRTH. He's directed his first music video in six years, for Massive Attack. You and other Glazer fans can watch it here:

www.boardsmag.com/screeningroom/musicvideos/2485/

That Little Round-Headed Boy said...

And she was in both versions of Ocean's Eleven.

I'd be up for an Angie blog-a-thon. But she ain't exactly Olivier. I'm not sure her technique goes that deep.

How about some tease words for the commemorative poster:

Slapped by Reagan!

Slashed by Caine!

Seduced by Sinatra — and Shatner!

It's the Big Bad Mama's B-Movie Blog-A-Thon!

That Little Round-Headed Boy said...

Sorry about the double posting there. Technical difficulties on my end. The brain part, that is.

Tom Sutpen said...

Let me also vote early and vote often for a Mlle. Dickinson blog-a-thon.

A capital idea, chaps.

But how could you all have forgotten her work with Lewis Milestone? Crimeny, did Ocean's Eleven leave an impact on no one?

And yeah . . . that's a big 'affirmative' on Big Bad Mama from this corner. It may not have the rampant prurience of Bloody Mama, but I'd sooner see Angles Dickinson nude (even being rubbed up on by Shatner . . . one shudders at the mere mention of it) than Shelley Winters circa 1968 anyday.

Now that I think of it, a general survey of what LRHB calls the 'drive-in aesthetic' might make an interesting blog-a-thon all by itsse'f.

And thanks, Dennis, for mentioning my modest corner of cyberspace.

'Tis a fine gesture and no mistake!

Tom Sutpen said...

Whoops.

Didn't see the mention of Milestone's autumnal sonnet in a preceding post.

Mi apologia!

Flickhead said...

AngieThon...

April 19? (Spring: most certainly in the air.)

That'll give us four weeks after Abel Ferrara.

If it sounds good with everyone, I'll post an announcement on the Flick blog!

Dennis Cozzalio said...

Well, I'm certainly all in favor of it! This sounds great. There are, I'm sure, plenty of "angles" to be explored here. And my copy of Big Bad Mama is schedule to arrive from Netflix tomorrow. Perfect timing! And I second TAS: I think something interesting could be folded in about the drive-in aesthetic here too, unless everyone would rather keep it pure Angie.

Blaaagh, if you want to post something too, this space is yours! And anyone else who is blogless and cares to participate, that goes for you too.

Flickhead: I'll post something on this site too when we make the final decision. (Can you remind me of the date on the Ferrara Blog-a-Thon?)

TLRHB: If you wanna make that poster, I'd love to see it!

TAS: You post one incredibly stunning picture, and look what happens! :) It all started with your post and Flickhead's eloquent "sigh..."

To Angie Dickinson! (And to the drive-in aesthetic?) I'm really looking forward to reading these posts!

Flickhead said...

Abel Ferrara is this Wednesday (22nd).

Flickhead said...

AngieThon:

Everyone alright with April 19?

Brian said...

I thought Ferrara was the following Monday the 27th. I doubt I'll be able to participate if it's moved up.

Not sure what I'll have to contribute to a Dickinson Blog-a-Thon (perhaps a good excuse to watch the 1964 the Killers now that I've recently seen the 1946 version), but I'll aim for April 19th if that's the consensus.

That Little Round-Headed Boy said...

april 19 is good with me. there's a good argument to be made to expand it to the notion of drive in movies.. but i'm in. i'll have to pass on ferrara. hard to find any of his movies beyond KING OF NEW YORK and BAD LIEUTENANT anywhere around me. i'd love to write about DANGEROUS GAME. oh well. i'll enjoy from the sidelines and comments sections.

Dennis Cozzalio said...

Yeah, I was thinking that Ferrara was late April too. If Ferrara is this Wednesday, then I'm gonna have to take a pass on that one too (I'm up to my neck in two big things I'm trying to get into shape for next week.) But April 19 for Angie is A-OK with me!

Flickhead said...

As far as I'm concerned, it's official: April 19 AngieThon!

Dennis Cozzalio said...

Okay, Flickhead! Do you want to do a coordinated announcement, or just do one on your site? Either way, I'd like to encourage anyone who wants to chime in who doesn't have a blog to send their contributions to Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule and I'll post them here. April 19 it is!

That Little Round-Headed Boy said...

Dennis, Flickhead — To get in the proper mood for the Angie Blog-A-Thon, go over to www.johnsolie.com. He's the Tuscon-based artist who seems to have done the poster art for a number of drive-in classics — he has posted his art for BIG BAD MAMA, but he also did the art for SOYLENT GREEN, CANDY STRIPE NURSES, SHAFT IN AFRICA, SHAFT'S BIG SCORE and TIDAL WAVE, starring Big Bad Papa, Lorne Greene! As you can tell from the BBM poster, he definitely dug the Angie "aesthetic."

Flickhead said...

I had the one-sheet for Shaft's Big Score! tacked up on my bedroom wall in the '70s and would stare at that for hours. There's a whole world of '60s and '70s movie poster art worth investigating, great, intense graphics by Solie, Frank Frazetta, Mort Drucker, Frank McGinnis...and some of their stuff is still amazing to look at.

I've put a notice on the Flickhead blog about Angie. Someone had mentioned David Thomson (Angie's his favorite actress), so I'll try to send him the link.