Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Rest in Peace: Lauren Bacall

The last two days have been filled with the passing of some great actors.  The recent recent being  Lauren Bacall.  This post is in tribute to a woman who commanded every scene she was in and exuded a quiet strength.

For those of you who don't know of her, this post will act as an introduction.  

One of her greatest projects was the 1946 film, The Big Sleep, where she starred alongside Humphrey Bogart.  The movie follows private detective Philip Marlowe as he tries to solve a case that features more twists and turns than anything he's ever faced.  The story involves blackmail, kidnapping murder and even love.

The film is also based off of the hardboiled detective novel of the same name by Raymond Chandler. It's the first in a series featuring detective Marlowe.  The language in the old detective novels is something to behold because it's so different from what we have now.  They are not just novels but also, slices of the time they were written in.

Lauren Bacall also did voicework for Studio Ghibli's adaptation of Howl's Moving Castle.  She played the Witch of the Waste.  

When Sophie is cursed by a witch and turned into an old woman, she must find courage and bravery and travel to find someone who can break the spell. However, her search leads her to the wizard Howl and his moving castle.
The film is based on a novel of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones.  Howl's Moving Castle is also the first book in a trilogy and is followed by Castle in the Air and House of Many Ways.

My hope is that this post will make you want to go and see what else she has been in and discover her legacy.  She was a mighty actress and she will be missed.

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