Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Miracle Worker

Recently I ran across some reviews for a new version of The Miracle Worker playing on Broadway. The reviews aren't good, but the pictures look nice:

The play, which is about Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, has always been a favourite of mine. Here is a real picture of them when they were older:

I watched the 1962 movie when I was in school and it made a lasting impression. When I got older I sought out biographies on these two remarkable women. While the play only focuses on a brief period in their lives, it is definitely interesting to watch the connection that is forged through so much difficulty. There are two movie versions, one from 1962 and one from 2000. There are some things I like about the 2000 version, but overall I prefer the 1962 version. The actresses actually wore padding to prevent bruising in some of the most violent scenes! If you haven't seen this classic, I definitely recommend that you do so! Even though many dispute the accuracy of this film (and rightly so), it is still an intriguing look into the past.

I couldn't find any screencaps from the 2000 version, but here is a picture of the cover:

The Sisters Dare

I recently saw this somewhere in my travels around the web:

Mary Pickford, early movie actress. In this day and age of HD I think we lose something. My brother has a very nice TV. It is so clear and sharp! However, it makes everything look rather cheap. Movies start looking more like badly shot documentaries and all the news people look even scarier than normal. Maybe a little softness around the edges wasn't so bad after all!

I love looking at old photographs. One time when I was scrolling through some old pictures of actresses, I came upon the Sisters Dare. I was enraptured by the splendid photography and lavish costumes.


Don't they look like fun?

You can read more about them here:

Phyllis Dare

Zena Dare