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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Charlton Heston -- An American Classic

Charlton Heston has died of complications following his fight with Alzheimers. He was 84.

I think a lot of us felt as Argentine actress Norma Aleandro once did, when she was partnered with Heston at the Oscars. Instead of reading the cue-cards with her intro, she stopped, took a deep breath, looked up at the still amazingly handsome actor next to her, and rasped out:

"My God, I can't believe I'm standing next to Moses"

In my opinion, Old Hollywood -- the Hollywood of the epic, of the studio system, of the true cinematic moment of grandiosity and glamour, of plain old family entertainment...is officially over.

May both Rest in Peace.

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  • It's funny, though -- Heston was a throwback even then.

    A great American, and not in the debased radio-talk-show sense.

    By Blogger JSU, at Sun Apr 06, 06:45:00 am GMT-4  

  • De mortuis nihil nisi bene, as they say in Latin. So I will not talk about what I didn't like about Heston, but instead wonder if he grasped the irony in his role in Planet of the Apes - the remake...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Apr 06, 08:08:00 am GMT-4  

  • Fear not Vic -- we still have Oliva deHavland and her ever-battling sister Joan Fontaine still around! Cyd Charisse has a 60th wedding anniversary this year!

    They're going, but not all gone yet!

    By Blogger Ron, at Sun Apr 06, 12:11:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Welcome back, Vic!! Since you've been quiet, my sister-in-law became an American [she's from South Africa]. For some reason, that made me think of you.

    And perpetual light on dear Mr. Heston.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Sun Apr 06, 01:46:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Nice post. All the best to you, whatever you are doing.

    By Blogger Randy (Internet Ronin), at Sun Apr 06, 02:35:00 pm GMT-4  

  • The 1999 speech at Harvard Law linked by Wretchard in his obit was very, very good. I hope you've read it...

    "You are the best and the brightest. You, here in the fertile cradle of American academia, here in the castle of learning on the Charles River, you are the cream. But I submit that you, and your counterparts across the land, are the most socially conformed and politically silenced generation since Concord Bridge. And as long as you validate that ... and abide it ... you are - by your grandfathers' standards - cowards.


    But what can you do? How can anyone prevail against such pervasive social subjugation? The answer's been here all along. I learned it 36 years ago, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., standing with Dr. Martin Luther King and two hundred thousand people.

    You simply ... disobey. Peaceably, yes. Respectfully, of course. Nonviolently, absolutely. But when told how to think or what to say or how to behave, we don't. We disobey social protocol that stifles and stigmatizes personal freedom. I learned the awesome power of disobedience from Dr.King ... who learned it from Gandhi, and Thoreau, and Jesus, and every other great man who led those in the right against those with the might."

    And I love the personal story on which he finishes.

    By Blogger JSU, at Sun Apr 06, 03:40:00 pm GMT-4  

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    By Blogger Ron, at Sun Apr 06, 06:25:00 pm GMT-4  

  • There was a time when I used a small hand drill to create an observation hole in the girls locker for only the most prurient of reasons I assure you! But I was caught, and when they tried to plug my camera obscena I rose to my full Moses height and boomed "let my peephole go!"

    By Blogger Ron, at Sun Apr 06, 06:27:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Boy this blog is begining to feel like a family affair.......

    We only get to hear from Vicky when some one dies.......

    By Blogger conv442, at Tue Apr 08, 07:15:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Or married...

    You can bet she'll be blogging when a Kennedy kid gets hitched.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Wed Apr 09, 10:37:00 am GMT-4  

  • I like to think Victoria is the Lara Croft of the blogoshere...she's just out padding her memoirs with adventures!

    By Blogger Ron, at Thu Apr 10, 09:06:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Now who would have guessed that an event like this one could prove so disasterous?

    OK, maybe a lot of people. I hope you're following this story, Vic.

    By Blogger JSU, at Sat Apr 12, 12:34:00 am GMT-4  

  • On the actual subject of Heston, I found this totally bizarre fact in the wake of his death:

    "Charlton was hired by the F.B.I during the April 1993 Waco stand-off with cult leader David Koresh, to play the voice of God while communicating with him. However the plan was never used."

    That's too good to check.

    By Blogger JSU, at Sat Apr 12, 12:50:00 am GMT-4  

  • Pope Benny's on the glide path and where's Sundries?

    By Blogger Ron, at Mon Apr 14, 09:16:00 pm GMT-4  

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