In the days leading up to this past weekend, I did two marvelous things: I watched Edge Of the City (1957) starring Sidney Poitier and John Cassavetes and I finished reading Eve Golden's biography of John Gilbert. Coincidentally, both made me cry. In my quest to watch all of my DVDs and read all of the books sitting on my shelf, I'd say I've been doing pretty well since I knocked off two items in a matter of a couple of days! The film was amazing, thrilling, and reminded me a lot of On The Waterfront (1954) - which isn't a bad thing. I also may have a slight crush on Cassavetes now. How lovely. Ruby Dee's performance as Poitier's wife in Edge Of the City was a stand-out one and I promised myself that I would mention it in this post.
Another book I've had my eye on this weekend was Lulu In Hollywood by Louise Brooks - I picked it up on Thursday night and dove right into it, but had to stop after only a few pages. Unfortunately, it just didn't capture my attention and no one is more shocked than I am by that statement! If anything, I thought this book would be a real winner because I've heard so many great things about it from others who have read it before. I found it rather bland if I'm honest but knowing the history behind this book, I'm bound to pick it up again soon and give it a second chance.
This week will be spent watching more movies and reading more books - I've got my eye on Mr. Skeffington (1944) and Algiers (1938) and, in terms of books, I've been wanting to pick up Karen Swenson's biography of Greta Garbo again (I read it once before when I was very young and just getting into stars like Garbo, so I'd like to revisit it again and see if I pick up anything else from the book). From what I remember, Swenson probed deep into the reclusive star's life and her book is widely known as the definitive Garbo biography. When I originally read it, I had borrowed it from my local library. The copy that I currently have sitting on my bookshelf was purchased off of ebay a few years ago for a hefty sum I'd rather keep private.
What did YOU get up to this weekend? Tell me about it in the comments section below.