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La Bête Humaine Blu-ray
StudioCanal has released on Blu-ray director Jean Renoir's classic drama La Bête Humaine a.k.a The Human Beast (1938), starring Jean Gabin, Julien Carette, Simone Simon, and Blanchette Brunoy. Jean Gabin plays a train driver who falls in love with a colleague's wife (Simon).
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The real Titanic and the real James Dawson
In the movie Titanic Jack Dawson is a farm boy. On the real Titanic James Dawson worked as a trimmer: someone who stows the coal and cargo on board. His gravesite, in Nova Scotia (where many Titanic victims are buried) became a tourist attraction after the release of this film.
T.E. Lawrence captured Jerusalem
96 years ago (December 9, 1917) following a campaign of desert warfare by Arab guerilla troops led by T.E. Lawrence, British troops captured the city of Jerusalem in Palestine. Lawrence's (1888-1935) own heroic, autobiographical account of his Arabian adventure can be seen in Lawrence of Arabia.
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The end of prohibition
80 years ago, December the 5th, it was the end of an era of national prohibition of alcohol in America. Bootleggers grew bigger and organized crime flourished in America. Criminals like Al Capone and Lucky Luciano built criminal empires. Writer Mario Puzo based Don Corleone loosely on these inventors of modern crime.
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The start of a classic film
75 years ago, December 10, 1938 filming finally began after years of delay. Producer David O. Selznick said he had not yet cast an actress to play the leading role of Scarlett O'Hara, so the first day's shooting was of the burning of Atlanta, which didn't require close footage of Scarlett. But in reality Selznick wanted since 1937 Vivien Leigh to play the role. The casting was highly confidential and no memo's were filed in the Selznick files.
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There will always be gossip
This week 64 years ago (December 12, 1949), Hollywood gossip reporter Louella Parsons reported that Ingrid was expecting a baby with her lover Roberto Rossellini. The romance caused a scandal in Hollywood and damaged public perceptions of both. She gave birth on February 2 to Renato Roberto Gisuto Giuseppe Rossellini.
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85 years ago, Katharine married Luddy Ogden Smith (December 12, 1928). The wedding took place at 201 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut, (USA). They divorced April 30, 1934.
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