Intl. Notebook May 26 2016
Lifestyles of the French and famous.

Does this image of Karin Dor look familiar? Possibly because it’s the same one we used in a femme fatale post on her late last year. It was made to promote the film You Only Live Twice, and appeared in many places, here for example on the cover of the French magazine Cinémonde. Focusing pretty much exclusively on movies and movie stars, Cinémonde launched in 1928 and lasted until 1971, with seven years of dormancy from 1940 to 1946, and another two in 1969 and 1970. The examples you see here are all from the mid- to late-1960s, when director Maurice Bessy moved toward less conservative graphics than in the past. Generally Cinémonde cover stars were women, often French, but every once in a while a guy made the cut, such as the fronts with Marlon Brando and Gérard Philipe below. We’ll get to the interiors of Cinémonde a bit later.


Femmes Fatales Mar 12 2016
Looks like someone needs a hug.

French actress Mireille Darc, seen here in a promo shot from the Japanese magazine Roadshow, around 1973.


Vintage Pulp Dec 23 2013
Brigitte Bardot is in the cards.

This Japanese poster is for the 1961 French sex comedy La bride sur le cou starring Brigitte Bardot, Joséphine James, and Mireille Darc. We showed you the West German poster, which is one of the more unique ones we’ve run across, but this Japanese panel length promo is lovely too. We especially like the Bardot playing cards depicting scenes from the movie. They never existed in real life, we’re pretty sure, but how great would it be if they did? Though La bride sur le cou isn’t a Christmas movie, we think it has a very nice feel that fits in well with the holidays, so if you’re looking for something pleasant, sexy, and zany to watch, this might be the ticket. Read more about it here. La bride sur le cou premiered in Japan today in 1961.


Vintage Pulp Mar 30 2010
Living on Tokyo time.

Assorted frolicsome images from Japanese celeb magazines, with “Sharlon” Tate in panel four and Sylva Koscina in panel eleven.     


Intl. Notebook Jul 24 2009
Cultural exchange proves to be a win for both sides.

Western stars on the covers of the Japanese cinema magazine Screen, circa 1971 to 1976. From top to bottom: Ann-Margret, Dany Valerie, Natalie Wood, Brooke Mills, Claudia Cardinale, Mirelle Darc, and, last but not least, the ever popular Unknown.


History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
March 25
1957—Ginsberg Poem Seized by Customs
On the basis of alleged obscenity, United States Customs officials seize 520 copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" that had been shipped from a London printer. The poem contained mention of illegal drugs and explicitly referred to sexual practices. A subsequent obscenity trial was brought against Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who ran City Lights Bookstore, the poem's domestic publisher. Nine literary experts testified on the poem's behalf, and Ferlinghetti won the case when a judge decided that the poem was of redeeming social importance.
1975—King Faisal Is Assassinated
King Faisal of Saudi Arabia dies after his nephew Prince Faisal Ibu Musaed shoots him during a royal audience. As King Faisal bent forward to kiss his nephew the Prince pulled out a pistol and shot him under the chin and through the ear. King Faisal died in the hospital after surgery. The prince is later beheaded in the public square in Riyadh.
March 24
1981—Ronnie Biggs Rescued After Kidnapping
Fugitive thief Ronnie Biggs, a British citizen who was a member of the gang that pulled off the Great Train Robbery, is rescued by police in Barbados after being kidnapped. Biggs had been abducted a week earlier from a bar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by members of a British security firm. Upon release he was returned to Brazil and continued to be a fugitive from British justice.
March 23
2011—Elizabeth Taylor Dies
American actress Elizabeth Taylor, whose career began at age 12 when she starred in National Velvet, and who would eventually be nominated for five Academy Awards as best actress and win for Butterfield 8 and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, dies of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles. During her life she had been hospitalized more than 70 times.
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