Saturday, October 3, 2009
I don't know if this is still in line with miles' intent for the assignment, but my new artist of choice is Errol Flynn the actor. I was stalking about in the library's the DVD section looking for Errol Flynn movies at least three times this week, and earlier this past weekend I already went through blockbuster's entire stock of his work. If you don't know the greatest of the "Baron" then my heart knows only pity for you, as Flynny is the rock star of the early golden age of film making. One of his best known film legacies is that he is the greatest sword fighter/swashbuckler (in movie land) of all time. If that's not a sexy enough title to get you hot for the pencil thin mustache then try this: after getting thrown out of every school he attended he left to find adventure as both a ship master, soldier for hire, professional treasure hunter, and police constable (to be snippy none of this is actually proven as fact or Flynn's own awesome bs) just before being discovered and becoming the most popular movie star of his day. During his prime he supposedly put more movie goer asses in seats than classics like Humphrey Bogart, all the while drinking himself to near death and wooing more lovely ladies than he could keep up with. He had a infamous reputation to fight, abuse drugs and booze, boat, and triumphantly enjoy life as much as he possibly could (when he died at the age of 50 the presiding doctors made the statement that he had the body of man of nearly 80). The best of Flynn I've watched so far is the sea hawk (personal favorite), adventures of robin hood (f$%@ing classic), and dodge city. The entire time period of Hollywood during Flynn's era is just fascinating to visit as it carries such a honest joyful love of movie making and entertainment. All the plots are happily recycled, flynn's supporting actors are exactly the same people in almost EVERY film, and its always fun to watch somehow. You cant fight the charisma of Flynn, its too glorious I tell you!