9 thoughts on “WCW: Susan Sarandon

  1. I had the great good fortune to see her on Broadway once in an existential comedy called Exit the King. Geoffrey Rush also starred, alongside Lauren Ambrose, William Sadler, and Andrea Martin (who completely stole the show). Hilarious. :)

  2. “Pretty Baby” is actually an interesting film… tho’ I haven’t seen it in ages I remember it being not what I thought it would be from all the sensational news coverage it got when it came out. It’s wildly atmospheric. I remember it being kinda distant and non-judgmental… like a Hitchcock or Kubrick film where they appear to just observe things coolly but are actually subtly commenting on it.
    And… from Wiki: “Shields maintained in later years that she “did not experience any distress or humiliation” while filming her nude scenes in the film. What she does remember was trying not to look as if “I’d just sucked on a lemon” before her on-screen kiss with 29-year-old Keith Carradine (“Keith was so kind,” she writes) and being soundly slapped – on-screen and for real – by Susan Sarandon.”
    “ Susan Sarandon, who was cast as Violet’s mother, commented on Shields’s casting in the role: “Brooke lived a life that was very similar [to that of her character]… You know… The closest thing to a child prostitute (sexualy exploited child) would be a child actor-model, in this day and age. Brooke was already an incredibly mature kid and I don’t think it’s any secret that she was… asked to grow up very quickly.”
    “ Screenwriter Polly Platt stated that Malle insisted on continuous rehearsals throughout the shoot, which frustrated much of the cast and crew. Platt described Shields’s mother, Teri, as “obstreprous” on the set, and claimed she was arrested by police for driving while intoxicated with her daughter in the car, as well as for punching a police officer in the face.”
    So it’s seems Brooke’s mother was a bigger problem than the film.

    “The Other Side of Midnight”… Hahaha 🤣. By friend Larry was reading it and he’d read aloud parts of the awful sleazy thing and we laughed and laughed. The film is awful (what the attraction to the guy everyone is lusting for I’ll never know) and at the very end when Sarandon turns around had us howling in the theater.

  3. Cradle Will Rock. So many great New York based stage trained actors. History repeating itself around government, censorship and art. Well worth a rewatch now. If only for Tenacious D.

  4. Oh dear! As of a few years ago, that circular settee in the shot from Pretty Baby was still in The Columns Hotel along with press clippings about the movie. In this pictures I was more intrigued by Sarandon’s male costars than by her or her costumes. Beau Bridges looks like a baby in the Benjamin Franklin stills; Robert Redford and Ian McShane look sooo hot, as per usual. I was holding out hope for a pic with Ralph Fiennes (re Bernard and Doris). Back to the woman of the hour: Susan Sarandon is a such a talented actress. Of the films featured here, I’ve seen Illuminata and The Last Days of Robin Hood. Illuminata was a weird and lovely art film. The Last Days of Robin Hood was both weird and DEEPLY disturbing.

    1. Ah, I thought that looked like a Bridge Brother. I find the shot itself kind of hilarious: getting all swoony across a quilt as one did in the Colonies? And I agree that Sarandon was a superb Mrs. March–inspiring and energetic and quite funny at times, the way activist mothers tend to be. (Speaking of motherhood, a favorite Sarandon quote: she recently talked about the importance of letting your kids be who they are, but decades ago she also mentioned letting your kids see who you are.)

  5. I thought Florence Aadland’s daughter Beverly was the one who had the affair with Errol Flynn.

  6. Yes, supposedly began when Beverly was 12 years old! Florence Aadland wrote a book about the affair, ‘The Big Love’. For more cringey coincidence, Beverly Aadland and Cheryl Crane were in juvie hall together.

  7. I’m intrigued to notice that Ms. Sarandon has played a character who pops up in I, CLAVDIUS (Now I’m wondering what her take on Livia Drusilla might look like) but am not surprised to see her wealth of late nineteenth/early twentieth century credits: something about her face just fits that era so neatly.

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