“SOPRANOS'” MOVIE FEATURES LEE MARVIN MARQUEE

The Sopranos’ movie, entitled The Many Saints of Newark, is currently shooting in Newark and in order to make it period correct for 1967, it features a well placed movie marquee. If you can’t see the images in the link in the next paragraph, this might help….

Movie marquee in The Sopranos movie that’s set in 1967.

Same marquee from a different angle.

 

According to the Central Jersey News website, the film concerns how young Tony Soprano came to be during the tumultuous Newark Riots. In order to make it period correct, film makers had the local theater display the most popular film of the summer of 1967, The Dirty Dozen. Matter of fact, it was the single most financially successful film in MGM history at the time, in no small part due its popularity in urban areas, such as Newark.
By the way, this upcoming film is not the first time a Lee Marvin movie has been featured in a film. Martin Scorsese, a certified Lee Marvin fan, used a well-known Marvin film in his 1973 classic, Mean Streets. Further proof of Lee Marvin’s popularity in urban environs. Check out the screen capture below of Harvey Keitel and Robert DeNiro in the lobby after viewing a screening of The Searchers….

Check out the poster for an upcoming film on the left as shown in Scorsese’s MEAN STREETS.

It’s not the first time Scorsese has referenced Lee Marvin in a film, either. His debut film, Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1967), has an even better reference in dialogue by again, Harvey Keitel. Pretty impressive dialogue, too. For the reason for the dialogue as well as its actual contents, look no further than Lee Marvin Point Blank, your one-stop Lee Marvin reference tool. Matter of fact, the last chapter is chock full of such pop culture Lee Marvin references. However, if after reading Lee Marvin Point Blank,  you know of any other such references I may have missed, feel free to comment here. Thanks!
-Dwayne Epstein

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RUDI GERNREICH & LEE MARVIN

Rudi Gernreich, the influential fashion designer of the 1960s, had an interesting connection to Lee Marvin. I bring this up as the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles begins its exhibition of Gernreich’s work  tomorrow, May 9th, thru September 1st.

It may seem strange of course for Rudi Gernreich and Lee Marvin to even be mentioned in the same breath but there is indeed a connection. The designer, famous for many things (most notably the daring topless swimsuit of the 1960s), was also friends with Lee Marvin’s first wife, Betty. According to her wonderful memoir, Tales of a Hollywood Wife,  she almost became the model for that topless swimsuit but instead opted for something else. As she explained in her book….

The cover of Betty’s Book, TALES OF A HOLLYWOOD HOUSEWIFE.

“I was at a cocktail party given by my good friend, fashion designer, Rudi Gernreich. He was introducing his line of rather shocking black knit bathing suits, and early in the evening he asked me to model one for the guests. I ducked into his bedroom and put the the thing on, but I couldn’t imagine what he was thinking.
“Come on, Rudi, I look like my grandfather in this,” I said, posing in the skimpy, tight suit with holes the size of silver dollars. The reflection in the mirror of my small breasts, narrow hips, and long, thin legs was confirmation.
“Wrong,” said Rudi definitively. “You have the body this suit was made for.”
[I said] “You’ve got to be joking.” But he wasn’t.
“Maybe I should give you the topless one to wear!”
“Not on your life,”  I told him, “But, okay, just for this evening I’ll model.”
[…..] Lee also liked  the way I looked in Rudi’s clothes. He thought I had great style. One evening he told me he’d seen me on Wilshire Boulevard. “You looked so damned good. I thought, What a beautiful woman. I’ve got to check her out. I drove up along side the car and there you were — my own wife!”

Betty also recounted how Gernreich helped her enter the world of high fashion, resulting in her pioneering effort to bring haute couture to Rodeo Drive. She dubbed the boutique Paris V for the five French designers she brought to Beverly Hills: Christian Dior, Lanvin, Guy Larouche, Jacques Heim, Jean Desses. The boutique would also become an important factor in her husband’s TV & film career, but not the way she had envisioned it. For the details on that bittersweet story, you have to read Lee Marvin Point Blank….
– Dwayne Epstein

The facade of Betty Marvin’s boutique, PARIS V.

Lee Marvin (far left) and Betty Marvin (far right) entertain guests following the opening of her Paris V Boutique.

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AMAZON REDUCED PRICES FOR LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK!


Amazon reduced prices on my book, Lee Marvin Point Blank. Don’t ask me why as I have no idea. I only noticed the pricing difference recently so I don’t know how long it’s been going on or how long it will last, for that matter.
I do know that my publisher, Tim Schaffner of Schaffner Press, notified me that the paperback is going back to the printer and that he was raising the prices slightly. Even with the price going up a dollar (again, I have no idea why), Amazon has still kept the buying prices on all formats extremely low. Bottom line because of Amazon reduced price, THIS IS THE BEST TIME TO GET YOUR COPY IN ANY OF THE THREE FORMATS! I don’t know how long it will last so it’s best to take advantage of it now. Heck, I didn’t know they even did such things for a title that been available for more than six years! Don’t just take my word for it, though. Check out the screen grabs I did below that make the point…..

Actual current price for the hardcover Amazon reduced prices by 50% off!

Despite the raised cover price, Amazon is still selling the paperback at 20% off.

The Kindle is also reduced almost 50%, Amazon reduced prices is insane!   🙂

As I said, I have no idea how Amazon reduced prices works and how they decide on the pricing that they do. If I knew that, I’d be working for Jeff Bezos. Since I don’t (nor want to, actually) I can only guess it’s based on ongoing sales which, if true, makes me happy. In the mean time, I again suggest you take full advantage of this great discount as a title this old can’t be on discount long and as the old adage goes, once it’s gone, it is gone!
– Dwayne Epstein

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