Thursday, July 31, 2008

Max Linder

Max Linder was born Gabriel-Maximilien Leuvielle to a wine growing family in Gironde, France on December 26, 1883. He grew to become an influential pioneer of silent films. He grew fascinated with motion pictures and in 1905 when he really started becoming active in the business, took the name of Max Linder.

He made his film debut in 1905 and quickly became a famous and successful comedian in both Europe and the US. He started out making more than a hundred short films portraying the character he created named "Max", who was a wealthy, elegant, joyful, romantic dandy and dapper man about town frequently in hot water because of his love of beautiful women, and the good life in general. By 1911 he was directing his own films as well as writing scripts and his silent films brought him fame and fortune throughout Europe. Making him the highest paid entertainer of the day.

Max was the original creator of "The Mirror Gag" in which two men would stand on either sides of either a full length or bureau mirror in which the glass was removed and mimic each others movements exactly so it looked as if they were actually looking into a mirror but seeing someone other then themselves moving exactly as they do. The Marx brothers would borrow this gag years later.

The first World War halted his career for a while as when he was at war he was gassed, and brought back home close to death. In 1916, considering himself recovered he started working again in America for the same studio that Charlie Chaplin has just left. But his fragile health allowed him to shoot only three films out of twelve that he had planned, these films do not survive. He again returned to France for a year for medical treatment, but when he came back to America Charlie Chaplin had taken over as the major comedy star of the era and Max was all but forgotten.

However, fate intervened and Max was asked to make a screen version of "Le Petit Cafe" (1919), a movie that was very well received by both critics and audiences alike, on both sides of the Atlantic and he was on a roll once again.. He returned to Los Angeles and worked as a film producer, screenwriter, director and leading actor in three consecutive films; "Seven Years Bad Luck" (1921), "Be My Wife" (1921) and the one he personally considered he best work "The Three Must-Get-There's" (1922).

But the work exhausted him and after the last film he left for France once again.
In 1923, he was married to seventeen year old Ninette Peters and subsequently had a daughter who was named Maud Max Linder (also known as Josette).

He then wen to Austria to direct "The King of the Circus" (1924). But in spite of having a baby daughter, and his last films critical acclaim along with a nomination to be president of the Screenwriters Association, and also being committed to another film project, Max suffered from severe depression and emotional issues. He and his wife made a suicide pact early in 1924and attempted suicide at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, but they were found and recuperated. It was called an accidental overdose of sleeping powder. But in Paris on October 31st, 1925 they were successful. Max Linder was 42 when he died. The newspaper headlines at the time said "Max Linder and his Wife open their Artery - Both Die - Tragic end of a Star Comedian - Alleged Double Suicide".

Out of 500 films Max made, only 82 have been found.

New Topic....

When I had originally started this blog a short while ago, it was not my only intention to just use it as a forum for my favorite fact, that was the secondary reason I had really wanted to start this up. But the quotes came quicker and were easier to put down (especially for someone who doesn't know very much about Html, and the correct way to lay thing out in a blog. But now I am going to make the attempt for the second (or should I say first?) topic that I wish to highlight here. That being my love of classic movie stars (especially from the thirties and forties). So, that is what I am going to try to showcase now, so wish me luck, and I hope you enjoy my efforts!
P.S. I am still going to be adding the quotes every few days, as I find them very inspirational and there are so many good ones out there I don't think I'll ever run out!

Carolynn's Favorite Quotes

"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed" - Carl Jung

"The foundation of all mental illness is the unwillingness to experience legitimate suffering" - Carl Jung

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. Its the life in your years" - Abraham Lincoln

"No man can make you feel inferior without your consent" - Eleanor Roosevelt

"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life" - Winston Churchill

"That which does not kill you makes you stronger" - Neitzche

"I demolish my bridges behind me...then there is no choice but to move forward" - Firdtjof Nansen

"The aim of education should be to teach us how to think, rather that what to think" - James Beattie

"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt" - Mark Twain

"Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open" - Sir James Dewar

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; and optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty" - Winston Churchill

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former" - Albert Einstein

"Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only way" - Albert Einstein

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Carolynn's Favorite Quotes

"Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaids comes easy" - Albert Einstein

"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on" - Sir Winston Churchill

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on." - Robert Frost

"Education is a valuable thing but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught" - Oscar Wilde

"Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts" - Albert Einstein

"To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god" - Jorge Luis Borges

"Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right" - Henry Ford

"Thought is action in reversal" - Sigmund Freud

"I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference" - Robert Frost

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Carolynn's Favorite Quotes

"Eighty percent of success is showing up" - Woody Allen

"We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones" - Stephen King

"It's better to be good than evil, but one achieves goodness at a teriffic cost" - Stephen King

"Get busy living or get busy dying" - Stephen King

"About morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good about after and what is immoral is what you feel bad about after" - Earnest Hemingway

"A man can be destroyed, but not defeated" - Earnest Hemingway

"Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you" - Earnest Hemingway


Monday, July 21, 2008

Carolynn's Favorite Quotes

"I don't know what will be used in the next world war, but the 4th one will be fought with stones" - Albert Einstein

"What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world" - Albert Einstein

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it's happened" - Dr. Seuss

"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams" - Dr. Seuss

"I am not young enough to know everything" - Oscar Wilde

"When I was fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. When I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years" - Mark Twain

"Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting than being one" - Marilyn Monroe

"To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did. I ought to know because I've done it a thousand times" - Mark Twain

"If man had created man he would be ashamed of his performance" - Mark Twain

"Life is too important a thing ever to talk seriously about" - Oscar Wilde

"One should either be a work of art or wear a work or art" - Oscar Wilde

"Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal" - Albert Einstein

"I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens" - Woody Allen

Sunday, July 20, 2008

"Carolynn's Favorite Quotes"

"The chains of habit are generally to small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken" - Samuel Johnson

"The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself" - Benjamin Franklin

"Hell is empty, and all the devils are here" - Shakespeare (The Tempest)

"Love may move with languid steps, but hate strikes with a spiders speed" - Unknown

"It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice" - Eddie Cantor

"Do not dwell on the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate on the present moment" - Buddha

"It's not the men in your life that count; it's the life in your men" - Mae West

"Be who you are and say what you feel: because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind" - Dr. Seuss

"Patience and fortitude conquer all things" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school" - Albert Einstein


Hello everyone, and welcome! My name is Carolynn and this is my first "serious" attempt at a blog. And hopefully this time it will stick. I have thought it out more completely than previous attempts and have a pretty clear photo in my mind of what I want to share here. I have enough "clutter" in my head to fill libraries. And people are always telling me that I should start to put down and share what my interests are with others. At the very worst, they will be here for me for prosperity I guess! And at the very best, maybe something of what I put down here will be of some interest to others and they might even find just what they were looking for themselves! Now wouldn't that be cool?! Either way, I hope that it will accomplish something along those lines.

At first, I was just going to dedicate the entire blog to one subject, one of my many interests, but thinking further on it, I decided it would be much more interesting and varied if I keep on adding items to stuff I already have down plus adding new items as the mood moves me. Hopefully, this formula will work out well.

So, without further ado (you can find out a little bit about me from my profile if you so desire!), lets start this ball rolling with what I would like to keep as a regular feature, one I know that I can keep up with daily if I wanted to. And that is my "Favorite Quotes". I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do!