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 22
1963—Profumo Denies Affair
In England, the Secretary of State for War, John Profumo, denies any impropriety with showgirl Christine Keeler and threatens to sue anyone repeating the allegations. The accusations involve not just infidelity, but the possibility acquaintances of Keeler might be trying to ply Profumo for nuclear secrets. In June, Profumo finally resigns from the government after confessing his sexual involvement with Keeler and admitting he lied to parliament.
1978—Karl Wallenda Falls to His Death
World famous German daredevil and high-wire walker Karl Wallenda, founder of the acrobatic troupe The Flying Wallendas, falls to his death attempting to walk on a cable strung between the two towers of the Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Wallenda is seventy-three years old at the time, but it is a 30 mph wind, rather than age, that is generally blamed for sending him from the wire.
2006—Swedish Spy Stig Wennerstrom Dies
Swedish air force colonel Stig Wennerström, who had been convicted in the 1970s of passing Swedish, U.S. and NATO secrets to the Soviet Union over the course of fifteen years, dies in an old age home at the age of ninety-nine. The Wennerström affair, as some called it, was at the time one of the biggest scandals of the Cold War.
March 21
1963—Alcatraz Closes
The federal penitentiary located on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay closes. The island had been home to a lighthouse, a military fortification, and a military prison over the years. In 1972, it would become a national recreation area open to tourists, and it would receive national landmark designations in 1976 and 1986.
March 20
1916—Einstein Publishes General Relativity
German-born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein publishes his general theory of relativity. Among the effects of the theory are phenomena such as the curvature of space-time, the bending of rays of light in gravitational fields, faster than light universe expansion, and the warping of space time around a rotating body.
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