|Vintage Pulp||Jun 10 2019|
Four U.S. authors make their mark on France and on film.
Above, four covers from Éditions Ditis for its La Chouette collection, circa late 1950s. All of these were originally published in the U.S. and translated into French after being adapted into films. The first three were turned into the film noir classics Sudden Fear, A Kiss Before Dying, and Black Angel, while the fourth became the French crime thriller Bonnes à tuer, which is known in English as One Step to Eternity.
FranceDitisSudden FearA Kiss Before DyingBlack AngelBonnes à tuerOne Step to EternityJoan CrawfordRobert WagnerCorinne CalvetMichel AuclairVirginia LeithWilliam IrishCornell WoolrichEdna SherryIra LevinPatricia McGeercover artliteraturefilm noircinema
|Femmes Fatales||Nov 29 2017|
Calvet proves red warms up any room.
Corinne Calvet, née Corinne Dibos, was born in Paris and tried a few different careers before migrating to Hollywood. She studied criminal law at the Sorbonne, then became an interior designer, where we assume all she did was walk into a room to redecorate it. When she made the move to Hollywood in 1940 she generally played French characters, appearing in On the Riviera, Rope of Sand, The Far Country and numerous other films. This is really a stunning shot of an especially beautiful star but we aren't positive of the date. Best guess—1950.