One paragraph reviews on art, movies, books, and pop culture by a know-nothing who knows it all

Monday, March 06, 2006

When Archie Met Cary

"Everybody wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant," remarked... Cary Grant. This basically sums up the quintessential leading man's life, according a biography by Marc Eliot. For C.G. fans, the book satisfies on all fronts: the sensational (bisexuality and lots o' acid trips) and the rudimentary facts (born Archie Leach, started career as stilt walker and acrobat). What I found most interesting was that Cary was one of the first actors to successfully break from the studio system and how he cultivated his image. For instance, Cary believed that the audience focused on the star who was being pursued, so he performed only in movies in which he was the object of affection. You rarely ever see Cary chasing after a woman in a film; it's always the other way around, and why wouldn't it be?