Paris Trout with Dennis Hopper and Barbara Hershey, Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal, 1991

paris trout

Search the term “bottle+rape+scene+dennis+hopper” and you’ll likely be sent to this film, Steve’s second feature directorial effort (at 42, he’s 69 now) and Hopper’s purportedly favorite role. Bottle rape at 42:00. There’s a creepy, dreamy, nasty edge in almost all the sex scenes of Steve’s movies… If we were still talking I would probably bring it up, but as his mind is gone—shockingly, dismayingly gone—it’d be pretty pointless.


The Mighty Wurlitzer at the Castro Theatre, San Francisco

San Francisco, open your Golden Gate
You’ll let no stranger wait outside your door
San Francisco, here is your wanderin’ one
Saying I’ll wander no more

The Castro Theatre was our neighborhood picture palace back in San Francisco. Went to dozens of movies there, sometimes with Mister Grumble (this is when he still could see), sometimes with the The Kid, sometimes with both: King Kong, Casablanca, The Garden of Allah, The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, that movie Steve’s son was in called Brokeback Mountain, etc etc etc. But the organ was always the best part.

David Hegarty at the Might Wurlitzer

Here‘s David Hagerty between evening shows giving the best of The Mighty Wurlitzer and ending (starting at 8:17), as he always does at every performance, with an inspiring rendition of the official anthem of my spiritual birthplace, “San Francisco” (Bronislaw Kaper and Walter Jurmann, lyrics by Gus Kahn, 1936).

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra—”In Truth” by Lucas Richman

PIttsburgh Richman In Truth
Lucas Richman, Jeffrey Biegel, piano, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra record In Truth at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh PA

American conductor/composer Lucas Richman has conducted several film score soundtracks including: As Good as It Gets, Se7en, The Manchurian Candidate (2004), and the Academy Award-nominated The Village. In addition to his recording and film work, Richman has been serving, since 2010, as the music director of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in Bangor, Maine. Richman is the son of American actors Peter Mark Richman and Helen Richman and the brother of producer Orien Richman (who produced Steve‘s last movie). He received his master of music degree in conducting from the University of Southern California and earned a Dramalogue Award for conducting Leonard Bernstein’s Candide in 2005.

Cantara, 1961

I distinctly remember trying to pose here like Marilyn Monroe. I was wearing my favorite skirt Mom made from fabric ends with loads of rickrack and crinoline. Remember crinoline, that bane of womanhood?

Cantara at 4

Mom’s favorite actress was Elizabeth Taylor. This pic was taken around the time Taylor got sick filming Cleopatra and—somebody bear me out on this—there was a huge spread in Life magazine about the “troubled” production, which included the interesting info that the director, Rouben Mamoulian, had been fired. Which was the first time I ever encountered this name, which makes this blog post a good place to tell you that I’m going to be talking more about The Old Man and less about bonny John from here on out. So much for a smooth segue.