Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

My readers will know that I have an undying love for F Scott Fitzgerald, his literature and the era he penned to perfection. The flappers,  the Charleston, Art Deco design and 'the whole shebang'! It came to my attention recently that I have none of the Fitzgerald quotes that have been charming me for so long on Charms of a Dandizette...so I though I should share some. It was my attempt to reread my Fitzgerald collection before the release of The Great Gatsby film starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Carey Mulligan. However, since finishing Tender is the Night I have been drawn to another book, the same book that possibly every other woman at present has been drawn to - E. L James' Fifty Shades of Grey - there's plenty to say about that but I shan't digress. So, I began my Fitzgerald journey with Tender is the Night. Tender is the Night is yet another of Fitzgerald's devastating and gentle tales...
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Analyze This

Analyze This 1999, starring Robert De Niro, directed by Harold Ramis.... I have spent the day recovering from my New Years Eve celebration watching films back to back. It started with Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Richie Rich, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ratatouille and now, one of the films I can never watch too many times, with the actor who never tires, Robert De Niro in Analyze This. Because I absolutely adore this film, and am always amused by De Niro's right hand man Jelly, I just had to make a note of this quote. Jelly: I'm gonna get a bite to eat. You wanna sandwich or somethin'? Guard: What kind of sandwich ain't too fattening? Jelly: A half a sandwich....
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Inspired by Leon: The Professional

Is life always this hard or is it just when you're a kid...Leon: The Professional 1994, written and directed by Luc Besson. Starring Jean Reno, Natalie Portman and Gary Oldman. After returning from dinner last night, slipping into PJ's and hanging out in the bedroom,  my boyfriend asked me, 'What film do you want to watch tonight?' This is the habitual question that one of us asks the other each night we spend at home. The other always answers,  'I don't know - do you fancy something old? Something funny or...?' It can go on like this for a while, till eventually one of us loses interest. Last night my answer was, 'I want to watch something that moves me.'  And, well, I most certainly was. 'Allora, come stai Leone?' 'Bene' The opening line said. Yes! Last night I watched Leon:The Professional and yes, ashamedly, it was the first time I'd seen it. Leon, starring Jean Reno and Natalie Portman was made in 1994, written and directed by Luc Besson. Those very...
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Good Will Hunting

Do you buy all these books retail or do you send away for, like, a shrink kit that comes with all these volumes included? Will Hunting There's so much dialogue I could pull from Good Will Hunting and so many one liners that are absolutely amazing, if I wrote them all in this blog post I'd probably end up rewriting the entire script. However, Matt Damon's monologue at the NSA interview never fails to give me goosebumps and the 'It's not your fault' scene with Robin Williams never fails to bring a tear to my eye. Interviewee: The way I see it, the question isn't why should you work for the NSA, the question is, why shouldn't you? Will: Why shouldn't I work for the N.S.A.? That's a tough one, but I'll take a shot. Say I'm working at N.S.A. Somebody puts a code on my desk, something nobody else can break. Maybe I take a shot at it and maybe I break...
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Alber Elbaz for Lanvin Quotes

Inspired by: Alber's Philosophy at Vogue Online  I have always adored the work that Alber Elbaz has done for Lanvin, in fact, just as much as I adore listening to him speak at fashion shows or reading his interviews in the magazines. I delight in Alber's humour and lightheartedness just as much as I covet a Lanvin asymmetric black dress worn with long black leather gloves, or those wonderful court shoes with the contrasting ankle strap and, those to die for statement necklaces that have the ability to make the simplest of ensembles dazzle. Unfortunately, I don't possess the pecuniary strength to adorn myself head to toe in Lanvin, but I can afford to bank the quotes of the charming Alber Elbaz. "I don't understand this marathon of fashion," he said. "Today, designers are expected to produce work that is bigger, better, faster and - these days - cheaper. A singer can quit once he or she has made ten great songs,...
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A Quote byJim Jarmusch

A Quote byJim Jarmusch  on Inspiration and Imagination... I found this quote and fell in love with it...Creative journeys can be just as masterful as the final masterpiece... "Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to."  Jim Jarmusch  ...
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The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger

"If a body Catch a body coming through the rye.............."Holden Caulfield There are no words to describe the simplistic genius of this book...J.D Salinger's Holden Caulfield declares his struggle to utilise the most effective language to articulate himself, yet his his voice and the language he employs to convey his outlook on the world ironically creates a perfectly articulated character, whose observations and opinions I so frequently delighted with agreement. The acute observation required to write such a character as Holden, who at large is a pretty typical adolescent boy punctuated with moments of greatness, is admirable. Salinger's Holden is so powerful that you lose Salinger entirely and follow the words of a character that genuinely seems to have his own soul. This novel exemplifies the brilliance of a simple character driven tale. Quotes If I could I'd quote the entire book... Holden: I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine,...
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Film List: Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen

Written and directed by Woody Allen, starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates For the lovers of 1920's literature, the dreamer, the romantic and anyone who just happens to adore Paris... Granted, this is no Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but any opportunity to slip through time and escape to an era where one can mingle with the Fitzgerald's, talk literature with  Hemmingway and roam the streets of Paris during the roaring twenties isn't one I'll ever miss. Corey Stoll, who plays Ernest Hemmingway, is a particular favourite in the film. And yes, that is Carla Bruni in the trailer! Dialogue and Quotes Ernest Hemmingway to Gill Pender on Writing 26:34 into the film Hemmingway: What are you writing? Pender: A novel. Hemmingway: About what? Pender: It's about a man who works in a nostalgia shop. Hemmingway: What the hell is a nostalgia shop? Pender: A place where they sell old things, memorabilia and....does that sound terrible? Hemmingway: No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest...
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