Levels of separation: what connects Ana de Armas to Joan Didion? | Movie

Ana de Armas
After her star flip in whodunnit hit Knives Out Cuban-Spanish actor Ana de Armas was set to have a giant 2020. However, nicely, Occasions bought in the way in which. Lastly, No Time to Die is out, with De Armas as Paloma, an agent who helps James Bond (performed by her Knives Out co-star Daniel Craig).

Ana de Armas with Daniel Craig in No Time to Die… {Photograph}: Nicola Dove/AP

Blonde
The pandemic delayed two extra De Armas movies: Deep Water, a thriller from veteran director of erotic-tinged shlock Adrian Lyne, which was additionally floor zero for her temporary showmance with co-star Ben Affleck; and Blonde the place she performs Marilyn Monroe in a film tailored from a novel by Joyce Carol Oates.

Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe on the set of Blonde
… and as Marilyn Monroe on the set of Blonde. {Photograph}: AKGS/PPC/BACKGRID

You Should Bear in mind This
In 1987, Oates printed You Should Bear in mind This, a household saga set in opposition to the conservative backdrop of Nineteen Fifties America. The title borrows a line from the 1931 music As Time Goes By, written by Herman Hupfeld, however greatest remembered from its use 11 years later in Casablanca, the place it’s carried out by Dooley Wilson as Sam. Regardless of claims on the contrary, he’s by no means instructed on display screen to “play it once more”.

Dooley Wilson, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca film
Dooley Wilson, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca. {Photograph}: Warner Bros/Allstar

Karina Longworth
The movie historian hosts thepodcast You Should Bear in mind This, about Hollywood’s sordid previous – hear out for the sequence about Charlie Manson and Polly Platt. The most recent enterprise from Longworth (whose husband is Knives Out director Rian Johnson) is the podcast Love Is a Crime, delving right into a darkish showbiz story involving the actor Joan Bennett: “a movie noir performed out in actual life”. Certainly one of its voice actors is Griffin Dunne.

Karina Longworth attends the 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020 in Santa Monica, California
Karina Longworth, host of a podcast with the identical identify as Casablanca’s most well-known music. {Photograph}: Taylor Hill/Getty Photographs

Joan Didion
Dunne, who additionally options in Wes Anderson’s newest, The French Dispatch, is the nephew of Joan Didion, the arch chronicler of Californian and American life. Dunne made Joan Didion: the Middle Will Not Maintain, a documentary about his celebrated writer aunt, in 2017. Didion was mentioned to have misplaced her job as Vogue’s film critic after trashing The Sound of Music, the breakout function for Christopher Plummer – De Armas’s benefactor in … Knives Out.

Joan Didion attends The First Annual NORMAN MAILER Writers Colony Benefit Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 20, 2009 in New York City
Joan Didion, celebrated writer and aunt of Griffin Dunne, who seems in one other of Longworth’s podcasts. {Photograph}: Patrick McMullan/Getty Photographs

Learn Democracy, Didion’s uncommon 1984 novel centred on a doomed political marriage.

Drink Victor Laszlo’s cocktail from Casablanca: champagne + bitters, sugar and cognac. Drink it once more.

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