“‘I’m going to be put on the auction block and sold away from my family to a cotton plantation where I will work all day, every day for one calendar year to show how it’s not that big of a deal,’ the presidential hopeful said during a campaign stop in Iowa, explaining to his supporters that instead of complaining afterward, he would simply be grateful to have had the opportunity to learn the value of hard work.”
“Nudists spot plenty of great tits as they strip off for sponsored bird walk.”
“You can’t be sad when you’re with an emu. They’re the cutest damned things ever.”
He was really riding high in the early 70s, when he was 30-something. His most famous directorial efforts, The Exorcist and The French Connection, came from that era. His last major success was the 1997 remake of 12 Angry Men, but he soldiered on until the present day. According to Variety, “His final film, ‘The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial,’ starring Kiefer Sutherland, is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival.”
Here is a tidbit I didn’t know: Friedkin’s first feature-length theatrical film was a spoof starring Sonny and Cher. I don’t remember that film at all. Roger Ebert wrote, “It is not another “Hard Day’s Night,” in part because Sonny and Cher are not the Beatles, and in great part because the director, Chicagoan William Friedkin, is not Richard Lester. Good Times is no classic, but in ambition and achievement it’s better than most movies of its type. Adults may find it diverting, and the kids, I suppose, will go because they want to see Sonny and Cher singing all those songs.”
From the comment section:
Exorcist & French Connection are two of the best movies ever made, but I saw nothing else from him that came anywhere near that level of greatness.
He also made the unbelievably bad decision to release French Connection on DVD with a purple tint and fake film aging like speckles & spots. He even filmed an intro for it in which he said “This is now the definitive version; this is how I always intended for it to be seen.” When I got it, I seriously thought something was wrong with my player or the DVD. It was so horrifically unwatchable that they took it off the market within months & replaced it with the normal version. That made me think, either this guy has gone crazy, or he deliberately fucked it up for some twisted reason.
He did do good DVD commentary though. Intelligent, articulate, humorous, brutally direct. Considering his talent, why he never made anything as good as those two classics will always be a mystery.
The full gallery, with the usual paranoid and/or conspiratorial rant, can be found here.
The images were published in Spanish Penthouse in March of 1981, under the name of Vivianne Pollentier.
There is some controversy about the notorious open-leg shot with the enormous bush. There is one version where the hair does not cover her so completely, and another with a massive bush covering everything. Either way, she had a lush tangle of hair. I don’t know the back story, but this one is an untouched scan straight from the Spanish Penthouse, and it matches the less-hairy version. I don’t know where the ultra-hairy one came from, or why it exists.
Demi has tried to contain the internet presence of these pics by claiming she was underage at the time. That is the usual pretext that people use when they don’t want other people to see certain images, but in this case it may be true. One thing certain is that she was no older than 18, because she was only 18 years and four months old when the Spanish Penthouse hit the newsstands, so either she was 17 in the photoshoot or had just turned 18, because there is obviously a time-lag between posing and publication. (The Spanish text accompanying the photos says that her fictional alter ego, Vivianne Pollentier, was 23, and born in Lyon!)
She was a married woman when those pics appeared in Spanish Penthouse. Wikipedia says she wed Freddy Moore on February 8, 1981, when Demi was barely 18. Other sources say they were married in 1980, but the 1981 wedding date is probably the correct one. We assume that Demi posed for those shots at some time in late 1980, and she is wearing an engagement ring in the photoshoot, but no wedding band.
Her 1978 yearbook says she was a sophomore, so she was in the class of 1980 and would have graduated at about 17 and a half. If she had stayed in school, it probably would have been just after graduation when she posed for those photos.
Leven also posted this on Instagram: