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Flynntourage

29 Apr

Dear Flynnstones,

what I Iike most in this rare picture is Errol‘s inquisitive side look towards his stoic father. Dr. Theodore Thomson Flynn doesn‘t show one iota of emotion about having three women in tow. Them being his wife, Mother of Errol, plus the stepmother of his son‘s ex-wife and the prospective new Mrs. Errol Flynn, a Romanian princess called “The Geek“. Could it be, the scientist was silently measuring the gravity of family?

Enjoy,

— shangheinz

 

Flynn`s Footsteps – the Gulf of the Sleeping Giant

21 Apr

Dear Flynnstones,

as soon as Errol set foot on italian soil he was treated like royalty. Contrary to Orson Welles whose escape act to Europe did not turn into a love affair with press and producers, Flynn felt right at home. His first film in Italy of course was “Crossed Swords”, filmed at Castello Lancelotti in Lauro roughly an hour`s drive from Naples.

More Commedia dell`Arte spoof than swashbuckler the secretive sequel to “The Adventures of Don Juan”, is mostly famous for the launch of Gina Lollobrigida`s career.

One of Lollo`s ladies in waiting became Welles new wife. O. Welles in turn was considered for the role of Gessler, the heavy (!) in the upcoming William Tell movie.

The Gulf of Naples is rich with historic landmarks and ripe with lemon groves.

The peninsula of Sorrento boasts the most 5 star restaurants per square mile worldwide. No wonder our Hollywood hero decided to prolong his stay to show Jack Warner how (not) to make movies back in 1953.

Errol Flynn resided at the Grand Hotel Vesuvio, which offers a splendid view of the namesake, who the people of Napoli respectfully refer to as “the sleeping giant”.

Over a million people live at the foot of the not yet extinct vulcano. Theirs is a state of mind very comparable to those in SF and LA, living passionately in the moment.

If you like me can`t afford the Grand Hotel, be a baron for a day at the Palazzo del Barone. The owner is a real one of the esteemed line of the Coluccis.

We know from his diary entries, that Errol went to to Pompeii, but the must see along the Amalfitanian Coast are the dome of Amalfi.

And on top of that, literally because it is situated high on the hills of the town of Ravello, the Villa Rufolo.

The Zaca went to Capri at least once, in 1949 when chartered by Rita Hayworth and husband Aly Khan.

There, if you feel like feeling blue, but in a good way, take a rowing boat and enter the “grotta Azzurra”.

It was in the province of Campania, that Flynn tried to resurrect his film career.

He was the toast of even the smallest of towns and never once did feel the night coming on.

Enjoy,

 

 

 

 

 

— shangheinz

 

Chez Rudi

30 Mar

Dear Flynnstones,

anyone who further wants to follow Madame Claudia`s footsteps tracing Flynn in Majorca, here is the place to go.

A German article recounts Errol`s funny and uncanny days at  Bar Tirol in Via Apuntadores. It sums up their frequent encounters like squeezing the quintessential EF spirit into a shot glass : “He was nice, but he drank a lot.” “Er trank viel, aber er war sehr nett” (mallorcamagazin.com…)

Rotund Rudi, its stocky patron, seems to have been a very giving character. There is talk, that our Hollywood hero once was not able to walk out the door. Revolving doors? The old back injury again??

Let`s just say, for a true sailor there is no dry land.

Enjoy,

PS: The exact year when Es Moli was torn down is given as well as more information on the commemorative plaque.

 

— shangheinz

 

Early

29 Mar

Dear Flynnstones,

an early Errol.

Enjoy,

— shangheinz

 

The Deep Waters Secret

20 Mar

Dear Flynnstones,

this weekend finally saw the release of the latest film from Flashdance director Adrian Lyne “Deep Water“. It features the classical love triangle of a woman, a man and a secret. The story follows, if not entirely, the whodunnit novel from Patricia Highsmith starring stunning new Bond girl Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck, from Good Will Hunting and Flat Man renown.

In the late 1950s Flynn Enterprises announced a project called  “Deep Waters“ starring French actress Corinne Calvet and her Prince Charming husband Jeffrey Stone to be filmed by Flynntimo manager Barry Mahon in the South of France, Spain and Tangiers.

“The story is woven around the hidden treasure lost, when Freddie McEvoy’s yacht went down in a storm. Quite a yarn if truth were told.“ (Hedda Hopper)

The script to the never made movie was auctioned off online on the 15th December 2005.

The buyer is a keeper.

The secret if Errol‘s best man was murdered has been buried deep ever since.

Enjoy,

 

— shangheinz

 

Love at first sigh

18 Mar

Dear Flynnstones,

enjoy this pretty picture of Errol‘s last love.

Make laugh not war,

— shangheinz

 

Big in Brazil

09 Mar

Queridas pietras do Flynn,

mira aqui El Guapo nuestro en Sudamerica.

Mucho gusto,

— shangheinz

 

Girls, girls, girls

02 Mar

Dear Flynnstones,

here is Father Flynn, the perennial ladies‘ man.

 

Enjoy,

 

 

— shangheinz

 

Not Cabot

26 Feb

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— shangheinz

 

…then he took Berlin #2

12 Feb

 

Dear Flynnstones,

this week saw the opening of the 72nd German Film Festival, the so called Berlinale.

Errol Flynn attended once in 1957 and was in full swing.

See for yourselves:

www.filmothek.bundesarchiv.de/video/584238…

Enjoy,

— shangheinz

 
 
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