America. The post-WWII years. You’re young and full of dreams and one of your dreams is to become a movie actor/actress. So, where do you go to make your aspiring acting dreams come true: Hollywood. The question is, how does one become a Hollywood star? It all depends. What are you willing to do? Or should I say sacrifice?

If you’ve read some of my blogs, you probably know that I truly love Classic Hollywood movies and vintage fashion. And there is much to love. The stories, the sharp dialogues (with interesting hidden meanings), the class and charismatic actors and actresses. Classic Hollywood movies and movie stars have influenced the world until this day. However, not everything was peaches and cream for a lot of people. As much as I love Classic Hollywood movies, the Netflix serie has sparked some thoughts about the movie industry that I would like to share with you.

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elvis presley jailhouse rock

He has been on my favorite playlists for years and I saw a bunch of his 29 movies, but I had never seen him perform on the big screen. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when local cinemas broadcasted the Elvis Presley comeback special of 1968. Last Thursday, it was exactly 41 years ago since Elvis passed away. It was also 50 years ago that he made his comeback special after several years of ‘live performance silence’. Enough reasons and a good time to show the Elvis comeback special in theatres on the 16th of August.
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The Tattooist of Auschwitz - De tattoeëerder van Auschwitz
The tattooist of Auschwitz - De tatoeëerder van Auschwitz

It’s a random Monday evening when I decide to read a book that I’ve saved for this time of the year. 2 hours and 130 pages later, I put the book away. Reluctantly. This is the kind of book that I would like to read in one night, but there’s another workday coming up. The next Sunday I have no appointments and I finish the book in another 3 hours. When I am finished I have mixed feelings. On one hand it’s one of the most beautiful stories I have read in a long time and on the other hand, I’ve just had a detailed glimpse of some of the most black pages in history.

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