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As large a role as football plays in American life, Hollywood typically has focused its cameras on the field of play, where the dramatics of gridiron battle are self-evident. But "Silver Linings Playbook" is more interested in the face-painters in the stands.
Long before Kathy Griffin was languishing on the D-list, Roseanne Barr was calling herself a domestic goddess and Joan Rivers was asking audiences if they could talk, wild-haired housewife-turned-comedian Phyllis Diller was dishing one-liners about her husband, Fang.
It is hard to think of a Mexican Everyman without turning to Cantinflas, the tattered, droopy-pants character created by comic Mario Moreno in the "tent theaters" of Mexico's slums in the 1930s.
Should you check the bibliography at the end of Stefan Kanfer's biography of Humphrey Bogart, you'll discover there are already some 27 biographies of the actor in print, not counting 70 secondary source books. And this is not to mention the seven books devoted to the iconic "Casablanca," an additional seven on "The Maltese Falcon," three on "The African Queen," plus six novels "with or about Humphrey Bogart" (two of which are authored by his son Stephen Bogart.)
"Cavett had the only smile that came through the valves of video looking wicked and angelic at once." Could any description of Dick Cavett's expression be more spot-on than this by Norman Mailer? And that smile seems to sum up the man in toto.
The ideal father is hardworking, fun-loving, a good provider, understanding, wise, sometimes stern and, above all, inspiring. Yet a century ago, the popular image of the father was less radiant.