Friday, 26 May 2017

1961, Film: “Breakfast at Tiffany's”

The American romantic comedy "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is released on 5 October 1961 in the USA by Paramount Pictures. The film, directed by Blake Edwards, was written by George Axelrod based on the novel with the same name by Truman Capote from 1953. Main stars are Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. Audrey Hepburn's portrayal of Holly Golightly is one of her most memorable roles. The music, with the famous song "Moon River" with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, was written by Henry Mancini.

Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) is a charming socialite who lives alone in an flat. She lives her live with childlike innocence but nevertheless wears the most perfect designer clothes from Givenchy. She escorts various wealthy men but she fails to return their affections. When she meets her new neighbour, writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard), her carefree independence is overturned...
Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly with "Cat"
George Peppard as Paul Varjak and Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly
Main cast
  • Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly
  • George Peppard as Paul Varjak
  • Patricia Neal as Mrs. Emily Eustace "2E" Failenson
  • Buddy Ebsen as Doc Golightly
  • Martin Balsam as O.J. Berman
  • Mickey Rooney as I.Y. Yunioshi
  • Alan Reed as Sally Tomato
  • José Luis de Vilallonga as José da Silva Pereira
  • Stanley Adams as Rutherford "Rusty" Trawler
  • John McGiver as Tiffany's salesman
  • Dorothy Whitney as Mag Wildwood
  • Claude Stroud as Sid Arbuck
Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, singing "Moon River"
George Peppard as Paul Varjak and Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly

  • Academy Awards, USA (1962), Oscar for Best Music, Original Song: Henry Mancini (music), Johnny Mercer (lyrics) for the song "Moon River"
  • Academy Awards, USA (1962), Oscar for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture: Henry Mancini
  • David di Donatello Awards, Italy (1962), David for Migliore Attrice Straniera (Best Foreign Actress): Audrey Hepburn
  • Grammy Awards, USA (1962), Grammy for Best Soundtrack Album or Recording or Score from Motion Picture or Television: Henry Mancini
  • Grammy Awards, USA (1962), Grammy for Record of the Year: Henry Mancini and His Orchestra (For the song "Moon River")
  • Grammy Awards, USA (1962), Grammy for Song of the Year: Henry Mancini (composer), Johnny Mercer (lyricist), Henry Mancini and His Orchestra (performer) (For the song "Moon River")
  • Grammy Awards, USA (1962), Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement: Henry Mancini (For the song "Moon River")
  • Grammy Awards, USA (1962), Grammy for Best Performance by an Orchestra - for Other Than Dancing: Henry Mancini
  • Laurel Awards, USA (1962), Golden Laurel for Top Song: Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini (For the song "Moon River")
George Peppard as Paul Varjak and Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly
Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly and George Peppard as Paul Varjak

  • The song "Moon River" was especially written for Audrey Hepburn by Henry Mancini. Many versions later Mancini said that Audrey's performance was the best.
  • Writer Truman Capote was unhappy with the decision to cast Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, his choice for the role was Marilyn Monroe. Monroe was originally cast as Golightly, but her coach advised her not to play the role.
  • Other actresses that turned down the role were Shirley MacLaine and Kim Novak.
  • Audrey Hepburn received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Actress.
  • The famous black Givenchy dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the opening scenes of the movie was sold for £467,200 on December 4, 2006 at Christie's Auction House in London, making it the second most expensive piece of film memorabilia ever sold.
  • With her role as Holly Golightly, Audrey Hepburn became one of the style icons of the 1960s.
  • The song "Moon River" was selected as the fourth most memorable song in Hollywood history by the American Film Institute in 2004 (after: "Over the Rainbow", "As Time Goes By" and "Singin' in the Rain").
  • In 2012 "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was considered as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry
Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly
Original 1961 trailers

"Breakfast at Tiffany's", trailer 1

"Breakfast at Tiffany's", trailer 2

Thursday, 4 May 2017

1960, Belgian Comics: “De avonturen van Nero en Co”

In 1960 a new "De avonturen van Nero en Co" (Eng.: "The adventures of Nero and Co") album "De draak van Halfzeven" (Eng: "The dragon of half past six") is published by “Het Volk”. The comic was pre-published in the newspaper "Het Volk" between 16 May 1959 and 13 September 1959. The story was drawn and written by the Belgian cartoonist Marc Sleen (Marcel Neels, 1922-2016). The main characters are Nero, Petoetje, Petatje (Pethalia), Tjeef met de Kleppe, Madam Pheip, detective Van Zwam, Jean Pierre Lowie, Madam Nero and Meneer Pheip.
"De draak van Halfzeven" (Eng: "The dragon of half past six")
The series "De avonturen van Nero en Co" ran between 1947 and 2002. Marc Sleen drew and wrote all stories until 1992, that year he hired Dirk Stallaert as a drawing assistant. Sleen holds the world record of issues of a comic book series title drawn by the same author. In 2002 Stallaert was hired by “Studio Vandersteen” and Marc Sleen decided to terminate the series for good.
Madame Pheip and Nero
Meneer Pheip
The comic was first published in the newspaper “De Nieuwe Gids” in 1947 as “De avonturen van detective Van Zwam” (Eng.: “The adventures of detective Van Zwam”). After eight stories Nero real name “Schoonpaard” (in reprints “Heiremans”) became the central character. In 1950 Marc Sleen left "De Nieuwe Gids" and joined the newspaper "Het Volk". At first the comics (3 issues) appeared as "De avonturen van Nero en zijn hoed" ("The Adventures of Nero and his Hat"), from 1951 they were titled as "De avonturen van Nero en Co" (Eng.: "The adventures of Nero and Co").
Nero and Jean Pierre Lowie
Nero and Madam Nero
Nero displays his acting talent to Petoetje en Petatje when suddenly acting coach Jean Pierre Lowie appears...
Nero and Tjeef met de Kleppe
Petatje, Madam Pheip and Petoetje
  • Original Flemish catchphrase from this album: “Moet er geen zand zijn?” (Eng.: “Must there be no sand?”) by Tjeef de Kleppe.
  • Reference to Flemish artists Paula Seemer (Belgian presenter (BRT) and actress) and Dora van der Groen (Belgian actress and theatre director) by Jean Pierre Lowie.
  • Reference to Juan Manuel Fangio, an Argentine racing car driver.
Detective Van Zwam
  • Unidentified sports car driven by van Zwam
  • Unidentified coach with English tourists at Waterloo
  • Peugeot 203 Commercial
  • Unidentified old-timer
Unidentified coach with English tourists at Waterloo
Unidentified old-timer
Unidentified sports car driven by van Zwam and Peugeot 203 Commercial

Monday, 1 May 2017

1977, Car Spotting: Arnhem, Gele Rijdersplein

From left to right
First row (parked), front to back:
MGB, Volkswagen 1200/1300 (Type 1, Beetle), Citroën Ami 6, Citroën Type H Van, wrongly parked car probably Simca 1100 Fourgonnette FV2
Second row (traffic), front to back:
Mazda 323 (Familia FA4), Datsun Sunny (B110), Simca 1100, Opel Kadett B, Citroën 2CV, Fiat 124 or Lada 1200/1300 (VAZ-2101), Alfa Romeo Alfasud, Opel Kadett C, unidentified dark coloured car, Volkswagen 1200/1300 (Type 1, Beetle), unidentified light coloured car probably Opel or Vauxhall, unidentified car, Ford Escort Mk II, unknown bus probably Daf or Leyland, Citroën Dyane...
Third row (traffic), front to back:
Volkswagen Golf I (Type 17), Renault R4, BMW 3-series (E21), unidentified truck probably DAF 2600, Fiat 126, Volkswagen T1 or T2a, unidentified light coloured car, Ford Escort Mk I, Fiat 128, Peugeot 304, unidentified car probably Ford,...
Fourth row (traffic), front to back:
Citroën GS Break, Opel Kadett B, Simca 1100, Honda Civic, Volkswagen T2b,...
Fifth row (parked), front to back:
Opel Kadett Caravan B (behind is a Opel Record C), Citroën Ami 8 Break, Simca 1307 (in front is a Ford Zephyr/Zodiac Mk IV), unidentified van probably Daf 33 estate, unidentified bus, Mercedes-Benz W114 or W116, unidentified light coloured car, Citroën Dyane, Fiat 127
Sixth row (parked, right of the Citroën GS Break):
Citroën 2CV, Simca 1100, Simca 1100 Break, Peugeot 504
Seventh row (parked, right of the Opel Kadett B Caravan):
Volkswagen 1200 (Type 1, Beetle), Volvo Amazon (series 120), after that it's getting very blurry, there is one light coloured Mercedes-Benz W116,...
Eight row:
Only the first car is identifiable: Opel Kadett C City
Ninth row (in front of the Opel Kadett C City):
Renault R4

Sunday, 23 April 2017

1976, Sport: Lucien Van Impe – Tour de France 1976

The Belgian cyclist Lucien Van Impe wins the Tour de France on July 18, 1976. It was the last Belgian victory to this day (2017). The revelation of the 1976 Tour was another Belgian, Freddy Maertens, in his first Tour he won eight stages and the points classification. Martens led the general classification for ten days. Eddy Merckx was not present due to an injury.

Stage victories by country:
  • Belgium: 12 (Freddy Maertens (8), Willy Teirlinck (1), Lucien Van Impe (1), Michel Pollentier (1), Ferdinand Bracke (1))
  • Netherlands: 6 (Hennie Kuiper (1), Joop Zoetemelk (3), Gerben Karstens (2))
  • France: 3 (Jacques Esclassan (1), Raymond Delisle (1), Hubert Mathis (1))
  • Italy: 3 (Giovanni Battaglin (1), Aldo Parecchini (1), Wladimiro Panizza (1))
  • Spain: 2 (Miguel-Maria Lasa (1), José-Luis Viejo (1))
Lucien Van Impe (left) and Joop Zoetemelk (right)
in the 20the stage from Tulle to Puy de Dome
General classification (1-10):
  1. Lucien Van Impe 116h 22' 23"
  2. Joop Zoetemelk + 4' 14"
  3. Raymond Poulidor + 12' 08"
  4. Raymond Delisle + 12' 17"
  5. Walter Riccomi + 12' 39"
  6. Francisco Galdós + 14' 50"
  7. Michel Pollentier + 14' 59"
  8. Freddy Maertens + 16' 09"
  9. Fausto Bertoglio + 16' 36"
  10. Vicente López Carril + 19' 28"
Lucien Van Impe rides uphill in the Col du Pla d'Adet, 10 July 1976,
winning the 14th stage and taking the yellow jersey
Points classification (1-3):
  1. Freddy Maertens 293 points
  2. Pierino Gavazzi 137 points
  3. Jacques Esclassan 128 points
Left to right: Freddy Maertens in the green jersey, his wife Carine Brouckaert,
Lucien Van Impe in the yellow jersey, his mother Julia and wife Rita Van der Biest
Mountains classification (1-3):
  1. Giancarlo Bellini 170 points
  2. Lucien Van Impe 169 points
  3. Joop Zoetemelk 119 points
Lucien Van Impe arrives at his hometown, Mere, Belgium
Team classification (1-3):
  1. Kas–Compagnolo 350h 05' 39"
  2. Gan–Mercier–Hutchinson + 9' 20"
  3. Scic–Fiat + 28' 02" 

1976 Tour de France: Lucien Van Impe

1976 Tour de France: Lucien Van Impe

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

1975, Music: "Sailor"

In 1975 the British pop group Sailor scored with three hit-singles in the charts: "Sailor", "A Glass of Champagne" and "Girls, Girls, Girls" (1975-1976). Sailor was formed in 1973 out of an earlier cooperation of the singer-songwriter duo Georg Kajanus and Phil Pickett with the addition of musicians Henry Marsh and Grant Serpell. The group's first UK single was "Traffic Jam" from their first album, Sailor. The band split up in 1978.

Netherlands: N° 2

"A Glass of Champagne"
  • Austria: N° 8
  • Germany: N° 3
  • Netherlands: N° 5
  • Switzerland: N° 3
  • UK: N° 2
Left to right: Grant Serpell, Georg Kajanus, Henry Marsh, Phil Pickett
Left to right: Phil Pickett, Henry Marsh, Georg Kajanus, Grant Serpell

"Girls, Girls, Girls"
  • Austria: N° 3
  • Germany: N° 2
  • Netherlands: N° 2
  • Switzerland: N° 2
  • UK: N° 7
Lefto to right: Henry Marsh, Georg Kajanus, Phil Pickett, Grant Serpell

Band members
  • Georg Kajanus (born Prince Georg Johan Tchegodaieff, 9 June 1946, Trondheim, Norway): lead vocals, 12-string guitars, acoustic guitars, charango, Veracruzana harp, harmonium, synthesisers, "Klockwork machinery"
  • Henry Marsh (born Ian Henry Murray Marsh, 8 December 1948, Bath, Somerset): Nickelodeon, accordion, piano, marimbas, synthesised brass and reed, synthesisers, acoustic/electric guitars, computer programming, vocals
  • Phil Pickett (born Philip Stuart Pickett, 19 November 1946, Münster, Germany): bass Nickelodeon, piano, guitarron, synthesised strings, calliope, xylophone, bass, cruz bass, Hammond organ, mandolin, autoharp, vocals
  • Grant Serpell (born Stephen Grant Serpell, 9 February 1944, Maidenhead, Berkshire): drums, percussion, vocals
Sailor: "Sailor"

Sailor: "A Glass of Champagne"

Sailor: "Girls, Girls, Girls"

Monday, 10 April 2017

1974, Best selling cars: (West) Germany

Three Volkswagens and three Opels in the top 10. This list contains the best selling car models in (West) Germany with more than 1,000 units sold. 1974 is the year with the changeover between the Volkswagen Beetle and the Volkswagen Golf. (source: Auto Katalog, Germany)

N° 58: Citroën Ami 8
(Super, Super Break) 1,070 units sold
N° 57: Sunbeam
(1300S, 1300TC, 1300TC Tourisme, 1600GLS) 1,139 units sold
(aka Hillman Avenger (UK) / Plymouth Cricket (US))
 N° 56: Toyota Celica
(1600 LT, 1600 ST, 1600 GT) 1,366 units sold
 N° 55: Fiat X1/9
1,956 units sold
N° 54: Opel Admiral/Diplomat
1,957 units sold
 N° 53: Fiat 500
(500, 500R) 2,284 units sold
 N° 52: Toyota Corolla
(1200, 1200 Coupé, 1200 KE36) 2,769 units sold
 N° 51: Citroën Dyane
(Dyane 4, Dyane 6) 3,086 units sold
 N° 50: DAF 44
(Sedan, Combi) 3,129 units sold
 N° 49: Citroën ID/DS
(ID20, DS20, DS23, DS23 Injection) 3,314 units sold
N° 48: Chrysler 160/180/2L
4,024 units sold
 N° 47: Renault R15/17
(TL, TS) 4,664 units sold
 N° 46: Datsun 120Y
4,668 units sold
 N° 45: Autobianchi A112
(A112, Abarth) 5,151 units sold
 N° 44: Datsun Cherry
(Cherry, Combi, 1200) 5,356 units sold
 N° 43: Volkswagen 412
(Sedan, Variant) 5,693 units sold
 N° 42: Peugeot 204
(GL, Break, D, D Break) 6,960 units sold
 N° 41: Peugeot 304
(GL, S, S Coupé, S Cabrio, Break) 7,206 units sold

N° 40: DAF 66
(Coupé, Combi, Marathon, Marathon Coupé, Marathon Combi) 8,295 units sold
N° 39: Fiat 124
(Special, 1600 Special T, 1600 Sport Coupé, 1800 Sport Coupé,
1800 Sport Spider, Abarth Rally) 8,668 units sold
N° 38: BMW New Six
(2500, 2800 3.0S, 3.0CS, 3.0CSi, 3.0CSL, 3.3L) 9,200 units sold
N° 37: Peugeot 104
9,391 units sold
N° 36: Audi 50
(LS, GL) 9,629 units sold
N° 35: Volvo 142/144/145
9,867 units sold
N° 34: Volkswagen K70
(L, S) 10,739 units sold
 N° 33: Simca 1000
(SR, Special, Rallye 1, Rallye 2) 10,844 units sold
 N° 32: Fiat 132
(1600, 1800) 11,768 units sold
 N° 31: Opel Manta
(1.2, 1.6, 1.6S, 1.9S, 1.9GT/E) 12,082 units sold
 N° 30: Citroën GS
(Break, Club) 12,640 units sold
 N° 29: Renault R12
(TL, TL Variable, TS) 13,652 units sold
N° 28: Simca 1301/1501
(1301, 1301 Special, 1501, 1501 Special, 1501 Tourisme) 13,658 units sold)
N° 27: Renault R6 (850, TL)
13,887 units sold
N° 26: Renault R16
(L, TL, TS, TX) 16,210 units sold
N° 25: Fiat 126
16,577 units sold
N° 24: Volkswagen Scirocco
(L, S, LS, TS) 16,967 units sold
N° 23: Fiat 127
17,068 units sold
N° 22: Peugeot 504
(L, GL, Ti, Commerciale, Break, Familiale, LD, GLD)
18,083 units sold
N° 21: Citroën 2CV
(2CV4, 2CV6) 21,696 units sold
N° 20: Simca 1100
(LS, GLS, Special, Ti, Tourisme) 22,564 units sold

N° 19: Fiat 128
(1100 Special, 1300 Special, 1100 Sport Coupé, 1300 Sport Coupé, Rally, Familiare)
23,660 units sold
 N° 18: Ford Capri II
(1300, 1600, 2300GT, 3000GT) 24,784 units sold
 N° 17: Renault R5
(TL, TS) 26,959 units sold
N° 16: Ford Escort MkI
(1100, 1100 Turnier, 1300, 1300 Turnier, 2000RS)
28,243 units sold
 N° 15: BMW 5-series
(518, 520, 525, 528) 29,019 units sold
 N° 14: Mercedes-Benz W116
(280S, 280SE, 280SL, 280SLC, 350SE, 350SL, 350SLC, 450SE, 450SL, 450SLC)
29,199 units sold
N° 13: Ford Consul / Granada
(Consul: 1700, 1700 Coupé, 1700 Turnier, 2000, 2000 Coupé, 2000 Turnier, 2300,
2300 Coupé, 2300 Turnier; Granada: 2000, 2000 Turnier, 2300, 2300 Coupé,
2300 Turnier, 2600, 2600 Coupé, 2600 Turnier, 3000, 3000 Coupé, 3000 Turnier)
40,747 units sold
 N° 12: Audi 100
(1.6, 1.7, LS, GL, Coupé S) 43,396 units sold
 N° 11: Renault R4
(0.8, L) 44,526 units sold
N° 10: BMW 02-series
(1602, 1802, 1800 Touring, 2002, 2000 Touring, 2002 Cabrio, 2002 tii, 2002 Turbo)
45,158 units sold
 N° 9: Opel Ascona
(1.2, 1.6, 1.6 Voyage, 1.6S, 1.6S Voyage, 1.9S, 1.9S Voyage)
60,942 units sold
N° 8: Ford Taunus TC1
(1300, 1300 Coupé, 1300 Turnier, 1600, 1600 Coupé, 1600 Turnier, 2000,
2000 Coupé, 2000 Turnier, 2300, 2300 Coupé, 2300 Turnier)
65,625 units sold
 N° 7: Volkswagen Golf
(N, L, S, LS, TS) 71,403 units sold
 N° 6: Audi 80
(S, LS, GL, GT) 77,094 units sold
N° 5: Opel Rekord/Commodore (D-series)
(Rekord: 1.7, 1.7 Caravan, 1.7S, 1.7 Coupé, 1.9, 1.9 Coupé, 1.9 Caravan,
2100D, 2100D Caravan; Commodore: 2.5S, 2.5S Coupé, 2.8S, 2.8S Coupé,
GS/E, GS/E Coupé) 93,673 units sold
N° 4: Mercedes-Benz W114 / W115
(200, 200D, 220D, 230, 240D, 250, 250C, 280, 280E, 280C, 280CE)
99,000 units sold
N° 3: Volkswagen
(1200, 1200L, 1302, 1303, 1303LS Carbrio)
(Type 1, Beetle) 121,351 units sold
N° 2: Opel Kadett (C-series)
(1.0, 1.0 Coupé, 1.1, 1.2, 1.2 Coupé, 1.2 Caravan, 1.2 S, 1.2 S Coupé,
1.2 S Caravan, GT/E) 127,207 units sold
N° 1: Volkswagen Passat
(L, L Variant, LS, LS Variant, TS) 131,442 units sold