On Twitter, the IndieWire film site posted a short video that really made me smile. It was a clever montage proving why Martin Scorsese's cameos in his own films matter.
The IndieWire video had a shot of Martin Scorsese in his film, HUGO. Here it is.
Another film site on Twitter noted that March 18th marked the birthday of British actor Robert Donat. GONE WITH THE WIND was the big winner for the Oscars of 1939. It took Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress to name three. But Robert Donat beat GONE WITH THE WIND star Clark Gable in the Best Actor category. Donat won for playing a shy British schoolteacher in GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS.
He was a wonderful actor who was also seen in Hitchcock's THE 39 STEPS (1935), THE CITADEL (1938) with Rosalind Russell and the greatly overlooked and very good World War 2 thriller, THE ADVENTURES OF TARTU (1943). Robert Donat is memorable and heartbreaking in a 1951 British film called THE MAGIC BOX. In it, he has a passion for the idea of cinematography -- yet others unfortunately don't share his passion and his vision. THE MAGIC BOX is based on a true story. Donat plays photographer William Friese-Greene, an inventor and one of Great Britain's early pioneers in the cinema arts. Here's Donat as that character.