My Mom, Loretta, and I were proud and honored to attend the Victor Mature Classic at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club on Mother’s Day weekend! The tournament has always benefitted the club’s employees, and was started by my Dad (VM) back in 1981! Wonderful to hear Victor Mature stories from Chuck Courtney and Sandy, and from so many other members and employees (past and present) who came out to cheer on the players’ shenanigans, and to celebrate my Dad’s memory, his passion for playing golf, and his legacy of helping people!
A special “Thank You” to Michael Jack, Director of Golf, and to everyone who helped make this year’s Victor Mature Classic happen!
Cinema Junkie takes a film noir road trip to Shanghai and the Old West by way of the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs. Can’t make it? Then just use this as a roadmap for your own noir journey. Victor Mature’s daughter Victoria will talk about her dad’s career and specifically his exotic performance in “The Shanghai Gesture,” while film historian and author Alan K. Rode will introduce us to a noir western with Robert Mitchum.
“When Stanley Kubrick Went Noir, and More: Palm Springs’ Annual Film Noir Festival Returns With More Black-and-White Larceny – James B. Harris, the 94-year-old producer of Kubrick’s 1956 breakout film ‘The Killing,’ will be on hand for a discussion on the opening night of the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival…
…an extremely rare showing of director Josef Von Sternberg’s “The Shanghai Gesture,” a talk with Nicholas Von Sternberg, the filmmaker’s cinematographer son, and singer Victoria Mature, the daughter of one of the movie’s stars, Victor Mature.” hosted by programmer and film historian, Alan K. Rode…
“Dido (Victoria Mature) is the widowed Queen of Carthage…Mature as Dido has a lovely presence and her performance of Dido’s lament is beautiful.”
“Stage Directed by Vanessa Dinning the show has moments of sweetness, suspense, and humor as the story comes together, while also painting some vivid visuals on stage. Especially evocative is a moment with Dido in a sheet that calls to mind both a shroud and Cupid’s wings.”
“Choreography by Michael Mizerany is very effective ranging from Regency ballroom to modern rock, and in between. The sharp delineation between the movements of the mortals versus the Sorceress and those in the witch’s magical thrall is striking”
“Victoria Mature presented a compelling Dido, her dramatic soprano infusing the queen with an adroit mixture of dignity and compassion. She glided through her upper range gracefully, but the richness of her mezzo range developed the deep pathos of her famous final aria “When I am laid in earth.”
“…opening night will be preceded Wednesday by a fundraising performance by frequent festival guest Victoria Mature, daughter of Hollywood golden-age icon Victor Mature, dubbed “Victoria/Victor Mature Cabaret, an Evening of Memories and Music,” to be held, as with the festival proper, at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Mature will also be on hand Sunday afternoon to present her father’s work in the festival’s penultimate film, 1941’s “I Wake Up Screaming” (speaking of quintessential noir titles).”