About the Blog..

My blog title, Ossessione, American Style, is taken from a movie by Count Luchino Visconti, who borrowed the plot of his astonishing debut film, Ossessione, from James M. Cain's novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice. Unfortunately, Visconti never paid for the rights and his film was not shown in the U.S. until many years after its release. The star of the movie, Massimo Girotti, would be People's "Sexiest Man Alive" many years running had the zine been around at the time. We first see him as a truck driver in a filthy sleeveless athletic undershirt, another of my obsessions: remember Paul Newman in an a-shirt (e.g. Hud or Cool Hand Luke)? Nowadays, they cheapen this garment who confuse it with something tank troops wore in World War I. The a-shirt is an undershirt, usually with thin bands over the shoulders; a tank top is a shirt without sleeves, akin to a "muscle shirt," only with wider bands over the shoulders. But, I digress....)

The purpose of this photo/comment column is to present a record of my obsessions. These are wide-ranging and diverse. This blog is not intended to be pornographic. The only pornography today is in politics.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Missused & Abused Trent Ford

How sad that Hollywood saw talent in former model Trent Ford when he was cast in the unexpectedly entertaining Deeply, as sirenic island beauty Kirsten Dunst's visiting boyfriend, then put him in such duds as the Mandy Moore vehicle, How to Deal.  He's had plenty of opportunities since, however, and he's sure to break out soon. Meanwhile, I'll always have the photos. Some actors, out of work, say they can "always model," but the model-actor seesaw doesn't always work out. I'd like the fashionistos to rediscovery Trent Ford. Meanwhile, there is that odd little western he did costarring Jon Voight, September Dawn. Update: He's been busy in TV, making movies and doing series, the latest being The Mentalist.

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