"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Monday, April 15, 2013

Girl of the Day - Claudia Cardinale

A huge star in Europe in the 1960s, Claudia Cardinale is best known to American audiences for her work as the object of desire for the hard men on the Western frontier in Sergio Leone's masterpiece, Once Upon a Time in the West (1968).    A great, crazy film that epitomizes the spaghetti western genre with its long, drawn-out scenes of building tension and extreme close-ups.   Here's a classic clip:

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