Archive for June, 2009

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Jun
09

Prada in Marfa


After reading the following from an article of
“must sees” in America on
MSNBC I remembered why Marfa sounded familiar to me, it is where the movie “Giant” was filmed”.

America’s hidden travel gems – the West Texas desert seems an unlikely home for high fashion. But along a desolate stretch of U.S. Highway 90 near Marfa, Texas, travelers can stop at a Prada boutique. Unfortunately for shopaholics, the doors of “Marfa Prada” are sealed — it’s not a functioning store, but a permanent art installation…

the article doesn’t mention the bullet holes in the installation courtesy of local irate cowboys.

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06
Jun
09

Marfa, Texas – Film location for “Giant”


Photo date: 1955 Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean in “Giant” 1955 Warner Bros. Photo by Floyd McCarty – © 1978 Floyd McCarty


Photo date: 1955 James Dean and Rock Hudson in “Giant.” 1955 Warner / MPTV Photo by Floyd McCarty – © MPTV

Whenever James Dean is on screen he steals the scene, especially noticable in those shared with Rock Hudson. Not one of my favorite Dean movies but he always captures your attention, doesn’t even need to speak to act. Must be why he was considered one of the finest method actors, today he’d be looked upon as a great Indie actor.

06
Jun
09

Hotel Paisano – Marfa, Texas

Art Oasis from Travelandleisure.com

The high point of the Paisano’s history came in 1955, when the cast and crew of Giant occupied the hotel during the film’s three-month shoot in and around Marfa. “It was the most exciting thing we’ve had in Marfa in all these years,” says Lucy Garcia, a town native who was one of a half-dozen teenagers to hang out at the hotel during the shoot. “Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor were here, but they were a little too big for Marfa. They gave us autographs but wouldn’t allow any pictures. James Dean let us take pictures of him at the hotel and showed us the lasso rope trick he was learning for the movie. He told jokes. He had such a pretty giggle.”

via hotelpaisano.com …In 1955 Warner Brothers chose Marfa as the location for the filming of the epic movie Giant. In June of that year the cast and crew including James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson made the hotel their headquarters. Today, the hotel still has many visitors that come to see and remember Giant. James Dean’s hotel room here is one of the most popular that we have to offer.

06
Jun
09

Marfa Film Festival

Marfa even has it’s own Film Festival, looks like a good one too!

06
Jun
09

Marfa Mystery Lights

from Travel & Leisure – the tradition that has come to define the city most is not even explainable. Every September a festival celebrates the Marfa Mystery Lights. Just outside town, at a certain bend in Route 90, you can stand on the side of the road in the desert and, looking south toward Mexico, see fleeting visions of light that flash about in the sky. First recorded in 1881 by a young cowboy named Robert P. Ellison, who was tending a herd of cattle and thought he had spotted the campfires of Apache Indians, the lights—still unaccounted for by science—appear and disappear, and seem to divide and travel in the night sky. Near the viewing site where you can best see the Marfa Mystery Lights, a plaque explains why they cannot be physically located: The flickering lights are “an unusual phenomenon similar to a miracle where atmospheric conditions produced by the interaction of cold and warm layers of air blend together so it can be seen from afar but not up close. The mystery of the lights will remain unsolved.”

06
Jun
09

Wanderlust | Marfa, Texas – The Moment Blog

A current article on Marfa by Maura Egan:

Wanderlust | Marfa, Texas





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