For Ancient Romans, today was a festival day celebrating Lupercalia! This was an ancient pagan ritual for cleansing the winter days and also to rejuvenate health and fertility in the land. After a religious sacrifice young Roman men would race naked, or nearly naked, around the Palantine Hill in Rome and strike young women in the crowd with leather thongs called februum (yes, February comes from this word!) in order to endow them with a health pregnancy, or (if not yet pregnant), grant them fertility, or so they believed. The word februa in Latin means “Purifications” or “Purgings”. So to honor the season before spring and to get the earth ready to be fruitful again, a fertility ritual like Lupercalia took place to welcome the season.
There are two roles which I would have loved for Stephen Boyd to have portrayed in the movies. One is Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights and the other is the Oliver Mellors, the virile gamekeeper from Lady Chatterley’s Lover. It’s a shame this movie did not get made during the 1960’s with Boyd. I can imagine Stephen Boyd as the robust, brooding gamekeepet Mellors; Eva Marie Saint perhaps as Connie Chatterley, the pent up heroine; and Montgomery Clift as the crippled, cuckolded husband Clifford Chatterley. We can always dream.
This was D. H. Lawrence’s last novel. It focused on a very passionate and adulterous love affair. The book itself was controversial and originally banned for its frank use of language, explicit descriptions of lovemaking, and it’s scandalizing look at society in general. It was printed privately in Florence by Lawrence in 1928. The uncensored edition was published by Great Britain’s Penguin Books in 1960, almost 30 years later. This publication took Penguin Books to trial for obscenity! They won the case and sold millions of copies.
The 1980 movie version with Sylvia Krystel is excellent and true to the book in most every way, but still falls short of the novel itself. So, do yourself a favor and read D.H. Lawrence’s erotic and emotional classic, Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
“Publicists on the Sean Connery-Brigitte Bardot film Shalako described its chemical formula as 007+BB=TNT. But there was a side-effect that sent SB+BB=HEADLINES. An American news agency report from Almeria, Southern Spain, where they were filming, told the world Brigitte had found “a new love interest” in Stephen Boyd.
Both Bardot and Boyd crisply denied the report and then refused to discuss it further. How did the report come about? Was there, despite the denials, any truth in it? These were the sort of questions I set out to answer.
I can now report that I am convinced there was a romance afoot, that Brigitte and Boyd openly displayed their affection for each other, but that publication of the report on their romance cooled it. ” Raymond Palmer from Photoplay in Almeria Spain, 1968.
I recently came across these super handsome, amazing Stephen Boyd candids. They are 2.4 x 3.4 Polaroid Mini’s, and they seem to be have been taken around 1960-1961. The settings look like airports, hotels or parking lots when Stephen was either arriving or returning from some event or trip. One picture is certainly taken at a party since Stephen is dressed up in a tuxedo and tie.