Happy Birthday Marisa Mell! (Feb 24, 1939)

What Happens When a Cancer Meets a Scorpio?

Stephen Boyd and Marisa Mell made a splendidly handsome couple during their brief romantic relationship and marriage in 1971. Since they both were quite convinced about the power of astrology, I think the below summary of their two water signs is pretty apt. Stephen was a Cancer sign, and Marisa was a Scorpio.

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“The element of Water is associated with the signs Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, and it also rules the Fourth, Eighth and Twelfth Houses. … Water signs are intuitive and sensitive, and they feel more intensely than the rest. They are emotional and nurturing, and like a river, they run deep… When Cancer and Scorpio make a love match, the resulting relationship draws together the energies of two emotionally intense Signs. They both see life as a passionate and deeply emotionally exercise of human connection. The Moon (Emotion) rules Cancer, while Mars (Passion) and Pluto (Power) both rule Scorpio. A relationship between a Cancer and a Scorpio can go from one extreme to another, and although Cancer partner will try hard to stabilize it, it might be too difficult if Scorpio doesn’t have enough respect for their own emotions. When they find an emotional link, they can go very deep in search of true love, and unite on a level that is unreachable for other zodiac signs. This can make them speak without words, understand each other’s thoughts with only one shared glance and be synchronized in their approach to their future together. These Signs feel a strong sexual attraction, and when they are together the temperature in the room tends to rise! (www.astrology.com)

If their emotions aren’t shared on a deepest possible level, or Scorpio partner refuses to deal with them, it could be too hard for Cancer to handle the self-destructive nature of their partner. Their connection needs to be sincere and pure, in order for both of them to be ready to give in to this intense emotional contact. (http://www.astrology-zodiac-signs.com/compatibility/cancer-scorpio/)

CANCER AND SCORPIO

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Stephen Boyd & Marisa Mell in “Marta”, 1971

Stephen Boyd is hoping he has better luck with “Marta,” shooting in Spain, than he did with “Imperial Venus,” which he filmed some seasons back with that Venus Gina Lollobrigida.

In Marta, Stephen ‘s playing his first nude love scene since his “Venus” endeavor, though American audiences would never know it. Venus was never released in the U.S. The Customs Service seized and held onto the print. That must have been some nude scene! (The Ithaca Journal, January 26, 1971)

In early 1971 Stephen Boyd traveled to Madrid to begin filming a production of “Marta”, a Giallo inspired Gothic romance about madness and obsession. The movie was based on a play “Estado Civil” written in 1969. The film involved love scenes with co-star and Austrian beauty Marisa Mell which required both stars take off their clothes, a situation all too familiar to Boyd! The first time Stephen encountered this was with French icon Brigitte Bardot in “The Night Heaven Fell (1958)” early on in his movie career. Miss Bardot, however, did most of the stripping down. “The Night Heaven Fell” was only shown in the USA as an “Adults Only” screening. Four years later Stephen was cast in a somewhat haphazard Italian production of “Imperial Venus (1962)” with Gina Lollobrigida. During this film it was Boyd who had to strip down to nothing under a bedroom sheet. Stephen was not pleased. Despite the sheet, “Imperial Venus” was still censored and banned from release in America. By the time “Marta” was released, the 1960’s had taken its toll on what was considered allowable on the movie screen. Nudity and rough language were no longer just exclusive to European audiences. Films had drastically changed. Still, the international version of “Marta” was initially censored, this time in Europe, in countries like Spain! “Marta” was eventually released both in Europe and in America after some extensive cuts.

“There were very serious problems…We had to make a lot of cuts. There was a specific scene that cost us a good deal. We did not realize during the … mixes because many of the scenes were positive in black and white, but the final copy in color, once finished, which the censors saw, contained a scene after all the cuts… in which Mell revealed everything under a thin nightgown. The worst thing is that we could not cut that, because it was an important scene, it was not one of those that we had more or less planned for the international version, and it was necessary to follow the story.” (José Antonio Nieves Conde (director) interview from Die Feuerblume (Marisa Mell Biography) by André Schneider, Page 335)

Below are some tactfully edited snippets from the unedited production and some very nice cast shots of Stephen Boyd and Marisa Mell on the set of “Marta” in and around Viñuelas Castle in Spain. Mell is sporting both a blonde wig and her own long dark tresses, as she played a dual role in the film. This was the beginning of a very special relationship Stephen Boyd had with actress Marisa Mell. You can certainly see the chemistry they had together both on and off the screen!

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Happy Lupercalia & “Fall of the Roman Empire” Magazine Photos

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.

So, welcome Lupercalia!

Pictures below of “The Fall of the Roman Empire” taken from a French Magazine called Bonnes Soirées, April 1964. https://stephenboydblog.com/fall-of-the-roman-empire/

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Stephen Boyd & Lady Chatterley’s Lover

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.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Chatterley%27s_Lover

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.

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Feb 12, 1968 : Brigitte Bardot and Stephen Boyd “Shalako” romance rumors hit the headlines of the worldwide gossip columns

50 years ago today!

“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.

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February 12, 1968, Des Moines Tribune
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The Central New Jersey Home News, February 12, 1968
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Lansing State Journal, February 12, 1968
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Philadelphia Daily News, Feb 13, 1968
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Feb 13, 1968 Arizona Republic