From the Mahler-Werfel papers at the University of Pennsylvania: (L to R) Alma Mahler, Don Ameche, Franz Werfel, “unknown man,” and Claudette Colbert, ca. 1943. The “unknown man” looks an awful lot like famous director and communist-hater Sam Wood, which means this was likely taken on the set of the movie Guest Wife. Alma probably got a kick out of that. (Thanks to reader Ben Weiss for the tip. Bonus: Nazi officials cross-dressing with Anna Mahler!)
In other news:
James Levine will miss the rest of the Tanglewood season—including the Carterpalooza—to have a kidney removed.
More get-well cards: Dame Joan Sutherland is recovering in a Swiss hospital after breaking both her legs in a fall.
More opera: that La Scala version of An Inconvenient Truth is set to be directed by none other than William Friedkin.
More critics? The Guardian is sponsoring a Young Critics’ Competition. The question is: who would you really like to see lie about their age and enter?