Arnold Wynand Schulkes
20th April 1930 – 18th February 2016
‘And so we say good bye to dear Arnie. No man could ever have shown greater loyalty.’ Thank you for watching over me too!
A young Canadian called Arnold Schulkes turned up in Cortina one day with his far-from-well wife on a far-from reliable Vespa scooter. They were, as he put it, ‘going putt-putt-putt’ through Europe, with the aim of seeing his relatives in Holland. As they stopped to watch the filming, one of the crew said, ‘Do you want to work? Would you like to be a stand-in?’ ‘What’s a stand-in?’ came the reply. Before he knew whether it was Cortina or Christmas he was at the top of a dam, dressed as Stanley Baker, and trying not to betray any hint of vertigo. People began to notice that there was a likeness to Dirk. Schulkes was an inch taller, ‘an inch all round bigger’, although slightly narrower in the shoulder. From the back the two men were almost indistinguishable. Dirk already had a regular stand-in, John Adderley, who had worked with him for some years; but Adderley wanted to join his family in America. Thanks to him, Schulkes managed to obtain a union ticket reasonably quickly and by the spring of 1959 he had the job. From that unpromising beginning Dirk and he developed a partnership which lasted for ten years and – by his reckoning – twenty-three films.
From ‘Dirk Bogarde': The authorised biography by John Coldstream
One of Dirk’s paintings was recently on display as part of the British Art Fair a the Royal College of Art. The piece, ‘Aunay-sur-Odon, 1944′ was being sold by Sim Fine Art.
The pen, ink and watercolour painting is unusual as Dirk decided to crop the image using a mount, which has only recently been removed to reveal the complete work.
Leading cultural historian Professor Christopher Breward recently gave a lecture at Falmouth University, titled Dirk Bogarde: From Doctor to Decadent, focussing on the nature of Dirk’s onscreen costume throughout his career.
A recording of the lecture is now hosted on the site, along with the full text of the original article. It can be found in the Style Icon section here
The headline is a quote from Dirk, speaking to James Fox at the Connaught, the old friends that Dirk refers to are Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful.
On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen, Dirk Bogarde’s claim to have seen that ‘hell on earth’ at first hand is reassessed by his official biographer, John Coldstream.Read more
A few more Dirk films have recently been released on Blu-ray.
A newly restored print of Providence screened recently at the 70th International Venice Film Festival.
More information can be found here.
A DVD release is planned for next month.
Another recently restored print, of Victim, is showing on the 17th October at the BFI Southbank.
More information and tickets (available from 20th September) can be found here.
A newly restored print of The Servant is being shown at the BFI Southbank, from the 25th March to the 4th April 2013.
Tickets are available here.