"I have had some experience with movie acting in France, and it makes me sick even to go into a studio," Irene Bordoni said to a CRIMSON reporter yesterday in the ornate parlor of her suite in the Touraine Hotel. The interview came as the result of a moment's backstage conversation with Miss Bordoni after the opening performance of "Naughty Oinderella," in which she is now playing in Boston. Miss Bordoni continued with that intriguing French accent which has become famous on the stage, "After I leave Boston I am going to the coast to fulfill a short contract.
"They have tried to get me to sign for three years, but until now I have always avoided them. I have a great distaste for acting in the movies, the whole atmosphere of a studio is oppressive. One must do everything ten times over, moving just so, turning the head carefully like this, while they try new lights and different poses. I have as much feeling as this chair when the scene is finally taken. On the stage I can always act as I please, the part doesn't matter, every part is myself."
Miss Bordoni then turned from her dislike of the movies to a discussion of popular winter resorts. "The Riviera and Nice may be wonderful resorts, but no place on earth can approach the delights of Palm Beach. The climate on the Riviera is bad; in the sun you throw aside all your clothes, while nearby in a shaded street you have to be carefully wrapped in furs. But Palm Beach; just give me five months a year in Palm Beach--. Some one said I talked as though I was trying to sell real estate, but though I buy, I never sell any land there."
In "Naughty Cinderella" there were many terse, epigrammatic phrases, and also much broad, slap-stick comedy. The CRIMSON reporter asked Miss Bordoni which got across best with the average audience. "The slap-stick, as you call it, everytime makes the bigger; impression. That is because there are always more people upstairs than down."
When questioned about the apparently accidental breaking of a chair in the second act of "Naughty Cinderella" Miss Bordoni said. "On the opening night in Atlantic City it happened by accident, and the laugh was so tremendous that we could not get the attention of the audience for the rest of the evening. After that we made it part of the regular play."
Miss Bordoni proceeded to illustrate the process of making love and reading a new version of the text at the same time. The strain was terrible, and then when we got to New York, photographers, interviewers, publicity all day long, and by evening I would go to the theatre, tired out, to be lively and vivacious. I have come to Boston for a rest; here no publicity has been necessary and I have been able to enjoy a little ease and peace."