Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Schoolbags And Notebooks And Maths, OH MY!!!!

Well, I can't believe it, but my six week holiday is finally coming to a close. I hope all of you readers have enjoyed all of the reviews and stuff that I have been posting over the summer, but as I start school on thursday, things are going to be quite different. for a start I won't be able to:

  1. Lounge around on my bed until 11am reading Bette Davis: A Biography In Pictures, or All About "All About Eve", or even My Judy Garland Life by Susie Boyt.
  2. Watch 3 hour epics whenever I please, or suddenly decide that I want to run an Alfred Hitchcock marathon starting at 3 and ending at 11:30 (not that I have done that...).
  3. Blog every day to you wonderful people. But don't worry, I still have ummmm... one day to go!
But on the upside I will be increasing my knowledge, and when I do watch a classic movie, I will appreciate it more. Lets just hope I don't end up looking like him though.
You never know what stress can do to a guy. I hope I'll look like this.
Doris Day in Teacher's Pet
But the chances of that are less than a lorry (for all you Americans, that is a truck in england) landing on my head.

~Bette

P.S.
Only for people who have seen Funny Girl.

You Know when Nick Arnstien leaves Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, I thought it was because he felt he brought shame to her name with all the criminal stuff he got mixed up with, but I watched with my mum yesterday, and she said it was because he felt she was bad luck to him! She really has put a negative shroud over my optimism.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Happy Would-have-been Birthday, Ingrid!

Today would have been Ingrid Bergman's birthday! So I thought I would post one of her quotes here:

"You must train your intuition - you must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide.”


That quote just sounds just so... Ingridy!!!!

I always forget the birthdays of famous actors, actresses, directors and whatnot, so here is a list to remind me and you of some of them.

  1. Bette Davis (5th of April)
  2. James Stewart (20th May)
  3. Audrey Hepburn (4th May)
  4. Cary Grant (18th January)
  5. Marilyn Monroe (1st June)
  6. Gregory Peck (5th April)
  7. Barbra Streisand (24th April)
  8. Laurence Olivier (22nd May)
  9. Judy Garland (10th June)
  10. Jack Lemmon (8th February)
Here is yet another gorgeous picture of Ingrid Bergman.

~Bette

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Spellbound

Yesterday I watched Spellbound, and found it very interesting. I loved the Salvador Dali dream sequence. can anyone tell me where Hitchcock is in this film? because I thought he was the masked man in the dream? Well I don't know. He is usually in a phonebox or something.

Spellbound


Cast:
Plot:
Dr. Peterson has been branded by her fellow psychoanalysts as beutiful but cold, and many of the male doctors have tried to make her more "emotionally aware".  When the head of their mental home is forced into retirement after a long leave of absence due to over working, he is replaced by the young Dr. Edwards. Dr. Edwards is immediately drawn to Dr. Peterson, and her to him. Whilst getting to know him better Dr. Peterson notices that he has a strange phobia of black parallel lines on a white background. In a moment of panic, he confesses to her that he is not the real Dr. Edwards, and she tries to find out what happened to Dr. Edwards as well as trying to cure his imposter.


The Review:
I watched this with my little sister who is 8, and she would probably have different views on this than I do, as it really freaked her out! As always, Gregory and Ingrid are absolutely fantabulous as the unlikely couple. In some parts the film was quite hard to keep up with, but that is often a problem with stolen identity stories. There is an amazing dream sequence that was designed by Salvador Dali, with lots of amazing curtains and props. And as for Alfred Hitchcock's directing, to quote Eve Harrington "Everything clever and witty has long since been said," he just never ceases to amaze me.

Awards:
It received an academy award for best scoring of a dramatic or comedy picture Academy Award. It was also nominated for 5 others.


Poster:

~Bette

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

What People Said About Bette And What Bette Said About Herself.

Here are some fantabiedoobie quotes from Bette Davis: A Biography In Photographs.

E. Arnot Robinson on her performance in Dangerous (some review guy.)
"I think Bette would probably have been burned as a witch if she had lived two or three hundred years ago. She gives the curious feeling of being charged with a power that can find no ordinary outlet."

The New York Times on her performance as Elizabeth the 1st.
"Bette Davis'  Elizabeth is a strong, resolute , glamour-skimping characterization against which Mr. Flynn's Essex has about as much chance as a beanshooter against a tank."

The Bette on herself.
"I'm the nicest god-damn dame that ever lived!"

~Bette

P.S.
Good News:
Yesterday I actually found a picture of James Stewart and Bette in that book!
Bad News:
They were both about 78! :-(
But I did find out that they both really wanted to work with each other when they were young but had to wait until they were really old, and even then it was in a TV movie. My theory is that Jimmy was too tall for her. But I guess we'll never know!

By the way, expect a review of Spellbound soon.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

The Wind Has Blown My Depressed-ness Away!

After yesterday's heavy downpour, today has brought with it a fresh feel, a strong wind, and the viewing of what I may go far enough to call a life changing film. I am, as you may have noticed, going through a bit of an Ingrid Bergman phase. I won't do a full review of The Inn Of The Sixth Happiness but I will tell you a bit about how I felt about it.

I loved the Inn Of The Sixth Happiness. It really was a feel-good film even though it is pretty heavy duty stuff. It is set just before the second world war, and it is about a servant that wants to be a missionary in China (Ingrid Bergman), but when she is refused at the missionary organisation in London she tries to earn enough money to get to China herself. When she has earned the money she starts her long journey by train to Northern China. When she arrives she finds it hard to get to grips with the Chinese customs, but soon earns love and respect from everyone around her. Then when the Japanese start to invade Northern China, she is influential in taking 100 children accross the mountains to a safer place.

This film is not an easy watch by any means, but it does make a real impact on you. It shows you that it really pays to look out for other people and be completely fearless, no matter what religion you may be. I also wanted to ask the question, can anyone cry like Ingrid (comment if you know of anyone)? Sorry Bette! So here is my top 10 cryers list!

1. Ingrid Bergman
2. Margrette O'Brien
3. Bette Davis
4. Judy Garland
5. Elizabeth Taylor
6. James Stewart
7. Humphrey Bogart
8. Janis Wilson (She plays Tina or "Teenah" in Now voyager but is uncredited.)
9. Barbra Striesand
10. Doris Day

~Bette
P.S. I can not beleive that I have 9 Followers!

Monday, 23 August 2010

Gaslight

Charles Boyer, you officially creep me out. I have now seen two of his movies (All This And Heaven Too, and Gaslight), and in each one he has given me the bejeebies. I think it must be something about his eyes, they lower down far too low, but he is still able to see? Anyway, I got over my bejeebied out state enough to write this post. Good Thing!

Gaslight

Cast:
Plot:
When an opera singer is murdered, her niece, Paula (Ingrid Bergman) who has been brought up by her is taken to Italy to train with the school that tought her aunt. There, she falls in love with her pianist called Gregory Anton (Charles Boyer) and gives up her training to marry him. He Insists that they move to London into the house that Paula inherited from her aunt, number 9 Thornton Square. On the first day they move in, Paula is looking through one of her aunt's old music books and she finds an old letter written to the opera singer two days before her murder. The letter is signed Sergius Bauer but before she gets a chance to read the rest of the letter, Gregory snatches it away from her violently, later using the excuse that he was upset by his wife's scared rection to moving into the house. He then tries to convince her that she is "Ill in her head," and that she is constantly forgetting things. When she starts to hear footsteps above her and her gaslight dimming at the same time every night, she asumes she is going mad. But is she?

The Review:
I loved this film, even if it was a bit disturbing. Ingrid Bergman actually went to an asylum to see how mentally ill women move their eyes, it certainly showed in her performance. I thought she was amazing, and it is definately my favourite Ingred performance so far. Charles Boyer definitely works as the cold and sinister husband of Paula. If there was anything bad to say about his performance is that it was a little too good and it really freaked me out! As usual with all of these fab film noirs, the directing was great, and so was Angela Lansbury in her movie debut.

Awards:
Academy award for best actress - Ingrid Bergman
Academy Award for art direction - Cedric Gibbons


Poster:
~Bette

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Jimmy Stewart's War Uniform

My Grandpa is staying with us this weekend, and we decided to take him to the war museum near our house. Little did I know that it would end up having a classic movie-ish link.

The great actor and airman James Stewart, was born in Pennsylvania in 1908 (the same year as Bette davis), and in 1941 he joined the US airforce. As I was browsing around the American soldiers in England section of one of the hangers, what did I find? I'll tell you what I found, JIMMY STEWART'S AIRFORCE UNIFORM!!!!!!!!!!! And as usual I had forgotten something and this time it was my camera. So I didn't take this photo. But I hope you found it interesting to know this, just think; if he had died there never would have been any Rear Window, or Virtigo as we know them.







~Bette

Friday, 20 August 2010

Notorious

Is there anything better than watching a Hitchcock movie just before you go to bed? I have made that mistake many times before. The first time I saw Rear Window, it finished at 11:30pm. Not a particularly good idea. But Notorious just enthralled me rather than scared the wits out of me.

Notorious

Top Billed Cast:
Plot:
Alicia Huberman (Ingred Bergman) is he daughter of a nazi spy who has been sent to prison after being found guilty of treason to the country of The United States Of America. Soon after her father's imprisonment, she is recruited by Devlin (Cary Grant), a goverment agent, to infultrate a group of Nazis who have moved to Brazil after WWII. One of the Nazis in the group used to be a boyfriend of Alicias, and she is asked to seduce him to find out more about his group.

The Review:
This is not one of Hitchcock's most violent and scary films, but that doesn't mean that it is less fantastic. Ingrid Bergman gives an amazing performance as a wild party girl who finds love with her fellow goverment agent. Not wanting to spoil the plot for anyone who has not seen it, she does have some pretty amazing scenes later on in the film. Hitchcock has yet again amazed me with his ability to tell more from his camera shots than with some of the dialouge. This is a sort of North By Northwest cross Rebecca story, and it is definately one of his most suspenseful films.

Awards:
Notorious did not win any Oscars, but was nominated for two.
The Poster

Ingrid and Cary
~Bette

Thursday, 19 August 2010

The Ever Present George Brent.

Is it just me, or have you ever realized that most of George Brent's career was spent supporting Bette Davis in her Woman's Pictures? He was actually in 11 of her films! They do work well as a sort of forties Hollywood couple. It is said that during the filming of Front Page Woman (which I have never seen.) they were deeply in love and were in a serious love affair for one year, although neither of them have ever confirmed the rumors.  At the time of the said affair, Bette was married to Harmon Nelson, a trumpet player who she had met at school. It is also rumored that during the filming of Dangerous, for which she won an Oscar, she was having an affair with her costar Franchot Tone. He was married to Joan Crawford at the time, and it seems that the friction between the two stars had started long before filming Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?. I digress. I think that even if he never did anything else, costarring with Bette Davis in films couldn't have been such a hardship. Or could it?

Bette and George
~Bette

Monday, 16 August 2010

Double Whammy!

Hello Movie Monday Readers, if there are any. Yesterday me and my family were so tired, we watched TWO movies, so here is a special double whammy review.

(In order watched.)
Casablanca

Cast:
Humphrey Bogart- Rick Blaine
Ingrid Bergman - Ilsa Lund
Paul Henried - Victor Laszlo
Claude Rains - Captain Louis Renault

Plot:
Its 1941 and Casablanca is being used as a place for refugees to try to catch a plane to Lisbon, a neutral city with ways of getting straight to america. Ricky Blaine Owns a night club style gambling den. he is neutral, he sticks his neck out for "no-one". One day Rick is informed of a Mr Laszlo and Ilsa Lund on the run from the Nazis are waiting in his club. He is introduced to them by Captain Renault, but Ricky Already Knows Ilsa.

The Review:
What a wonderful film with wonderful performances. The music by none other than the genius Max Stiener is just mezmerizing. This Film must be the most quoted film in fim history! If only now you could have such great lines as "here's looking at you kid," and "we'll always have Paris," in movies. Overall the film was just fantastic. There is one special scene that really does bring a tear to your eye. The national anthem scene.

Poster:

Cast:

Plot:
A 23 year old white San Francisco girl named Joey brings home her Fiance to her parents for their approval. He happens to be black. She says that no matter what her parents say about the marriage they will go through with it. But Her Fiance Feels differently, and tells her parents in private that there will be no marraige unless they approve. There is only one catch, They have to leave by 10:30 that night to fly to new york and her parents only have one day to decide. Meanwhile his parents invite themselves to dinner at her house that night not knowing she is white.


The Review:
This is nothing short of a revolutionary film. It was Still illegal at the time the film was made in 1967, to have a marraige between races in 17 states of America, and this film caused a lot of controversy. What you may not know is that Spencer Tracy died 2 and a half weeks after filming ended, which also adds to the tear factor. It is a very good film with lots of points that are outstanding. I loved Katherine Houghton's performance, but I have not seen her in anything else.

Poster:



















~Bette

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Summer Lovin'!

    There are some films that you remember forever, whether you have a special emotional attachment to them, or they are just downright amazing. If you are anything like me and appreciate and love films, some films have probably had a large impact on your life.  Since I am still in my childhood myself, I cannot honestly say which film has had the biggest effect on my entire childhood, but I can say which ones have meant the most to me so far.

         The first old film I ever remember being shown was probably The Wizard Of Oz when I was two. I remember dancing around our old apartment screaming “I’ll fight you with one hand behind my back!” And whenever there was a spare moment when it wasn’t on I would be telling my mum to “Put on the Wizzee Of Ouzz!!!”  The scene with the monkeys where they all fly up to see the wicked witch used to scare me silly, and still does a little bit!

         I guess the next film I had an obsession with was Singing In The Rain. That was the first film that introduced me to Gene Kelly, “Hollywood”, and the 20s. I used to sit during the summer with the doors open to our deck watching Donald O’Connor perform Make’m Laugh over and over again, until I knew the words off by heart. The film has become some sort of family tradition. When my little sister was old enough we showed it to her. For two months all we could watch was the song Moses Supposes from the film.

         When I was nine I was introduced to my favourite film, All About Eve. It was my dad’s birthday in the middle of July and my mum had got it for him as a present. Later in the day we all sat down on the sofa while my mum was sorting out the DVD player. Then she looked up at us and said, “Its not in there!” We were very disappointed. It turned out that the shop had given us an empty DVD case - the suspense was unbearable, but we got it all sorted out in the end. It was an incredibly important film discovery for me. I realized how amazing it would be to be able to write and direct like Joseph Mankiewicz, or act like Anne Baxter or Bette Davis! I have since been besotted with the film, and all of its behind the scenes stories, gossip, and anything to do with it, and I have just finished reading Sam Stagg’s book about it called All About “All About Eve”.

         My parents have always had the “Bring them up on classic movies!” approach to our upbringing, and I am thankful that they do, otherwise I would never have been able to watch such wonderful movies!


~Bette

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Summer Blogathon

I am just dropping a line to promote the summer movie blogathon which is running from the 16th to the 18th of August 2010. I know its a little bit late to warn you, but you can have a look here to find out more.
 The idea is to blog about movies that you have seen inyou childhood, that have in some way influenced you or your love of films

I will certainly be doing this!

~Bette
P.S. I know this is my third post today, but i am just an everflowing fountain of ideas!

"Remind me to tell you about the time i looked into the heart of an artichoke!"

Although this quote from All About Eve has not got very much to do with this post at all, It does have a theme of reminiscence about it, and it is just so fabulous i could not resist.

With all the buzz at the moment about The Wizard Of Oz , with Andrew Loyd Webber putting on a West End production of it, it reminded me that it is the first classic movie that I think I ever saw. I used to call it The Wizzeee Of Ouzz (bear in mind that i was only 2 then). I used to recite bits of it to my parents in our old apartment, like "I'll fight you with  one hand tied behind my back!" I love this film, and it is so uplifting, I just wanted to encourage anyone who owns this film to watch it as soon as possible!











~Bette

Happy Belated Birthday To Alfred Hitchcock

I can not believe that I forgot that it would have been the genius director, Alfred Hitchcock's 111th birthday yesterday. So happy birthday Hitchcock! I will celebrate by researching him today, I will also attempt to re watch some of his movies tomorrow.

Lets review some of his greatest works:
1. North By Northwest
2. Rear Window
3. Vertigo
4. Psycho
5. The Birds
6. The 39 Steps
7. Dial M For Murder
8. Rebecca
9. To Catch A Thief
10. To Catch A Thief







~Bette

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Jezebel

Hi Everyone,

This post was going to be a review about Born Yesteday, but all I can say about it is that it is quite slow, has not got a very good plot, and that Judy Holiday's performance as a dumb turned mildly intelligent blond should not have won the best actress award instead of Bette Davis as Margo Channing in All About Eve!

Name: Jezebel

Cast:
Bette Davis as Julie Marsden
George Brent  as Buck Cantrell
Henry Fonda as Preston Dillard


Plot:
Spoilt and strong willed, New Orleans woman Julie Marsden is engaged to wealthy banker Preston (or "Pres") Dillard. When he refuses to break up a board meeting to accompany her to buy a dress for a ball they are attending that night, she rebelliously buys a low cut red dress. At the time in New Orleans all unmarried women were supposed to wear white to dances and balls. After warning her not to wear the dress, when he goes to collect her she is defiantly wearing the dress. Instead of scolding her or punishing her, he takes her to the ball where she is greeted by many surprised and dissaproving faces. The relationship ends that night when he takes her home after realising that she is untamable. After a long trip north for his work, he returns home. Julie has spent the past year he has been away dreaming of his return. When he arrives at Julie's house for a welcome home party, she is greeted with an unwelcome surprise.

The Review:
I loved this film and i think that Bette Davis' performance is just outstanding, and Henry Fonda is very believable in the role opposite her. The plot is very interesting and moving, and Julie's character is written in a way that makes you feel sorry for her in some scenes, and hate her in others. The costume design is just amazing. All of the period costumes are just beautifull. It is all in all, a very good film.

Awards Won:
Bette Davis - Academy Award for Best Actress
Fay Bainter - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Venice Film Festival: Special Recommendation for its overall artistic contribution - William Wyler

Trivia:
~Jezebel was said to have been offered to Bette Davis because she did not get the part of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind.

Poster:














~ Bette
 



























































Tuesday, 10 August 2010

About Yesterday...

Sorry about me not doing my movie monday yesterday. I was busy watching the film i am going to review, which is Born Yesterday. But unfortunately I am still writing a review of it, as it is not proving to be very easy.


~Bette


P.S. Loving these squiggly things ~~~~~~~

Yay For Amazon Parcels!!!!

Ooh i can hardly contain my exitement! The other day i ordered 5 films from amazon, they were:

~Born Yesterday
~Jezebel
~The Private Lives of Elizabeth And Essex (This has Bette davis IN COLOUR in it!!!)
~Bells Are Ringing
~Giant


Only 2 have come so far though. But these will be a great supply of entertainment to me and hopefully to you too, as i will review them all!

~Bette

Friday, 6 August 2010

Back From My Holiday

Well i am back from my holiday, and am feeling very well. While i was on holiday i managed to finish reading All About "All About Eve", which was very interesting and i will post some quotes from it very soon. Less of them will be from Gary Merrill (Bette Davis' co star and about to be husband at the time) as his are more... inapropriate. Have to rush now as i am watching Yankee doodle Dandy which has James cangney in it. If you want to check that movie out, click here.


~Bette