Tag Archives: 50’s

Photo of the Day – Monroe and Russell

Hey! Let’s start the week with this picture of Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell stamping their hands on TCL Chinese Theatre in June of 1953, after the success of the movie “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953), where both starred together as Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw, respectively.

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Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell (1953)

New Books

Hello! How are you all?

After exactly a month, I took a time in the studies to back here to share with you the last books I bought. So let’s see them!

The first one has arrived in my house last month, after just two weeks of waiting. The book is about the main directors of American cinema in the 50’s, their memorable movies and the stars who starred them. Its author is Olivier-René Veillon and the original title of the book is “Le Cinema Americain – Les années cinquante” (French version, 1984), which in free translation for English can be “The American Cinema – The fifties”. But I bought the Brazilian edition, dated from 1993 and because of this the names are in Portuguese in the photos below. Give a look!

P.S.: I forgot to comment the beautiful cover with a Marlon Brando photo! ❤

In addition, there is the second book I bought which I was waiting for TWO LONG MONTHS until it has arrived in my home, what happened yesterday! But I’ll write a separate post for this book, cause how you’ll verify later, there’s much love involved… I will just anticipate that is about the adorable Audrey Hepburn.

See you in a little while!

Miss Day

Doris Day 1

Doris Day

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A Good Day for a Good Movie

Hello!

Yesterday was a movie day and the film chosen was “Love in the Afternoon” (1957), starred by Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper and Maurice Chevalier. Then, it was a great time to eat some classic popcorn and watching a good movie! 😉

Love in the Afternoon (scene)

Love in the Afternoon (scene)

Love in the Afternoon (dvd)

DVD

Photo of the Day – Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn

Good night!! 🙂

I’m here tonight just to post this cute photo of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn at backstage of the Academy Awards in 1954. In this same night, Audrey won a Oscar for her performance in “Roman Holiday”, but this I’ll write tomorrow…

Backstage of the Academy Awards in 1954

Backstage of the Academy Awards in 1954

Tips of books

Hello darling!!

Tonight I’ll give you a simple tip of two books which I’m using in my monograph to conclude the graduation course in the university and I’ve already used one of them here, in the first posts…

And why I will talk about them? Because they are about classic cinema, of course!

The first one is about the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, its adaptation from novel to cinema, the movie backstages, some stories and a lot of interesting things about the movie. The book also talks about Audrey Hepburn’s career beginning until she starred this film as Holly Golightly. Another interesting theme in this book is how women were represented in the 50’s and 60’s in American cinema. Give a look in a photo of the book (in Brazilian version) and in some pictures which are inside it. All the informations about the book are after the photos (in the original version, in English).

The book in Brazilian version

The book in Brazilian version

Some pictures in the book

Some pictures in the book

  • Original title: Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. – Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the dawn of the modern woman
  • Author: Sam Wasson
  • Year of publication: 2010
  • Publishing house: Harper

The second tip of book is a Marilyn Monroe’s biography. And I’m indicating this book because you should know that some of her biographies are quite sensationalists. But, reading this one (that a big fan of her, indicated to me), you can see all the stories and legends about this cultural icon treated in a way more serious and credible. Besides, you can realize how the big movie stars were built by Hollywood. Like the another book, the photos are in the Brazilian version of the book and the informations are after.

Cover book (Brazilian version)

The book in Brazilian version

Some photos in the book

Some pictures in the book

  • Original title: The secret life of Marilyn Monroe
  • Author: J. Randy Taraborrelli
  • Year of publication: 2009
  • Publishing house: Rose Books

 

I hope you have enjoyed these tips!! See you! 😉

Photo of the Day – Marilyn as Lorelei Lee

Hey!! How are you? Fine, I hope! 🙂

Today the photo I want share with you is about a kind of costume test of Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei Lee in the movie “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953). Give a look in this glorious photography! ❤

Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei Lee

Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei Lee

See you tomorrow with a video or music… Bye bye!

New Babies

Hello!! 🙂

After some changes, I’m here again!

Today I’ll show you my beautiful (and new) babies, which a friend of mine bought for me in his last travel.

New DVDs

Yeah, I’m talking about more two Audrey Hepburn’s movies! (the titles are in Portuguese cause they were bought in São Paulo, Brazil!)

– The first one is “Love In The Afternoon” (1957), starred by Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper and Maurice Chevalier, directed by Billy Wilder. This romance tells the story about a detective (Maurice Chevalier) who is hired to follow a woman suspected of infidelity with a womanizer (Gary Cooper). Then, the detective’s daughter, Ariane (Audrey Hepburn), falls in love with this guy. There is a little bit of drama and action in this movie too.

– The second movie is “The Unforgiven” (1960), starred by Audrey Hepburn and Burt Lancaster, directed by John Huston. This movie is the only western in Audrey’s career and tells the story of Rachel Zachary, an indian who was adopted by a white family and, after a long time, it was discovered her indian’s blood and this causes big fights in the community.

So, with these two new DVDs, my Audrey movies collection is growing up!! There are fourteen movies right now! 😀

And you? Do you have some movies’ collection? Tell me, I would love to read about! 😉

Marlon

Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando

Drama In The 50’s

Hello Darlings!! Today will be a Dramatic day

Calm down! I’m talking about the movie genre of today: DRAMA.

I have to confess this is one of my favorite genres because I love watching a good drama (I’m also a fan of Mexican soap operas!!). Then I will give you some options of drama movies of 50’s and I hope you enjoy some of them (or all of them!).

To start, lets see some scenes of a movie which was recognized as one of the greatest classic movies from Hollywood and was selected to preservation by Congress Library from USA: “All About Eve” (1950), starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders and Celeste Holm – with an apparition of Marilyn Monroe:

Another big movie of 1950 is “Sunset Boulevard”, starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson, directed by Billy Wilder. This movie also won some awards: 03 Academy Awards (Best Art direction – Black and white; Best Soundtrack and Best Screenplay); 04 Golden Globe Awards (Best Movie – Drama; Best Director; Best Actress – Drama [Gloria Swanson] and Best Soundtrack); and 01 Bodil Award [Dinamarca] in the category Best American Movie.

Talking about William Holden, he acted in the movie of 1953, “Stalag 17“, also directed by Billy Wilder, which is considered one of the best movies about POW camp in the World War II.

Stalag 17 (1953)

Stalag 17 (1953)

He also acted beside Grace Kelly (*-*) and Bing Crosby in the movie “The Country Girl” (1954), which was indicated to seven awards and won in the categories “Best Actress” (Grace Kelly) and “Best Screenplay”.

In 1956 was produced an adaptation based on the work by Leon Tolstói, “War and Peace“, starring Audrey Hepburn, Mel Ferrer and Henry Fonda. The movie was a co-production between USA and Italy. It received some nominations in the Academy Awards and BAFTA, others in the Golden Globe Awards, winning in the category “Best Foreign Movie” and it won two awards in Italy in the categories “Best Scenography” and “Best Soundtrack”. In my opinion, it should have won the awards for “Best Photography” and “Best Costume” because these two items are very beautiful and outstanding in the movie… Give a look in some publicity pictures:

Henry Fonda, Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer

Henry Fonda, Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer

Audrey Hepburn as Natasha Rostov

Audrey Hepburn as Natasha Rostov

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

About this kind of Drama, involving War and a little [or a lot!] of Romance, there is a movie of 1953 very famous especially by a kiss scene… Do you remember? “From Here To Eternity”, starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr and Frank Sinatra, and having Pearl Harbor like background. This movie won several awards, including: 08 Academy Awards, 02 Golden Globe Awards, 01 BAFTA, 03 NYFCC Awards and 01 special award in Cannes Festival. Look the famous scene that I said:

From Here To Eternity (scene)

From Here To Eternity (scene)

In 1957, Deborah Kerr appeared in a romantic but also dramatic movie beside Cary Grant: “An Affair To Remember” (one of my favorites!), which shows a romance in a cruise and it was a remake of “Love Affair” (1939), movie directed by the same director Leo McCarey. It also inspired the movie “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993). See the trailer:

In 1958, Alfred Hitchcock directed the movie considered as his masterpiece: “Vertigo”, starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. In this movie have Drama, Romance and, of course, Thriller:

Returning to Audrey Hepburn, in 1959, she acted in “The Nun’s Story”, directed by Fred Zinnemann, this movie was indicated for several categories in the Academy Awards and, unfortunately, it didn’t win any one. For me, as Audrey’s fan, in this movie she did one of her best performances as Sister Luke.

To conclude, there is one actor who did his carreer on the 50’s and, in special, in drama movies: James Dean. Like I said in another post, he acted in 07 movies (in 04 of them, he wasn’t credited), between 1951 and 1956. So his movies were:

  • 1955 – “East of Eden”, a rereading of the biblical History of Caim and Abel / “Rebel Without a Cause”, which shows a teenager revolted with his family;
  • 1956 – “Giant”, also starring Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson, it showed the racial intolerance.
James Dean's Movies

James Dean’s Movies

So, this is it, I hope you enjoy! See you soon!! 🙂