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– Alfred Hitchcock
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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.
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:
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:
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.
So, this is it, I hope you enjoy! See you soon!! 🙂
Well, now is the Films noirs‘ turn!
Like I’ve already said, the Film noir considered authentic, is from the 40’s and 50’s, where the considered as the first Film noir is “Stranger On The Third Floor” (1940) and the last one is “Touch of Evil” (1958), by Orson Welles. Between this period, were produced other movies, especially in the 40’s. Some of them are:
“The Maltese Falcon” (1941), starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor and Peter Lorre. This movie was called as “one of the biggest movies of all time” by the movies’ critical Roger Ebert and by the Entertainment Weekly magazine. Also was cited by Panorama du Film Noir Américain as the first big film noir of all. See the trailer:
“Shadow of a Doubt” (1943), starring Joseph Cotten, Teresa Wright and Macdonald Carey, and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, is another big movie of this genre, considered an example of film noir. It’s also considered culturally relevant by the Congress Library from USA and selected as part of the collection from National Film Registry. The own Hitchcock declared that this movie is one of his favorites among those he directed. So, it’s good give a look in it:
In 1944, were produced important movies as “Double Indemnity”, starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck, directed by Billy Wilder; “The Woman In The Window”, starring Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett; “Laura“, starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews; “Murder, My Sweet“, starring Dick Powell and Claire Trevor…
In 1945, Hitchcock directed another film noir: “Spellbound”, starring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck. This movie was the first one (in Hollywood) that treated about psychoanalysis. In the next year, Hitchcock directed “Notorious“, starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman.
In this same year, 1946, was produced one of the most famous film noir: “Gilda“, which was too audacious for that time. Starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford, the main publicity of the movie was: “There never was a woman like Gilda…”. Give a look: