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“Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s”

– Billy Wilder

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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!! 🙂

Comedy In The 50’s

Hi dears!! I’m returning to the posts about the movies of each genre. Now it will be about the 50’s movies, in special, in these two genres: Comedy and Drama.

Today I will dedicate only to the Comedies, especially the Romantic ones, which I believe that is one of the favorite genres about the 50’s and about the American cinema in general…

To start, how we can talk about the 50’s comedies without remember the most known icon Marilyn Monroe? She initiated her carreer in the 40’s end, but was in the 50’s that she stood out, entering on pop culture’s history and keeping herself loved until today. Among the movies she acted in the 50’s are:

  • Gentleman Prefer Blondes”, also starring Jane Russell; and “How to Marry a Millionaire”, starring Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall (both movies of 1953);
  • The Seven Year Itch” (1955): directed by Billy Wilder, it’s considered one of the greatest comedies of all time in the cinema and it’s in this movie that happens the famous scene where Marilyn’s dress is raised in the street by the subway. Also by this movie, Marilyn is consolidated as the greatest sex symbol in that period;
The Seven Year Itch (1955)

The Seven Year Itch (1955)

  • Some Like It Hot”, also directed by Billy Wilder, and starring Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon (1959): this movie won the Academy Awards (1960) in the category “Best Costume – Black and White”; and the Golden Globe Awards (1960) in the categories “Best Movie – Comedy/Musical”, “Best Actor – Comedy/Musical” (Jack Lemmon) and “Best Actress – Comedy/Musical” (Marilyn Monroe).

 

– About the movie “Gentleman Prefer Blondes” give a look on the famous scene where Monroe sings “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend“, which has inspired several artists over time, as Madonna in her musical video “Material Girl” (1985) and Nicole Kidman in the movie “Moulin Rouge” (2001):

Another actress who stood out in the Romantic comedies in 50’s was Audrey Hepburn, but in the contrary side of Monroe, she acted in more behaved roles. Her first big movie was “Roman Holiday” (1953 – also starring Gregory Peck), which won the Academy Awards (1954) in the categories “Best Actress” (Audrey), “Best Costume – Black and White” and “Best Original Story”; and the Golden Globe Awards (1954), the BAFTA (1954 – UK) and the NYFCC Award (1953) in the category “Best Actress” (Audrey Hepburn). See the trailer:

Other Romantic comedies with Miss Hepburn in the 50’s:

  • Sabrina” (1954), directed by Billy Wilder and also starring Humphrey Bogart and William Holden;
  • Funny Face” (1957), directed by Stanley Donen and also starring Fred Astaire;
  • Love In The Afternoon” (1957), directed by Billy Wilder and also starring Gary Cooper.
Sabrina

Sabrina

Funny Face (scene)

Funny Face (scene)

I believe these two movies with Doris Day are also adorable: “Teacher’s Pet” (1958), also starring Clark Gable, and “Pillow Talk” (1959), also starring Rock Hudson.

 

 

Some movies that you also may like:

  • Born Yesterday“, starring Judy Holliday and William Holden, and “Harvey“, starring James Stewart (both of 1950);
  • Monkey Business“, starring Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers, also with Marilyn Monroe; “Pat and Mike“, starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy (both of 1952);
  • The Barefoot Contessa” (1954), starring Ava Gardner and Humphrey Bogart, this movie is a co-production between USA and Italy;
  • The Court Jester” (1956), starring Danny Kaye;
  • Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?” (1957), starring Jayne Mansfield and Tony Randall.

So I hope you enjoy these fabulous comedies and see you soon with some dramas in the next post! 😉

The Films Noirs In The 40’s

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…

Films Noirs 1944

Films Noirs 1944

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: