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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.
Hello! Today I’m sharing with you this video of Marilyn Monroe talking to the press in 1956 about her new movie “Bus Stop” (1956), her return to 20th Century-Fox, among other things.
A special Happy Birthday to Marilyn Monroe (June 01, 1926 – August 05, 1962)!!
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring”
– Marilyn Monroe
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).
- 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.
- 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! 😉
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! ❤
See you tomorrow with a video or music… Bye bye!
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!! 🙂
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;
- “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.
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! 😉