“Acting’s just waiting for a custard pie. That’s all.” Katharine Hepburn

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“I often joke that he was my one and only sugar daddy!” Eva Marie Saint on Alfred Hitchcock and North by Northwest

I laughed way too hard!!

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When I got the role, I had just given birth to my daughter Laurette Hayden. So, after I lost a few pounds, Hitch began the process of transforming me into Eve Kendall. He personally oversaw all of the details of Bill Tuttle’s glamorous makeup designs and the sophisticated hairstyles of Sydney Guilaroff. But he wasn’t so crazy about MGM’s costumes for me. The studio designed a wardrobe for my character but Hitchcock didn’t like it and threw out almost everything. Then he took me to Bergdorf Goodman in New York and we selected the rest of my wardrobe right off the models. I often joke that he was my one and only sugar daddy!

Via: the.hitchcock.zone

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The Lady from Shanghai (1947): More Than Luck

magnificent film ❤

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lady“A director is someone who presides over accidents.” —Orson Welles

“You are made from nothing but this, from these contingent manifestations, from these little discontinuities.” —Jacques Lacan

See this movie before you die.

It sounds glib, doesn’t it? Appealing to your fear of the ultimate deadline to add weight to my recommendation. Certainly it would be rather difficult to see the movie afterwards.

Strange thing, though… Once I got talking to a brilliant man who was lecturing at my college, a full-time cosmologist, no less, and a part-time cinephile. He’d somehow neglected to see The Lady From Shanghai, my all-time favorite film, so I told him that he simply had to.

He emailed me a few weeks afterwards to tell me that he’d watched it: “I loved the editing, the close-ups, the movement, the characters talking over each other. There was really no part where I was not totally engaged…

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Katharine Hepburn as Woman of the Year

This is one of the best films of the 40s!!

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We’re torn when it comes to the 1942 romantic comedy Woman of the Year.

This is an early WWII comedy about a slightly rumpled sportswriter (Spencer Tracy) who meets and marries a gonna-liberate-all-women-and-save-the-world journalist (Katharine Hepburn).

After a fast and intense courtship, the two marry, then learn to adjust to each other.

Or not.

Tracy’s character loves an opinionated, high-spirited woman, but he’s woefully unprepared to live with Hepburn’s doggedness. If she’s not rescuing Greek orphans, she’s giving asylum to political refugees or interviewing world leaders. As Canadian humourist Stephen Leacock might say, Hepburn runs “madly off in all directions”.

In this film, director George Stevens uses dialogue as a frame for the more important job of defining the characters. For example, when Tracy first meets Hepburn in person, it is in the newspaper…

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The Great Villain Blogathon: Day 1 Recap

Villains are the best!!

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What an exciting first day of the Great Villain Blogathon! Today’s posts look at villainy in men and women – as well as in mysterious flocks of birds.

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A Person in the Dark looks at the “misunderstood” Mrs Iselin (Angela Lansbury) in The Manchurian Candidate.

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Caftan Woman show us how Raymond Burr throws his weight around in Pitfall.

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Moon in Gemini discusses the beautiful cinematography of The Conformist and its disturbing “protagonist” (Marcello Clerici).

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Girls Do Film examines Fatal Attraction, and the über 1980s femme fatale, Glenn Close.

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Movie Movie Blog Blog features the purely villainous Judge Claude Frollo in Disney’s underrated The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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Two Heads are Better Than One tells us why we can never trust birds again with The Birds.

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CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch scrutinizes Peggy Cummins’ hold over John Dall in Gun Crazy.

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Le Mot du Cinephiliaque analyzes the complexity of Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining.

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