Waterloo Bridge A War Travesty

Waterloo Bridge opens with the ending; a man in despair looking out over the bridge. As a story telling device this can be compelling and effective. For Waterloo Bridge this device pretty much spoiled the entire story for me and sort of pissed me off.

How Gary Cooper saved Hollywood.

Gary Cooper as a man embodied “honor and decency” ( Smith, The Film 100), along with an unaffected manner that made him appear strong in the face of danger. His dream to draw newspaper cartoons for a living was put on hold when he made a trip to California in 1924 and landed a role…

The Art of Manhood in Classic Hollywood

Since the beginning film has always held some responsibility to project where we are as the human race. Where we are developmentally, mentally, emotionally, societally, and aspirationally. You can look to any period in film, and see through the lens of the movie camera what society was striving for, what they thought of themselves, what…

Marilyn Monroe or Doris Day

While this may not seem to be a comparison of equal measure it was exactly the conversation that was being had on the Fox Studio set in 1962. When Somethings Gotta Give lost their lead star, Marilyn Monroe, who died unexpectedly, they were in a lurch with no leading man- who refused to make the…

Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and the downfall of the Studio System

In 1962 Fox Studios was in dire financial trouble. With Marilyn Monroe  still within her 7  film 100k contract she was working on the cheap on Something’s Gotta Give with Dean Martin and Cyd Charisse. Somethings Gotta Give was a remake of My Favorite Wife (Cary Grant and Irene Dunne ) and ultimately the story…

Icon Merle Oberon TCM Star of the Month

At the age of 21 Merle Oberon would solidify her place as a 1930’s Hollywood Glamour Girl. Her role in The Private Life of Henry the VII ( 1933) was a result of a chance meeting with British Film Producer, Alexander Korda while waiting in a tea line at the movie studio. This meeting would…

OSCAR STATS ~ 2014

Eddie Redmayne received the Best Actor Oscar in 2014 for his performance in the movie The Theory of Everything. Of the twenty Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress nominees for 2014 fourteen were from the U.S. two each from California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, one each from Arizona, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin….

OSCAR STATS ~ 2012

Daniel Day-Lewis received the Best Actor Oscar in 2012 for his spot on performance in the movie Lincoln. Of the twenty Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress nominees for 2012 fourteen were from the U.S. five were from New York, three California, one each from Pennsylvania, Texas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and one born in Italy…

OSCAR STATS ~ 2011

Meryl Streep received the Best Actress Oscar in 2011 for her performance in the movie The Iron Lady. Of the twenty Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress nominees for 2011 twelve were from the U.S. two from California, two from Oklahoma, one each from Alabama, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Montana, New Jersey, New York, and South Carolina….

OSCAR STATS ~ 2008

Kate Winslet received the 2008 Best Actress Oscar award for her performance as Hanna Schmitz in the movie The Reader. Of the twenty Oscar Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress nominees for 2008 three were from California, one from Illinois, two from New Jersey, one from Oklahoma, six from New York, one from Kentucky, one from…

OSCAR STATS ~ 2007

Marion Cotillard was the Best Actress Oscar winner for her performance as Edith Piaf in the 2007 movie ‘La Vie en Rose’. Of the twenty Oscar Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress nominees for 2007 two were from Kentucky, one Massachusetts, five from New York, two from Ohio and one from Texas. There were four from…

OSCAR STATS – 2006

Forest Whitaker received the Best Actor Oscar in 2006 for his performance in the movie ‘The Last King of Scotland’. Of the twenty Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress nominees for 2006 one was from Texas, two California, three New York, one from Pennsylvania, one New Jersey, and one from Illinois. There was one from Canada,…

OSCAR STATS ~ 2005

Philip Seymour Hoffman received the Best Actor Oscar in 2005 for his performance in the movie Capote. Of the twenty Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress nominees for 2005 fifteen were born in the U.S. three from New York, two from Illinois, two from California, one from Connecticut, one from Florida, one Kentucky, one Louisiana, one…

OSCAR STATS ~ 2004

While researching my 2015 Oscar Stats Post I decided to go back through the last eleven years of Best Actor/Supporting Actor, Best Actress/Supporting Actress lists for the Academy Awards and for SAG Awards (Screen Actors Guild) to see whose names were on the nominations lists and what Country or State they were from. Names that…

OSCAR STATS ~ 2015

Contrary to popular belief the Oscars consist of more than: five nominations each for Best Actor/Actress, and five nominations each for Best supporting Actor/Actress. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a Multi-National entity. There are twenty-four categories and NOT counting the twenty people nominated for: Best Actor/Actress or Best Supporting Actor/Actress there…

The Jungle Book

No matter which Jungle Book you love best…there’s a good chance you love at least one of them. Its never been more appropriate than in the Chinese Year of the Monkey to bring back the first of two upcoming versions of our favorite Rudyard Kipling story. Disney’s live action Jungle Book for 2016 will be followed…

The Thin Man ~ New Year’s Eve

What better way to end this noirish year than sitting back on New Year’s Eve and enjoying two of our favorite Dashiell Hammett characters Nick and Nora Charles. When ‘The Thin Man’ was made in 1934 Noir films hadn’t yet been labeled. However the James Wong Howe photography, the angles, shadows, lighting set the tone…

Christmas

Merry Christmas from Classic Hollywood Project!

When the King Met the Voice

As part of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday celebration, TCM has included several television specials in their Wednesday Sinatra-centric programming. This Wednesday, December 16, the 1973 special Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back airs at 8:00pm EST. However, one TV special that was not included in the December programming is The Frank Sinatra Timex Special, which was…

Lady on a Train

Nothing says Christmas to me more this year than the Deanna Durbin Christmas Noir movie Lady on a Train, directed in 1945 by French Director Charles David, Durbin’s future husband: December 21, 1950. The original story Lady on a Train was by Leslie Charteris author of ‘The Saint’ series of books. Lady on a Train…

Greed ~ Tis the Season

Ninety-seven year old Silent Film star ‘Baby Peggy’ Diana Serra Cary is in dire straits. The Silent Film Community has sent out a rallying ‘call for action’ to help this former pioneer of the Motion Picture business. The healthy but frail Ms. Carey has attempted for months to receive modest in-home non-medical care from the:…

Classic Hollywood Black Friday

While the whole of America starts shopping at 4pm on Thanksgiving Day, us lovers of Classic Hollywood forego the black Friday shopping craze and dive right into Christmas Movies. Thankfully since time moves forward.. the word “classic” starts to encompass more and more movies. Our classic hollywood holiday movie list includes everything up to the year…

James Bond through the years

Bond. James Bond In classic hollywood spirit I indulged in some James Bond Spectre this weekend. Even through the Daniel Craig films, which are said to be the closest representation of Ian Fleming’s true character, it’s the classic hollywood themes I see repeating that I respect most. You can still find the classic James Bond song…

Hedy Lamarr

HAPPY 101st BIRTHDAY! Picture from Come Live with Me ( Hedy Lamarr & Jimmy Stewart)

David Niven ~ Star of the Month

I’ve come to the conclusion that David Niven was a rich man; rich in friends, rich in talent, rich in words that describe a bygone era that we will never see again. David Niven experienced the spectrum of Classic Hollywood first doing extra work for various studios, supplementing his income as crew on deep sea…

James Dean ~ Young Rebel

Sixty years ago today the world was shocked at the tragic death in a car accident of 24 year old actor James Dean. Sadly we only have three movies to turn to when needing a James Dean fix. If you want new material to study Dean’s acting style and early television in the 1950’s I…

JAMES DEAN

Kudo’s to TCM for premiering some historic rare live Television appearances of one of Hollywood’s 1950’s classic icon’s: James Dean on September 25th . September 30th will be the 60th Anniversary of Dean’s death. He first appeared opposite Natalie Wood in the General Electric Theater presentation of ‘I’m a Fool’ November 14, 1954. March 30th…