Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Getting To Know: Becky.

Over the past couple of years, I feel Beck and I have become good friends.. Becky, has a passion for movies, she also loves to read, mainly classic English literature, she also loves to write on her classic movie blog, Becky loves classical music. That's why she calls herself... ClassicBecky!

Dawn: Who are your top 5 favorite classic movie actor/actresses?

Becky: Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, Laurence Olivier, Olivia de Havilland and Spencer Tracy.

Dawn: Describe why they are your favorite?

Becky: Errol Flynn, A real movie star, dazzling and charismatic obviously, but more talented than he got credit for. He brought a sense of charm and wit to his most famous dashing roles like "Adventures of Robin Hood" and "Captain Blood", and depth of talent in others, particularly The Sun Also Rises" and "Too Much Too Soon".

Bette Davis, In my opinion, the greatest American screen actress. She fought for her career, was not afraid to look unattractive if the part called for it, made her own mold rather than try to fit one, and dominated the industry in her time. Talent - well, just think "Of Human Bondage" "Jezebel", "The Letter", "The Great Lie", "Dark Victory", "Now, Voyager", "The Little Foxes" and "All About Eve".
Laurence Olivier, one of the greats. "Richard III", "Hamlet", "Pride and Prejudice", "Wuthering Heights", "Sleuth", Marathon Man", "Spartacus" - was there anything he couldn't do? He was a giant in movie and theatre.
Olivia deHavilland, Beauty did not stereotype this wonderful actress. She insisted on diversity in her roles and, like Bette, she would willingly diminish her looks or enhance them as the part called for. "Captain Blood", "Gone With the Wind", "In This Our Life", "The Old Maid", "The Snake Pit", and what I think is her best, "The Heiress.
Spencer Tracy, the consummate American actor. From the 30's to the 60's, he dominated the screen in every way, talent, humor, depth and an appeal to everyone. "Captains Courageous", "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", "Edison the Man", "Father of the Bride", "The Old Man and the Sea", "Judgment at Nuremberg," and what I consider to be his finest role, "Inherit the Wind".
5 Runners-up: James Cagney, Fred Astaire, Edward G. Robinson, Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart. (Forgive me, Dawn, I couldn't help myself.)

Dawn: Errol Flynn, with his real-life adventures, lived every man's dream of a full life and maybe found himself typecast. I also loved Bette Davis, for her performances in, crime dramas, period films and romantic comedies. Laurence Olivier, was also known to perform in a wide variety of roles on stage and screen. I will never forget his performance in, "Wuthering Heights". Olivia de Havilland, was one of the most beloved actresses of all time. Spencer Tracy, an amazing actor who performed in 74 films in his career. What movie got you hooked on classic movies?

Becky:I remember distinctly being hooked on classic movies with Errol Flynn's "Captain Blood". Like most American kids of my age, I had seen "The Wizard of Oz" once a year since I was quite little, but it was with "Captain Blood" my real conscious decision for classic movies began.

Dawn: Captain Blood, is also one of my favorite pirate movies. Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland have wonderful on screen chemistry. What is your favorite classic movie?

Becky: "The Red Shoes" with Moira Shearer and Anton Walbrook. I remember my father taking me to a downtown theatre for a revival when I was 13 years old. It has everything I love, high drama, classical music, tour-de-force over-acting, ballet, incredible cinematography - it had a profound effect on me.

Dawn: You wont believe it when I tell you I have not had the opportunity to see the film, The Red Shoes. Who are your top 5 current favorite actors /actress?

Becky: Robert Duvall ("The Great Santini", "Tender Mercies"), Meryl Streep ("Sophie's Choice", "The Devil Wears Prada"), Marisa Tomei ("My Cousin Vinny", "The Wrestler"), Gary Oldman ("Sid and Nancy", "Bram Stoker's Dracula"), and Tom Hanks ("Philadelphia", "Castaway").

Thank you, Becky for taking the time to chat with us. Please check out Becky's blog located on the side bar. :)

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