Sunday, February 5, 2012

This week on N and CF.

Happy Birthday: Mamie Van Doren!(born February 6, 1931). A actress and singer who rose to popularity as Universal Picture's version of 20th Century Fox's Marilyn Monroe. I plan on posting a BIO.

On TCM Feb. 8th: Grand Hotel (1932). Drama directed by Edmund Goulding. The screenplay by William A. Drake and Béla Balázs is based on the 1930 play of the same title by Drake, who had adapted it from the 1929 novel Menschen im Hotel by Vicki Baum. The film is the only one to have won the Academy Award for Best Picture without it or its participants being nominated in any other category. Please click Here  for movie review.

Happy Birthday: Lana Turner!(February 8, 1921 – June 29, 1995). Please click Here to learn more.

Happy Birthday: Carmen Miranda.(9 February 1909 – 5 August 1955) was a Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer, Broadway actress and Hollywood film star popular in the 1940s and 1950s. She was, by some accounts, the highest-earning woman in the United States and noted for her signature fruit hat outfit she wore in the 1943 movie The Gang's All Here. Though hailed as a talented performer, her movie roles in the United States soon became cartoonish and she grew to resent them. She is considered the precursor of Brazil's Tropicalismo. Please click Here to learn more.

Happy Birthday: Kathryn Grayson!(February 9, 1922 – February 17, 2010). Was an actress and operatic soprano singer. Please click Here to learn more.

On TCM Feb. 9th: Written on the Wind(1956). Drama film directed by Douglas Sirk. It stars Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone. Please click Here for movie review.

On TCM Feb. 10th: Portrait of Jennie (1948). Fantasy film based on the novella by Robert Nathan. The film was directed by William Dieterle and produced by David O. Selznick. It stars Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten. Please click Here for movie review.

Happy Birthday: Jack Lemmon.(February 8, 1925 – June 27, 2001) was an American actor and musician. He starred in more than 60 films including Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Mister Roberts (for which he won the 1955 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award), Days of Wine and Roses, The Great Race, Irma la Douce, The Odd Couple, Save the Tiger (for which he won the 1973 Best Actor Academy Award), The Out-of-Towners, The China Syndrome, Missing (for which he won 'Best Actor' at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival), Glengarry Glen Ross, Grumpy Old Men and Grumpier Old Men. Please click Here to learn more.

On TCM Feb. 11th: Three Days of the Condor (1975). Action thriller film produced by Stanley Schneider and directed by Sydney Pollack. The screenplay, by Lorenzo Semple Jr. and David Rayfiel, was adapted from the novel Six Days of the Condor by James Grady.

On TCM Feb. 12th. Let's Make Love (1960). A Musical comedy film made by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by George Cukor and produced by Jerry Wald from a screenplay by Norman Krasna, Hal Kanter and Arthur Miller. It starred Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand and Tony Randall.

Article of the week is written by Joel, who says: Practically every frame of every movie Alfred Hitchcock made could be blown up and hung on a museum wall. He had such a clear sense of composition that you can turn off the sound, forget the story and set your DVD player to slo-mo, letting the images parade by.*

Among the many iconic pictures that his camera has captured, the one pictured above is arguably the most sublime. Please click here to read more. Hitchcocks Most Beautiful Shot Ever.

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