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'Rebecca' 1940: Alfred Hitchcock Oscar Winner Returns to Brazilian Screens

'Rebecca' 1940: Joan Fontaine as the 'successor' and Judith Anderson as the creepy lesbian housekeeper, madly in love with her deceased mistress. 'Rebecca' 1940: Alfred Hitchcock Best Picture Oscar winner back on Brazilian screens Based on Daphne Du Maurier's 1938 novel, Alfred Hitchcock's first Hollywood movie, Rebecca (1940), has briefly returned to Brazilian screens in summer 2016. Since yesterday, Aug. 11, restored 2K digital copies of the Best Picture Academy Award winner starring Oscar nominees Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine are being presented in 12 Brazilian cities. Handled by the newly formed Celeste, an alternative film distribution company based in the northeastern city of Fortaleza, the screenings are scheduled to last at least one week. Among the cities showing Rebecca […]


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'Rebecca' 1940: Alfred Hitchcock Oscar Winner Returns to Brazilian Screens



Olivia de Havilland vs. Warner Bros.: Landmark Lawsuit

Olivia de Havilland in 'The Heiress.' Olivia de Havilland vs. Warner Bros. (See previous post: “Olivia de Havilland Turns 99: Warner Bros. Legal Fight Changed U.S. Labor Law.”) In 1942, Olivia de Havilland reportedly turned down the colorless leading lady role in Raoul Walsh's Gentleman Jim, which would have paired her with Errol Flynn for the ninth time. Alexis Smith was cast instead. That same year, de Havilland also said no to the Jack Benny comedy George Washington Slept Here. Ann Sheridan had to step in. And she chose to go on vacation instead of playing one of the title characters in Irving Rapper's The Gay Sisters, co-starring Barbara Stanwyck and Geraldine Fitzgerald. Nancy Coleman was de Havilland's replacement. These, […]


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Olivia de Havilland vs. Warner Bros.: Landmark Lawsuit



William Cameron Menzies Movies: Murderous Joan Fontaine & Nazi Communists

William Cameron Menzies. William Cameron Menzies movies on TCM: Murderous Joan Fontaine, deadly Nazi Communists Best known as an art director/production designer, William Cameron Menzies was a jack-of-all-trades. It seems like the only things Menzies didn't do was act and tap dance in front of the camera. He designed and/or wrote, directed, produced, etc., dozens of films – titles ranged from The Thief of Bagdad to Invaders from Mars – from the late 1910s all the way to the mid-1950s. Among Menzies' most notable efforts as an art director/production designer are: Ernst Lubitsch's first Hollywood movie, the Mary Pickford star vehicle Rosita (1923). Herbert Brenon's British-set father-son drama Sorrell and Son (1927). David O. Selznick's mammoth production of Gone with […]


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William Cameron Menzies Movies: Murderous Joan Fontaine & Nazi Communists



Nazi Trials & Martin Luther King Jr: Library of Congress' Packard Theater Movies

'Judgment at Nuremberg,' Martin Luther King Day documentaries, 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?': Library of Congress' Packard Theater January 2014 movies (image: Maximilian Schell in 'Judgment at Nuremberg') Judgment at Nuremberg, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Roger & Me, Pulp Fiction, and Ella Cinders, five National Film Registry 2013 additions will be screened at the LoC's Packard Campus Theater in January 2014. Directed by the invariably well-intentioned – at times heavy-handedly so – Stanley Kramer, Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) is a surprisingly effective dramatization of the Nazi War Trials. The generally first-rate cast includes Best Actor Academy Award winner Maximilian Schell, Best Actor nominee Spencer Tracy, Best Supporting Actor nominee Montgomery Clift (who reportedly worked for no fee), Best Supporting […]


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Nazi Trials & Martin Luther King Jr: Library of Congress' Packard Theater Movies



Joan Fontaine

Joan Fontaine today: One of the best actresses of the studio era has her 'Summer Under the Stars' day Joan Fontaine, one of the few surviving movie stars of the 1930s, is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Tuesday, August 6, 2013. I'm posting this a little late in the game: TCM has already shown six Joan Fontaine movies, including the first-rate medieval adventure Ivanhoe and the curious marital drama The Bigamist, directed by and co-starring Ida Lupino, and written by Collier Young – husband of both Fontaine and Lupino (at different times). Anyhow, TCM has quite a few more Joan Fontaine movies in store. (Image: Joan Fontaine publicity shot ca. 1950.) (See TCM's Joan Fontaine movies […]


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Movie Stars of the 1930s Still Alive: Oscar Winners Luise Rainer, Olivia de Havilland

Movie stars of the 1930s still alive include Oscar winners Olivia de Havilland and Luise Rainer (image: Best Actress Oscar winners Luise Rainer, Olivia de Havilland, Jennifer Jones, Barbra Streisand, and Meryl Streep, and other Oscar-winning actors and actresses at the 2003 Academy Awards) With the passing of Deanna Durbin this past April, as of May 7, '13, only a handful of movie stars of the 1930s remain on Planet Earth. Below is a (I believe) full list of surviving Hollywood “movie stars of the 1930s,” in addition to a handful of secondary players, chiefly those who achieved stardom in the ensuing decade. (Death dates updated as needed.) Two-time Oscar winner and London resident Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld, The […]


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Movie Stars of the 1930s Still Alive: Oscar Winners Luise Rainer, Olivia de Havilland



Alfred Hitchcock 'Rebecca' Remake

Hollywood has been running out of ideas since the time filmmakers started making movies in Hollywood. Even the first “official” feature film made in Hollywood proper, Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel's 1914 Western The Squaw Man, wasn't an original story. DeMille and Apfel's Western was based on Edwin Milton Royle's play. And prior to that, there had been movie shorts with titles such as The Squaw and the Man (1910), Cow-boy and the Squaw (1910), and The Squaw Man's Sweetheart (1912). So, no one should be too surprised that remakes, adaptations, and reboots have been Hollywood staples for decades. And here's another remake in the works: DreamWorks and Working Title Films are to revisit (or reboot, as the case […]


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Alfred Hitchcock 'Rebecca' Remake



Joan Fontaine Movies: 'Jane Eyre' & 'The Constant Nymph'

Joan Fontaine in Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion Joan Fontaine, who turned 94 last October 22, shines on Turner Classic Movies' tonight. TCM will be showing five Fontaine movies: Jane Eyre (1944), The Constant Nymph (1943), Born to Be Bad (1950), Suspicion (1941), and Ivanhoe (1952). I've yet to check out The Constant Nymph, which had been unavailable for decades until TCM presented it a few months ago. In the film, 26-year-old Fontaine plays a 14-year-old infatuated with a composer (Charles Boyer) married to her older cousin (Alexis Smith). Edmund Goulding directed. Enough members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences must have found Fontaine quite believable as a lovestruck teen, for The Constant Nymph earned her her third (and […]


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Joan Fontaine Movies: 'Jane Eyre' & 'The Constant Nymph'





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