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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



'Nicholas and Alexandra' Movie Review: Lavish 1971 Political Epic Too Old-Fashioned

'Nicholas and Alexandra' 1971 movie with Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman. 'Nicholas and Alexandra' movie review: Opulent 1971 spectacle lacks emotional core Nicholas and Alexandra is surely one of the most sumptuous film productions ever made. Production designer John Box's elaborate sets, Yvonne Blake's equally elaborate costumes, Richard Rodney Bennett's lush musical score, and frequent David Lean collaborator Freddie Young's richly textured cinematography provide the perfect period atmosphere for this historical epic. Missing, however, is a screenplay that offers dialogue instead of speeches, and a directorial hand that brings out emotional truth instead of soapy melodrama. Nicholas and Alexandra begins when, after several unsuccessful attempts, Tsar Nicholas II (Michael Jayston) finally becomes the father of a boy. Shortly thereafter, he […]


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'Nicholas and Alexandra' Movie Review: Lavish 1971 Political Epic Too Old-Fashioned



'Henry V' Movie (1944) Actress Renée Asherson Dead at 99: 'The Others' Blind Medium

Renée Asherson in 'Henry' (1944), with Laurence Olivier. 'Henry V' movie (1944) actress Renée Asherson dead at 99: Laurence Olivier leading lady in acclaimed Shakespearean classic Renée Asherson, a British stage actress featured in London productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Three Sisters, but best known internationally as Laurence Olivier's leading lady in the 1944 film version of Henry V, died on Oct. 30, '14, in the London district of Primrose Hill. Asherson was 99 years old. The exact cause of death hasn't been specified. She was born Dorothy Renée Ascherson (she would drop the “c” some time after becoming an actress) on May 19, 1915, in Kensington, London, to Jewish parents: businessman Charles Ascherson and his second wife, […]


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'Henry V' Movie (1944) Actress Renée Asherson Dead at 99: 'The Others' Blind Medium



Vivien Leigh Biography Among Centenary Celebrations

Vivien Leigh biography, movies, and photo exhibit among centenary celebrations (image: Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier as Emma Hamilton and Lord Nelson in 'That Hamilton Woman') [See previous post: “Vivien Leigh Turns 100: Centenary of One of the Greatest Movie Stars.”] From November 30, 2013, to July 20, 2014, London's National Portrait Gallery will be hosting a Vivien Leigh photo exhibit, tracing her life and career. The exhibit will be a joint celebration of both Leigh's centenary and the 75th anniversary of Gone with the Wind. (Scroll down to check out a classy Vivien Leigh video homage. See also: “'Gone with the Wind' article.”) Additionally, the British Film Institute is hosting a lengthy Vivien Leigh and Gone with the Wind […]


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Vivien Leigh Biography Among Centenary Celebrations



Vivien Leigh Turns 100: Centenary of One of the Greatest Movie Stars

Vivien Leigh: Legendary 'Gone with the Wind' and 'A Streetcar Named Desire' star would have turned 100 today Vivien Leigh was perhaps the greatest film star that hardly ever was. What I mean is that following her starring role in the 1939 Civil War blockbuster Gone with the Wind, Leigh was featured in a mere eight* movies over the course of the next 25 years. The theater world's gain – she was kept busy on the London stage – was the film world's loss. But even if Leigh had starred in only two movies – Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire – that would have been enough to make her a screen legend; one who would have […]


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Vivien Leigh Turns 100: Centenary of One of the Greatest Movie Stars



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



Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier: 'My Week with Marilyn'

Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier, My Week with Marilyn Once upon a time, Kenneth Branagh was hailed as the new Laurence Olivier. Back in early 1990, Branagh was nominated for two Academy Awards for directing and starring in Henry V, an adaptation of William Shakespeare's play that back in early 1947 had earned Olivier a Best Actor nomination and an Honorary Award for “his outstanding achievement as actor, producer and director in bringing Henry V to the screen.” More Olivier comparisons followed as Branagh went on to tackle Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Othello (1995), and Hamlet (1996). The latter two had served as prestigious Olivier vehicles: Best Picture Oscar winner Hamlet (1948) earned Olivier a Best Actor Oscar and […]


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Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier: 'My Week with Marilyn'



Jean Simmons on TCM: HAMLET, TRIO, SO LONG AT THE FAIR

Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Hamlet Star of the Month Jean Simmons is back on Turner Classic Movies this Tuesday evening, with five more films. Like last week, these are all from Simmons' British period: Trio, featuring three stories by W. Somerset Maugham; the thriller So Long at the Fair; Adam and Evelyne, which paired Simmons with future husband Stewart Granger; Laurence Olivier's Best Picture Oscar winner Hamlet; and Gabriel Pascal's film version of George Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra. In Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) Simmons has what amounts to a bit part as a harp player. Claude Rains and Vivien Leigh are the capable stars, while Stewart Granger has an important supporting role. Leigh reportedly wanted to play Ophelia in […]


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Jean Simmons on TCM: HAMLET, TRIO, SO LONG AT THE FAIR





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'Nicholas and Alexandra' Movie Review: Lavish 1971 Political Epic Too Old-Fashioned
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Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier: 'My Week with Marilyn'
Alfred Hitchcock 'Rebecca' Remake
Vivien Leigh Turns 100: Centenary of One of the Greatest Movie Stars
Vivien Leigh Biography Among Centenary Celebrations
'Henry V' Movie (1944) Actress Renée Asherson Dead at 99: 'The Others' Blind Medium
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