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Watched it again, and again fell under its charm. The three lead actors absolutely superb. Not sure if everyone knows that Broderick Crawford played in Fellini's masterpiece Il Bidone (Swinfdle).
Yes, Born Yesterday does have a special quality and one I think of as very American: someone who won't allow themselves to be bullied and by staying true to their sense of what is just, finds themselves successful beyond their expectation.
The year 1939 was a good one for Hollywood and so was 1950. Besides "Born Yesterday",1950 saw two other great movies that are wonderfully Amerkun in the converse,demonstrating on one hand, what happens when someone abandons their integrity - becomes a manipulator by ego-stroking or, alternately,is manipulated through ego-stroking. In "Sunset Boulevard", William Holden pays the price for taking the easy road, preying on the ego of faded movie-star Gloria Swanson and Bette Davis is taken for a ride by the flattering fan worship of the delightfully devious and passive-aggressive Anne Baxter in "All about Eve".
The casts of both movies are terrific, Sunset including Eric von Stroheim as the surreptitious ego-stroker, protecting Swanson from reality and in All About Eve, George Sanders as the cynical critic. Marilyn Monroe makes her film debut in Eve as the chorus girl girlfriend of a theatrical producer. Everyone in both movies is great and Sunset especially is beautifully photographed.
If I even accidentally see more than ten minutes of another Star Bores, Harry Plopper or idiotic 2D Marvel frenzy, I shall watch "Seven Samurai", and "The Third Man" on a loop the rest of my life.
Color is simply not necessary.
as it brought A Streetcar Named Desire, The African queen and A Place In The Sun. Hollywood had a pretty good run actually....
An American in Paris
Great points, Bambi! I know both of those films very well, and we watched Eve again just a few weeks ago.
Color? What is that? I never even notice its absence - there is special magic to B&W films that immediately grabs you - or perhaps it is those familiar faces of good actors?
Anyway, as our B&W binge continues, I already dread its end, so I welcome more recommendations! :)
Other fantastic B&W, besides favorites Seven Samurai and the Third Man that I never get tired of seeing:
Dr. Strangelove: Watch out for Communists after your precious bodily fluids!
The Train: Burt Lancaster artfully beats the Nazis for art's sake!
Sanjuro: Great Samurai
Yojimbo: Greater Samurai: Clint Eastwood never did it as well
Our Man in Havana: Alec Guinness as mild mannered Havana vacuum cleaner salesman turned 007.
The Lavender Hill Mob: Alec Guinness as mild mannered bank clerk who gets Gold fever
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre: Bogart gets Gold fever,..
Dambusters: Mild mannered scientist /engineer beats the Nazis with giant billiard balls. I can never figure out why I like this so much.
The Artist (2011) Silent AND B&W - surprisingly captivating.
Young Frankenstein: I don't think is probably your taste, but for me an occasional dose of slapstick is a relief. I first saw this in Paris in 1975 called, "Frankenstein Junior" with French subtitles and that was a funny experience in itself.
As soon as I press "Post", I'll think of ten more.
PS: Very sorry to learn recently that our old friend Patrick is no longer with us.
Thank you! Most of these I know, but will check on 3 or 4.
Patrick's departure left a huge void, and the more time passes the more I feel it. He was a real, a true friend, one of the kindest people I have ever met. Generous, funny, witty, all the while suffering from painful and serious illness during his later years.
I fell in love with Ms. Holiday in that film as a kid. Excellent! Have you seen her with Jack Lemmon in " It Should Happen to you"?
"If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking till you do suck seed" - Curly Howard 1936
A smart script by Garson Kanin, on point direction by George Cukor and the solid performances of the triangle of main characters led by Judy Holliday. It's sad that Hollywood lost her at a relatively young age. Who knows what other indelible characters she might have created...
The card playing scene is one of the high point of world cinema.
She died at 44... so sad.
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