Summer Mar(x)athon

What better way to spend the summer than a film marathon? One of the best things about summer is having time for binge watching. Summer is the season for good vibes and fun, I can guarantee you the best of times if you decide to do a summer Mar(x)athon.

Meaning a marathon of all the Marx Brothers films. Are you up for it? Go get pen and paper because 13 films are awaiting you. Let’s get into it, the sooner, the better.

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The 4 Marx Brothers on a scene of Duck Soup

The Marx Brothers are, without a doubt, the most witty and funny family that has ever graced Hollywood, Broadway and the vaudeville theatres. They were, in fact, five brothers (from the eldest to the youngest): Leonard, Arthur, Julius, Milton and Herbert; universally known by their stage names: Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Gummo and Zeppo.

 

Chico, Harpo and Groucho starred in all the Marx Brothers films and developped their stage persona to transform themselves into icons. Zeppo appeared in the first five films, his roles were not as comedic as those of his brothers…. He gave up acting to pursue his manager career with Gummo.

Groucho took advantage of his distinctive appearance:black and white eye roll GIF horn-rimmed glasses that combined perfectly with his nose, thick brushy eyebrows and a mustache. These exaggerated features were linked to an exaggerated posture and even more extravagant gestures.

Chico based his character in a strong italian accent and  usually tried to outwit Groucho while partnering with Harpo. The latter’s style was visual, basing his comic acts in clown and mimic performances. harpo marx GIF by Maudit They both were talented musicians: Chico played the piano and Harpo played the harp in most films.

In his film appearances Zeppo was usually a cheesy and romantic character. Fan fact: to the general public he was the least memorable and less funny of the Marx brothers but offstage he was considered the funniest member of the family, as Groucho himself recalled. The manager agency that Zeppo and Gummo started in 1934 became one of the most successful talent recruitment agencies in Hollywood representing stars like Clark Gable and Lucie Ball.

You must think, behind this family success… who was the leader? Well, their mother “Minnie” was the one who encouraged them to act and became their first manager. She was the one who put them up on the vaudeville theatres and set them up as a group of musicians. How did they end up on the big screen? Apparently, during one of their performances there was a shooting on the streets, the audience exited the theatre and then re-entered. When they were all back in their seats Groucho went into an angry rant about the interruption and the audience found him hilarious. They switched from stage musicians to stage comedians and then jumped into Hollywood.

The working mechanisms of the Marx Brothers makes it impossible to point one of them as the mastermind or leader. Marx-Brothers funny They each developped their own stage persona. The films they starred-in were based on a script that had usually been written with them in mind, then they  came up with their own sketches and, for the scenes in which they all appeared in, they put into practice their brainstormed ideas. Maybe this was the secret to their success, they all knew they needed each other and never discredited their work.

A night at the opera (1935)

This is the first film without Zeppo. It is the one of the crowded cabin, the contract scene, and many more! The packed room scene was written primarly by Al Boasberg, who was not convinced about it. Boasberg actually tored it to pieces and the Marx brothers cut and pasted back the scene and reinvented it.

Duck Soup (1933) 

Widely considered a masterpiece of comedy, it is the Marx Brothers finest film. The most famous scene of this film is the mirror sequence in which Chico and Harpo dress up as Groucho and start to mimic his moves to make Groucho think he is standing in front of a mirror.

When it was first released, Duck Soup performed poorly and wasn’t really appreciated, but it has certainly aged like fine wine, and it has infinite rewatch value.

Below you will find the complete list of the Marx Brothers films. With Animal Crackers (1930) you’ll decode their essence, as it’s based on one of their first stage numbers.  Monkey Businness is the epitome of absurdity, there are no actual names in the script. A Day at the Races (1937) will show you that not even the weakest of the Marx Brothers films is boring. At The Circus (1939) incorporates Groucho’s rendition of “Lydia the Tattoed Lady”, one of his best musical performances. Room Service (1938) is the only script of a Marx Brothers’ film that wasn’t specifically created with them in mind. And don’t blink while watching Love Happy (1949) because the last of the Marx Brothers films marks the Hollywood debut of one of the greatest and most iconic stars of all time.

Of course, this is just a recommendation although you should watch all of them because living without having seen all of the Marx Brothers films is like living without coffee, like living without sun… Just think about it, what is life without fun?

Complete List of The Marx Brothers Films

With the four Marx Brothers   

Without Zeppo

 

1. The Cocoanuts (1929) 6. A Night at the Opera (1935)
2. Animal Crackers (1930) 7. A Day at the Races (1937)
3. Monkey Business (1931) 8. Room Service (1938)
4. Horse Feathers (1932) 9. At the Circus (1939)
5. Duck Soup (1933) 10. Go West (1940)
11. The Big Store (1941)
12. A Night in Casablanca (1946)
13. Love Happy (1949)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REFERENCES:

Duck Soup (1933)

A Night at the Opera (1935)

https://giphy.com/

https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2460793/every-marx-brothers-movie-ranked

http://mentalfloss.com/article/73584/10-witty-facts-about-marx-brothers

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marx_Brothers#Motion_pictures

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The soundtrack of the Oscars

You know, when we think or talk about the Oscars the so-called main categories are the ones that come to mind: Best picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director…. The thing is, there are a lot of different categories at the Oscars. And none of these categories should be underestimated. For a film to be outstanding you need a lot of elements to work together. It’s like a puzzle. You can’t make a great movie without a great script, costume-design is vital for the ambience and a good soundtrack is one of the keys to make a film unforgettable.  This year’s “Oscar post” will be dedicated to four of the greatest composers in Hollywood history: Bernard Herrmann, Henry Mancini, John Williams and Ennio Morricone. If their names don’t ring a bell, I’m sure their music will sound very familiar to you.

BERNARD HERRMANN

Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975Bernard Herrmann) was an American composer whose carreer as motion picture composer started almost when the Oscars added the category of Best Original Score back in 1934. Bernard Herrmann paired with Orson Wells to direct the life music of Well’s famous radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds and worked for him again to write his very first film score for Citizen Kane (1941). That same year, Herrmann wrote the score to All That Money Can Buy (1941). Hermann was nominated for the Academy Award of best original score for these two movies, at the same time.  He won his only Oscar, out of four nominations during his long carreer, for All that Money Can Buy.

Strangely enough, Herrmanns most memorable works as a motion picture composer were never recognized by the Oscars. Bernard Herrmann is best-known for his original scores for seven Hitchcock films. I will personally always remember Herrmann as a master of tension and terror. He was the mind behind the screeching terrifying sounds of the shower scene in Psycho (1960). In the video below you can watch this scene with and without music. Undeniably, Herrmann’s score added much terror to the scene. His piece of work fits perfectly with Hitchcock’s direction and film editing making the puzzle complete and creating tension and fear in the audience.  His last work was the original score for Scorse’s masterpiece Taxi Driver (1976) which he finished just before dying.

HENRY MANCINI

Henry Mancini (1924-1994) is considered one of the greatest composers in the history of film. Henry ManciniHe first worked as a jazz-pianist for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, then joined the Universal Pictures music department in 1952 which gained him the recognition that permited him to work as an independent composer and arrenger since 1958. Mancini found his best partner in Blake Edwards. He composed the score for 30 Blake Edwards’ films. All four Academy Awards for best original score and best song won by Mancini came from his collaborations with Blake Edwards.

Mancini arranged the song Moon River as part of his score for Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961), wrote the cute piece of The Elephant Dance for his score for  Hatari (1962), the score for Days of Wine and Roses (1962)the soundtrack of The Pink Panther (1963)…. Music is intrinsically connected to memories. For me, Mancini’s soundtrack is full of tenderness, sweetness and joy.

 

JOHN WILLIAMS

Probably one of the most beloved motion picture composers of all time. John Williams (1932) is a genius. He is the second most nominated person in the history of the Oscars with a total of 51 nominations and five wins, right after… C’mon you already know it, I wrote a post about his magic almost three years ago …

Walt Disney, that’s right!

At the very start of his carreer Williams worked as an orchestrator at film studios where he had the opportunity to work with Bernard Herrmann. Williams also worked with Henry Mancini performing on the scores for Days of Wine and Roses (1962) or Charade (1963) as a pianist. In 1971 he won his first Academy Award for his score for the film The Fiddler on the Roof.

In 1974 Steven Spielberg asked him to compose the music for his directorial debut. They teamed-up again for Spielberg’s second film Jaws (1975) with just two cords repeating themeselves continuously Williams managed to spread panic. His Jaws theme is unavoidably connected to the image of giant sharks and danger. Williams and Spielberg have collaborated countless times, Schindler’s List (1993) Jurassic Park (1993), Saving Private Ryan (1998) or War Horse (2011)… One of the most endearing, emotional and sensitive soundtracks of all time was created by Williams for Spielberg’s film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. In the video below you can see and listen to the creating process.

 

Williams is behind the most memorable scores in the history of Cinema. An expert on sequels he is the master of creating soundtracks that the whole world can recognize instantly: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Superman, Harry Potter… I don’t even have to attach the music to these films because your mind has replayed their main themes only by reading the titles… That’s the magic behind it all!

ENNIO MORRICONE

The Italian composer Ennio Morricone (1928)  is behind more than 500 scores for visual media.Ennio-Morricone His been nominated six times to the Academy Awards but he has only won once. He finally won the Oscar, in 2016, for the score of Tarantino’s Hateful Eight, at the age of 88. His win took place ten years after receiving the Academy Honorary Award. He has worked with Sergio Leone in all of his films. This means Morricone is the mind behind the Spaghetti Western themes.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Do you remeber that song you hummed when you were little and you played cowboys and indians? Yes, that’s Ennio Morricone. Morricone composed the score of  The Mission (1986) and The Untouchables (1987) both of them earning him Oscar nominations. One of his most remarkable works is the score for Cinema Paradiso (1988). For me, it’s one of the most moving and beautiful soundtrack’s he has ever created. If you are brought to tears easily, like me, I warn you, you will probably tear up by the end of the next video:

 

The soundtrack of a film is an essential element to connect with the audience. Music enhances the emotions a film is trying to provoke, it helps to increase the feelings of adventure, mistery, terror, love, happinnes, joy, longing… And most of all, it’s an element of remembrance, that helps the audience to remember certain scenes and make a film unforgattable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REFERENCES:

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Psycho (1960)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

https://giphy.com/

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002136/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

https://www.biografiasyvidas.com/biografia/h/herrmann.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Herrmann#Early_life_and_career

http://www.henrymancini.com/music/scores

https://www.biografiasyvidas.com/biografia/m/mancini_henry.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Mancini

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002354/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Williams

The “inconceivable” talent of William Goldman (remembering William Goldman 1931-2018)

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“It’s an accepted fact that all writers are crazy; even the normal ones are weird.” – William Goldman

On Friday November 16, we lost the great William Goldman, one of the best and most talented screenwriters Hollywood has ever had. Today, I wanted to remember Goldman’s “inconceivable” talent in the best way I know, by writing this post.

Films are the ensemble of many pieces but, without a good script, the puzzle wouldn’t even exist. In this post I will be honouring three marvellous screenplays, written by Goldman that gave birth to three great films and gifted the world with some of the most memorable stories and phrases in cinema’s history.

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid 1969

I’ve already wrote about this film in my post about Paul Newman a couple of years ago (it’s been more than two year ago!!!!! time flies…) but this time I am going to highlight the script behind it. And I have to say, in my humble opinion, it is one of the most important screenplays in cinema’s history. Why do I think this? Inspired by true events Goldman brought us an unforgettable film with two of the best well-known and beloved main characters of the big screen.

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Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy and Robert Redford as the Sundance Kid (1969)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid represent a pair of “heroes” that share the same fate. The bond that Paul Newman and Robert Redford shared co-starring in this film made them almost brothers. The connection they both had with the characters has also made the general public connect Paul Newman to Butch and Robert Redford to Sundance (even I find it difficult to separate them from the roles they play in this film). The impact of Goldman’s screenplay made Robert Redford create the Sundance festival to honour his character in the film. Whatsmore, Goldman won an Oscar for this screenplay that rocketed him to fame.

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Goldman accepting his Oscar for best adapted screenplay  All the President’s Men (1977)

All the President’s Men 1976

In this case, Goldman adapted All the President’s Men book into an Oscar winning screenplay. Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, the two Washingtonpost journalists that investigated the Watergate scandal, published the chronicles of this investigation in 1974. The rights for the adaptation to the big screen were bought by Robert Redford as soon as the book was published. Robert Redford immediately asked Goldman to adapt the book into a screenplay. Goldman did a wonderful job managing to keep the audience on the edge till the final scene, eventhough the Watergate case had just happened and had been on the news for years right before the film came out. The film is almost contemporary to the Watergate case, indeed they had to end it with related teletype headlines announcing Nixon’s resignation as it occured on August 9 1975, around a year after the book was published, and Goldman decided to cover the event in its screenplay with this original final scene. Goldman also incorporated the catch phrase “follow the money” in its script as it didin’t appear in the book.

The Princess Bride 1987

In 1973 Goldman wrote a book called The princess bride an amazing and adventorus story he then brought to the bigscreen in 1987 (every writers dream!). Goldman created a fantastic world with characters that instantly found a place in all of our hearts.  Goldman was also an expert in creating phrases that will live forever and are timelessly memorable. The Princess bride is full of them, I’m sure all of you can finish this phrase with me: “Hello. My name is Iñigo Montoya….”

The princess bride is a film that captivates and is enjoyed by everyone, Goldman shared with the world a story full of adventures, romance, humor and revenge a combination that has worked so well that 30 years later people still know its quotes by heart. I could go on and talk about the magnificence behind this script forever. Do you allow me to tell you a little bit more about it?

Goldman had the marvellous idea of a framing story where a grandfather narrates the main story to his grandson that interrupts it every know and then.

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Goldman managed to create a wonderful world with well-known landscapes like the cliffs of insanety, or the fire swamp; unforgettable moments like the battle of witts (screenplay of the scene in the picture) or the sword fight and characters that we’ve all heard of like Buttercup, Westley and Iñigo Montoya.  Oh and how can we forget the…. ok, ok, as you wish…. Maybe you’re right, it’s better if you go and rewatch The princess bride . And if you have never seen it go and watch it ASAP!

 

 

 

I think the secret behind Goldman’s screenplays and stories, is that he managed to make the audience connect with the characters and the narratives within a couple of minutes. William Goldman’s stories will always be remebered and his legacy will live on forever.

 

 

 

References:

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (1969)

All the President’s Men (1976)

The Princess Bride (1987)

https://filmmarvellous.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/remembering-paul-newman/

https://giphy.com/

For cinephiles and bookworms

I’m back to brighten up your summer. If you are a cinephile or a bookworm or, like me, you are both at the same time this is a list tailor-made for you. I’ve been dying to share this list with you.  It wasn’t easy to choose which film adaptations were going to make the cut. Here I give a list of my favorite films that brought books to life and, with it, I’m literally granting you with a two for one: for each film that you should watch you’ll also have a marvellous book you should read.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Wizard of Oz is based on the children’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by L. Frank Baum in 1900. Victor Fleming turned the book into one of the best films in cinema history. His directing was threatened by his full-time job directing Gone with the Wind (1939). Fleming had the great assistance of Cuckor and, together, they brought The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to life The artistry behind The Wizard of Oz (1939) is undeniable. In order to capture the essence of the book that described Kansas as a grey place and Oz as a colorful one, Fleming used black and white for the scenes set in Kansas and bright colors – see the yellow brick road and red shoes – for the scenes set in Oz.

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Follow the yellow brick road. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Both the book and the film explore the insecurities of childhood. And, of course, the beloved characters of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, Cowardly Lion, The Good witch of the North, the Wicked witch of the West and Toto have a very special place in our hearts. All of them feel like home, and you know what they say… “There’s no place like home”.

The importance of wishing upon stars and daydreaming is perfectly captured by the film, especially on the timeless scene and song performed by Judy Garland. Almost 80 years have gone by since the film was released, and the world still knows the lyrics of Over the rainbow by heart. The film won two Academy Awards for best original score and best song.

 

 

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

I’ve already talked about To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) in one of my previous posts (you can check it out here.) But Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) is one of my top 3 favorite books of all time so, here it is again. If you haven’t watched the film or read the book… This is your summer! As I already wrote about it I’m going to try to keep it short.

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One of the most important scenes in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

To Kill a Mockingbird tells a story about justice, morality, and endless life lessons. The novel won the prestigious Pulitzer price and the film won the Academy Award for Best Actor which went to Gregory Peck. Atticus Finch aka Gregory Peck soon became the heroe of a generation as the theme perfectly reflected the civil rights movement that was shaking the US at the time.  The film managed to transmit the viewers the feeling of innocence brought by witty-Scout in the book. But my absolute favorite character in both the book and the film is Boo Radley. If you want to know why… Read and watch!

 

In Cold Blood (1967)

Truman Capote wrote In Cold Blood in 1965. This work is a masterpiece of journalism. Capote and his long-time friend Harper Lee (yes! The same Harper Lee that wrote To kill a mockingbird) embarked themselves in the investigation of the murder in 1959 of a Kansas farmer, his wife, and children. A murder that shocked the US and kept its citizens on their toes.

The film and the book lead you through the complete journey from the crime to its punishment. Most strikingly both the book and the film make an indepth study of the  murderers, Perry Smith and Dick Hickok , the monsters that are entirely and terrifyingly human. The film and the book have Tarantinesque-vibes as they portray the repulsive facts in full detail, literally, in cold blood. Robert Blake as Perry Smith and Scott Willson as Hickock take their roles very siriously gripping the audience from start to finish.

The book and the film shocked me when I first encountered them, Although I highly recommend them both, I’m aware not everyone is capable to stand a bloodshell. If the trailer above doesn’t tease you enough, I’ll give a second recommendation: Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A novel also written by Truman Capote that became a classic film starring Audrey Hepburn.

 

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

As a bookworm I must confess I’ve read almost all, if not all, of Aghata Christie’s novels and, with all my respects and love to the incredible Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirrot “the Belgian, not French” fictional detective created by Christie has to be my favorite detective ever.

Aghata Christie wrote Murder on the Orient Express in 1935. As the title already unravels, a murder occurs aboard the Orient Express, it seems as the perfect crime but Hercule Poirot , is one of the passengers and he never leaves a crime unresolved. This journey on the Orient Express will make you suspect of every passenger and keep you on the edge till the final credits, or the last pages.

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The incredible  cast of Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Murder on the Orient Express (1974) may probably have the best cast of all times. It reunites the best of Hollywood’s Golden Age: Ingrid Bergman who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, Lauren Bacall, Anthony Perkins, John Guielgud, Richard Widmark,  Albert Finney as the perfect Hercule Poirot, Sean Connery, Jacqueline Bisset and Vanessa Redgrave among many others. A cast like this is a delight for the senses. It’s impossible not to love this film and the book that inspired it. If you want to know who committed the Murder on the Orient Express you’ll have to grab the book or play the film…

 

 

The Great Gatsby (1974)

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Robert Redford was the perfect Gatsby. The Great Gatsby (1974)

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the classiest of classics in 1925. The Great Gatsby paints a perfect picture of the “roaring twenties” and tells the dark and glittering love story between Gatsby and Daisy, a timeless couple with an unforgettable story that will be ingrained in your mind forever.

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Farrow and Redford as the unforgettable Daisy and Gatsby. The Great Gatsby (1974)

Gatsby and Daisy’s story is beautifully brought to life through the performances of Robert Redford and Mia Farrow making their personas completely associated to their characters.

 

It was directed by Jack Clyton and screenplayed by Francis Ford Coppola. With Sam Waterston as the perfect Nick the film is the finest adaptation of Fitzgerald’s finest novel.

 

As a cinephile and bookworm I love to dive myself into stories in which “the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true”, in which  “you can seek the truth within not without”. And so, I hope you follow my recommendations and enjoy these stories as much as I do.

 

 

Bibliography:

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz  by L. Frank Baum (1900)

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)

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In Cold Blood (1967)

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1965)

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Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Murder on the Orient Express by Aghatha Christie (1935)

The Great Gatsby (1974)

The Great Gatsby (1925)

 

Women In Film

Hey hey, back again! Today is March 8 which means it’s International Women’s Day. To celebrate, I will introduce you to some of the Women who have contributed to change the film industry. First and foremost I would like to credit the organisation Women in Film (https://womeninfilm.org/) for inspiring the title credits and for their wonderful job in protecting women in the industry and fighting for gender equality in the sector.  Now, let’s get into the life of these wonderful women that changed history.

 

 

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ALICE GUY

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Alice Guy

I bet all of you know who the Lumière brothers are, don’t you? But, have you ever heard of Alice Guy? Alice Guy was born in France in 1873. She started working as secretary in the Gaumont manufacturing and photography supply company. After being invited to the “surprise” event of the Lumière brothers she asked Gaumont if she could use the cameras to film like the Lumière brothers have done, he gave her the permission as long as she experimented in her spare time.

Alice Guy directed The Cabbage Fairy, (you can watch it here) her first film, in 1896. This was the first narrative film in history. In it, she experimented with fiction and special effects. She narrated the story of a fairy that made cabbage’s give birth to babies. Soon she began to experiment with color and sound in her films. She was the first director to make colored film. Alice Guy experimented with sound syncroning, color tinting and special effects in her films. We can say without a doubt that Alice Guy is the brilliant mother of the film industry.

 

Hattie McDaniel

In 1939 Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American in history to win an Oscar for her role as supporting actress in Gone by the wind (1939). She was not invited  to the movie premier and during the Academy Awards ceremony she was not allowed to seat with her co-stars. She’s inspiring speech after receiving the Oscar raised awarness on racial segregation while she thanked all those who believed in her work and voted her to grant her with the award.

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Hattie McDaniel will always be remembered for her marvellous work. She put her heart on her performance in Gone by the wind (1939) and for that I strongly believe she delivers the best performance of the classic film. McDaniel set the path for African American actors and actresses, and for that she will always be remembered as one of the women who made film history.

Edith Head 

Edith Head holds the record for the most female Oscar wins in history.

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Edith Head with her 8 Academy Awards

She was a costume designer. Known for the elegance and simple beauty of her designs she was able to engrace the films she worked on. Costume design is essential in filmmaking, it helps actors to get into their role, portrays the image of the characters and contributes to the scenary of a film. As a curious note for 90’s kids, Edith is said to have inspired Etna’s character in Disney’s The Incredibles. (2004)

Edith Head was the costume designer of films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Rear Window (1954), All About Eve (1950) or A Roman Holiday (1953).You can enjoy the designs of the iconic dresses of these films below:

 

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Julia Phillips

Julia Phillips was the first female producer to win an Oscar when The Sting, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford won the Academy Award for best picture in 1973.

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Julia Philipps with her Academy Award

Julia Phillips produced several well-known films like Scorses’ Taxi Driver (1976), starring Robert de Niro, that also gained a best picture Oscar nomination, or Close Encounters of the Third Phase (1977) a sci-fi classic. Julia Phillips struggled with drug-addiction and faced its consequences soon after winning her Oscar, a drug-addiction that ended her brilliant carreer by the 80’s and caused her to die from cancer in 2002 at the early age of 57.

Since Julia Phillips five other women have won the Academy Award in this category: Wendy Finerman for Forrest Gump (1994), Cathy Schulman for Crash (2004), Kathryn Begalow for The Hurt Locker (2009) which also made her the first female director to win an Oscar, Nicole Rocking for Spotlight (2016) and Adele Romanski for Moonlight (2017).

This article is a tribute to some of the women who made history in the motion-picture industry.  Women that have almost been erased from history like Alice Guy, who faced discrimination like Hattie McDaniel, who were highly recognised like Edith Head or payed a high price for their recognition like Julia Philipps. Women that have to be remembered for their legacy and that I hope will serve as inspiration to anyone who reads this.

 

 

 

REFERENCES

https://womeninfilm.org/

https://giphy.com/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0349785/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

http://www.revistavanityfair.es/actualidad/cine/articulos/biografia-de-alice-guy-blanche-directora-de-cine-pionera/23702

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/oscars-first-black-winner-accepted-774335

https://www.theguardian.com/film/gallery/2017/oct/05/think-tall-edith-head-exhibition-opens-at-bendigo-art-gallery

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2002/jan/03/news1

 

 

Oscars’ first times

You know what they say… “There’s always a first time for everything.” And the Oscars also have plenty of “first times”. To celebrate the Oscar week I would like to show you some of these “first times”.

GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)

Gone with the wind accumulates several Oscars’ first times. It is the first colored film to win the Oscar for Best Picture and the first to give an Oscar to an African American, Hattie McDaniel, who won the Oscar for best-supportig actress.

Gone with the wind is one of the most memorable films in history. It remains as one of the most nominated and awarded films. It was a blockbuster at the time and became an instant classic.

Gone with the wind has also given us some of the best well-known quotes of film history. Even if you’ve never seen it these famous quotes  will probably ring a bell:

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RITA MORENO

Rita Moreno won the Oscar as Best Supporting Actress in 1961 for her unforgettable role as Anita in the musical West Side Story. You already know of my love for musicals, West Side Story is one of my personal favorites of all time.

Rita Moreno was not only the first Latin American woman to win an Oscar but she remains as one of the only 12 artists of all time to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards: Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy.

SYDNEY POITIER

In 1964 Sydney Poitier made history when he became the first African-American to win an Oscar for Best Actor. He won this Oscar for his role in Lilies of the field.

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Sydney Poitier with his Oscar for Best Actor (1964)

Although at the time many thought his career would end that same night because of his skin color he proved them wrong and soon became a recognised actor of huge success. He starred in films like Guess who’s comig to dinner (1967) or To Sir, with love (1967).

Poitier, now 90 years old, remains as one of the most respectable actors of the film industry. In 2002, the Academy recognised his work with the Honorary Award.

 

 

These are only a few of Oscars’ first times. The most amazing thing is, that after 90 years of  Academy Awards, there are still many Oscars’ first times that have not happened yet. This year, for example, is the first year a women is nominated in the category of Best Cinematography with Rachel Morrison’s nomination for Mudbound. In a week we’ll know if she becomes the first woman to win in this category too…

 

 

 

REFERENCES

Gone with the wind (1939)

West Side Story (1961)

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https://www.essence.com/galleries/way-too-short-list-black-oscar-winners#114686

http://www.filmsite.org/bestspeeches4.html

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Classics and Chill

It’s been a long time since I last posted but I’m back with a list of films so you can enjoy a summer of Classics and Chill hahaha now getting serious this is a list of some of my favorite films that you absolutely must watch this summer.

 

TOP HAT (1935)

Top Hat is a light-hearted musical comedy directed by Mark Sandrich. If you’re a musical lover this one starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers consolidated them as the best tap dance couple of the big screen. You’ll be mesmerized by their chemistry and dance moves. Irving Berlin’s music becomes the heart and soul of this film. It’s just perfect to watch when you don’t want to think much and you just want to have a good time! Here’s a clip of one of Fred and Ginger’s dancing scenes together:

KEY LARGO (1948)

First thing to warn you about Key Largodon’t watch it if it’s the hottest day of summer. One of the things I love most about this film is its almost claustrophobic atmosphere. Most of the film takes place inside a hotel during a terrible storm in the Miami Key’s. Directed by John Huston, this film has one of the best casts you could ever imagine. With Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall it gained the Oscar for best supporting actress to the queen of gangster films Claire Trevor.

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A scene of Key Largo (1948)

If you love behind the scenes curiosities keep an eye on the boat that appears at the end of the film. Its name: Santana is the name of the boat Bogart owned in real life. And if we talked about Fred and Ginger’s chemistry in Top Hat I don’t have to tell you about the chemistry between the married-couple Bogart and Bacall their endless love is shown during every scene.

 

 

SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)

This film is a classic on the best films of all time so if you haven’t watch it yet you’re literally missing one of the best films of all time. Billy Wilder directs this masterpiece that takes you through the fall of a Hollywood actress. Gloria Swanson gives life to Norma Desmond, the fading star, in an unforgettable role.

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Gloria Swanson descending the stairs in the last scene of the film. Sunset Boulevard (1950)

The movie is full of iconic scenes such as this one where Swanson descends the stairs in the last scene of the film. It was nominated to 11 Oscars and the first and last scenes of it will haunt you forever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SEARCHERS (1956)

Because there has to be a Western in a list of Classics films I chose one of my favorite Western’s, of course starring John Waye and directed by John Ford. These two are the power couple of Westerns. In The Searchers Wayne spends the whole film searching for her niece that was kidnapped by the Indians at a young age. Westerns are always a great option and any Western that has John Ford as director and John Wayne as an actor guarantees a movie full of adventure.

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John Wayne’s back in one of the most memorable cinamatographies of the film.

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1957)

If you’re on the mood for a courtroom film you’ll love to watch Witness for the prosecution. This film based on a theatre play written by Agatha Christie will keep you on the edge from minute one! Also directed by Billy Wilder this film counts with the outstanding performances of Charles Laughton and Marlene Dietrich. If you don’t want to be fooled by the plot you better put on your monocle and make sure you don’t blink during the whole film.

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Charles Laughton in one of the most famous scenes of Witness for the prosecution (1957)

 

SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)

Definetely a must watch Some like it hot is my last recommendation for the summer.  This comedy is one of the funniest films I’ve seen in my life. The brilliant Billy Wilder (again!) dressed Jack Lemon and Toni Curtis as women and coupled them with Marilyn Monroe to produce the craziest situations you could imagine.

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Well.. Nobody’s perfect!

If you want to laugh for two hours straight and you need to brighten up your day Some like it hot is the film you have to watch. It will cheer you up and leave you with the biggest smile on your face. The last sentence of this film is probably one of the most famous quotes in cinema’s history. If you don’t know what I’m talking about don’t worry! You know what they say… Nobody’s perfect!

 

 

 

REFERENCES:

TOP HAT (1935)

KEY LARGO (1948)

SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)

THE SEARCHERS (1956)

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1957)

SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)

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