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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Black and White Films of Great Merit and Influence That I Want To See.

Bette Davis As Saucy Margo Channing From "All About Eve".

In my personal time I’ve been exposing myself to the Classics. I love the hair raising suspense that is created in the darkness as the music accentuates at climaxes, the cigarette smoke is truly luxurious as it creeps across the screen in a ghostly fume, and all that glorious shaking that takes place between the two passionate lovers just excites me. I can’t get enough of that idiosyncratic shaking. It’s pure bliss. It’s even fun to imagine what color the clothes should be, the sets, even the make-up of certain characters. Last but not least, there are the famous quotes. I’ve made a list of black and white films that I hope to watch and gain inspiration from.
(*) What I’ve managed to see so far:
1.      “All About Eve” starring Bette Davis, and George Sanders.*
2.       “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?” Starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford*
3.      “Hush..Hush Sweet Charlotte” starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotton, and Agnes Moorehead
4.       “Strait-Jacket” starring Joan Crawford
5.      “Mildred Pierce” starring Joan Crawford
6.      Tod Browning’s “Freaks” starring real sideshow performers!*
7.      “San Francisco” starring Clark Gable and Jeanette McDonald
8.       “Some Like It Hot” starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis,  and Jack Lemmon
9.      “The Seven Year Itch” starring Marilyn Monroe, and Tom Ewell
10.  “The Red Shoes” starring Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook,  and Marius Goring
11.  “The Boy With The Green Hair” starring Dean Stockwell,  Pat O’Brien, Robert Ryan, and Barbara Hale
12.  “Rebel Without A Cause” starring  James Dean
13.   “Giant” starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson
14.  “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf” starring Elizabeth Taylor, and Richard Burton
15.  “The Picture of Dorian Gray” starring George Sanders, Angela Lansbury, Donna Reed,     Hurd Hatfield, and Peter Lawford
16.   “The Bells of St. Mary’s” starring Ingmar Bergman , and Bing Crosby

Hollywood doesn’t make actors and actresses like this anymore. Tis a shame!

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