litlover12: (AH1)
Neighbor kid showed up last night in a little black dress, pearls, bun, and tiara -- when asked who she was, she replied, "Audrey Hepburn."

I almost gave her all the candy in the basket.
litlover12: (AH2)
EEP! Audrey Hepburn's Mayerling is finally available on DVD! I've been wanting this for AGES! Off to put it on my wishlist . . .

(Tumblr's got a giveaway going on, but you can't count on winning those, of course!)
litlover12: (GK1)

Swiped this from a thread at Broadway World: What are your top ten performances in a musical film?

Here are mine:

Read more... )
litlover12: (AH3)
After seeing The Lavender Hill Mob, I went on eBay and splurged on this postcard, of a behind-the-scenes moment. Not much of a splurge, really; I think it was something like 3 bucks. But it was nice to see two of my favorites -- one longtime favorite and one newer favorite -- together, even if Audrey's part was only about 20 seconds long! This was one of her very earliest roles.

alec audrey
litlover12: (Books)
Just wanted to show you all what I ordered with the gift card I won in the Book Riot contest!

Goodies below the cut . . . )
litlover12: (Classic men)
I did it -- I made my list of the top five performances by actors and top five by actresses. And let me tell you, it was not easy. (Add usual disclaimers about how there are lots of great films I haven't seen, how I may change my mind tomorrow, etc.) I appreciated all the comments on my original post -- they were enjoyable to read and helped me think things through!

So let me give you the lists, and I'll explain a little about my reasoning after that. Going from last to first in each list . . .

Below the cut )
litlover12: (ATOTC2)
I've decided I want to start watching more classic British films. A lot more. Every time I catch one on TCM or wherever (Kind Hearts and Coronets, So Long at the Fair, The Third Man, Stage Fright, Night Train to Munich, etc., etc.), seems like I end up being absolutely crazy about it. And their actors are splendid -- Alastair Sim (a.k.a. Awesome Dude), Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Dirk Bogarde, Dorothy Tutin, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway . . . I don't think I've seen one yet that I didn't like. Obviously we had some pretty magnificent stars on this side of the pond in the good old days, but it's kind of cool that there's this whole other pool of talent that I've only just begun to explore.

Plus, Audrey Hepburn had bit parts in a few British films before she hit it big over here, so it's always fun to be on the lookout for her!

I've found the BFI's list of the top 100 British films, which I plan to use as a guide of sorts. I say "of sorts" because I have no intention of following it slavishly. I won't watch animal movies, and I won't watch anything overly violent or sexual (here's looking at you, James Bond) or anything that would scare the daylights out of me (forget it, Don't Look Now), or anything that looks too boring. (I haven't made up my mind yet whether Lawrence of Arabia will make the cut. Every scene I've ever seen from it so far has bored me silly.) Plus there are films that aren't on the list that I want to see. But it looks like a pretty good place to start.

I shall keep you all posted on any particularly interesting viewing experiences -- assuming you want to be kept posted, that is! :-) And I'd be grateful for recommendations from anyone who has some!
litlover12: (AH1)
It's about time I got around to that meme I got from [livejournal.com profile] sylverwind, like, MONTHS ago. So here we go. She asked me to give my thoughts on libraries, desserts, a favorite outfit, mythical creatures, my love for classic movies, beading, and pet peeves.

Step this way for various ramblings . . . )
litlover12: (AH1)
I recently became a co-mod at [livejournal.com profile] saintehepburn, a community for Audrey Hepburn fans. We could really use some more members, so if you like Audrey, please join!
litlover12: (AH2)
There's a certain kind of old movie, many of which seem to come from the '60s -- you might almost call it a subgenre -- where everything is very bleak and intense and people are constantly yelling at each other. TCM ran two of these back-to-back last night: Splendor in the Grass and The Children's Hour. I watched little bits of them both, but couldn't make it all the way through either one. Modern blockbusters where things are constantly going BANG and BOOM and CRASH and THUD are bad enough, but yelling is just as bad, if not worse. I tried especially hard with the latter movie because it had Audrey Hepburn, but when Shirley MacLaine started shrieking like a fishwife right off the bat, I knew it was no good.

Because I generally look at this sort of thing as so much scenery-chewing, it's a marvel to me that many of these movies are so critically acclaimed. Alec Baldwin was in raptures over Splendor in the Grass before it started, going on about how this was his idea of young love and all that it entails (which, I think, explains a lot about Alec Baldwin). These people have FEELINGS and they are going to TELL YOU ABOUT THEM at the TOPS OF THEIR LUNGS, and I guess for some, that makes them and their experiences especially authentic and important.

All I can say is, give me a film where people have a little self-control and sophistication. If that's inauthentic, then I don't want to be authentic.
litlover12: (GK1)
Yes, my two favorite movies are musicals. I don't know, there's just something about people randomly breaking into song and dance (accompanied by full orchestra out of nowhere) that's really special for me!

And the winners are . . . )
litlover12: (DK1)
It's genre mashup day! Read on to see what I mean.

#16 & #15 )

Tomorrow: The Odd Couple and All about Eve.
litlover12: (AH1)
Dear Emma Thompson,

Kindly go take a long walk off a short pier. And take your stupid remake with you.

Sincerely,
Litlover12
litlover12: (AH1)
It is also Audrey Hepburn's birthday! I'm celebrating with a little help from TCM, which has been airing her movies today. Just now it was Breakfast at Tiffany's, and I'm reminded all over again what an amazing actress she was. Not just beautiful -- some people seem to think she coasted on her looks -- but really, really talented.

And what's weird is that she's known for running down her looks and her talent. Most actresses do at some point, but she was always doing it, and by all accounts she truly meant it. This astounds me. Hepburn took a role that might have been a prototype for Ally McBeal -- whom I loathe -- and made something magical out of it. The dozens of actresses who make a living today playing girls who are just too, too klutzy and quirky and cute (and annoying) have absolutely nothing on her. Looking back now with the jaded eye of someone who has suffered far too many of these ditzy portrayals, one realizes that to make a character like Holly fragile and human and appealing and totally un-annoying took ENORMOUS talent.

And to think that Truman Capote wanted Marilyn Monroe for the role. I cannot imagine what he was smoking.
litlover12: (AH1)
Today would have been Audrey Hepburn's 80th birthday. My sister and I both have a habit of remembering weird little anniversaries like this. But Audrey is my favorite actress, so it's not really that weird!

Turner Classic Movies will run an Audrey double feature this afternoon starting at 3 p.m. Eastern: Roman Holiday and My Fair Lady -- my second-favorite movie ever. (Emma Thompson, if you really go through with writing that remake, I will never speak to you again. Not that I speak to you now, but still.)

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