Favourite quotes in old Hollywood movies (2) (Film noir movies)

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Marion Parsonnet and Ben Hecht : Gilda’s screenwriters Anthony Veiller : the killers’ screenwriter Billy wilder, Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain : Double indemnity’ screenwriters Sources : IMDB and Pinterest

The magnificent Carole Lombard

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Photo of Carole Lombard by Otto Dyar, photo of the Galeries Lafayette in Berlin and Ilgiz Fazulzyanov earrings (art deco inspired). Carole Lombard was a famous actress who often played in screwball comedy movies (Launched in the mid-1930s, screwball comedies … Continue reading

Favourite 1930s movies

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My top 5 : You can’t take it with you, Easy living, It happened one night, Mr Deeds goes to town and Holiday. “M” directed by Fritz Lang in 1931 and starring Peter Lorre. “When the police in a German … Continue reading

Favourite 1940s movies

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My top 5 : The ghost and Mrs Muir, The Lady from Shanghai, Rebecca, Le corbeau and Heaven can wait. “Rebecca” directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940 and starring Joan Fontaine, George Sanders and Judith Anderson. “A self-conscious bride (Joan … Continue reading

Favourite music scenes in old French movies

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“Happy birthday to you” sung by Lino Ventura in the French cult comedy “Les tontons flingueurs” directed by Georges Lautner : Louis de Funès and Bourvil sing “Tea for two” in the turkish baths in the great French movie “La … Continue reading

The Old Hollywood photographer Robert Coburn

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Robert Coburn (1900-1990) was a Hollywood photographer who captured the most famous movie stars from the  1930s to 1960s (Rita Hayworth, Gene Tierney, Kim Novak, Cary Grant, Gary Cooper…). For 20 years, he had worked for Columbia studio. He particulary … Continue reading

Rita Hayworth, the dancer

Born Margarita Carmen Cansino, Rita Hayworth was a dancer with her father before acting. She was a very talented dancer ; she used this talent in many movies. She performed with the two best dancer actors : Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. She was the favourite dance partner of Fred Astaire. Both graceful and energetic, watching her performances is always an enchantment.

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Favourite Films Noirs

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The term of “Film Noir” (literally “black film”) was invented by French film critics after the World War II, in 1946. The first critic who used this term was the French film critic Nino Frank. This kind of movie can … Continue reading

The Old Hollywood costume designer Jean Louis

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The French Jean Louis Berthault (1907-1997) called “Jean Louis” was a Hollywood costume designer who dressed many movie stars but particulary the fabulous Rita Hayworth. The strapless black gown he had done for Rita Hayworth in “Gilda” marked cinema history. … Continue reading

Favourite screwball comedy movies

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Launched in the mid-1930s, screwball comedies were characterized by “satire of American society, romantic conflicts , battles of the sexes, sight gags, sarcasm, plot twists, verbal duels and witty dialogues”.

Favourite 1960s movies

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My top 5 : Splendor in the grass, Charade, Les tontons flingueurs, La grande vadrouille and West side story. “Charade” directed by Stanley Donen and starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. “A woman (Audrey Hepburn) is pursued by several men … Continue reading