Irene loves films - and writes about them - Classics and Moderns - Hollywood and others, too. As long as it is connected with films - it might appear on this blog..
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This blog is actually written for those who
like films - the non-profesional viewer especially. I believe that if you do something you should enjoy it.. And maybe you'll find something here you think you might enjoy to watch - or an actor/actress you'd like to see more of..
There will be some reviews, picture posts and several series on this blog.
Somehow everything is related to films..
Errol Flynn: "My wicked, wicked ways",
David Bret: "Joan Crawford - Hollywood Matyr",
Stone Wallace: "George Raft - The Man who would be Bogart",
Paul Donnelley: "Judy Garland",
Jerry Lewis: "Dean & Me (a Love Story)",
Lee Server: "Ava Gardner - Love is Nothing",
James Cagney: "Cagney by Cagney",
Lilli Palmer: "Change Lobsters and Dance",
Harpo Marx: "Harpo speaks",
Groucho Marx: "Groucho and me",
Jeff Lenburg: "Peekaboo - the Story of Veronica Lake"
Lucille Ball: "Love, Lucy"
Alexander Walker: "Vivien - the life of Vivien Leigh"
and one or two other books.. ;")
One of the screen's best characters has to be Fran Kubelik (played wonderfully by Shirley MacLaine). Fran is an elevator girl who had an affair with a married man named Sheldrake (played against type by Fred MacMurray). Up and comer C.C Baxter (played by Jack Lemmon) at the same insurance company where Sheldrake works meets Fran and they go out on a date. Everything is great until C.C. learns about Fran's affair with his boss and then things get complicated. Fran is so gosh darned lovable you just hate to see her used by Sheldrake when you see she would be better off with C.C. She may be slightly neurotic but that's one of the things you love about her.
Now I know audiences today maay claim Fran is too submissive and vulnerable but the time period is the 60's so I won't argue the point. But I do believe seeing Fran find true unconditonal love is well worth the wait and reward. I think she is one of the most memorable characters in film ever.
Some of Irene's favourite directors (in no particular order)
Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, George Cukor, Michael Curtiz, Douglas Sirk, Ernst Lubitsch, Preston Sturges, Tim Burton, Otto Preminger, Tarsem Singh, Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, William Wyler...