Saturday, February 14, 2009

"Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!"

The King and I is a 1956 musical film made by 20th Century Fox, directed by Walter Lang and produced by Charles Brackett and Darryl F. Zanuck. The screenplay by Ernest Lehman is based on the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical The King and I, based in turn on the book Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon. The plot comes from the story written by Anna Leonowens, who became school teacher to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s. Leonowens' story was autobiographical, although its objective accuracy is questioned.

The film stars Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr with Rita Moreno, Terry Saunders, Martin Benson, Rex Thompson, Patrick Adiarte, Alan Mowbray and Geoffrey Toone. The cinematography was by Leon Shamroy, the art direction by John DeCuir and Lyle R. Wheeler and the costume design by Irene Sharaff.

Academy Awards

The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won five.



Brynner was one of seven actors to win the Tony and the Oscar for the same role.

I Whistle a Happy Tune - Anna and Louis

Getting to Know You - Anna, Wives, and Children

Shall We Dance? - Anna and King

Remember Love is a Many splendored Thing TV series?

RT @TCManiac: Remember Love is a Many splendored Thing TV series? 30 minutes ago from web

Love is a Many Splendored Thing is an American daytime soap opera which aired on CBS from Monday, September 18, 1967 to Friday, March 23, 1973.

The serial was a spin off from the original 1955 20th Century Fox movie [1], though the title of the daytime drama omitted the hyphen used in the movie's title.

Love is a Many Splendored Thing focused on lives and loves in San Francisco, California. The opening sequence of the show, in fact, was the title of the show superimposed over a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge, with a slightly reworked rendition of the movie's signature hit theme. In a rare move for daytime serials of that era, live shots of junk boats from Hong Kong were interspersed with pictures of the real San Francisco, set to an orchestral version of the signature theme from the movie.

I'm so proud I found this archival footage.

More info...

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The Continental

Oscar-winning "Continental", from "The Gay Divorcee".

I love you, it scares me... A Place in the Sun

A Place in the Sun is a 1951 American drama film based on the novel An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser and the play of the same name adapted from it by Patrick Kearney. It tells the story of a working class young man who is entangled with two women, one who works in his wealthy uncle's factory and the other a beautiful socialite. The film was directed by George Stevens from a screenplay by Harry Brown and Michael Wilson, and stars Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere, and Raymond Burr.

The film was a critical and popular success, winning six Academy Awards. In 1991, A Place in the Sun was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

A Place in the Sun by George Stevens (1951)
Montgomery Clift(George Eastman)& Elizabeth Taylor(Angela Vickers)

Madame Bovary film structured around Gustave Flaubert's obscenity trial

Madame Bovary is a 1949 film adaptation of the classic novel by Gustave Flaubert. A plot device which structured the story around author Gustave Flaubert's obscenity trial was developed to placate the censors.

Minelli's clever film adaptation uses Flauberts defense of scandalous novel to frame plot in screenplay. Were these words actually spoken during trial or written in novel by the author?

Madame Bovary the novel by Gustave Flaubert is now seen as a prime example of Realism, a fact which contributed to the trial for obscenity (which was a politically-motivated attack by the government on the liberal newspaper in which it was being serialized, La Revue de Paris). Flaubert, as the author of the story, does not comment directly on the moral character of Emma Bovary and abstains from explicitly condemning her adultery. This decision caused some to accuse Flaubert of glorifying adultery and creating a scandal.

Searchable online version of Novel ( English )

RT @norisaxnouvelle: Is it a crime to want things to be beautiful? (Madame Bovary)

Exodus the Real Ship

Exodus 1947 after British takeover (note damage to makeshift barricades). Banner says: "Haganah Ship Exodus 1947".

In 1958, the book Exodus by Leon Uris, based partly on the story of the ship, was published, though the ship Exodus in the book is not the same but a smaller one and the "real" Exodus has been renamed.

In 1960, the film Exodus directed by Otto Preminger and starring Paul Newman, based on the above novel, was released.

Quote Worth Retweeting: Sophie's Choice


@pisceanii: We go down there and live...for awhile. -Sophie, Sophie's Choice.
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