Monday, February 16, 2009

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RE: Monday Movies, Blow-Up, Double Indemnity, Some Like it Hot !

In Cold Blood Award-Winning Film Adaptations

In Cold Blood is a 1967 film based on Truman Capote's book of the same name. The film stars Robert Blake as Perry Smith, Scott Wilson as Richard "Dick" Hickock, and John Forsythe as Alvin Dewey. Although the film is in parts faithful to the book, Brooks created a fictional character, "The Reporter" (played by Paul Stewart).

This was also the first commercially released film in the US to use the word 'shit'. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards: Director, Original Score, Cinematography and Adapted Screenplay.

Capote is a 2005 biographical film about Truman Capote on a writing assignment for The New Yorker. Philip Seymour Hoffman won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his critically acclaimed portrayal of the title role. The film follows the events during the writing of Capote's non-fiction book In Cold Blood. The movie itself was based on the biography called Capote by Gerald Clarke.

In Cold Blood: A Legacy, in Photos April 3, 2005...
A few photo captions...

photo of a painting of Jesus that killer Perry Smith made while in the Kansas State Penitentiary at Lansing.

Among evidence still at the Finney County Sheriff's office in Garden City is a boot worn by killer Perry Smith.

Truman Capote's photo hangs in the lobby of the Wheat Lands motel in Garden City, Kan.

Nancy Ewalt was one of two close friends who discovered Nancy Clutter's body Sunday morning, Nov. 15, 1959.

Prison guards accompany Perry Smith, at left in suit coat, and Richard Hickock, right, as they head to the federal courthouse in Topeka to make their last appeal.

Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent Alvin Dewey Jr. didn't smile often during the stressful investigation of the Clutter family murders. He did, though, just after New Year's Day, 1960, when he told journalists about the capture of the two killers, Perry Smith and Richard Hickock.

[SPOILER] Angels with Dirty Faces | Is Rocky Coward or Hero?

Angels with Dirty Faces James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, the Dead End Kids and Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan
Jerry visits Rocky just before his execution and asks him to do him one last favor - to die pretending to be a screaming, snivelling coward, which would end the boys' idolization of him. Rocky refuses, and insists he will be "tough" to the end, and not give up the one thing he has left, his pride. At the very last moment he appears to change his mind and has to be dragged to the electric chair. The viewer is never told whether Rocky genuinely was afraid, a "rotten sniveling coward," or if he does it for the Father and the boys.

What's your interpretation? Comment or reply @TCManiacs.

Blowup's Nudity Challenges Code

Blowup (as shown in the screen credits, also often rendered as Blow-Up on promotional and packaging materials) is a 1966 British-Italian art film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and was that director's first English language film. It tells the story of a photographer's involvement with a murder case. The film was inspired by the short story "Las Babas del Diablo" ("The Droolings of the Devil") by Argentinian writer Julio Cortázar, and by the work, habits, and mannerisms of Swinging London photographer David Bailey. The film was scored by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, although the music is diegetic as it is played on a record by the main character. Nominated for several awards at the Cannes Film Festival, Blowup won the Grand Prix.Blowup stars David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle, and Jane Birkin.

Blowup was controversial as the first British film to feature full frontal female nudity (although this is sometimes noted as having happened in the slightly later if....). MGM did not gain approval for the film under the MPAA Production Code in the United States. The code's collapse and thorough revision was foreshadowed when MGM released the film through a subsidiary distributor and Blowup was shown widely in North American cinemas.

Remember the Gap commercial with Audrey Hepburn?

Remember the Gap commercial with Audrey Hepburn? The original is coming up now! #funnygirl #tcm

In the fall of 2006, clothing retailer The Gap used footage from Funny Face in its commercials for its Skinny Black Pant. In the commercials, Hepburn's dance number is paired with the song "Back in Black" by AC/DC.

In 1990, pop diva Whitney Houston used Hepburn's character from Funny Face as a tribute to Hollywood's Golden Age in her video I'm Your Baby Tonight (C) 1990 Arista Records, Inc.

A new Silkstone Barbie designed to look like Jo Stockton. It was only available to 2008 Barbie conventioneers.

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