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Forget Hitchcock's Vertigo: Tonight the Greatest Movie About Obsessive Desire

6 August 2013 3:51 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Joan Fontaine movies: ‘This Above All,’ ‘Letter from an Unknown Woman’ (photo: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine in ‘Suspicion’ publicity image) (See previous post: “Joan Fontaine Today.”) Also tonight on Turner Classic Movies, Joan Fontaine can be seen in today’s lone TCM premiere, the flag-waving 20th Century Fox release The Above All (1942), with Fontaine as an aristocratic (but socially conscious) English Rose named Prudence Cathaway (Fontaine was born to British parents in Japan) and Fox’s top male star, Tyrone Power, as her Awol romantic interest. This Above All was directed by Anatole Litvak, who would guide Olivia de Havilland in the major box-office hit The Snake Pit (1948), which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nod. In Max Ophüls’ darkly romantic Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948), Fontaine delivers not only what is probably the greatest performance of her career, but also one of the greatest movie performances ever. Letter from an Unknown Woman »

- Andre Soares

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Fontaine Shines in Classic Movies of the '40s

6 August 2013 3:50 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Joan Fontaine today: One of the best actresses of the studio era has her ‘Summer Under the Stars’ day Joan Fontaine, one of the few surviving stars of the 1930s, is Turner Classic Movies’ "Summer Under the Stars" star today, Tuesday, August 6, 2013. I’m posting this a little late in the game: TCM has already shown six Joan Fontaine movies, including the first-rate medieval adventure Ivanhoe and the curious marital drama The Bigamist, directed by and co-starring Ida Lupino, and written by Collier Young — husband of both Fontaine and Lupino (at different times). Anyhow, TCM has quite a few more Joan Fontaine movies in store. (Photo: Joan Fontaine publicity shot ca. 1950.) (TCM schedule: Joan Fontaine movies.) As far as I’m concerned, Joan Fontaine was one of the best actresses of the studio era. She didn’t star in nearly as many movies as sister Olivia de Havilland, perhaps because »

- Andre Soares

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Dd-Day on Friday: Don't Miss One of the Most Exuberant Performers in Movie History

1 August 2013 4:48 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Doris Day movies: TCM’s ‘Summer Under the Stars 2013′ lineup continues (photo: Doris Day in ‘Calamity Jane’ publicity shot) Doris Day, who turned 89 last April 3, is Turner Classic Movies’ 2013 “Summer Under the Stars” star on Friday, August 2. (Doris Day, by the way, still looks great. Check out "Doris Day Today.") Doris Day movies, of course, are frequently shown on TCM. Why? Well, TCM is owned by the megaconglomerate Time Warner, which also happens to own (among myriad other things) the Warner Bros. film library, which includes not only the Doris Day movies made at Warners from 1948 to 1955, but also Day’s MGM films as well (and the overwhelming majority of MGM releases up to 1986). My point: Don’t expect any Doris Day movie rarity on Friday — in fact, I don’t think such a thing exists. Doris Day is ‘Calamity Jane’ If you haven’t watched David Butler’s musical »

- Andre Soares

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Three-Time Academy Award Nominee Turns 91 Today

26 June 2013 4:07 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Eleanor Parker: Palm Springs resident turns 91 today Eleanor Parker turns 91 today. The three-time Oscar nominee (Caged, 1950; Detective Story, 1951; Interrupted Melody, 1955) and Palm Springs resident is Turner Classic Movies’ Star of the Month of June 2013. Earlier this month, TCM showed a few dozen Eleanor Parker movies, from her days at Warner Bros. in the ’40s to her later career as a top Hollywood supporting player. (Photo: Publicity shot of Eleanor Parker in An American Dream.) Missing from TCM’s movie series, however, was not only Eleanor Parker’s biggest box-office it — The Sound of Music, in which she steals the show from both Julie Andrews and the Alps — but also what according to several sources is her very first movie role: a bit part in Raoul Walsh’s They Died with Their Boots On, a 1941 Western starring Errol Flynn as a dashingly handsome and all-around-good-guy-ish General George Armstrong Custer. Olivia de Havilland »

- Andre Soares

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"Rebecca" Reboot

24 March 2013 6:26 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

"Eastern Promises" screenwriter Steven Knight has written an adaptation of the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock gothic 'mystery noir' "Rebecca", based on author Daphne DuMaurier‘s novel, for director Nikolaj Arcel.

Hitchcock's 1940 psychological thriller, winner of two Oscars, stars Laurence Olivier as the aristocratic widower 'Maxim de Winter', Joan Fontaine as his second wife, and Judith Anderson as psychotic housekeeper, 'Mrs. Danvers':

"...in 'Rebecca', the heroine (Fontaine) is a paid companion to the wealthy but obnoxious 'Edythe Van Hopper' (Florence Bates), when she meets widower 'Maximilian de Winter' (Olivier) in Monte Carlo. They fall in love, and within two weeks they are married.

"Maxim takes his new bride to 'Manderley', his country house in Cornwall, England. The housekeeper, 'Mrs. Danvers' (Judith Anderson), is domineering and cold, and is obsessed with the great beauty, intelligence and sophistication of the first 'Mrs. de Winter', aka 'Rebecca', preserving her former bedroom as a shrine. »

- Michael Stevens

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