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No 77: Grace Kelly 1929-82
Born in Philadelphia, the beautiful daughter of a model and a self-made Irish-American multi-millionaire who won gold medals as an Olympic oarsman, Kelly was Hollywood's ice queen of the McCarthy era, a cold war figure of upper-middle-class Catholic rectitude. One uncle was the vaudeville star Walter Kelly, another the Pulitzer-winning playwright, George Kelly, and she determined on an acting career while at college. In the late 40s and early 50s she worked as a model and on live New York TV. She entered the movies playing a minor role in Fourteen Hours in 1951, just after the banishment of Ingrid Bergman, the Hitchcock blonde who preceded her, and she retired in 1956, the year Bergman returned in triumph.
She grew up in a world of cafe society where show people, media folk, the nouveau-riches and other conspicuous consumers mingle, and she didn't leave it when, in a carefully engineered marriage, »
Coming into the theatres in wide release with all the joie de vivre of a little boy trying to please his girlfriend and mother, Fantastic Mr. Fox is yet another trump card in the quality animated and family film derby of 2009. Like all of Wes Anderson's pictures, Fantastic Mr. Fox dances between meaningful and artificial. Often the directors detractors spend too much time on the latter, and perhaps miss the immense character detail revealed in their diorama surroundings and meticulously selected wardrobes. Of course the stop-motion technique selected to animate the film threatens to enhance the artificial, but somehow, the animators have transcended the challenge put to them to tell the story this way. This is simply the right way to do a Wes Anderson Joint (or rather French Cigarillo). Do the simple thought exercise of imagining this film as a 3D CGI or 2D cel animation affair. After »
Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra in High Society Turner Classic Movies‘ Grace Kelly series comes to a close with a screening of the actress’ last three films: Alfred Hitchcock’s comedy-adventure To Catch a Thief (1955), co-starring Cary Grant; Charles Walters‘ musical High Society (1956), a remake of The Philadelphia Story (1940) with Kelly as the woman between Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby; and Charles Vidor’s romantic drama The Swan (1956), in which Kelly has to make up her mind between plebeian Louis Jourdan or blue-blooded Alec Guinness. I wouldn’t call any of those three films a masterpiece, but both To Catch a Thief and The Swan have their own particular charms. In the former, Grace Kelly is at her most relaxed as [...] »
- Andre Soares
“You know, we’re not making a movie. We’re constructing an organ…the kind of organ that you see in the theatre. And we press this chord and now the audience laughs, we press that chord and they gasp, and we press these notes and they chuckle.” – Alfred Hitchcock to North By Northwest screenwriter Ernest Lehman.
You know the scenes. You know the music. You know every one-liner and suave expression from Cary Grant’s debonair face. There isn’t much that hasn’t already been said about North By Northwest. Easily Alfred Hitchcock’s most noted “mistaken identity” thriller and, arguably, his greatest achievement in movie making, it lives up to the hype and holds its own against any film of the like that comes out today. Fifty years after its release, it remains the crowning achievement of the Hitchcock thrillers, and it does so much »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Director Julien Temple is going to make Fake!. The film is going to tackle the story of art faker Elmyr de Hory. The book is written by notorious hoax biographer Clifford Irving.
Fake! follows an emotional triangle between the three main characters, the two fakers and Orson Welles.
"There's an element of To Catch a Thief about what they do. As becomes clear in his conversations with Welles, one of the most amazing illusions Elmyr maintained during all the years of his career as an art forger was that he was not a criminal and what he was doing was not a crime. He knew of course it was against the law but so was jaywalking or smoking a joint. What he did, unlike governments and politicians, »
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Temple has pacted with U.K. based production and finance house Film and Music Entertainment to direct "Fake!," scripted by Michael Kalesniko.
Temple is working with Kalesniko with a view to a spring shoot in Spain, France and Croatia.
"Fake!" details the complex emotional triangle between the three main protagonists, the two fakers and Orson Welles, who made his last film about de Hory.
Temple said: "There's an element of 'To Catch a Thief' about what they do. As becomes »
- By Stuart Kemp
With his non-Bond projects, Daniel Craig seems to have taken care to distance himself from the debonair spy, playing an ass-kicking Polish Jew in Defiance, or a completely blank character in the completely blank movie Invasion. But when people are clamoring to see you wear a tuxedo in foreign locations, apparently you can't resist for long. Variety reports that Craig is in talks to star in La Bonne Annee, a remake of the 1973 French heist film in which a jewel thief gets out of prison and returns to Cannes for another score. No promises that he'll definitely be wearing a tuxedo in the movie, but after To Catch A Thief, it's pretty impossible to imagine a jewel thief on the French shore who isn't rocking a Cary Grant-style suit. The movie's writer may turn out to be Joe Penhall, whose adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road is finally »
In another era, there’s no doubt that a thriller as elegant, witty, suspenseful, glamorous, and briskly entertaining as Duplicity (Universal) would have been a huge hit, a colorful diversion along the lines of Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief. But even with the considerable star wattage of Clive Owen and Julia Roberts, who have great chemistry as star-crossed pair of corporate spies, the film found no traction at the box office. Perhaps DVD will be kinder to Tony Gilroy’s confident follow-up to Michael Clayton, which shares the same concerns over executive chicanery, but manages them with a »
'Everybody wants to be Cary Grant," the iconic actor is supposed to have once joked. "Even I want to be Cary Grant."
The suave Grant (1904-1986), born Archibald Leach in England, is the subject of a rare retrospective opening tonight at the Bam Rose Cinemas with one of his earliest leading-man assignments.
- By LOU LUMENICK
Every week, Film School Rejects presents a movie that was made before you were born and tells you why you should like it. This week, Old Ass Movies presents: To Catch a Thief (1955) If there was one thing I had to work at avoiding with covering movies from before 1960, it was featuring a Hitchcock film every single week. What some might call an unhealthy obsession with the man's work, I call a totally normal need to watch one of his films every hour on the hour and make cross-country trips to check out the filming sites. However, my passion for all things Hitch aside, To Catch a Thief is probably one of his most popular films, and if not his best, it's definitely the most accessible. In the picture, Cary Grant plays John Robie - a famous cat burglar inventively nicknamed The Cat - who has to run from police when thefts baring his signature style start »
- Cole Abaius
April Showers evenings @ 11; with Dave from Victim of the Time.
Cary Grant usually sings a medley of old favourites when he's in the shower. Any requests?
Audrey looks stern, but she doesn't know what Cary's going to do yet. And Cary may look old, but there's some screwball zest in the man yet. Lest you think Hitch sucked it all out of him, but then Jimmy Stewart was the one who got mentally tortured, wasn't he? Cary just got terrorized by a plane and kissed by Grace Kelly. And Ingrid Bergman. Life is so unfair sometimes.
What were we talking about?
- How often do you go through this little ritual?
- Oh every day, the manufacturer recommends it!
- I don't believe it...
- Oh yes, it's true... Look... Wait a minute. Read the label! Look at the small print: "Wearing this suit during washing helps protect its shape. »
Growing up, I had the good fortune of seeing classic movies on the big screen. My father taught at Wesleyan University, and he would take me to many of the screenings that were part of the school film studies program. I directly attribute my own Hollywood career path to that experience, as well as the inspiration I receive from my directing heroes: Stanley Kubrick, Terry Gilliam, John Ford and Alfred Hitchcock. To Catch A Thief was not one of the Hitchcock films that I saw at Wesleyan, yet its one that always sticks in my mind when recalling movie discussions with my father. It contains one of his favorite lines in any film. Reformed jewel-thief John Robie (Cary Grant) and Frances Stevens (Grace Kelly) are having a picnic that, among other things, consists of chicken. The luscious Kelly coyly asks Grant, “Breast or thigh?” »
Paramount Pictures ends its tour of the 1950s, for now anyway, with the Centennial Collection edition of Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief. Considered a minor work for the director, it actually holds up exceptionally well through the years and the restored print for the DVD, out now, is marvelous. Being the only Hitchcock film that Paramount still has rights to, this is a welcome part of the celebration.
Hitchcock’s 1955 film, based on David Dodge’s 1952 novel, stars Cary Grant and Grace Kelly and was filmed in location in Europe. This was the first of his films shot in Paramount’s VistaVision, a process similar to Cinemascope and used to compete against television for audiences. Despite the arduous process to shoot, he went on to use it five times but the first proved challenging, not that you can tell in the finished product.
John Robie (Grant) is a »
- Robert Greenberger
DVD Review To Catch A Thief - 2-Disc Centennial Collection Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams Running Time: 1 hr 46 mins Rating: Not Rated Due out: 3/24/09 Plot: A reformed jewel thief (Grant) must find out who is behind robberies similar to his old style before he is pinned with the crimes themselves. Who's It For? Lovers of Hitchcock and Cary Grant fans - but if you're either of those, you've probably already seen this. Movie: There's nothing like a good Hitchcock film, especially with an iconic coupling like Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. The action here is exciting. It's fun, intelligent fare from a director more than capable of giving us a wonderful, twisting tour of the French Riviera. This »
Chicago – A Disney movie and two all-time classics being inducted in Paramount’s “Centennial Collection” make up this week’s version of the “DVD Round-Up,” your safety net for titles that may have slipped by your home entertainment radar.
The Round-Up, HollywoodChicago.com’s famous recurring column about lesser Blu-Ray and DVD titles that may have slipped through your fingers at the store recently, brings you three catalog titles being reissued for DVD in new two-disc editions.
“Lilo & Stitch: 2-Disc Big Wave Edition”
Photo credit: Disney Piggy-backing on the more awesome and high-profile Blu-Ray release for “Bolt,” Disney is giving fans a chance to catch up on one of their bigger titles from the early part of the decade, 2002’s “Lilo & Stitch,” now »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
DVD Playhouse—March 2009
Let The Right One In (Magnolia) An awkward 12 year-old boy, ignored by his mother and the target of bullies, finds himself drawn to his new neighbor: a girl his own age who only appears at night, and seems herself to be as lonely an outcast as he. Haunting film from Sweden is best described as The 400 Blows meets Nosferatu, and contains some of the most haunting imagery of any film in recent memory. Truly a unique and memorable work. Bonuses: Deleted scenes; Featurette; Photo and poster gallery. Widescreen. Dolby 5.1 surround.
Paramount Centennial Collection Paramount offers two more classic titles, restored, remastered and loaded with extras. Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief stars Cary Grant as a retired jewel thief trying to enjoy his sunset years on the French Riviera with a minimum of drama, until he catches the eye of a high-maintenance heiress (Grace Kelly, »
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16 items from 2009
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