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As many of my readers know, I haven’t done Flashback Friday in awhile. Well, I’m happy to say that it’s back!!
I have always been a fan of Bette Davis, but while hubby was away (one of the times he was in Iraq), I was up very late and The Letter came on. The opening scene is Bette firing her gun over and over as a man tumbles down the steps.
From that moment on, I was enthralled!! I couldn’t take my eyes off the tv.
But first, a little about the movie. The film is in the film-noir, drama, mystery, and crime genres. The Letter stars Bette Davis (Leslie Crosbie) and Herbert Marshall (Robert Crosbie), along with James Stephenson (Howard Joyce – her lawyer and husband’s friend) and Freida Inescort (Dorthy Joyce). There’s also several other minor players in this movie. Some of them are quite shady and eerie!!
This movie was directed by William Wyler and released by Warner Bros. in 1940. It was nominated for 7 Oscars at the 1941 Academy Awards in including Bette Davis for Best Actress in Leading Role, Max Steiner for Best Music Original Score, and William Wyler for Best Director. Other nominations were Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (James Stephenson), Best Cinematography Black-and-White (Tony Gaudio), and Best Film Editing (Warren Low). The Letter didn’t win any Oscars, but it did win 2 awards at the 1940 New York Film Critics Circle Awards.
Here’s a brief synopsis of The Letter from IMDb….
The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense; a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing.
And here’s one from TCM….
A woman claims to have killed in self-defense, until a blackmailer turns up with incriminating evidence.
One of the most interesting parts of this film is that in the beginning, Leslie (Bette Davis) begins making lace (crocheting). She’s seen working on it throughout the movie. The representation of the lace is much like the crime that she committed. It’s a web of lies and deceit. It continues to grow. By the end of the movie, it’s this beautiful lace shawl that Leslie wears to a secret meeting. It is one of the best figurative objects in film as far as I’m concerned!!
I highly recommend that you watch this movie. You won’t be disappointed. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen it and it never gets old….or boring. The Letter has stood the test of time and is definitely a classic that’s not to be missed!!
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Today for Flashback Friday, I’m going back to a movie that TCM celebrated yesterday for it’s 60th anniversary, Singin’ in the Rain. This movie was shown again on the big screen in select theaters across the US. It was originally released 27 March 1952 in NY and 9 April 1952 in LA. At the time, it wasn’t considered to be that good of a movie.
Singin’ in the Rain had an all-star cast with Gene Kelly (Don Lockwood), Donald O’Connor (Cosmo Brown), and Debbie Reynolds (Kathy Selden). It also featured Jean Hagen (Lina Lamont) and Cyd Charisse. The film was directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelley and it was produced by Arthur Freed. The premise (from IMDb) is “a silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. “ This leads to lots of laughs….and plenty of dancing!!
Gene Kelly by far has one of the best scenes in the movie. That would be the singing/dancing scene in the rain. The fact that it’s filmed in Technicolor helps to add to many of the parts of the movie, including this one. As only Don Lockwood could sing and dance it…..
I’m singing in the rain
Just singing in the rain
What a glorious feelin’
I’m happy again
I’m laughing at clouds
So dark up above
The sun’s in my heart
And I’m ready for love
Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain
I’ve a smile on my face
I walk down the lane
With a happy refrain
Singin’ in the rain
Dancin’ in the rain
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
I’m happy again!
I’m singin’ and dancin’ in the rain!
I’m dancin’ and singin’ in the rain…
Donald O’Connor has some great lines in this film too!! He’s also an amazing dance talent himself. Cosmo Brown can “make ’em laugh” with lines like, “Short people have long faces, and long people have short faces. Big people have little humor, and little people have no humor at all. ” He also delivered some zingers to Lina.
Debbie Reynolds is spectacular through the whole movie. She’s cute and perky. Most of all, she’s right on cue with both men in the dance scenes. She’s a true pro and has such natural talent. I think this part was made for her!!
To me, this is one of the greatest musicals of all time. The elements of comedy keep it fun and entertaining. The amount of pure talent is just amazing throughout the entire film. Despite all this, I’ve also read that this is on-point enough to be a documentary to the changing times when Hollywood first went to talkies. This is a must-see movie whether your an avid classic movie fan, a musical lover, or even just someone who occasionally appreciates the oldies. This is a feel-good movie that will make you want to get up and sing and dance yourself!! Don’t be surprised if the next time it rains, you grab your umbrella and so splash around some puddles!!
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I know that I haven’t been blogging much lately. I’m just sort of taking a break from it. I have many things around the house to get caught up on and summer has just really been off to a busy start.
Things around The Schoolhouse are good. We’re working hard on finishing up Algebra I this summer. Miss K has to work on several lessons a day so that we can complete it before starting the new school year. I’m really proud of her though because she’s handling it all with a smile and good spirit. I actually think she’s enjoying just working on this one class because she can just focus on it and not have to worry about everything else.
My weight loss has hit a plateau and I’m so frustrated. Today I only lost 0.6 lb. and that’s just not enough to suit me. I’m not even back down to where I was before I gained all that water weight. That puts me at 8 lbs. to lose in order to reach my 6 month goal. At this rate, I’m surely not going to make it. I know I should just accept it and know that everyone hits a plateau, but I’m not eating much and I’m exercising every day. I’m doing what I should be and I just feel that with the surgery, I really shouldn’t hit the wall like this. I just want to keep moving ahead and I feel like I’m dead in my tracks right now. Frustrating!!
Weekends, we’ve been doing chores around the house. Every night, we go out and water the trees. We’re just hoping to get them through this long hot summer. I can’t believe what that little bit of watering has done to our water bill though. Crazy!! It’s worth it though if we can get the roots established to the little baby trees. Even so, it’s going to take years before they’re really trees. HAHA Who knows if we’ll ever really see them at their full potential!!
Tomorrow, we’re just going to grill some burgers and enjoy some family time. Not much you can do when the holiday is in the middle of the week!! It’s still going to be a good (hot) day and I know we’ll enjoy it. Lean Green really is looking forward to having a day off. He works in this heat, so any break is a welcome relief for him.
Next week, I order our curriculum for the next homeschool year and I’ll start planning for next year’s religious education class. Time to start doing all the prep work!! I like having things ready and having an idea of ahead of time for what we’ll be doing and putting stuff aside for it. For me, I can’t plan far enough ahead!! HAHA
I think that about covers it all. I’m still trying to post photos for the memes that I participate in. I really enjoy sharing my photography. It’s been so hot though that there’s not much to take pics of!! I’m hoping to go out to the Refuge soon and see if there’s anything new for me to capture. I’m also going to keep post my Flashback Friday, although there doesn’t seem to be much interest in other joining in. I have fun with it though and maybe it I keep at it, it’ll spread!!
What do you have going on??
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