This post was originally written for my MA Film and Literature course “Cold War Culture: Literature, Film, Theory in Cold War Europe” at the University of York (lecturer Dr. Erica Sheen). The most poignant line Marlene Dietrich has in A Foreign Affair is when she asks her American army officer lover, […]
The other day on Groupon they featured an offer to see the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra play along with CASABLANCA (1942) and I sincerely regret not jumping at this chance to give myself the best Valentine’s Day gift imaginable! As we know, CASABLANCA is on every top 100 movie list out […]
Harold S. Buquet’s WITHOUT LOVE (1945) is without doubt one of Katharine Hepburn’s most underrated films. She plays a Jamie Rowan, a scientist’s daughter who rents out part of her Washington DC home to a Pat Jamieson (Spencer Tracy), a scientist who cannot find anywhere to live and work due to the […]
One of the coolest things about Katharine Hepburn is her athleticism. She just loved standing on her head and could do so well into old age. I’ve never been able to stand on my head. One of the many ways I am not as cool as Katharine Hepburn. Alas.
Katharine Hepburn narrated the words of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt for this 1941 short film entitled “Women in Defense” and produced by the Office for Emergency Management – Film Unit. In this clip, Hepburn describes the many ways women were involved in the war effort, from a science and engineering […]
A previous post on this blog mentions the various “Great Adaptations” of films based on novels Turner Classic Movies will be featuring this month. Possibly the most quintessential American novel, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, has also been made into a number of popular films, two of which will be […]
This post is written in conjunction with the Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence and ScribeHard on Film. A full day of Gary Cooper films will air on TCM on August 26. BALL OF FIRE will be showing at 8:00 pm EST. During college, my friend Cookie and I bonded over Gary Cooper […]
1.) WOMAN OF THE YEAR (1942) (Dir. George Stevens; Writ. Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon) Sam teaches Tess baseball. She catches on fairly quickly. In Hepburn’s first ever film with Spencer Tracy, she plays high-flying political journalist Tess Harding and he is lowly sports writer Sam Craig on the same […]
Feminist personas of classic Hollywood come in many shapes and sizes. Some, like the great Katharine Hepburn, found profound new ways to represent strong women on the big screen. Others more subtly broke new ground in their private lives. There is no set way to define a feminist icon, but […]
Hollywood A-Listers, heading by Humphrey Bogart and his wife Lauren Bacall head to Washington to protest the HUAC Hollywood report. On 8 June, 1949, the House Un-American Activities Committee published a report labeling more than 300 film industry individuals Communists. Aurora of The Cinementals writes about it in her recent post.
Veit Harlan and Kristina Soderbaum At our weekly village movie night this week we watched a documentary called Harlan: In the Shadow of “Jew Suss” about Third Reich propaganda filmmaker, Veit Harlan, whose controversial film inspired a nation to persecute and murder all Jews. I had not heard of Veit Herlan before […]
The Philadelphia Story (1940) marks the turning point in Hepburn’s film career. She had decided to return home in 1938 after being labeled “box office poison” for a series of failed costume dramas at RKO. After a hurricane swept away her family’s Fenwick home, Hepburn tried to piece her life and career […]