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Waterloo Bridge ; 1940

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Actors: Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, Lucile Watson, Virginia Field, Maria Ouspenskaya
Country: U.S.A.

I adore this movie so much. Not many films can make me cry, but Waterloo Bridge has succeeded in making me cry twice. I did enjoy watching the original version of this film, but this is the one that has a special place in my heart.

What surprised me was the transformation that Myra (Leigh) went through from the beginning towards the end. I guess it’s the makeup and clothes, but something about Myra looked cheap and gaudy when she was at the Waterloo Station looking for a prospective customer. I suppose the way Myra held herself and glanced around that made me realize what her job was, but even her physical appearance gave away her profession. I can’t point out what it is because the makeup is fine and her clothes are nice, but there’s just SOMETHING that is different. I can only point it to Vivien Leigh’s fine acting that pulls the point across and makes the pretty clothes and normal makeup look cheap. It’s just like Mae Clarke’s performance in the original: it’s just something that I can’t put my finger on that makes the audience know even though the action of their profession isn’t seen.

Robert Taylor was fantastic as Roy and I loved everyone else in this film. I have no complaints about this film and I wish that more people knew about it. And boy, Vivien Leigh is as gorgeous as ever.

IMDb Link: Waterloo Bridge
Where to buy: Amazon.com

Auntie Mame ; 1958

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Director: Morton DaCosta
Actors: Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne, Fred Clark, Roger Smith
Country: U.S.A.

One of my friends told me that she wanted to be Auntie Mame. I was a bit confused since I only owned the movie and haven’t watched it yet and made a remark somewhere along the lines of, “Well, Rosalind Russell is quite beautiful and amazing…” When I got back home, I searched through all my films and decided that I must watch it to see why Auntie Mame is so amazing that someone would say that she wants to be her. After watching it, even I said, “I want to be like Auntie Mame!” She has fabulous clothes (duh, it’s Orry-Kelly after all), wit, charm, and intelligence. Not only that, she is open-minded about everything (well, except conservative bourgeois) and she has (had at one point) enough money to redecorate her house often. Although this film isn’t anything groundbreaking or spectacular, I think it’s a fun movie to watch. And who wants to give up the opportunity to see Rosalind Russell in Technicolor? She has aged so well that I was jealous.

What surprised me the most in this film was Patrick’s transformation in the middle; I thought with Auntie Mame’s influences, he would not become what Auntie Mame hated. But of course since this film is a feel good movie, all is well in the end.

This film has such lush colours that the visuals are great. Even the credits were fun to watch, which made me wonder if the late 50s had a thing for vivid colours for credits. Douglas Sirk’s Imitation of Life has gorgeous credits that have colours that can’t be described.

My final verdict: thumbs up!

IMDb Link: Auntie Mame
Where to buy: Amazon.com