Big Screen Classics: The Maltese Falcon

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Due to several weeks of business trips, sickness in both houses and endless work we were seriously over due for a BFF date. Luckily TCM and Fathom Events came to the rescue with the 75th anniversary screening of The Maltese Falcon starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor. This has long been one of my favorite film noir detective movies. It’s got all the classic twists and turns of a great mystery played by an all star cast.

The Maltese Falcon (1941) – A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

I don’t want to spoil the plot for anyone who hasn’t seen it so I won’t go into details. Suffice it to say be prepared for misdirection, double crosses and lots of pithy one liners. An all around good time.

Some interesting trivia we learned regarding the film:

  • This was John Huston’s directorial debut (he was also the screenwriter).
  • Though this is the third film adaptation of the book by Dashiell Hammett it is widely considered the best.
  • Sydney Greenstreet makes his film debut playing Kasper Gutman in this movie at the age of 62. He would go on to be one of the most famous character actors in the Warner Brothers stable.
  • Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet would go on to act together in 9 films, including Casablanca and Passage to Marseille where they once again team up with Humphrey Bogart.
  • Nominated for Best Picture at the 1942 Academy Awards.

I would highly recommend catching this film in the theaters if you can. Encore showings are this Wednesday, February 24th. Get all the details on Fathom Events.

And just for fun, here we are doing our best serious, brooding, film noir faces. Clearly we need a little more practice.

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Brooklyn: Moving to America has never looked so good

Brooklyn-US-Poster-Saoirse-Ronan (1)Finally made it to the theater this week to see Brooklyn. I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming tale and beautiful love story. Saoirse Ronan (pronounced Ser-sha, like inertia, thank you Ryan Gosling) shines as a young Irish immigrant striking out on her own to find opportunities in America. It’s not hard to see why she was nominated for her second Oscar for playing this role. Add in two dreamy leading men, played by Emory Cohen and Domhnall Gleeson, and you are in for a good time.

Here is the official synopsis and trailer:

BROOKLYN tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Bonus Factor: Great supporting cast

The talented Jim Broadbent plays Father Flood, Eilis’ mentor while she is in America. Comedy relief is provided by Julie Walters, as the boardinghouse matron, and the “giddy” girls who live there with Eilis. Loved seeing my favorite character from Arrow, Emily Bett Rickards, on the big screen.

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But lets get to the good stuff, the fashion! I adored the 1950s costumes in this movie. I pretty much wanted to take home everything Eilis wore.

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Seriously, that green bathing suit is my dream. And how fun does Coney Island look?

Have you seen Brooklyn yet? Let us know what you thought in the comments.

Judy Garland’s Dorothy Dress and Other Classic Movie Costumes

In the news today it was announced that Judy Garland’s iconic blue and white gingham dress from the Wizard of Oz would be going up for auction.  How amazing would it be to own a piece of Hollywood history like that? 

That article got me thinking about my other favorite classic movie costumes.  It’s tough to narrow down but here are some of the ensembles I admire the most (in no particular order).

Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina

Working on the costumes for Sabrina started a professional and personal relationship that would span decades and countless films between Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy.  When Audrey’s character Sabrina Fairchild comes home from Paris she brings with her this stunning gown that she then wears to the Larrabee’s party giving her the chance to live out a lifelong dream. 

Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy, 1954

Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas

I absolutely adore the dress Rosemary Clooney wears in the Minstrel scene of 1954s White Christmas.  It’s a black sequin trumpet style gown with a red tulle train.  It looks amazing as she sings and dances with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.

Katherine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story

Statuesque and classically beautiful Katharine Hepburn plays socialite Tracy Lord with a cool and charming grace in this distinguished 1930s gown.

Katharine Hepburn in a full-length Adrian gown in “The Philadelphia Story,” 1940

Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind

Scarlett O’Hara was an extremely stylish southern belle but to me the most memorable outfit was the slinky and scandalous red dress she wears to Ashley Wilkes birthday party.

Ginger Rogers in Top Hat

This iconic feather dress from the 1935 film Top Hat looked stunning as Fred and Ginger twirled around the dance floor.

Ginger Rodger in “Top Hat”, 1935

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face
The entire fashion shoot featuring gowns by Givenchy is amazing but these two outfits top my list.  For years the finale wedding dress, that Audrey dances in with Frank Sinatra, was what I wanted to wear to my wedding.

Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy in Funny Face, 1957