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Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jun 13, 2019

Once the story of the Gold Diggers made its way to the big screen as a silent film, it was not terribly long until the story would find itself before audiences once again–this time, reimagined as a two-strip Technicolor, all-talking feature. In the greater context of Warner Bros. history, thi read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jun 11, 2019

1939 saw the release of a crop of some of the most notable films in American cinema. Among the many classics was a film called The Women (1939), which starred a powerful cast of some of the top female actresses of the day. Inspired by Clare Boothe Luce’s original 1936 play, The Opposite Sex ( read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jun 10, 2019

Overtime, fans of classic cinema have enjoyed biographical works written by the offspring of many different Hollywood stars. The latest addition to this intriguing genre comes from the perspective of Francesca Knittel Bowyer, daughter of German-America film actress, Luise Rainer. Francesca’s read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jun 8, 2019

Vanity Street (1932) is a Pre-Code film that is tougher to come by in terms of its availability and criticism. Distributed by Columbia Pictures Corporation in 1932, the film runs at just under 70 minutes in length but is brimming with drama and action throughout its brief duration. The film depicts read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jun 6, 2019

By the time Thursday rolled around, I was more than ready to enjoy my first day of TCM Film Festival. Having connected with many individuals in person for the first time and making some new friends, I was prepared for movies to be added to the merriment. First-Timers Meetup: Since this was my first read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jun 3, 2019

“Every time I get a script it’s a matter of trying to know what I could do with it. I see colors, imagery. It has to have a smell. It’s like falling in love. You can’t give a reason why.” –Paul Newman Paul Newman was a man of many talents. In addition to having a read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 28, 2019

Classic film fans can be found all over the world. Each fan has a beloved star, genre, performance, and more, that he or she holds dear. Though individuals may identify themselves as fans of classic cinema, how one becomes a devotee is worth exploring. As I read through Jennifer Churchill’s M read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 27, 2019

“Even now, I feel furious with myself because whenever there’s a camera pointed towards me, my MGM training makes me smile. I don’t like it.” –Leslie Caron The musical genre is one that is incredibly multifaceted in terms of how it tells a story. Though there are scripts and lyric read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 20, 2019

“The story of my life is about back entrances, side doors, secrets elevators and other ways of getting in and out of places so that people won’t bother me.” –Greta Garbo One of the most iconic actresses to have made the transition from silent cinema to sound films was Greta read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 13, 2019

May 16th is National Classic Movie Day and the Classic Film & TV Cafe is hosting another fabulous blogathon in honor of this fun day for classic film fans. This year, bloggers have been challenged with picking out their top five films from the 1950s. After much deliberation, here are my picks: read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 8, 2019

“Perhaps you won’t think so much longer because if being a modern husband gives you privileges, then being a modern wife gives me privileges.” –Sylvia Sidney as Joan Prentice Pre-Code films are fascinating to visit in today’s day and age. I often think of them as forwa read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 6, 2019

“I ain’t so tough.” –James Cagney as Tom Powers When reflecting upon the many gangster-focused films in classic cinema, The Public Enemy (1931) comes to mine as a quintessential film depicting a city’s criminal underworld in prohibition-era America. An all-talking Pre- read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 1, 2019

Once I made my way to the Los Angeles area again, I spent my morning doing some sightseeing at Hillside Memorial Park, Holy Cross Cemetery, and Hollywood Boulevard until it was time to check in to my Airbnb and start enjoying some pre-festival events. Excited beyond measure at attending my first-ev read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 30, 2019

“Susan’s growing pains are rapidly becoming a major disease.” —Myrna Loy as Judge Margaret Turner While Shirley Temple charmed audiences as a little girl, she also grew up on screen and carried her fine acting skills with her well into her teen roles. Though she did not rema read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 29, 2019

“Some of the young players think that all that is required of them is learning lines and speaking them when their cue comes. They stand staring at you with vacant eyes, concentrating on what they have to say, instead of listening to and concentrating on what you are saying.” –Fay read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 24, 2019

“I can be smart when it’s important, but most men don’t like it.” –Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei Lee Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) is nothing short of memorable. In addition to a lively soundrack, witty dialogue, and gorgeous costumes, it features the dynamic pairing of read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 19, 2019

“There’s nothing wrong with Ellen. It’s just that she loves too much.” –Mary Philips as Mrs. Berent In the striking and often bleak world of film noir, one will find many characteristics that repeat across the genre. While the protagonist–often a pessimistic lone read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 2, 2019

TCM is a beloved channel for classic film fans in the United States and beyond. In addition to offering classic film fans quality, commercial-free viewing, TCM is also noted for its annual Classic Film Festival held in Hollywood, California. Two milestones, in particular, are of significance this y read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Mar 25, 2019

“Hollywood, what a place it is! It is so far away from the rest of the world, so narrow. No one thinks of anything but motion pictures or talks of anything else. And, I, too, am getting like the rest. I have not read anything for a year. I do not know what is happening in the world.” &# read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Feb 25, 2019

“If you want to be a success in Hollywood, be sure and go to New York.” –Bert Lahr Bert Lahr was lucky enough to have an iconic role in one of the most beloved films of all time. While many will recall his performance as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz (1939), his experience read more
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