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Book Review: ‘Marlon Brando’ by Patricia Bosworth

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Jan 17, 2021

Some years ago, I stopped in a used books sale next to a church with a friend who loves books (she works as a librarian now). As we were browsing around the books, she spotted a biography book on Marlon Brando and immediately caught my attention as she knew I was a fan of him. As it was inexpensive read more

Happy 5th Anniversary to Three Enchanting Ladies!

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Jan 14, 2021

Three Enchanting Ladies I created this blog five years ago already! Curiously enough, this is the first time I’m celebrating the anniversary of this blog. Since I publish, like, two posts a year (ok, maybe a bit more), I didn’t think it was significant to celebrate each year. However, five years read more

Short Film Review: “Stuck” (Steve Blackwood, 2020)

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Jan 10, 2021

Around a year ago, I reviewed a short entitled Meet the Author and directed by actor Steve Blackwood (Days of Our Lives, In the Light of the Moon, Beyond the Mask). The comedy taking place in a library and introducing an unpopular author was a pleasant one to watch and revealed Blackwood’s tal read more

What’s Up, San Francisco?

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Dec 12, 2020

“It’s a beautiful city Howard, isn’t it? I’d like to come here on our honeymoon.” *** That beautiful city that Eunice Burns is talking about is, indeed, one of the most inspiring places in the United States: San Francisco. It might inspire you for a honeymoon as it is t read more

The Magnificent Agnes Moorehead

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Dec 8, 2020

I was introduced to the fabulous Agnes Moorehead quite early in my exploration of classic films. It was either with Jane Eyre (Robert Stevenson, 1943) or Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941), I am not completely sure. However, I remember, at the time, I thought these two characters were pretty awful, e read more

Searching for Grace Kelly… On Television

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Nov 12, 2020

Three Enchanting Ladies Today, November 12, 2020, marks what would have been enchanting Grace Kelly’s 91st birthday. On this day, I always like to revisit some of her films as a way to pay my tribute. I also normally host The Wonderful Grace Kelly Blogathon on my main blog, The Wonderful World read more

#Noirvember: Robert Mitchum and Faith Domergue are on the run- ‘Where Danger Lives’ (John Farrow, 1950)

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Nov 9, 2020

One of my favourite things about #Noirvember is that it gives me the occasion to discover many new-to-me films during November. I indeed take to occasion to watch some noirs that I have never seen before and, therefore, expand my horizons. Of course, I’m free to watch films noirs all year, but read more

#Noirvember: Robert Siodmak Signature

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Nov 4, 2020

I’m quite excited to post my first article for #Noirvember 2020! I’ve decided to kick things off with an essay that I originally wrote for a class on film noir I attended during the last year of my bachelor degree in film studies. The work consisted of analysing the style of film noir di read more

Top of the World: Even More Film Recommendations for Halloween

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Oct 28, 2020

In 2016 and 2019, I used my blogging platform to give people ideas of films to watch during the Halloween season. I’ve decided to repeat the concept this year as I always love writing these blog posts. Plus, I’m killing two birds with one stone by making this an entry for Kristen’s read more

Book Review: ‘This Life’ by Sidney Poitier

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Oct 22, 2020

Three weeks ago, I went back to the library to return the book Jean Arthur: The Actress Nobody Knew by John Oller. I then took the opportunity to borrow another one. My choice was Sidney Poitier’s autobiography This Life which was initially published in 1980. I chose this book because, 1- Poit read more

Happy 6th Anniversary to The Wonderful World of Cinema! + Answering a few questions

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Oct 21, 2020

Already six years ago, I decided to begin a blog, and I had no idea by then that it would go so far and that I’ll still be writing it today. I remember writing my articles at the university library back in 2014 and 2015. At the time, I was doing a screenwriting certificate at the University of read more

Many Thanks to the Participants of the 120 “Screwball” Years of Jean Arthur Blogathon!

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Oct 19, 2020

It’s been a pleasure for me to celebrate, in the last few days, the wonderful actress that Jean Arthur was by hosting the 120 “Screwball” Years of Jean Arthur Blogathon! I loved reading all the entries, which showed a great variety in style and gave us many reasons to admire Jean, read more

The Unlikely Pairing of Katharine Hepburn and Bob Hope in ‘The Iron Petticoat’

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Oct 19, 2020

It’s funny because, these days, I am constantly reminded of my 2018’s trip to England for various reasons. One of them is that I recently re-watched the comedy The Iron Petticoat (Ralph Thomas, 1956), which I had seen for the first time when I was in Liverpool (so yeah, that journey was read more

Jean Arthur: Loving Portrait of a Unique Performer

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Oct 17, 2020

“I guess I became an actress because I didn’t want to be myself.” *** There was in Old Hollywood an actress named Jean Arthur whose chosen star name was a tribute to Joan of Arc and King Arthur, nothing less. She was born Gladys Georgianna Greene in Plattsburg, New York, had Norweg read more

The 120 “Screwball” Years of Jean Arthur blogathon Is Here!

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Oct 15, 2020

Are you ready to celebrate the 120th (heavenly) birthday of one of Hollywood’s best comedians and also most impressively skilled and surprising actress and human being? I name the sparkling Jean Arthur! A woman who was secretive like an American Greta Garbo but who knew how to shine on the scr read more

Eleanor Parker Was “Caged”

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Oct 9, 2020

When I was introduced to Eleanor Parker as Baroness Elsa Schraeder in The Sound of Music (Robert Wise, 1965), I didn’t immediately become a fan of her. Her character annoyed me, and, perhaps, I was too focused on Julie Andrews to take the time to focus on her performance. And this, even tho I read more

Book Review – Jean Arthur: The Actress Nobody Knew by John Oller

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Sep 29, 2020

During the past three weeks, I read a biography of the extremely secretive Jean Arthur, the “American Greta Garbo”, who lived a very private life, in view of the blogathon I’m hosting in her honour in a few weeks. I wanted to prepare myself well and wanted to do so by doing more th read more

A Mystery in Paris: ‘So Long at the Fair’ (1950)

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Sep 25, 2020

If you’ve been following this blog for a while and know my tastes well, it shouldn’t be a mystery that one of my favourite national cinemas is the one made in the UK, especially the classics from the 30s until the 60s. That is why Terence’s Rule, Britannia Blogathon that he is host read more

Announcing the 120 “Screwball” Years of Jean Arthur Blogathon!

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Sep 8, 2020

The first time I saw Jean Arthur in a film, I didn’t immediately become a fan of her. I was one of those people who was irritated by her unique voice, and my attention was overall more dragged towards Gary Cooper (the film was Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Frank Capra, 1936)). However, I have learne read more

Peter Lawford on TV: The Long Shot (Alfred Hitchcock Presents)

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Sep 7, 2020

Peter Lawford is a name people will most often associate to The Rat Pack or The Kennedys (he was married to Patricia Kennedy, JFK’s sister). Sadly, the man’s acting career was often overlooked and, along with the likes of Zsa Zsa Gabor, he was labelled “famous for being famous̶ read more
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