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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

Many Thanks to the Participants of the 5th Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon!

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Aug 30, 2020

I hadn’t hosted a blogathon since the 5th Wonderful Grace Kelly Blogathon back in November. And I have to say; it was a pleasure to be back hosting one, especially since I didn’t have the chance to host the Ingrid Bergman Blogathon last year. As you know, the event started on August 27 a read more

Sweden Meets Britain: Ingrid Bergman On Stage with Kenneth Williams

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Aug 27, 2020

Three Enchanting Ladies Seven months later, I’m back on Three Enchanting Ladies (I really must try to write more on this blog). It is a quite special occasion since it’s for the 5th Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon that I’m hosting on my main blog The Wonderful World of Cinema. Not only it read more

The 5th Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon Is Here!

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Aug 27, 2020

Here we are, folks! After a year break, my Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon is finally back! As you know, I was not able to host it last year as I was in Stockholm (Ingrid’s hometown!) and was actually too busy visiting the city. And it’s weird to think that this was already a year ago read more

When Marriage Dared to Die: Divorce American Style (Bud Yorking, 1967)

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

I have to admit; I still haven’t seen enough films with Van Johnson despite really liking him in the not-so-well-known Three Guys Named Mike (Charles Walter, 1951). When Michaela from Love Letters to Old Hollywood announced the 4th edition of her Van Johnson Blogathon that she is hosting in ho read more

Top of the World: 15 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Episodes

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Aug 18, 2020

Last Friday, some film buffs like me honoured what would have been Alfred Hitchcock’s 121st birthday. The British director, born on August 13, 1899, undeniably had one of the most prolific careers in the entertainment industry and revolutionized the art of films forever. Since I have seen 49 read more

What About Paul Dupuis Now?

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

If you’ve followed my blog for a few years  now (or what I post on social media,) you are probably not estranged with the fact that I have, over these recent years, developed a considerable interest for Quebecker actor Paul Dupuis. That interest began when I first saw him co-starring with Marg read more

What Makes Ella Raines Special

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

Ella Raines. A noun that sounds like poetry and a woman who certainly inspires creativity. But Ella Raines, most of all, remains what we could call a mystery or even, a myth. No, she was not a myth in the same way that Marily Monroe was (because everybody has heard of Marilyn Monroe) but more in th read more

The Unpopular Opinions of a Film Addict

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

This type of content is very popular (!) on YouTube channels, and I thought I would take it on WordPress for a (hopefully) fun article. Hey, I’m not claiming that I’m reinventing the wheel and that nobody has ever done that on their blog before (actually, I’m sure tons of people h read more

The Confession Killer: Exploring the Complicated Case of Henry Lee Lucas

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Jul 1, 2020

Aside from posting an announcement for the 5th Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon (*wink wink!*), I haven’t written a lot of my blog since I came back to Montreal. For this new blog article, I wanted to share with you one of the series I’ve discovered recently (I’m more in a serie read more
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