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I Know Where I'm Going! a Black & White Jewel from Powell & Pressburger

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on May 21, 2021

Rich, vivid Technicolor is one of the hallmarks of the most well known and celebrated of the gorgeous, masterful films from the production team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, The Archers. From the mid-1940s into the early '50s, almost all of their films were shot in striking 3-strip Techn read more

For National Classic Movie Day: 6 Films - 6 Decades

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on May 16, 2021

May 16 is here and once more it's National Classic Movie Day. Hooray! Happily, Rick over at the Classic Film & TV Cafe is hosting his annual blogathon in honor of this special day. The theme this year is "6 films - 6 decades," with each participant focusing on a favorite classic from each of six read more

Old Hollywood Haunts: Charlie Farrell's Racquet Club in Palm Springs

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Mar 22, 2021

Charlie Farrell, top center; Ava Gardner, bottom left; on the right, Marilyn Monroe and Spencer TracyMany years ago, Charlie Farrell was a movie star. He first gained fame as a leading man in the late 1920s when he was in his late 20s. He'd started out in Hollywood as an extra, appearing momentarily read more

Old Hollywood Haunts: A Birthday Remembrance for the Brown Derby on Vine...

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Feb 14, 2021

I lived in Hollywood, once upon a time, on Poinsettia between Fountain and Santa Monica Blvd., not far from Melrose.  It was the early '80s and I was working at a radio station on Sunset at North Genesee, across from the Screen Actors Guild. Ed Asner was the president of the guild then and I me read more

WILSON (1944), Darryl F. Zanuck's Forgotten Campaign for World Peace

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Jan 31, 2021

It was August 1944 and World War II was advancing toward its cataclysmic end when 20th Century Fox launched a heavily promoted biographical spectacular, Darryl F. Zanuck’s production of Wilson. A tribute to Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States, and his vision for world peace, Wi read more

Marcel Dalio: What a (French) Character!

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Dec 4, 2020

 This is my entry for the annual What a Character! blogathon hosted by Paula at Paula's Cinema Club, Aurora of Once Upon a Screen and Kellee at Outspoken & Freckled. ~I was watching Josef von Sternberg’s flamboyantly decadent noir The Shanghai Gesture (1941) a while ago. Taking i read more

The Gene Tierney Centenary, Pt. 2: "...carried by the winds and the tides"

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Nov 23, 2020

 Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Gene Tierney's birth on November 19, 1920  Link to Pt. 1 Gene Tierney would admit that before she married Oleg Cassini, “I dated dozens of young men, had fun with all, made commitments to none.” This crush of eligible fellows ran the gamut read more

The Gene Tierney Centenary, Pt. 1: "I felt luck was with me"

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Nov 19, 2020

 Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Gene Tierney's birth on November 19, 1920 ~Marlene Dietrich once said, “The relationship between the make-up man and the film actor is that of accomplices in crime.” Amusing, and probably true of some whose faces have graced the silver R read more

The (Almost) Great McGinty

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Oct 21, 2020

There is Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby, who chased a wondrous fantasy that sprang out of his disjointed vision of the American Dream. And there is Preston Sturges’s Dan McGinty whose aspirations didn’t, at first, extend beyond the opportunities of the moment, a warm bowl of soup, a coupl read more

AN EXCELLENT FORMULA!

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Aug 8, 2020

THE HITCHCOCK VILLAINS This is my contribution to Maddy's 4th Annual Alfred Hitchcock blogathon, click here to learn more... ~  In 1962, French film director/critic Francois Truffaut spent a week sequestered at Universal Studios with Alfred Hitchcock, a filmmaker he admired extravagantly. read more

Gimme Shelter: Classics for Comfort

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on May 22, 2020

The Classic Movie Blog Association is hosting its annual spring blogathon from May 19 – 22. This year’s theme is “Classics for Comfort,” about films that soothe us in difficult times. Click here for more info and links to participating blogs. ~ When we first began to shel read more

6 from the '60s for National Classic Movie Day

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on May 16, 2020

It's May 16, National Classic Movie Day, and Rick over at the Classic Film & TV Cafe is hosting his annual blogathon to celebrate the occasion. This year the subject is 6 from the '60s, in which each participating blogger puts the spotlight on six films of that decade. Click here to find out mor read more

Film Series Alert! "Simenon 2020" Launch Spotlights "Inspector Maigret"

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Feb 18, 2020

Great news! Midcentury Productions, the brilliant and groundbreaking little company that has so far staged six terrific French film noir festivals at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater over the past several years, is about to launch a new, unique series, Simenon 2020. The program begins with a doub read more

The Many Loves of Elizabeth Taylor

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Jan 22, 2020

This is my entry for "The Wedding Bells Blogathon" hosted by Hometowns to Hollywood ~ She exchanged wedding vows for the first time at age 18 in 1950 and married for the eighth and final time in 1991 at 59. Of her apparent proclivity for collecting husbands, actor/composer/raconteur Oscar Levan read more

Celebrating "The Shop Around the Corner" on its 80th Birthday

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Jan 10, 2020

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the premiere of what has been called Ernst Lubitsch’s “most discreet tour de force of art concealing art,” The Shop Around the Corner (1940). That’s a nicely spun phrase; some might simply call it perfection… ~ When she was asked, read more

2020 TCM Classic Film Festival Tickets On Sale

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Nov 21, 2019

  The much anticipated 11th annual Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival is now gearing up, set to happen in Hollywood April 16 - 19, 2020. The year's theme is "Grand Illusions: Fantastic Worlds on Film" and tickets are on sale now at several price points: Spotlight $2449 Essential $9 read more

Joyce Compton, What a Character!

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Nov 17, 2019

  This is my entry for the fabulous What a Character! blogathon hosted annually by Once Upon a Screen, Outspoken & Freckled and Paula's Cinema Club...check these blogs for links to entries from all participating blogs.  ~ In perhaps her best remembered scene in a classic film, Leo read more

This Noirvember: DARKNESS IN THE SIXTIES!

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Nov 9, 2019

Parlez vous French noir?  Three years ago I discovered French film noir thanks to Don Malcolm and his annual "The French Had a Name for It" film festival in San Francisco. Don heads MidCentury Productions and since 2014 MCP has presented yearly - and, lately, more frequent - noir screenings read more

Bridging Old Hollywood and New: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Oct 17, 2019

This post is my entry for the Classic Movie Blog Association's Fall 2019 Blogathon. This year we're honoring the CMBA's 10th anniversary with "The Anniversary Blogathon" and participating member bloggers are celebrating all manner of classic film and classic film-related anniversaries. Click here fo read more

Hitchcockian: Fran├žois Truffaut 's The Soft Skin (1964)

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Aug 26, 2019

 ...For the Vive la France Blogathon... 35 years after his death in 1984, Fran├žois Truffaut is usually remembered as the most successful of the youthful filmmakers to emerge from the nouvelle vague (New Wave) movement that swept French cinema in the late 1950s. But before he would write and read more
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