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Hello! I am a film fanatic & book-a-holic.

I always feel as though I imagine someone else would feel when they've won the lottery -when I- find a really amazing imported & otherwise out-of-print movie! Recently I found a Chinese Import of Waterloo Bridge starring Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor!!! WOW! It doesn't get much better than that! I could barely contain my excitement in the store I was bubbly at the register... I was on cloud nine all the way home and I watched it as soon as I arrived!!! :D Yes, I am a geek.

Yes, I am just fine with that. :P

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more information on Catherine Denevue Collection

Posted : 7 years, 5 months ago on 4 January 2010 08:38 (A review of Catherine Deneuve Collection (Manon 70 / Le sauvage / Hôtel des amériques / Le choc / Fort Saganne))

a note on these films: Most of these french language-films are otherwise out of print and not available outside of this very well-priced collection which has a decent video transfer. And while you may be thinking - "Oh.. these films are too old to enjoy Catherine Deneuve...." Please remember that she made "Dirty Money, Un Flic (Jean-Pierre Melville) in 1972, La Chamade in 1968, and Bell Du Jour was made in 1967. So almost half of these films were made right in her "prime".

More recently (my favorite work she's done - she was busy!); She was the supporting actress for Björk in the film [Link removed - login to see]">Dancer in the Dark (2000); and while she wasn't the young & luminous "Belle" - she still was certainly full of spirit and character & very beautiful.. the Catherine Deneuve we've all fallen in love with over the years.

Here is the information on the films in the collection (WITHOUT A SYNOPSIS OF EACH FILM):

(1968) Manon 70 .... Manon
... aka Hemmungslose Manon (West Germany)
Directed by
[Link removed - login to see]">Jean Aurel

Writing credits:
Jean Aurel writer
Abbé Prévost novel "L'Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut"
Cécil Saint-Laurent writer

Starring: Catherine Deneuve, [Link removed - login to see]">Jean-Claude Brialy, [Link removed - login to see]" target="_blank">Sami Frey
GENRE: DRAMA | ROMANCE
========

(1975) Le sauvage .... Nelly
... aka Call Me Savage (UK)
... aka Il mio uomo è un selvaggio (Italy)
... aka Lovers Like Us
... aka The Savage
Director: [Link removed - login to see]">Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Writers: Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Élisabeth Rappeneau, Jean-Loup Dabadie

Starring: Catherine Deneuve & [Link removed - login to see]">Yves Montand

Stunts:
[Link removed - login to see]">Rémy Julienne .... car stunt coordinator
GENRE: DRAMA
=======

(1981) [Link removed - login to see]">Hôtel des Amériques .... Hélène

Directed by: [Link removed - login to see]">André Téchiné, Written by: [Link removed - login to see]">André Téchiné & [Link removed - login to see]">Gilles Taurand

Starring: [Link removed - login to see]">Catherine Deneuve
Co-Starring: [Link removed - login to see]">Patrick Dewaere
GENRE: DRAMA
========


(1982) [Link removed - login to see]">Le choc .... Claire
... aka Contract in Blood
... aka Shock

Directed by: [Link removed - login to see]">Robin Davis & [Link removed - login to see]">Alain Delon (uncredited)
Writing credits:
[Link removed - login to see]">Robin Davis: adaptation & dialogue
[Link removed - login to see]">Alain Delon: adaptation & dialogue
Jean-Patrick Manchette: novel "La position du tireur couché"
Dominique Robelet: adaptation & dialogue
Claude Veillot: adaptation & dialogue
_______________
STARRING:
[Link removed - login to see]">Alain Delon: Martin Terrier / Christian
Catherine Deneuve: Claire
GENRE: DRAMA
===============


(1984) [Link removed - login to see]">Fort Saganne .... Louise

Written & Directed by: [Link removed - login to see]" target="blank">Alain Corneau
co-stars: [Link removed - login to see]">Gérard Depardieu
Genre: Drama | History | War




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Spoiler Alert

Posted : 8 years, 4 months ago on 8 February 2009 06:26 (A review of Another Time, Another Place)

AND THEN we meet this wonderful wife Kay who you just can't help but immediately respond to with love and warmth: well then imagine the internal conflict we, the audience, would have had as the director could have manipulated the picture trying to get us to pick sides - and then ultimately in the end we feel sympathy for them both as they both lost someone they loved and find comfort in each other.

This would have been a better film we had been given the background to invest our emotions into it.

Still - SEE THIS MOVIE: if anything for Glynis Johns's performance alone! Or if you are a huge Sean Connery fan - he is very handsome in this picture.. at the very least rent this film from netflix. I hope my "spoilers" haven't ruined the film for you. Honestly, you already know what is going to happen while watching the movie - there aren't any surprises. I haven't told you anything you wouldn't have figured out yourself.

If you are a Lana Turner fan - I suggest The Postman Always Rings Twice, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Double Feature (1932/1941), Ziegfeld Girl & The Three Musketeers for fresh & LUMINOUS Lana Turner performances!

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Double Feature (1932/1941) has the added bonus of not only a terrific Lana Turner performance - also a VERY SALACIOUS Ingrid Bergman!! The 1932 version has a performance by Miriam Hopkins that will blow your mind!!! This double-feature disc is a sure delight!!

I hope you have enjoyed my review. Please check out my profile where you can read my other reviews & find the link to visit my new Amazon Store: & browse ONLY Classic Movies. :) YAY!
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Trivia:
The Stompanato murder case

Turner met Johnny Stompanato during the spring of 1957, but after she discovered his ties to the LA underworld, she tried to break off the affair out of fear of bad publicity. Stompanato was not easily deterred, however, & In the fall of 1957, Stompanato followed Turner to England where she was filming Another Time, Another Place, costarring Sean Connery, later of James Bond fame. Fearful that Turner was having an affair with Connery, Stompanato stormed onto the set brandishing a gun. Connery managed to land a single punch to Stompanato's jaw and took away his gun (already a real-life James Bond?). Stompanato was soon deported by Scotland Yard for the incident. Back in the States, On the evening of April 4, 1958, Lana and Stompanato began a violent argument in Turner's house in Beverly Hills. Fearing her mother's life was in danger, Turner's then 14-year-old daughter, Cheryl Crane grabbed a kitchen knife and ran to Turner's defense. She stabbed Stompanato, killing him. The case quickly became a media sensation. It was later deemed a justifiable homicide at a coroner's inquest, at which Turner provided dramatic testimony. Some observers have said her testimony that day was the acting performance of her life.

The film was then released four months ahead of schedule to capitalize on the Johnny Stompanato murder. How's that for the studio being sensitive to their Stars Private Lives?

Maybe the Studio was more concerned with releasing the film quickly to capitalize on the scandal than they were with making a quality picture. Perhaps all the scenes I wished for do exist and just fell to the cutting room floor - edited out in a time crunch to release the film four months earlier. This is only a theory. Not fact.


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A rare treat, indeed!

Posted : 8 years, 8 months ago on 9 October 2008 11:38 (A review of Cary Grant & Vivien Leigh Collection)

I'm guessing you came across this set because you did a search for Vivien Leigh.
The Cary Grant films are easily found in other box sets & individually but the Vivien Leigh films are not. The Vivien Leigh films have otherwise not yet been re-released to dvd and these sets are a rare treat to find. It is important to note that none of these films co-star Vivien Leigh & Cary Grant in a film together.

AMC has released a few box sets containing the same (plus one additional) Vivien Leigh films in them so don't fret if you can’t get a copy of this very one.
However, There is the Vivien Leigh film “21 Days” on this box set that is not on either of the other box sets and this box set also features the documentary “Hollywood Without Makeup”.

This collection contains:
The Amazing Adventure, His Girl Friday, Penny Serenade, Hollywood Without Makeup (documentary), 21 Days, Dark Journey, Fire Over England, Sidewalks Of London.

The Amazing Adventure a.k.a. The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss (1936)
Starring: Cary Grant & Co-starring: Mary Brian
Directed by: Alfred Zeisler
Plot: A bored millionaire wagers his doctor that he can support himself at a working class job for year without touching his inheritance.

His Girl Friday (1940)
Starring Cary Grant & Co-starring: Rosalind Russell & Ralph Bellamy
Directed by Howard Hawks
Plot: Walter Burns, editor of a major Chicago newspaper, is about to lose his ace reporter and former wife, Hildy Johnson, to insurance salesman Bruce Baldwin, but not without a fight!

Penny Serenade (1941)
Starring: Cary Grant & Irene Dunne
Directed by: George Stevens
Plot: The films follows Dunne as she contemplates divorce, recollecting the joys and sorrows she has shared with her husband. A wonderful tearjerker, with expert direction. Academy Award nomination for Cary Grant -- Best Actor.


Hollywood Without Makeup (1950)
45 minutes
Documentary
Review Summary
Documentary written by Royal Foster, this program features rare candid footage of Hollywood's royalty, filmed by actor Ken Murray. Over the decades, Murray built an unparalleled collection of home movies of Hollywood's rich and famous. Highlights of this compilation include the television debuts of Marilyn Monroe and Kirk Douglas, and documentary footage of the filming of Gunga Din (1939). Other stars seen in unguarded, relaxed, or playful moments include Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe, Dick Powell, Mae West, Humphrey Bogart, Laurel and Hardy, Jane Mansfield, the Marx Brothers, John Wayne, Robert Taylor, Walt Disney, and others. Source: Steve Blackburn, All Movie Guide

21 Days aka 21 Days Together (1940)
Starring Vivien Leigh & Co-starring: Laurence Olivier & Leslie Banks
Directed by: Basil Dean
Plot: After Larry Darrent accidentally kills his lover's blackmailing husband, someone else is arrested for the crime. When he is found guilty, Larry and Wanda have just three weeks together before he must give himself up or let an innocent man go to the gallows.


Dark Journey (1937)
Starring: Vivien Leigh & Co-starring: Conrad Veidt
Directed by: Victor Saville
Plot: Madeline Goddard, played by Leigh, is a British double agent who meets and falls in love with German Spy Baron Karl Von Marwitz (Conrad Veidt) during World War I. A tale of high adventure and espionage blended from wartime romance and chaos which grows in faith that can only come from despair.

Fire Over England (1937)
Starring Vivien Leigh & Co-starring: Laurence Olivier & James Mason
Directed by: William K. Howard
Spain & England Clash in this exciting War adventure. After a foiled plot to depose Queen Elizabeth I, Michael Ingolby (Olivier) goes undercover to infiltrate the court of King Philip the II of Spain (Raymond Massey). This action-packed saga of ships ablaze, sword fighting, and would-be assassins will keep you glued to your seat.

Sidewalks of London a.k.a. St. Martin's Lane (1938)
Starring Vivien Leigh & Co-starring: Rex Harrison & Charles Laughton
Directed by: Tim Whelan
Charles Saggers (Laughton) adds a talented dancer and pickpocket, Libbey (Leigh), to his sidewalk act in the London district. Theater patron, Harley Prentiss (Harrison), is impressed by Libby's dancing and a theatrical career is launched when she attends Prentiss' after-the-play party... alone.
Vivien Leigh absolutely sparkles in Sidewalks of London!!
------------------

Also released by AMC:
The Vivien Leigh box set which is the hardest to find and contains:
4 movies on 2 discs: Disc1- Dark Journey, Fire Over England.
Disc 2- Sidewalks of London, Storm in a Teacup

&

AMC Classic Beauties Box Set: featuring Vivien Leigh & Elizabeth Taylor.
This one is a 3 disc set with 6 films. Only the Vivien Leigh films are unavailable elsewhere on dvd (except with the prior mentioned AMC box sets) and you can find the Elizabeth Taylor films bundled in numerous places for as little as $4. Once again it is all about Vivien Leigh!
The set contains: 3 Disc Set. Disc 1-The Last Time I saw Paris and Father's little Dividend. Disc 2- Sidewalks of London and Storm in a Teacup. Disc 3-Dark Journey and Fire over England.

Storm in a Teacup (1937)
Starring Vivien Leigh & Co-starring Rex Harrison
Directed by: Ian Dalrymple, Victor Saville
Plot: An English newspaper reporter, Frank Burdon (Harrison), meets the beautiful Victoria Gow (Leigh), daughter of a wealthy legal figure in town. When Gow's father orders an impoverished woman's dog be destroyed, Frank decides to try to save the dog's life. Romance and humor make for a pleasing light-hearted British comedy. The storyline of Storm in a Teacup is very funny and Vivien Leigh plays her part very well.

Even though this hasn't *exactly* been a review of the Cary Grant & Vivien Leigh Collection, I still hope all of this information will prove useful for many people when it comes down to purchasing & chasing down which box set will best suit your needs.



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Cary Grant & Vivien Leigh Collection review

Posted : 8 years, 8 months ago on 9 October 2008 11:32 (A review of Cary Grant & Vivien Leigh Collection)

I'm guessing you came across this set because you did a search for Vivien Leigh.
The Cary Grant films are easily found in other box sets & individually but the Vivien Leigh films are not. The Vivien Leigh films have otherwise not yet been re-released to dvd and these sets are a rare treat to find. It is important to note that none of these films co-star Vivien Leigh & Cary Grant in a film together.

AMC has released a few box sets containing the same (plus one additional) Vivien Leigh films in them so don't fret if you can’t get a copy of this very one.
However, There is the Vivien Leigh film “21 Days” on this box set that is not on either of the other box sets and this box set also features the documentary “Hollywood Without Makeup”.

This collection contains:
The Amazing Adventure, His Girl Friday, Penny Serenade, Hollywood Without Makeup (documentary), 21 Days, Dark Journey, Fire Over England, Sidewalks Of London.

The Amazing Adventure a.k.a. The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss (1936)
Starring: Cary Grant & Co-starring: Mary Brian
Directed by: Alfred Zeisler
Plot: A bored millionaire wagers his doctor that he can support himself at a working class job for year without touching his inheritance. f

His Girl Friday (1940)
Starring Cary Grant & Co-starring: Rosalind Russell & Ralph Bellamy
Directed by Howard Hawks
Plot: Walter Burns, editor of a major Chicago newspaper, is about to lose his ace reporter and former wife, Hildy Johnson, to insurance salesman Bruce Baldwin, but not without a fight!

Penny Serenade (1941)
Starring: Cary Grant & Irene Dunne
Directed by: George Stevens
Plot: The films follows Dunne as she contemplates divorce, recollecting the joys and sorrows she has shared with her husband. A wonderful tearjerker, with expert direction. Academy Award nomination for Cary Grant -- Best Actor.


Hollywood Without Makeup (1950)
45 minutes
Documentary
Review Summary
Documentary written by Royal Foster, this program features rare candid footage of Hollywood's royalty, filmed by actor Ken Murray. Over the decades, Murray built an unparalleled collection of home movies of Hollywood's rich and famous. Highlights of this compilation include the television debuts of Marilyn Monroe and Kirk Douglas, and documentary footage of the filming of Gunga Din (1939). Other stars seen in unguarded, relaxed, or playful moments include Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe, Dick Powell, Mae West, Humphrey Bogart, Laurel and Hardy, Jane Mansfield, the Marx Brothers, John Wayne, Robert Taylor, Walt Disney, and others. Source: Steve Blackburn, All Movie Guide

21 Days aka 21 Days Together (1940)
Starring Vivien Leigh & Co-starring: Laurence Olivier & Leslie Banks
Directed by: Basil Dean
Plot: After Larry Darrent accidentally kills his lover's blackmailing husband, someone else is arrested for the crime. When he is found guilty, Larry and Wanda have just three weeks together before he must give himself up or let an innocent man go to the gallows.


Dark Journey (1937)
Starring: Vivien Leigh & Co-starring: Conrad Veidt
Directed by: Victor Saville
Plot: Madeline Goddard, played by Leigh, is a British double agent who meets and falls in love with German Spy Baron Karl Von Marwitz (Conrad Veidt) during World War I. A tale of high adventure and espionage blended from wartime romance and chaos which grows in faith that can only come from despair.

Fire Over England (1937)
Starring Vivien Leigh & Co-starring: Laurence Olivier & James Mason
Directed by: William K. Howard
Spain & England Clash in this exciting War adventure. After a foiled plot to depose Queen Elizabeth I, Michael Ingolby (Olivier) goes undercover to infiltrate the court of King Philip the II of Spain (Raymond Massey). This action-packed saga of ships ablaze, sword fighting, and would-be assassins will keep you glued to your seat.

Sidewalks of London a.k.a. St. Martin's Lane (1938)
Starring Vivien Leigh & Co-starring: Rex Harrison & Charles Laughton
Directed by: Tim Whelan
Charles Saggers (Laughton) adds a talented dancer and pickpocket, Libbey (Leigh), to his sidewalk act in the London district. Theater patron, Harley Prentiss (Harrison), is impressed by Libby's dancing and a theatrical career is launched when she attends Prentiss' after-the-play party... alone.
Vivien Leigh absolutely sparkles in Sidewalks of London!!
------------------
Also released by AMC:
The Vivien Leigh box set which is the hardest to find and contains:
4 movies on 2 discs: Disc1- Dark Journey, Fire Over England.
Disc 2- Sidewalks of London, Storm in a Teacup
-------------------
AMC Classic Beauties Box Set: featuring Vivien Leigh & Elizabeth Taylor.
This one is a 3 disc set with 6 films. Only the Vivien Leigh films are unavailable elsewhere on dvd (except with the prior mentioned AMC box sets) and you can find the Elizabeth Taylor films bundled in numerous places for as little as $4. Once again it is all about Vivien Leigh!
The set contains: 3 Disc Set. Disc 1-The Last Time I saw Paris and Father's little Dividend. Disc 2- Sidewalks of London and Storm in a Teacup. Disc 3-Dark Journey and Fire over England.

Storm in a Teacup (1937)
Starring Vivien Leigh & Co-starring Rex Harrison
Directed by: Ian Dalrymple, Victor Saville
Plot: An English newspaper reporter, Frank Burdon (Harrison), meets the beautiful Victoria Gow (Leigh), daughter of a wealthy legal figure in town. When Gow's father orders an impoverished woman's dog be destroyed, Frank decides to try to save the dog's life. Romance and humor make for a pleasing light-hearted British comedy. The storyline of Storm in a Teacup is very funny and Vivien Leigh plays her part very well.

Even though this hasn't *exactly* been a review of the Cary Grant & Vivien Leigh Collection, I still hope all of this information will prove useful for many people when it comes down to purchasing & chasing down which box set will best suit your needs.



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Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Mar 6 6:44
Yep, I've read some of them. You're like the pre-code and silent film queen on here, I think :p

I've also been trying to clean up my lists, make more of them public, and add stuff that I think is under-represented. Lots of little projects to do! I'm such a stereotypical, anal-retentive, list-making Virgo :p

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