So today I talk about Joan Fontaine for the Joan Fontaine CENTENARY BLOGATHON as I review born to be bad n other movies starring this lovely legend of the screen for my friends event as two of them host this BLOGATHON as my friend Crystal from good old days in Hollywood and my other friend Virginie from the wonderful world of cinema both host this wonderful BLOGATHON as it’s in honor of what would have been her 100th birthday. If you want to check out other posts from this BLOGATHON you can check them out at Virginie’s blog and Crystal’s blog as they both host it for her CENTENARY BLOGATHON. Let’s begin by kicking off her CENTENARY honors by paying tribute to Joan Fontaine with my movie reviews honoring her now.
Rebecca is one of the finest psychological thrillers of its or any other time. Rebecca is an expertly crafted Gothic tale by Alfred Hitchcock that tells the story of a woman who’s constantly haunted by the presence & reputation of her husband’s first wife, Rebecca. When she moves to his large country estate and finds herself constantly in clash with the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, who was extremely fond of Rebecca.
Alfred Hitchcock is a master crafting out thrillers as this Gothic thriller was Hitchcock’s frist foray into Gothic horror with this movie really set the bars high for Hitchcock as he truly makes one hell of a thriller that is so captivating to watch form scene one to its ending. Lawrence Olivier plays one amazing role as Maxim’ de Winter that is truly one amazing performance of an actor playing such a broken man in such a wonderful way. Joan Fontaine plays an amazing role as the new wife of Maxim’ de Winter. Joan Fontaine plays Mrs. de Winter. She plays one amazing performance that made her a legend for years to come. The acting of everyone else is outstanding as always. Rebecca is not a typical Hitchcock film by any means as he crafts out a Gothic masterpiece.
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Suspicion is a classic Hitchcock thriller from 1941 is another thrilling mystery from the master of suspense. Hitchcock gave us some of the finest thrillers as this classic stands among them. Cary Grant plays a dam fine role as he is truly delightful playing againist type in this role. Joan Fontaine plays one wonderful role that is one of her finest performances but not as Rebecca yet she still is truly amazing in this role.
Suspicion contains a few Hitchcock motifs: crashing waves, a person teetering on the edge of a very great height, someone who happens to be desperately in love. Joan Fontaine is outfitted in excellent outfits that truly are outstanding as always that i really adore. Suspicion is one of the most watchable of his lesser known classics as its truly another wonderful thriller you should see.
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Jane Eyre review
Charlotte Bronte’s novel, Jane Eyre is by far one of the great classics of all time as this classic version may be one of the finest versions of this tale on the screen. German Expressionism meets old English Gothic which Under Robert Stevenson’s direction Fontaine/Welles seem to capture the essence of two abused outsiders resisting their attraction for one another, trying to adhere to convention of society. It’s probably one of the best classics in its score alone as Bernard Herrmann’s haunting score may be one of the finest of the golden age. Orson Welles plays a great role as Rochester.
Joan Fontaine as the adult Jane is very good as she gives another outstanding power house performance. This classic movie has very outstanding acting with many outstanding actors in its cast with some some excellent casting, including Agnes Moorehead as Jane’s mean-spirited aunt, the icy Henry Daniell as Brocklehurst, and a young Elizabeth Taylor as Jane’s school friend Helen. The entire cast of cast of actors all give out wonderful performances that all stand out among the classics of golden age.
The look of the film is perhaps the most memorable component of all. This seems to be an unusual production for Fox Studios, who at that time were producing mainly film noir and contemporary-themed subject matter. JANE EYRE invokes incredible atmosphere that may be simply some of best of the golden age. I wonder if David Lean was influenced by this film in his decision to make his famous Dickens production GREAT EXPECTATIONS, later followed by OLIVER TWIST as this truly is one outstanding classic that i simply say you should see today.
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Letter from an Unknown Woman review
Letter from an Unknown Woman truly is a very heartbreaking love story. Max Ophuls was an exceptionally good director, best recalled for “Le Ronde”, “The Earings of Madame D”, “Lola Montez and this wonderful film. He could capture the charm of the Europe of the 19th Century but he was realistic enough to admit two things: the social system was hardly fair with its layers of classes and their appointed rankings, and love was glorious, but ephemeral. It is hard to select his best movie.
Letter from an Unknown Woman may be my favorite among his movies as i truly adore love stories this one really sets the bar high for that type of tale. It is the intoxicatingly bittersweet tale of the obsessive love a young girl (Joan Fontaine) develops for a roguish pianist (Louis Jordan) that love goes through their life. Joan Fontaine plays this role with such range and depth to her craft and skill come through the role that this role may be her finest hour on the screen. Louis Jordan gives out such a great performance that is truly wonderful that may be his best hour on the screen. This movie is a wonderful melodrama about lost love and admitting that when the right love comes, we can only be so naive and captivated by the beauty of it as this movie is a true classic with such wonderful acting and direction that truly is one of best melodramas ever put to the screen.
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born to be bad review
Born to be Bad’is a great melodrama from 1950 directed by Nicholas Ray. It is Generally considered to be a lesser Nicholas Ray yet i found this one to be one outstanding work by him. Joan Fontaine is lovably despicable Christabel as she plays a manipulative young lady who goes out of her way to make all things in life go her way disregarding the effects that has on anyone else’s well being in the process as what she wants she gets. Robert Ryan plays a wonderful role that share many one wonderful one liners. He is truly giving us an amazing performance. Zachary Scott is very good in this movie. Joan Leslie gives out a good performance.
What is truly Fascinating to watch Joan play against type as Christabel as the actresses natural sweetness here contextualized as pure ruthless artifice as she smarms her way to the top it really is one of the stand outs of this movie.
Joan Fontaine really makes the show as she plays this ruthless dame that you believe no one else is born to be this bad like her. Ray’s cinematic language to convey tones which the code forbids is again at play in this movie in many ways. Its truly a wonderful classic with such a wonderful cast and direction but its the performance of Joan Fontaine that steals the show as she is truly born to be bad. Born to be bad truly may be one fine classic movie that stands among the best of golden age that you should see.
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Joan Fontaine: one of a kind legend(parts of info form tcm.com)
The younger sister of actress Olivia de Havilland, Joan Fontaine is known for her exceptionally poised performances in Hollywood films of the 1940s and 1950s as she managed to always make each performance better than last performance. “Born to Be Bad may be her finest hour as she plays a role against type that may make it truly stand out as no one is born to be bad like our Joan Fontaine. Fontaine excelled at numerous hobbies and pursuits in her private life. She studied cooking at the Cordon Bleu School, earned her pilot’s license, was an expert golfer and fisherman, and won a championship as a member of a hot air ballooning team. In 1978, she published her autobiography, titled No Bed of Roses which detailed the infamous de Havilland blood feud that had lasted their entire lives. She was truly an outstanding legend that excelled at many things in her life as she truly remains one of our finest legends ever on the screen. I hope you enjoyed my tribute to her today for The Joan Fontaine CENTENARY BLOGATHON.