Six years doing this and still fun. Among the subjects discussed are my 50 Favorite Films (Feb 2012-June 2014), films and personalities of the 1960s (July 2014-July 2015), the 1940s (Aug 2015-Dec 2016), the 1970s (Jan-Aug 2017), the 1930s (Sept-Dec 2017) and 80s films (Jan-Mar 2018). Now we're on the 1950s. Always reviews of current films. It is easy to navigate through the site. Have fun. Dash off a note if something strikes your fancy. New postings every Tuesday and Friday.
To tell you the truth, I don't know all that much about her. In terms of movie-making I don't know much about Greece either but perhaps that's for another posting. Irene Papas first came into my consciousness in 1956 in a western called Tribute to a Bad Man. It was supposed to topline Spencer Tracy but ended up starring James Cagney and Papas was his wife. It was not very good.
She had beenan Oscar trivia question: what actress has been nominated for seven Oscars without a win? It was all to change at the 1986 Academy Awards when F. Murray Abraham, the previous year's best actor winner, opened the envelope and declared... ah, I consider this woman the greatest actor in the English language. The winner is Geraldine Page in The Trip to Bountiful. Meryl Streep, a nominee for her superb performance in Out of Africa, jumped out of her seat and led the long standing ovation. Hollywood had finally acknowledged Gerry. It was long overdue.
Best known for his sensitive directing of one of the most acclaimed films of all time, 1962s To Kill a Mockingbird, Robert Mulligan was one of a number of directors to emerge from the heyday of live television. His movie career, I suppose, was rather erratic although I pretty much liked everything he did. He alternated between hits and misses and also between commercial films and films that simply appealed to him, knowing they may go nowhere. They say he had no truly identifiable style but I found him to be uniquely good at directing adolescents in some worthy coming-of-age stories.
Carroll Baker was a fixture in American films for 10 years or so, from the mid-50s to the mid-60s. Her first three starring films were as different as they could be. Two resulted in huge box office receipts and in the third she had the controversial title role that would shoot her to international fame. But some things happened and she fled to Italy for a few years to nurse her wounds. She's been back for many years now making films most of us have never seen nor heard of. What happened to Carroll Baker?
As a little girl she had a number of charming roles. In 1947 alone she had a small part as Gene Tierney's daughter in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and a larger role as Maureen O'Hara's daughter in the classic, Miracle on 34th Street. The following decade, as a teenager, she appeared in two classics, a large role in 1955s Rebel Without a Cause and a small but central role in 1956s John Ford western, The Searchers. Despite the classic nature of these films and all the others she made in those decades, it was the 1960s that brought Natalie Wood into full blossom as a beautiful and talented actress. Let's take a look at those films.