Scene Cuts – A Comedy Selection.

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I have been tagged by my Pal, Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess, to take part in this fun challenge, click on the link to see her post:

Scene Cuts ~ Comedy

Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, created this game, so I’d like to thank Beckie for tagging me and Rory for creating it. 🙂

 

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Scene Cuts created by A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip!

Once a week, l will pick a Film Genre, post three film clips and tag three readers who in turn will post three film clips on the chosen film genre and tag 3 of their own readers.

Guidelines: Scene Cuts!

Thank the Selector 

Select three film clips

Select 3 readers to take part in Scene Cuts

 

So, the Genre is Comedy and as many of you will know, I have a love for old films, so my first clip is from an old British comedy, called Blithe Spirit, based on a play by Noel Coward.

 

For my second choice is another British institution, the Carry On films, and a clip from one of my favourites, Carry On Cleo, which was a parody of Cleopatra.

 

And finally, the Steve Martin film, The Man with Two Brains.

 

I hope you enjoyed those clips. 🙂

80 Years Since Gone with the Wind.

In December of this year, it will be 80 years since the release of Gone with the Wind.

Gone with the Wind is my favourite film. It is a masterpiece, the story is multifaceted, the acting was brilliant and it brought to life a period of history that has indeed, gone. Some may say, good riddance.

The film itself defies being pigeonholed. Is it a love story? Not really, for anyone who has bothered to sit through the whole film will know, it doesn’t work out that way at all. Is it a war film? Not really, although the American Civil War is a part of it. Is it about Slavery? Again, not really, although this is a thread that weaves through the plot. Really, this film is about survival in the face of adversity. It is also about selfishness versus selflessness.

I have always loved this film and yet I have learned something new about the film that I think highlights inequalities in America at that time and also highlights how far we’ve come and yet how far we still have yet to go.

One of the most endearing characters in the film is Mammy, played by the brilliant Hattie McDaniel. Her performance was so good, she became the first African American to win an Oscar. However, she was not invited to attend the premiere of the film in Atlanta Georgia. Nor was she actually allowed to attend the Oscar event because it took place in a segregated ballroom. She had to wait at the back and when her name was announced she was allowed to collect her prize and make a speech. It was one of the most moving speeches ever given at the Oscars.

Another interesting this I have learned about this film is how much the main actors received in salary. It is quite enlightening.

The main character in the film is Scarlett O’Hara and indeed she appears in almost every scene, over an above every other performer. She was played by the English actress Vivien Leigh, who also won an Oscar for her performance.

She was paid in the region of $30,000 for her work. That may sound like a lot of money, and indeed it would have been back then when compared to the salary of a factory worker, but her co-star, Clark Gable received $117,000 as his salary, and it is that comparison that is so shocking.

Admittedly, Vivien Leigh was an unknown in Hollywood at that time compared to Clark Gable who was ‘the King’, but Olivia De Havilland wasn’t an unknown and her performance of Melanie Hamilton provided the heart against Scarlett’s animal survival instinct. It was a crucial role and she received just $25,000 for it.

In contrast, the actor who portrayed her husband, Ashley Wilkes, The English Actor Leslie Howard received $76,000.

You can see the pattern developing here. It certainly appears that Hollywood rated having a certain appendage above actual ability when it came to salaries.

To really drum home the inequality represented here. Ms McDaniel whose Oscar-winning performance remains my favourite in the film received just $6,780 as her salary.

We have come so far since then but still have so very far to go.

I hope one day we achieve true equality of gender and race and the only thing that is judged is our abilities and our achievements and never our sex, sexuality or the colour of our skin.

Thank you for reading.

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/02/12/hope/

 

 

 

My favourites from the 80’s

My Pal, A Guy Called Bloke, has posted about his love of the 1980’s (see post below)

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So I decided to put together my own favourite films/movies and some music from the 80’s you may have heard of them, you may not, have a look and see what you think.

You may detect a slightly childish edge to the films, that is because I was a child in the 80’s, so no surprise there.

Continue reading My favourites from the 80’s

A few of my favourite films (movies if you prefer).

The Haunted Wordsmith has posted her a list of movies that she loves, see her post below:

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/movies-i-dont-want-to-live-without/

I thought I would share with you all a few of my favourites…Prepare for a trip down memory lane, because I like OLD FILMS 😉

In no particular order:

Gone with the Wind (1939)

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All about Eve (1950)

The Slipper and the Rose (1976)

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The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972)

The Princess Bride (1987)

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

Death on the Nile (1978)

Murder on the Orient Express (The version with Albert Finney and Lauren Bacall in it) (1974)

Scrooge (the Alastair Sim version made in 1951)

Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)

Show Boat (two films versions, one in 1936 and another in 1951, both favourites)

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Singing in the Rain (1952)

Paddington (2014)

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

There’s something about Mary (1998)

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That’s probably enough to be getting on with. Only four of these were made AFTER I was born. Can you guess which ones?

Any on here that you love too? Let me know.

🙂