Tag Archives: Audrey Hepburn

Stanley Donen, 1924–2019

In the clip above, from the 1998 Oscars, Martin Scorsese presents that year’s winner of the Honorary Academy Award, Stanley Donen. There’s a lovely montage featuring some of the best scenes from Donen’s movies and then the man himself steps out, receives his Oscar and goes on to sing and dance! One of the best … Continue reading Stanley Donen, 1924–2019

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Holly’s Game

THE FAIREST LADY OF ALL – AUDREY HEPBURN IN ONE OF HER MOST DELICIOUS DELIGHTS! Nowadays, we’re used to debating movies that are accused of whitewashing, the practice where caucasian actors are hired to play people of color. Back in 1961, when Mickey Rooney was hired to play the Japanese neighbor in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, … Continue reading Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Holly’s Game

My Fair Lady: A Loverly Musical

THE LOVERLIEST MOTION PICTURE OF THEM ALL! When George Bernard Shaw’s stage play ”Pygmalion” premiered in London in 1913, it was daring for its time. Making fun of the British class system, suggesting that all it takes to elevate a worker into the upper class is teaching her to speak well and dress properly, must … Continue reading My Fair Lady: A Loverly Musical

Roman Holiday: Meet Audrey Hepburn

ROMANCE IN ROMANTIC ROME! In 1947, Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo refused to testify before the exceptionally un-American HUAC in Congress. As a result, he was blacklisted in Tinseltown. Still, for a guy who wasn’t allowed to work, he managed to win two Oscars in the 1950s, for Roman Holiday and The Brave One (1956). The … Continue reading Roman Holiday: Meet Audrey Hepburn

Charade: What Hitch Would Do

IT’S A GUESSING GAME OF MIRTH AND MYSTERY! Sometimes you have to walk a difficult road to make something happen. When screenwriters Peter Stone and Marc Behm tried to sell their script “The Unsuspecting Wife” to the majors in Hollywood, they were rejected. Stone and Behm then turned the story into a novel and renamed … Continue reading Charade: What Hitch Would Do