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Romanian Cinema magazine from 1939. Part of the collection owned by Monique classique.

Romanian Cinema magazine from 1939. Part of the collection owned by Monique classique.

Yesterday, the legendary Shirley Temple passed away at the age of 85. She was the most famous child in Hollywood – and she will be forever alive in our hearts. As a tribute in her memory, I recommend today one of Shirley’s most beloved films, “The Little Princess”. I was so impressed by this film… Shirley’s magnificent performance made me cry. It was almost incredible to see her make so well the transition between the daughter of a respectable gentleman, who would spoil her and treat her a little princess, to merely a poor servant, who is treated badly by the teachers at the seminary for girls, and who has to make an effort to remain there and to pay her own studies, as her father was believed to have been killed during the Boer War and, obviously, couldn’t send any more funds. But there is a happy ending, as in most of Shirley Temple’s films. In addition to her adorable and emotional presence, I would add the good and effective performances of a very nice couple, Richard Greene and Anita Louise. I highly recommend you to watch this production of the 20th Century Fox Studios (where Shirley was the top star of the 1930s), as well as any of the Shirley Temple films, such as “Bright Eyes”, “Captain January”, “The Blue Bird”, and “Heidi”, just to name a few of the many motion pictures in which this prolific child appeared in her most glorious years. Shirley Temple will always have a special place among the classic Hollywood celebrities, and she will be eternally remembered as the definitve child star of the cinema world. May she rest in peace.

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