Alice Faye, Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux, Deanna Durbin, Douglas Fairbanks jr, Errol Flynn, Ginger Rogers, Jean Gabin, Kay Francis, Madeleine Carroll, Michele Morgan, Olivia de Havilland, Pola Negri, Ramon Novarro, Tyrone Power, Viviane Romance, Zarah Leander
1930's, 1940, Alice Faye, Ann Sheridan, Carole Lombard, Charles Boyer, Cinema magazines, Clark Gable, Deanna Durbin, Don Ameche, Edwige Feuillere, Errol Flynn, Fred Astaire, Fredric March, Ginger Rogers, Gitta Alpar, Grace Moore, Irene Dunne, Jean Gabin, Jeanette MacDonald, Joan Blondell, Joan Fontaine, Joel McCrea, Laurel and Hardy, Laurence Olivier, Leslie Howard, Linda Darnell, Merle Oberon, Monique classique, Olivia de Havilland, Shirley Temple, Sonja Henie, Tyrone Power, William Powell
Bette Davis, Cary Grant, Charles Boyer, Cinema magazines, Claudette Colbert, Deanna Durbin, Dorothy Lamour, Errol Flynn, Fernandel, Grace Moore, Jeanette MacDonald, Joan Bennett, Luise Rainer, Madeleine Carroll, Marta Eggerth, Maureen O'Sullivan, Monique classique, Myrna Loy, Paul Muni, Robert Taylor, Ronald Colman, Simone Simon, Zarah Leander
Ava Gardner, Cary Grant, Charles Boyer, Clark Gable, Eleanor Parker, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Greer Garson, Greta Garbo, Hedy Lamarr, Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, Kim Novak, Laurence Olivier, Marlene Dietrich, Mary Pickford, Monique classique, Myrna Loy, Nils Asther, Olivia de Havilland, Theda Bara
One of the most appreciated productions directed by George Cukor, “Gaslight” is the film that brought the first Oscar (out of three) to the legendary actress Ingrid Bergman. She is so delicate and vulnerable in this film, but the twists and turns of the plot make her character become a strong and independent woman, willing to erase the past, live the present and think about the future. Her co-star in this wonderful motion picture is the gifted and mysterious French actor Charles Boyer. He has a despicable role here and is very good at it! He is a criminal who poses as a gentleman who takes care of his mentally insane wife. Of course, everything is only a masquerade, because all that he wants is Paula’s (Ingrid Bergman) treasure, some very precious jewels. This is one of the few films in which the lover is the greatest enemy of the heroine, and I think this is automatically a source of originality of the screenplay, that was written by John van Druten and Walter Reisch. The gaslight is a symbol of fear and danger, and it is also the iconic star of the picture. It induces a state of anxiety and even hysteria to the heroine, who comes to believe that she is really out of her mind. But a dear friend of the family is the one who helps her discover the whole truth and, even if she is shocked when the terrible past of her husband is revealed, she wants to punish and torture him, the same way he tortured her. The scene where Paula is threatening Gregory with a knife, I think, it’s the crucial moment that brought Ingrid Bergman her well-deserved Oscar and a Golden Globe. You will get to see also other two wonderful actors, Joseph Cotten and debutante Angela Lansbury, who was nominated for an Oscar on her very first role, as the scheming maid! The tension in this mystery-thriller is palpable and the heroine’s turmoil until the last moment makes the audience want to help her, to be by her side and to clear the sinister happenings in the old house, that belonged to her aunt. This is a great merit of George Cukor as the skilled director that he’s always been. “Gaslight” earned another Oscar, for Best Art Direction, and it was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Writing, Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. I highly recommend you to watch “Gaslight” because you will like it for sure. The direction and the actors’ performances are trully remarkable, and you will certainly feel the superior quality of the good, old Hollywood productions that are so much treasured even nowadays…
This film impressed me so much from the very first time I watched it! I find it breathtakingly beautiful and romantic — even if at times it seemed to me much too optimistic. “History Is Made at Night” is a combination between “Casablanca”, “An Affair to Remember” and “Titanic”. It woulnd’t surprise me at all if the directors of those respective films were inspired by this superb production starring Charles Boyer, Jean Arthur and Colin Clive. The plot is so complex and unpredictable, and there are so many twists and turns in the script, that one could hardly stay calm while watching the film.”History Is Made at Night” was highly successful, even if it wasn’t even nominated to an Oscar – and I can’t understand why, because the screenplay was excellent and quite inspiring to other productions over the years. Charles Boyer and Jean Arthur are perfect together, and I think they make one of the loveliest cinema couples of the 1930s. This is trully a romantic drama, and that is why you will get to see a love triangle between an extremely possessive and wealthy ex-husband, a beautiful model and a headwaiter (despite the fact that Boyer seems to me too aristocratic to be just a waiter). It surprised me a little the choice of Colin Clive in the role of the jealous and passionate husband. Even if he was effective, Clive is best-known for his roles in horror films, like “Frankenstein”. This was also one of his last motion pictures, before he died from pneumonia in 1937, at the age of 37. Clive was a great loss to the American cinema, and his face and acting reminded me of Paul Muni. But returning to the present film, I would say that “History Is Made at Night” combines so swiftly different genres, from romance to comedy and drama. You will be having a very emotional time while watching it, and you will find it very similar to “Titanic”, not just because of the characters, but also because of the scenes in the last 20 minutes of the film. Still, I will reveal to you only the fact that it will be a happy ending, even if, I must admit, I would have preferred a realistic ending, just like in “Casablanca” or “The Journey”.
As we are celebrating Olivia de Havilland’s 97th birth anniversary this week, I thought it appropriate to recommend one of her most remarkable movies, “Hold Back the Dawn”, that also brought her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Her co-stars in this superb drama are Charles Boyer and Paulette Goddard. The film presents the story of a Romanian émigré struggling to leave Mexico for the United States. Georges Iscovescu, the main character, is played by Boyer and the story develops mostly through flashbacks. Olivia de Havilland plays the role of Emmy, the deceived wife of Iscovescu, an unscrupulous man who initially married this ingénue little lady only for his pragmatic and heartless purpose, to get, as a married man, the neccessary papers to go to the USA. But his former lover and accomplice, Anita, played by the foxy Paulette Goddard, reveals to the wife the real interest of Georges, and so the husbands get unofficially separated. The climax is reached in the scene where the broken-hearted Emmy is having a car accident, and George is doing the best he can to save her life at the hospital. The end of the film is somehow unpredictable and the final scene – considered unrealistically romantic – was cut out in the final version. Directed by Mitchell Leisen, “Hold Back the Dawn” was nominated for six Academy Awards, for Best Actress, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Picture, and Best Writing (with the enormous contribution of the gifted Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett). I highly recommend this movie to all the fans of Olivia de Havilland and to the movie goers, in general.