One of the most romantic films of the 1950’s, “Roman Holiday” marked the debut of Audrey Hepburn in Hollywood. She was the Princess, similarly to Grace Kelly (who was born in 1929, like A. Hepburn). Audrey and Gregory Peck had great chemistry and the direction of William Wyler was also very important. “Roman Holiday” was a personal favourite film of his. But I think that the script, written by Dalton Trumbo, added to the high quality of this motion picture. The film was shot in Rome and that is why the posters that promote the film also promote Rome as a holiday destination.
The first major film noir, “The Maltese Falcon” was directed by John Huston and it starred Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet. It was one of the top films of the 1940’s and it’s still very popular among the movie goers. Some posters emphasize the fascination for the infamous bird.
Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant starred in a great film, “Charade”, which was directed by Stanley Donen, even if the production resembles the Hitchcockian style. “Charade” is a wonderful film, full of suspense and action scenes, but it is also a comedy. I enjoyed it very much and I saw it several times. Audrey and Cary are nice together and the costumes designed by Hubert de Givenchy are also iconic.
Directed by Jean Negulesco, “Humoresque” is one of the great performances offered by Joan Crawford. Her co-star was another fine actor, John Garfield (best known for “The Postman Always Rings Twice”). Here are a few posters, most of them emphasizing the famous scene in which Crawford’s character commits suicide by throwing herself into the sea.