A nice comedy directed by William Wellman and produced by Selznick International Pictures, “Nothing Sacred” tells the story of a young woman who is supposedly poisoned with radium at her workplace. The press creates an entire campaign on her behalf, only later to be discovered that everything was a charade that was orchestrated by an influent journalist. “Nothing Sacred” isn’t the only film that depicts the great power of control and manipulation of the media, other newspaper Hollywood productions, such as “The Front Page”, “His Girl Friday”, “It Started One Night”, “Platinum Blonde”, “Bombshell”, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”, “Mr Deeds Goes to Town”, “Meet John Doe” and the masterpiece “Citizen Kane” reflecting the same idea. You will enjoy “Nothing Sacred” because of the stellar performances of Carole Lombard (an excellent comedienne) and Fredric March (one of the most renowned actors from the Golden Age of Hollywood), but also because it is made in the typical style of David O. Selznick, a very accomplished producer. I highly recommend you to watch this delightful comedy, even more because it was made in Technicolor and you will get to see Carole Lombard in full splendor in color!
Based on the famous and extremely popular play “Chicago”, from the 1920s, “Roxie Hart” is still one of the most famous films of the Golden Hollywood Era. This production of the 20th Century Fox studios was directed by William Wellman and it starred Ginger Rogers as Roxie Hart (a role initially intended for Alice Faye, but she became pregnant and was replaced at the last moment), Adolphe Menjou and George Montgomery. The story of “Chicago” was turned into a very successful musical and it was adapted again for the big screen in the homonymous musical from 2002, with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger and Richard Gere. At only 75 minutes, “Roxie Hart” is a more than enjoyable movie for a summer night. As a bit of trivia, it is one of Stanley Kubrick’s favourites. I, personally, was very much impressed with Ginger’s performance. She was a terrific comedienne and the role fit her to perfection, even more because of the musical numbers. The film emphasizes her magnetic beauty and in most of the scenes she looks so modern as if one would believe she lives in our times. The hairdo is unusual to her style, but even if she looks different from her iconic blonde doll image, she is still a darling, and you will be able to watch her acting at superlative. So, don’t miss “Roxie Hart”. It’s pure entertainment, of good quality – just like the musical on Broadway.