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Just wanted to wish one of my favorite ladies of cinema a happy B-day, wherever she may be.

 

 

Roman Holiday, 1953, with Gregory Peck.

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Charade, 1963, with Cary Grant.

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A cinematic treasure. I was watching her the other day singing Moon River in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Luminously, gloriously beautiful lady.
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I would love to watch her in color with Roman Holiday, my guilty pleasure chick-flix.
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Thanks for all the photos and comments folks.

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A cinematic treasure. I was watching her the other day singing Moon River in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Luminously, gloriously beautiful lady.
Couldn't agree more. The Blu-ray transfer is also pretty good for an older film. Very reasonably priced at BB, and elsewhere I suspect.

The Universal BD of Charade isn't quite as impressive, but is also worth checking out, esp if you can't afford the Criterion version. (Bill's caps with the more "cherry-hued" faces look like they could be from the Uni edition).

I definitely need to add Funny Face, My Fair Lady and couple of others to my Audrey movie collection. Don't think I ever saw Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower though... Now on my to-watch list.

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BTW, Google is showing Audrey on their home page

^ How I found out. :)

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Don't think I ever saw Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower though... Now on my to-watch list.

Those thumbnails are actually from Paris When It Sizzles (1964). The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower is the screwy romance thriller she and William Holden are trying to write over a long weekend, acting out the scenes in fantasy.

It's not very good, although you do get a lot of Audrey.

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I really like her. She is one of the best women actress in the world and probably none will take her position as i see Angie Jolie or Emma Watson.

 

 

 

 

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Those thumbnails are actually from Paris When It Sizzles (1964). The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower is the screwy romance thriller she and William Holden are trying to write over a long weekend, acting out the scenes in fantasy.

It's not very good, although you do get a lot of Audrey.

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Thanks for clarifying. My recollection of this film is rather vague (obviously :) ), so I probably only saw it once or twice back in the days before HD was invented. Looks reasonably fun/fluffy though. Not out on Blu, but can be streamed in HD, or purchased on DVD.


I thought it was the other way around btw, that Audrey had the crush on Bill. Maybe that's how things (if anything in fact happened) started though.


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Fortunately there is a local theater here that is showing two of Hepburn's movies this month. This weekend "Charade" and next weekend "Funny Face". We are looking forward to seeing both films.
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Fortunately there is a local theater here that is showing two of Hepburn's movies this month. This weekend "Charade" and next weekend "Funny Face". We are looking forward to seeing both films.

 

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YouTube video of the Young Wives' Tale, a 1951 kitchen sink dramedy from early in Audrey's career set during the days of post-war rationing, starring Joan Greenwood (Man in the White Suit, Kind Hearts & Coronets) and Nigel Patrick. Audrey has a small supporting role in this as a man-shy typist renting a room in a house shared by two other henpecked couples.

EDIT: Movie has unfortunately been removed by YouTube.

I don't know if this was made at Ealing Studios. Production credit goes to ABPC (Associated British Pictures Corp.) which discovered Hepburn while she was dancing in a West End theater production. Both Greenwood and Hepburn (in smaller bit parts) appeared in Ealing comedies around the same time this was made though, so perhaps some of the same crowd was involved.

This isn't available on home video as far as I can tell. And A/V quality is pretty poor unfortunately. (I had an old VHS recording about the same quality as this.) Maybe it can be streamed in better quality from one of the other video services though.

A fun little flick. Too bad it's not available in better quality.

In addition to Man in the White Suit and Kind Hearts & Coronets, Joan Greenwood also appeared in the 1952 version of The Importance of Being Earnest, Disney's The Moon-Spinners (with Hayley Mills), Ray Harryhausen's version of Mysterious Island, and a number of other great little films.

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Here are some more snaps from the Sabrina Blu-ray.

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I prefer Katharine Hepburn.
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Here are some more snaps from the Sabrina Blu-ray.

She didn't take many bad photos, did she?

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Nope. And thanks for the add'l pix.

Haven't seen the BD of Sabrina, but I agree with some of the comments in your review. It's still an exceedingly enjoyable film though, which I have no trouble recommending, esp. to the Audrey fans. Holden, Bogart and Hepburn all play somewhat against type in this, which makes it a little offbeat and fun (even though it may not always ring completely true).

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (another Wilder film you previously reviewed on DVD) was recently released on BD btw. I own the DVD edition as well, and it didn't really do the amazing scoped cinematography in the film justice, so I'll also be curious to see how this looks in HD. No Audrey, but plenty of Victorian fantasy/adventure fun and intrigue.

Some more Audrey goodness...


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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (another Wilder film you previously reviewed on DVD) was recently released on BD btw. I own the DVD edition as well, and it didn't really do the amazing scoped cinematography in the film justice, so I'll also be curious to see how this looks in HD. No Audrey, but plenty of Victorian fantasy/adventure fun and intrigue.
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Blu-ray is reportedly a very poor transfer from film elements in bad condition.

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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Blu-ray is reportedly a very poor transfer from film elements in bad condition.
That's too bad. The cinematography on TPLOSH is absolutely exquisite, and certainly deserving of a better HD treatment than it sounds like it received in the new BD release.

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That's too bad. The cinematography on TPLOSH is absolutely exquisite, and certainly deserving of a better HD treatment than it sounds like it received in the new BD release.

One of my favorite Wilder films though, so still a buy for me.
Even if it's poor by Blu-ray standards, I'm sure that it's still better than the DVD (which was poor by those standards too).
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