Monday, April 25, 2016

Letter U



A Yo Z Challenge

....John Wayne starred with Ray Milland (Reap The Wild Wind). Ray Milland starred in

1. THE UNINVITED-1944- GOTHIC HORROR ROMANCE


DIRECTOR: Lewis Allen
STARS: Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Gail Russell, Donald Cook, Cornelia Otis Skinner
PLOT: A brother and sister buy a moody home right on the cliffs of the Cornwall coast. The former owner's granddaughter doesn't want the house sold and feels drawn to it. The brother and sister get mixed up with the house's ghostly past.
QUOTE: Well, now we know......the one ugly room in the house (I don't think so)
OSCAR NOMS: Best Cinematography (B & W)
OSCAR WINS: Nil
LOVE: The cinematography-The lighting is excellent
FAVOURITE SCENE: When they hear the crying
FAVOURITE CHARACTER: Mrs. Holloway (Cornelia Otis Skinner)
TIDBITS: The first film to deal with spirits in a dramatic way instead of comedic or horrifying manner. The music "Stella by Starlight" comes from this film.
SIX DEGREES (MORE OR LESS) OF SEPARATION: Ray Milland was directed by Alfred Hitchcock (Dial M For Murder) and Hitchcock directed Cary Grant (Notorious). Cary Grant starred with Tony Curtis (Operation Petticoat) who starred with Sydney Poitier (Defiant Ones) and Sydney Poitier starred with Richard Gere (The Jackal). Richard Gere starred with Diane Lane (Unfaithful) and Diane Lane starred in..

2. UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN-2009-ROMANTIC COMEDY/DRAMA


DIRECTOR: Audrey Wells
STARS: Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Lindsey Duncan, Vincent Riotta, Raoul Bova
PLOT: After her cheating husband takes the house and sues for alimony, a woman author, on the advice of her friends, takes a trip to Italy. She sees a home and decides to buy this home and fix it up  and herself as well.
QUOTE: regrets are a waste of time. They're the past crippling you in the present.
OSCAR NOMS: Nil
OSCAR WINS: Nil
LOVE: The scenery...it is simply enchanting!
FAVOURITE SCENE: when the main character looks out from her balcony and sees an old man bring flowers to a religious statue (happens more than once in the film)
FAVOURITE CHARACTER:  Katherine (Lindsey Duncan)
TIDBITS: The man crying on the other side of the apartment wall is played by Matthew Labyorteaux who is famous for nplaying Albert on Little House On The Prairie
SIX DEGREES (MORE OR LESS) OF SEPARATION: Diane Lane starred with Richard Gere (The Cotton Club) who starred with William Devane (Yanks). William Devane was directed by Alfred Hitchcock (Family Plot) who directed.....Take a guess:)

39 comments:

  1. I remember seeing The Uninvited and then getting the book from the library so I could read it. As a teen, I loved ghost stories. I especially love the theme song! So haunting. Under the Tuscan Sun gets a mention from me today in my U post. Love the recipes in it.

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    1. I love ghost stories as well and not gory ones. I Am behind so I want to read your post

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  2. Sounds like two vastly different films here. Again, I haven't seen, and for the first time, I don't think I even know the people in the films. The closest person I know is Albert from Little House on the Prairie.

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    1. Ray Milland is pretty famous..he was in Dial M for Murder and The Lost Weekend. Diane Lane has been quite a few films that I'm certain you have seen and she was married to Josh Brolin for a few years. Sandra Oh was in Grey's Anatomy I think

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  3. I haven't seen either of these - but as I'm not too good with horror, I'd plump for Under the Tuscan Sun. :)

    Susan A Eames from
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. This horror film is tame and actually quite intelligent so I would give it a shot. I would love to be in Tuscany right now

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  4. I haven't seen either of these - but as I'm not too good with horror, I'd plump for Under the Tuscan Sun. :)

    Susan A Eames from
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  5. Wasn't there a modern version of The Uninvited?

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    1. I believe there was but its not nearly as good as this one...in my mind any ways

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  6. Hi, Birgit!

    I don't remember watching The Uninvited but it seems like my kind of picture. The plot summary reminds me a little of The Amazing Mr. X (1948) starring Cathy O'Donnell, one of my favorite actresses. I have always admired the work of Ray Milland. I think Diane Lane is a wonderful actress and I have seen Under the Tuscan Sun. Her movie Unfaithful, with Richare Gere, would have been another good choice for U-day.

    Thank you, dear friend BB!

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    1. I'm surprised you have seen The Uninvited. It's so sad to see Gail Russell who I don't think should ever have been in movies. I'm savings Unfaithful for later in the week:)

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  7. Haven't seen The Uninvited, bit Under the Tuscan Sun is just too cute a movie to resist. It's not great, but pretty enjoyable.

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    1. Under the Tuscan Dun is a movie I can watch again and again. It's not a great film but it's a good movie and one I can disappear in.

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  8. I didn't see the first movie, and I am not sure about Under the Tuscan Sun. Don't think so. Sounds like a good one.

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    1. It's really good and just so enjoyable to watch

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  9. I like Lindsay Duncan and Sandra Oh will always be Cristina from Grey's Anatomy to me (though I first saw her in Sideways which I enjoyed), so I'm surprised I've not even heard of thus film. I'm taking a wild guess ;-) that tomorrow has to feature Vertigo.
    The Glasgow Gallivanter

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    1. I think you will enjoy Under the Tuscan Sun and Sandra Oh is in it more than I thought she would be. No comment on what is for V:)

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  10. I think the Uninvited would scare me and keep me up at night. I would enjoy the other one though!

    betty

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    1. The Uninvited is intelligently done and even has some humour. If I can watch it, I bet you could as I don't like gore or scare for scare's sake. Under the Tuscan Sun is so delightful to watch.

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  11. I've not seen either of these but a bit of Tuscany sounds appealing :)

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    1. It is beautiful and enchanting and I often dream of doing the same thing.

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  12. I enjoyed Under the Tuscan Sun. It was adventurous and fun and set in Italy! What's not to like?

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    1. I agree! Love and wish could be there

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  13. 0 for 2 this time. I think I've seen parts of the 2nd on TV though.

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    1. Both both are great and the 2nd is great to see and dream

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  14. Oh... Vertigo? I've seen Under the Tuscan Sun, but not The Uninvited. I like the actors, but I'm not into the creepy.

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    1. No comment:) the first is creepy but intelligently done and just love the 2nd.

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  15. I think I've seen Under the Tuscan Sun but I don't remember it very well.

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    1. I love this movie especially just the town and the home....I can dream.

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  16. I love a good scary tale -- as opposed to a gory mess that masquerades as a story.

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  17. I didn't see either of these.
    Happy Monday, Birgit.

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  19. I saw Under the Tuscan Sun! I recently read it and was surprised at how different it was from the movie (she was married in the book and renovated the house with her husband). Both the book and the movie definitely made me want to visit Italy. I would love to see The Uninvited! Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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  20. I love Under the Tuscan Sun. We saw it not long after my daughter first visited Italy. She kept poking me to say, I've been there!

    I have not been there. I'm grateful my children have had experiences that I couldn't attain.

    Love,
    Janie

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  21. I haven't seen The Uninvited but it looks interesting. Loved Under the Tuscan Sun! Diane Lane is a favourite actress and anything to do with Italy will always attract me. ☺

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  22. I haven't seen The Uninvited but it looks interesting. Loved Under the Tuscan Sun! Diane Lane is a favourite actress and anything to do with Italy will always attract me. ☺

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  23. I remember seeing trailers for Under the Tuscan Sun when it came out and I loved the scenery!

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  24. Nope, have not seen either. Under the Tuscan Sun makes a good title for a novel. Setting in Italy sounds fabulous

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