Thursday, April 14, 2016
Thursday Movie Picks-Fish Out of Water Movies
This week at Wandering Through The Shelves, it is fish out of water movies. I wasn't sure what that meant and had to google it but I think I got it. These are my 3...
This is my favourite rendition of this Shaw play. No one does Professor Higgins better than Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller just shines as Eliza Doolittle. I do like the musical remake with Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn(should have been Julie Andrews but it wasn't meant to be) but it doesn't hold a candle to this film. Higgins is rude and probably has Asberger's syndrome but is a brilliant linguist who bets with his friend that he can turn an ordinary cockney flower girl into a duchess! He takes Eliza off the street and teaches her how to walk, talk, eat, dance...you name it. He recreates her. The acting of these 2 leads is a tour de force and I feel Wendy Hiller's final transformation is stunning. Brilliant film, brilliant writing and brilliant acting.
2. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON-1939
This is the film that made Jimmy Stewart a star and there is a reason....he is excellent in it. He plays an innocent homespun young man who is chosen as a senator, the bigwigs thinking he will be too dumb, innocent or both to find out what the unscrupulous louses in Washington want to do. They find out that he is not the push over they think he is and Stewart's character holds the Senate for many hours fighting the good fight..the honest man in politics....did you hear or see hell freeze over? Stewart drank or gurgled something to make his voice hoarse. I love this film...can ya tell?
This is a beautiful film that uses the camera and colour to its great advantage. A young man, who feels out of place, gets the chance to live in the world he loves-his favourite 1950's TV show. He ends up there with his sister and loves it but slowly realizes all is not what it seems and to live, one needs colour in one's life. It is a great statement on fear and prejudice and how ordinary people can become a mob and destroy due to fear. I love its quiet beauty.