Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The A to Z Challenge
Katherine Hepburn to Robert Young (Spitfire) who starred in...
1. ENCHANTED COTTAGE-1945-ROMANCE
STARS: Robert Young, Dorothy Maguire, Herbert Marshall, Mildred Natwick
PLOT: 2 ugly people shunned by everyone look completely different when in the cottage. Only their friend, a blind man, sees them for who they are, truly beautiful souls.
QUOTE: Do you know what loneliness is....true loneliness? "Yes"
OSCAR NOMS: Nil
OSCAR WINS: Nil
LOVE: The art direction. I love that cottage!
FAVOURITE SCENE: When the girl goes to a town dance but no man asks her to dance.
FAVOURITE CHARACTER: Major John Hillgrove (Herbert Marshall)
TIDBITS: Robert Young (Marcus Welby fame) loved this film so much and his wife, that he named his own home The Enchanted Cottage.
SIX DEGREES (MORE OR LESS) OF SEPARATION:Robert Young to Gary Cooper (Today We Live) to Audrey Hepburn (Love in the Afternoon) to Sean Connery (Robin and Marion) to Robert Shaw (From Russian With Love) to Steven Spielberg (Jaws) to Christian Bale in...
2. EMPIRE OF THE SUN-1987-WAR DRAMA
DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg
STARS: Christian Bale, John Malcovich, Miranda Richardson
PLOT: Based on a true story. A spoiled boy, separated from his parents when fleeing China from the Japanese in WW2, ends up in a prisoner of war camp where he befirneds some American G.I.'s and learns how to survive.
QUOTE: I can't remember what my parents look like.
OSCAR NOMS: Cinematography, Art Direction, Best Costumes, Best Sound, Film Editing, Original Score
OSCAR WINS: Nil
LOVE: The story of survival.
FAVOURITE SCENE: When the boy sings as he sees the Japanese planes take off.
FAVOURITE CHARACTER: Jamie Graham (Christian Bale)
TIDBITS: David Lean wanted to originally direct but was unable to. Steven Spielberg ended up directing but admired David Lean so much that he took his advice on many things including hiring Nigel Havers who played the Doctor.
SIX DEGREES (MORE OR LESS) OF SEPARATION: Steven Spielberg to Joan Crawford (Night Gallery premier episode) to James Stewart (Ice Follies of 1939) to Eleanor Powell (Born to Dance) to Fred Astaire (Broadway Melody of 1940) to .......stay tuned.....