Grace Kelly – Princess of Monaco

   
I would like to thank Virginie for asking me to take part in the Wonderful World of Cinema Grace Kelly Blogathon. I have chosen to write about Grace Kelly’s time as Princess Grace of Monaco.

Most people think of Grace Kellly ( 1929 – 1982 ) as one of the most photographed women of the 2oth century. Alongside this, they remember her elegance, beauty and style. 

Grace Kelly shot to fame as a budding actress in the 1950’s, starring in amongst other films, ones made by Hitchcock. Her image was styled by the film industry and she truely blossomed throughout her eras. 

Whilst working in the South of Francefor the Cannes Film Festival in May 1955, Grace Kelly’s life completely changed it’s course. Although planned as a photo opportunity for the French magazine Paris Match, her meeting with Prince Rainier 111 of Monaco started a short courtship and they were married a year later. Grace Kelly item played upper-class, even some Royal parts on screen, which is funny as it was similar to her future real-life role. 

 
At the age of 26, Grace Kelly gave up her acting career after her wedding day was televised and in the news. She wanted to devote her time to her new role as Princess of Monaco. Grace focussed on her new husband & family duties but also using her forcible drive and celebrity to support the principality, cultural causes and many charities.

Grace Kelly’s approach to wonderful clothes and material items was of course very candid: ” Our life dictates a certain type of wardrobe. ” Yet she saw fashion as an expression of character: ” I think it is important to see the person first and the clothes afterwards. ”

Grace Kelly had three children, Caroline, Albert and Stephanie and stuck to her Anerican roots. Therefore, having Monegasque and U.S. citizenship.

Sadly, Grace Kelly passed away on 14th September 1982 but her everlasting beauty and amazing story lives on as she was truely a style icon and a fabulous Princess.  

 

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The Silent Cinema Blogathon – The Gold Rush

        

 

I am very honoured to co-host and participate in this wonderful Silent Cinema Blogathon. Also to be able to share my review of the great Charlie Chaplin film The Gold Rush. 

The Gold Rush was written, produced, directed and starred Charlie Chaplin. It was released on June 26th 1925. It was later re-released in 1942. It had a budget of $923,000 but worldwide it made a profit of $4 million.

  
Charlie Chaplin’s character ( The Lone Prospector ) is a weak man but he is looking for fame and fortune through the tough men during the Klondike Gold Rush who marched across Chilkoot Pass. The Lone Prospector’s comrades mock him because of his different and patient ways. As a result, he becomes a victim of the harsh conditions of the North frozen parts. The Lone Prospector gets stuck in a blizzard where the storm ensues which nearly takes his life. This is when he comes across the Black Larsen’s ( Tom Murray ) cabin. Larsen is not happy and struggles to throw the Lone Prospector back out into near possible death when Fate, which saves the destinies of children, turns up as in Big Jim McKay ( Mack Swain ). The renegade is calmed by Jim and he and the Lone Prospector enter the cabin while the Black Larsen is forced to gain food for them. A bear comes into the cabin and is killed to alleviate the pair’s long hunger.   

  
The storm subsides and so the two leave to head for the nearest town. Jim makes his way to his hidden mine, which is the richest in Alaska. Jim arrives at his property to find Larsen in there. A fight starts where Larsen hits Jim so hard with a shovel that Jim falls into unconsciousness. Larsen panics and quickly flees but is swept up to his own demise in an avalanche. Luckily, Jim recovers from the attack but has lost his memory. 

The Lone Prospector makes his arrival in one of the gold trail’s boom towns. This is where he is the buffoon and amusement and victim of mockery from the dance hall people. He notices Georgia ( Georgia Hale ) and grows very fond of her too.  

 
Georgia is the absolute queen of the entertainers in the dance hall. In his usual shy and foolish way, the Lone Prospector puts up with the jibes and pokes of the dance hall to adore and watch Georgia. A cruel joke by Jack Cameron ( Malcom Waite ) , who is the leader of the camp, gives him a note of love from Georgia. The Lone Prospector obviously thinks she has written the note and starts to look for her enthusiastically throughout the dance hall. This is when Jim enters the dance hall with part of his memory restored.

Jim’s only concern is to get to the cabin to find his lost mine. He located the Lone Prospector and takes him, screeching, to show the way to the cabin so they can be rich with millions of dollars. Not counting on the love struck Lone Prospector seeing Georgia on the balcony. This is when he breaks away to tell her that he loves her much to her surprise and the crowd’s too. Jim drags the Lone Prospector harshly from the hall as the Lone Prosoector is shouting to Georgia that he will return to have her when he is a millionaire. Jim and the Lone Prospector return to the cabin, which has food unlike before.   

 
While they are sleeping at night time, there is another blizzard. The cabin gets blown half-way over a cliff. Hence, the Lone Prospector and Jim arise to a lot of tense moments before the Lone Prospector is luckily pulled from the cabinet by Jim as the cabin falls to the abyss.  

 
A year later, the pair make a return to United States as wealthy men but much to the Lone Prospector’s disappointment, Georgia has disappeared and can’t be found. The Lone Prospector still adores her but gives up the search. Jim and the Lone Prospector’s strike of fame has magnified the news so much that the newspapermen march on to board the liner to get interviews. The Lone Prospector agrees to put on his old clothes for a photograph. He trips up and falls down the stairs into Georgia’s arms. She was on her way back to the United States as a steerage passenger. The reporters immediately pick up on the romance and ask who Georgia is. The Lone Prospector discreetly whispers in Georgia’s ear, who nods in agreement. They happily pose for pictures and the reporters shout ” What a great story this will make. ” Indeed it was too. 

This film was said by Charlie Chaplin himself to be the one for which he most wanted to be remembered. 

Amazingly, even though it was a silent comedy, it still received Academy Award nominations for Best Sound Recording and Best Music when it was re released in 1942.

  

I wish to thank Crystal for the kindness and encouragement you have shown me by asking me to co-host this wonderful blogathon.    

 

To Have And To Have Not Review

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After beginning her career as a model, at the age of 19 Lauren Bacall made her debut alongside Humphrey Bogart in To Have And To Have Not in 1944. The film was directed by Howard Hawks.

Lauren Bacall was the leading lady in this film and used her smoky and sultry looks and later very recognisable voice.

This film led onto many more with Humphrey Bogart and in the same film noir.

I am very privileged to have the opportunity in tribute to Lauren Bacall’s upcoming birthday to explain how I enjoyed the wonderful film To Have And To Have Not.

To Have And To Have Not is set in Martinique, a French colony after the fall of France in 1940. Vichy France had gained control of the island.

Harry Morgan ( Humphrey Bogart ) charters his small fishing boat to the tourist audience. Morgan is a very weary character and has an off the record mate who is called Eddie ( Walter Brennan ). Eddie enjoys heavy drinking and this isn’t good with regard to the job.

Harry was approached to assist the French Resistance with smuggling people onto the island but he flatly refused.

Harry meets Marie ( Slim ) Browning ( Lauren Bacall ), a wanderer who is singing in the hotel bar alongside Cricket.

Harry has a charter client called Johnson who owes him money but Johnson claims he can’t pay the bill until the following day when the banks open. Just as things start to roll, Harry sees Slim pickpocket Johnson. Harry demands that Slim gives him the wallet containing travellers cheques and also a ticket for an early flight the next day. Harry then gives the wallet back to Johnson but cleverly tries to get Johnson to sign the travellers cheques over to him as soon as possible. At that very moment, a shoot out occurs in front of the hotel. It’s between the Resistance and the police and Johnson is killed accidentally by a stray bullet. Harry and others are subsequently questioned by the police and are taken away. Harry’s money and passport are seized.

” Frenchy ” or Gerard, who is the owner of the hotel, comes up with a plan to hire Harry and his boat just for one night to transport Resistance members Paul and Helene de Bursac. As Harry is now penniless he accepts the offer.

Slim and Harry have feelings for each other and a romance is starting. Slim gets the impression that Harry had changed his ways and thoughts about the smuggling to plainly help her.

Harry’s boat is seen as he picks up the Bursacs and then it is shot at by a patrolling boat. Harry’s boat escapes thanks to the fog but Paul is hurt. Slim stays in Martinique to be with Harry and he now realises this. Harry removes the bullet from Bursac’s shoulder upon ” Frenchy’s ” instruction.

There is plan for the Bursacs to help a man escape from the Devil’s Island. Bursac asks Harry for his help with this but Harry declines.

Eddie has been arrested and the police withheld his liquor to make Eddie spill the beans on what the boat had carried. This had occurred due to Harry’s boat being noticed by the police the night before.

Slim helps Harry to turn things around. Captain Renard is held at gunpoint and this results in Eddie being released and escapes on Harry’s boat.

Throughout the film, I felt that you could see the romance blooming as well as Slim’s character. It was a great film as Lauren Bacall’s debut and a powerful start to her very successful film career.

Thank you for letting me share my article in tribute to Lauren Bacall.