100 Movies Update 2

If you have been keeping up with my blog, you know that I have been doing a movie challenge (see post 100 Movies for my 30th Year!).  This is my second update on the movies that I have checked off the list, including the films Bonnie and Clyde, The Wizard of Oz, and Some Like It Hot.

I must say, I am enjoying this challenge! There are still quite a few movies to see and unfortunately, many of them look like they will be incredibly depressing, so I’m trying to pace how many “downers” I watch in a week. Life can be difficult enough!


Bonnie and Clyde


This was Faye Dunaway’s first major role and it was entertaining to see her so young. Even though the filming was grainy and out of focus at times, Ms. Dunaway is still incredibly beautiful and puts all of her body into her role’s particular language, a talent that proves uncomfortable at times but still relays how dedicated she is as an actress.  Based on true events in the lives of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, the producers certainly did not shy away from violence or sex.  The ending death scene was, considering when this film was made, incredibly graphic although interestingly enough, some of the filming seems patterned after comical slap-stick scenes.

Notice these tidbits:

  • Based on real life events of gangsters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker

  • Bonnie’s mother was played by Mabel Cavitt, a local schoolteacher in Texas where the movie was filmed

  • Shirley Maclaine was considered for the role of Bonnie until her real-life brother, Warren Beatty, decided to play Clyde

  • Before deciding to play Clyde, Warren Beatty wanted musician Bob Dylan in the role

  • Cinematographer Burnett Guffey shot in a somewhat radical style, with some scenes being out of focus to give a hazy, nostalgic sense


The Wizard of Oz


What a delightful film! Truly, no matter your age, a movie that will make you feel young at heart.  While Dorothy, played by Judy Garland, is memorable, it is the supporting cast (including Toto) that truly show their acting chops in this film in regards to singing, dancing and portraying multiple roles.   Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, the movie was disappointing in the box office when first released but has since become one of the most-watched films of all time. Aesthetically, the fantasy wonderland (including the poppy field) truly shined in the Technicolor style. Who can suppress a smile whenever the song, “Over the Rainbow” is sung? Also, those famous ruby slippers, interestingly enough, are now housed in the Smithsonian museum for all to see!

Notice these tidbits:

  • Over the Rainbow won Best Original Song, but the nomination for Best Picture was given that year to Gone With The Wind

  • W.C. Fields was originally chosen for the role of the Wizard, but it went to Frank Morgan instead

  • The costume for the Cowardly Lion (played by Bert Lahr) weighed nearly 100 pounds

  • Shirley Temple was considered for the role of Dorothy

  • The oil used on the Tin Man was actually chocolate sauce


Some Like it Hot


Oh my goodness…if you haven’t yet seen this film, you need to! I laughed and laughed and laughed some more. Filmed in black and white, actors Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis play cross-dressing musicians fleeing the mob, who are both attracted to Marilyn Monroe’s character (who, it should be noted, wears some incredibly fabulous dresses during this film).  The Roman Catholic Legion of Decency gave this movie a “condemned” rating, because it plays with the idea of homosexuality during an era when such ideas were taboo. However, whatever your personal beliefs may be, this film is intended to be funny and no one can deny the comedic talents of Lemmon and Curtis.  My hat is off to costume designer Orry-Kelly, who did such a fabulous job dressing two men as (mostly) convincing females.

Notice these tidbits:

  • Generally considered by critics to be the greatest comedy ever made

  • Marilyn Monroe’s personal life and problems interfered with the filming to such a degree, she was not invited to the wrap party. She often had 40 or more takes to get a single line correct

  • The famous closing line, “Nobody’s perfect,” was never intended to be left in the film; the writers simply kept it in the script while they tried to think up something better

  • Tony Curtis intentionally imitates Cary Grant when he pretends to be a millionaire named Junior


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