Hello, everybody. Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your classic movie guys, back again at one of our favorite stands, that is, responding to the most welcome reader email we receive. Please feel free to drop those cards, letters, emails, Facebook and Twitter utterances our way. We love ’em.
We’ve discovered that very mention of the name Audrey Hepburn — pictured above with her Two For The Road costar, Albert Finney — draws considerable interest.
In our June 17 blog, Audrey Hepburn’s Best Movie?, we listed some of the actress’ most notable films including 1953’s Roman Holiday, which we declared our favorite (although Joe has a soft spot for 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s.)
Anyway, reader Sam Cochran weighed in with this response:
Hello Joe and Frank. Amazing! An entire article on Audrey Hepburn’s Best Movie with many good candidates and yet everyone failed to mention my 2 favorites:
1) ‘Love in the Afternoon’. Let’s get past the criticism that Gary Cooper was too old and miscast. He portrayed the world-weary hedonist to perfection and Audrey was full-on charming. And the ending; oh my!
2) ‘Two for the Road’. If you are looking for Audrey’s best ‘performance’ this one wins hands down. No discussion. Thank you for letting me share my opinion.
And thanks for your contribution, Sam. Yes, we certainly should have mentioned both pictures.
Love in the Afternoon, director Billy Wilder’s 1957 romantic comedy set in Paris costars Maurice Chevalier as Audrey’s private-eye dad looking into the antics of an aging roue (Cooper). By the way Cooper was 56 when he made the picture, Audrey was 28.
The reverse was true of Two For The Road, director Stanley Donen’s tale of 10-year-marriage in trouble. Hepburn’s costar here is Albert Finney. He was 31 when the picture was made in 1967, Audrey was older. She was 38.
Meanwhile, David writes regarding Hepburn’s best movie: I’d say ‘Charade’ or ‘Wait Until Dark.’ Both are worth re-watching.
And Danny weighs in with: I adore ‘Roman Holiday,’ but my favorite is her electric performance in ‘Two for the Road.’ It’s got a lot of nasty depth to the character who doesn’t play as clean cut of a person as Hepburn normally projected. She portrays a woman in every walk of life, and the movie is stitched together beautifully– one of my absolute faves.
Responding to our June 19 blog, The Best Film Noirs, regular contributor Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman) wrote this:
Wonderful way to start your ‘Best Of’ lists, guys. At least, this noir nut thinks so. I showed my college-aged daughter ‘Stranger on the Third Floor’ recently and she was suitably impressed with the inventive storytelling.
‘The Set-Up’ is my litmus test for critics. Few pass. You guys made the grade! I’m still waiting for Wally Ford’s Oscar nom for ‘T-Men.’ Best line ever: “Did you ever spend ten nights in a Turkish bath looking for a man? Don’t.”
One June 12, we published another blog about Sydney Greenstreet headlined (referring to The Maltese Falcon) ‘The Fat Man’ — One of Our Favorite Characters. Reader Choppy observed:
Haha! This guy looks nowhere near as big as our modern concept of “fat“!
Take from us, Choppy, the guy was a very big man. Take a look at him in 1945’s Conflict costarring Humphrey Bogart.
From regular contributor Mike Sheridan came this:
Thanks guys for the pic of under appreciated Dottie Lamour. By far my favorite gal of all time… AND Sydney Greenstreet is such a great actor… I have often loved comparing actors and when I think of SG and his voice and delivery it reminds me of George C Scott. Two very powerful actors.
Responding to our May 31 blog, French Movie Classics — Or Why We Love Reader Feedback, which observed that excellent European DVD’s are often technically unplayable on U.S. machines, Danny writes:
Yeah, it’s always amazing what movies are released over in Europe region free with English subtitles and still don’t get over to here. One of my favorite blu-rays is my copy of ‘The Young Girls of Rochefort,’ which has subtitles and a gorgeous transfer. It’s a French blu, of course, but luckily it works in my player. I still wouldn’t mind getting a domestic version though!
Finally, Steven Donato checked out the Ann Sheridan photo accompanying our Who Knew Ann Sheridan Could Sing? Did You? blog published on June 6, 2012, and wrote:
Look at those nails!!