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The Best Picture Project – Rebecca (1940)

Rebecca (1940)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Written by Joan Harrison and Robert E. Sherwood, from Philip MacDonald and Michael Hogan’s adaptation

Based upon the novel by Daphne DuMaurier

Starring Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson and George Sanders

 I must say that I purposefully saved watching on Rebecca until I’d completed a good portion of this little project of mine for a good reason:  as I seen it before and really liked it I wanted to have it out there as a gift to myself, a good movie out there waiting for me after a whole lot of tedium.  I didn’t know how long I’d go before I’d give in and watch it and after putting in time watching Cavalcade, Broadway Melody, Rocky, Around the World in 80 Days and Ben-Hur, I guess I earned the respite, so I watched it.  And oh, what a breath of fresh air it was.  Quite simply, Rebecca might be the greatest Best Picture winner of them all, the big daddy to trump all big daddy’s, a heady statement to be sure, in a category that  includes Gone With The Wind and The Godfather and Bridge on the River Kwai, but one I’m confident to stand behind.

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The Best Picture Project – All About Eve (1950)

All About Eve

Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck

Written and Directed By Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Thelma Ritter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe and Marilyn Monroe

The story of All About Eve – about the way a naïve young woman ingratiates herself with the more successful older woman, only to reveal herself as far less than naïve when she usurps the older woman’s success – is probably as old as time. And if it’s not, it’s still probably safe to say that All About Eve wasn’t the first dramatic representation of the plot, and given that Showgirls basically recycled the plot 50 years later, with way more boobs, it’s also not the last. Continue reading

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