Sunday is my #movieday . So today I saw two recently released British royalty stories: ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ and ‘Favourite’. And though Ronan&Robbie duet is very touching (and it was exiting to follow how a small lunatic girl from ‘Atonement’ grew up into a brave Queen of Scots), my ‘favourite’ trio is ‘Favourite’s’ leads. Twisted script, excellently written, letting those three congenial actresses to shine as a three diamonds on the British crown ;) Another great job by British actor - James McAvoy having fun playing a disturbed man with twenty-four personalities in ‘Glass’ - I had a lot of fun watching it. #cinema#britishcinema#actorslife
Tonight's viewing. This has been sat on my shelf for ages but never gotten around to it. Hope it's good! I got the director Steve Oram to speak the killer 'erotic odyssey' line from Sightseers to me at a film festival once. In the correct Brummie accent, obvs. Top lad!
#aaaaaaaah ! #britishcinema#steveoram
1-17-19 I watched Don Sharp’s “Rasputin: The Mad Monk” (1966). It’s lousy as an accurate history of Rasputin’s role in the downfall of the Romanoff dynasty but solid as a Hammer horror release. In my opinion, one of Christopher Lee’s greatest performances. And at the time, who could resist a double feature with The Reptile PLUS a genuine fake beard?!!! #britishcinema#hammerstudios#hammerhorror#donsharp#christopherlee#1966film
"TAKE OFF THE RED SHOES": On this day in 1926 Scottish ballet dancer Moira Shearer was born. After success with Sadler's Wells she was selected to play the lead role in THE RED SHOES (1948) one of the most ambitious British films ever made up to that time. In ravishing Technicolor, Shearer portrayed 'Vicki Page', aspiring ballerina who becomes a star and pays the ultimate sacrifice when torn between love for her husband and love for her art. Shearer created a sensation in the film, which today is ranked as one of the greatest British movies of all time. The "Red Shoes Ballet" enters the realm of what Martin Scorsese called "total cinema", and was allegedly a great influence on Gene Kelly and his ballet for AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. Shearer was identified with THE RED SHOES for life, although she did make other films including two more for RED SHOES director Michael Powell: TALES OF HOFFMANN (1951) and the infamous horror flick PEEPING TOM (1960). Gene Kelly was desperate to play opposite Shearer in BRIGADOON (1954), but alas studio bosses at MGM decreed otherwise as she was not under contract to the studio. Shearer died in 2006, age 80, her performance in THE RED SHOES having inspired an entire generation after her to dance, as testified by one of the characters in the Broadway musical A CHORUS LINE.