Friday, August 14, 2015

GLORIA GRAHAM: BLOND AMBITION :Film Society of Lincoln Center is September 4-8 a retrospective directors Vincente Minnell, Fritz Lang, Joan Micklin Silver , Robert Wise, Edward Dmytryk Nicholas Ray, Josef von Sternberg, Fred Zinnemann

OMG ,,, GLORIA GRAHAM   one of my favorite actors amanof the World's Most Accomplished directors is having a retrospective at Lincoln Center  4-8 September 2015



The Bad and the Beautiful
Vincente Minnelli, USA, 1952, 35mm, 118m 

Vincente Minnelli supposedly drew on the lives of a handful of notorious, iconic Hollywood Producers, Including Val Lewton and David O. Selznick, to create the caustic figure at the center of
The Bad and the Beautiful,  one of His richest melodramas. But the film is less an exposé inside-Hollywood than a grim tragedy About a man driven to appalling ends by a mixture of hubris and sheer malice. We learn, across three extended flashbacks, why three prominent Hollywood figures, Including an actress (Lana Turner) and to writer (Dick Powell) detest the famous producer Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas), WHO made ​​Both Their Lives and Their careers ruined. Grahame won an Oscar for her supporting role as Powell's flighty unforgettable Southern belle wife.
Friday, September 4 4:00 pm
Monday, September 7 6:00 pm

The Big Heat
Fritz Lang, USA, 1953, 35mm, 90mm 
Grahame Spends much of Fritz Lang's bleak, noir thrilling with half her face hidden behind a bandage or a layer of prosthetic makeup, yet she is unmistakably the film's center of gravity. Her role as a gangster's moll caught Between her luxurious life of crimes "most of the time, it's a lot of fun "-and her affections for a rigidly honest cop (Glenn Ford) confirmed and deepened her reputation as a sinister seductress, beyond giving her some of the finest lines of her career. ("You're about as romantic as a pair of handcuffs. ") But This reputation never fully captured the scope of Grahame's emotional range in films like  The Big Heat , Where She projects a magnificent combination of pride, fear, restlessness, confidence, and doubt. 
Saturday, September 5, 6:00 pm
Monday, September 7 4:00 pm

Chilly Scenes of Winter
Joan Micklin Silver, USA, 1979, 35mm, 92mm 

The third of Joan Micklin Silver's criminally under-seen includes features one of Grahame's end screen performances as an eccentric matron Given to sudden outbursts and occasional gusts of affection. The mood of the rest of   Chilly Scenes of Winter , Which Took three years to find a theatrical release in STI current version, is gentler and more melancholic: a dissatisfied Salt Lake City civil servant (John Heard) goes to desperate, threatening lengths in His Attempts to recover the love of His Life (Mary Beth Hurt) after she returns to her husband. It's a tonally deft, sensitive, and wise movie That Launched the careers of Its two stars, even as it September the closing note for Grahame's.  
Tuesday, September 8 6:30 pm

The Cobweb
Vincente Minnelli, USA, 1955, 35mm, 134m 

MGM spared none of Its legendary gloss on Vincente Minnelli's star-studded melodrama, a sort of   Grand Hotel   variant adapted from the novel by playwright William Gibson ( The Miracle Worker ) and Set in a psychiatric hospital. The patients of the clinic deluxe Where   The Cobweb  Takes place are more stable, on the whole, than STI dysfunctional staff. Richard Widmark plays the psychiatrist tasked dedicated With putting out the fires of the philandering medical officer (Charles Boyer), while His Wife (Grahame), Whose choice to order new drapes for the hospital library-in Minnellian Typically focus on set design-throws everyone from the administrator (Lillian Gish) to an artist-patient (John Kerr) into turmoil. Lauren Bacall, as Widmark's widowed colleague and possible love interest, is the movie's sole oasis of sanity, but Grahame is Among ITS MOST electric presences. 
Sunday, September 6, 6:30 pm
Tuesday, September 8 8:30 pm

Edward Dmytryk, USA, 1947, 35mm, 86mm 

Robert Ryan Grahame Both Launched Their careers Their first-and earned Oscar nominations-with supporting roles in this absorbing whodunit. a sequence of piecemeal testimonies surrounding the murder of a Jewish war veteran by a former fellow soldier Adapted from Richard Brooks's novel  The Brick Foxhole , Which Dealt With An even riskier controversy of the time (homophobia Instead of anti-Semitism),   Crossfire   September off to wave of "social problem" noir films in Its wake. But it is stranger and more visually daring than most of the films inspired it: a sinister, claustrophobic chamber drama Filled With intimations of buried trauma and unspoken desires. Largely That atmosphere is the result of performances like Those of Grahame, as an embittered bar hostess, and Paul Kelly as the troubled Man Who calls himself her husband.
Friday, September 4 2:00 pm
Monday, September 7 8:30 pm

Human Desire
Fritz Lang, USA, 1954, 35mm, 91mm 

Fritz Lang was the second-after master filmmaker Jean Renoir film-to Emile Zola's 1890 novel   La Bête humaine . Transposing the book's story of murder, infidelity, seduction, and revenge from the world of French engine drivers to That of New Jersey railroad workers, Clearly I relished the chance to stage complex action scenes in cramped corridors and darkened train rail yards. The film's centerpiece, however, is Grahame's towering performance as the dissatisfied, vengeful wife of a brutish driver she AIMS To have killed-preferably by His co-worker, an upright war veteran played by Glenn Ford. Shrill, desperate, savvy, imploring, ferocious: Grahame May Have Never dominated a movie the way she dominates   Human Desire  . Which further cemented her image as a doomed, tragic femme fatale  
Friday, September 4, 8:30 pm
Saturday, September 5, 4:00 pm

In a Lonely Place
Nicholas Ray, USA, 1950, 35mm, 94mm

Grahame Began one of her finest performances in Nicholas Ray's masterpiece of moral and psychological ambiguity, With One of her most memorable entrances. "Because I've noticed him Looked interesting," she tells a police captain She Had To Explain why her eyes on cynical screenwriter Dixon Steele (Humphrey Bogart) the night I's Alleged to Have Committed to murder. "I like His face." His character, she discovers over the course of the film, is cloudier and more sinister than she INITIALLY Sensed, not to mention-possibly-murderous. One of the eeriest and MOST suspenseful products of noir's golden age,  In a Lonely Place  is Also a masterful takedown of Hollywood politics and a deeply Affecting depiction of a romantic relationship for Either partner too intense to bear.
Friday, September 4, 6:30 pm
Monday, September 7 2:00 pm

Josef von Sternberg / Nicholas Ray, USA, 1952, 35mm, 81mm

Nicholas Ray was Brought on to finish this atmospheric crime yarn after the movie's producer, Howard Hughes, Josef von Sternberg forced off the project But Macau  still shimmers With its initial Director's signature textures and tones: dresses and gloves sheathed in glitter, an Escher like casino , a pier-set finale That recalls  The Docks of New York . It was, by all accounts, an unpleasant, tumultuous production. The end movie, though, is surprisingly buoyant-a shimmering cinematic vacation. As a gangster's moll entangled in the lives of an American runaway (Robert Mitchum) and a singer (Jane Russell), Grahame circles around the edges of the movie, occasionally sending off a flash of light from the shadows. 
Saturday, September 5, 8: 00 pm
TuesdaySeptember 8 4:30 pm

Naked Alibi
Jerry Hopper, USA, 1954, 35mm, 86mm
At the time of Its French release, François Truffaut wrote That  Naked Alibi "perfectly Corresponds to the need for a drug That any lover of American films irresistibly experiences." Much of the narcotic allure of this stripped-down, hard-hitting B-noir About a virtuous police officer (Sterling Hayden) heading off-radar to catch a psychotic cop killer (Gene Barry) is due to Grahame's magnetic performance as the killer's put -upon bar-singer mistress. As in  Crossfire  and  The Big Heat , Grahame Finds surprising, unexpected emotional registers in what Could have been a stock role-Whenever she Appears onscreen, the film Seems to rearrange itself around her.
Sunday, September 6, 4:30 pm

Odds Against  Tomorrow
Robert Wise, USA, 1959, 35mm, 96mm
A castaway from the police force (Ed Begley) recruits two men (Robert Ryan and Harry Belafonte), one white and one black, to help carry out a bank robbery. The tagline of this acutely socially conscious noir about the perfect heist gone wrong- "Money Brought them together. Racism tore them apart" -suggests what happens next.  Odds Against  Tomorrow  was Among the last of a Certain stripe of hard-boiled, rough- edged noirs film (it was shot on location in New York City and Hudson, New York), and it's fitting That It Also contains one of Grahame's last great performances-as a lonely, alluring neighbor of Ryan's character intrigued by His aggressive cool. 
Sunday, September 6, 9:15 pm

Fred Zinnemann, USA, 1955, DCP, 145m
A plastic surgery fiasco, a mishap at the Academy Awards, stirrings About a possible affair with her ​​husband's teenage are: by the time she was cast as the single-minded, unfashionable Ado Annie in Fred Zinnemann's massive screen adaptation of  Oklahoma! , Grahame's public image was battered. Not a trained singer, she gave the role an awkward hesitancy miles away from the commanding presence of her femme fatales, but entirely Appropriate to her farm girl worked over by baffling new passions. In a film full of wide, graceful gestures and panoramic visual effects, her clumsy performance of "I Can not Say No" strikes the surest emotional note. 
Sunday, September 6, 1:30 pm

A Woman's Secret
Nicholas Ray, USA, 1949, 35mm, 84mm
It was this During the production of murder mystery genre-blurring That Became close with Grahame Nicholas Ray, Whom she would go on to marry soon after the film wrapped. The couple's first collaboration is hard to peg: Is it a whodunit? A performance backstage melodrama? A glamorous  Pygmalion  riff? Whatever else it Might Be, A Woman's Secret is definitely a showcase for magnificent performances by Maureen O'Hara, as a famous singer cast out of the spotlight after losing her voice early, and Grahame, the Struggling young singer as she insists on molding in her own image. Herman Mankiewicz's screenplay made ​​enough of an impression on His Brother Joseph used That Latter an eerily like the story as the basis for  All About Eve
Saturday, September 5, 2:00 pm
Tuesday, September 8 2:30 pm

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