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The 37th Academy Awards - 1965
The Academy Awards
There is no better time to look at the Academy Awards of the past than when the Academy Awards are in the air. What glory and grandeur has gone before and what glory, thrills, reality and beauty await us. The visionaries that bring life to the screen keep us involved in scenarios we can only imagine. There is nothing like the movies to take us away, entertain us, and even make us think. Politically correct, politically incorrect, the ills of society and the fantasies we long for, those are the movies we see.
The Academy Awards is time dedicated to those movies. Any Academy Awards fan can watch Turner Classic Movies for the month of February to see past Academy Awards winners. In 2014 a documentary entitled "And the Oscar Goes To" was aired on TCM. While not on DVD yet, it is sure to be a winner. TCM writes it "gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Academy Awards and Oscar-winning films through the eyes of Hollywood insiders." I watched it on CNN and was not disappointed.
Some Songs from My Fair Lady
- Wouldn't It be Loverly
- An Ordinary Man
- The Rain in Spain
- I Could Have Danced All Night
- On the Street Where You Live
- Get Me to the Church On Time
- I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady won eight Academy Awards for; Best Picture, Directing, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Sound, Original Music Score, Best Art Direction, and Costume Design. It was adapted from the stage production Pygmalion.
An arrogant phonetics professor played by Rex Harrison, wagers he can turn the cockney accent of a lowly flower girl into that of a proper lady and make her presentable to London Society. (Wikipedia)
Just about everyone is familiar with the story. Professor Higgins is arrogant and knowledgeable and at first treats Eliza, played by Audrey Hepburn, solely as a project to ensure his bet. He does later sing "I've grown accustomed to your face." which actually means he's fallen in love with her.
The acting is superb but so are the songs that came from this musical. If you like Audrey Hepburn and musicals, this is a must see!
In case you're interested there are two schools of thought regarding where the title "My Fair Lady" came from. First is from the nursery rhyme, "London Bridge"....London Bridge is falling down, My Fair Lady.
The second is from the play when Professor Higgins suggests he can pass Eliza off as a "Mayfair Lady". Eliza however, replies that she doesn't want to be a "My Fair Lady".
The Rain in Spain
Even though the sound of it
is something quite atrocious
If you say it loud enough you'll
always sound precocious
Um diddle diddle diddle
um diddle ay! (etc.)
Because I was afraid to speak
when I was just a lad
Me father gave me nose a tweak
and told me I was bad
But then one day I learned a word
That saved me achin' nose
The biggest word I ever heard
And this is how it goes: Oh!
Mary Poppins won five Academy Awards; Best Actress, Film Editing, Visual Effects, Original Song, and Best Music, Substantially Original Score.
If you haven't heard of Mary Poppins you've been living under a rock for sure. Really! Never heard "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" or "A Spoonful of Sugar"? This delightful film stars two of Hollywood's most beloved, Dick van Dyke and Julie Andrews and the songs add to the fun.
As you may know from the current movie about the making of Mary Poppins "Saving Mr. Banks", Disney's daughters fell in love with the Mary Poppins books and begged their father to make a movie about her. When the film was made it was an instant hit and labeled a musical fairy tale by some.
Set in 1910 London, when the Banks children meet their new nanny, Mary Poppins, they've met their match! Her magical talents surprise and enthrall them. Bert the chimney sweep (Dick van Dyke) is a good friend of Mary's and adds to the fantasy. Of course I was also happy with Glynis Johns as the mother of Jane and Michael (I've always thought she was cute and loved her voice), and Ed Wynn, a talented vaudeville comedian as Uncle Albert.
This musical mixes live action with animation to delight of every child who's ever seen it...young and old alike. According to Disney's wikia, "In 2006 this film ranked #6 on the American Film Institute's list of best musicals."
There's no lack of fun in this film from the acting, singing and effects it really is a joy from start to finish. If you have small children, buy or rent it right away.
Nominees (non winners) for the 37th Academy Awards
Richard Burton - Becket
Anne Bancroft - The Pumpkin Eater
Peter O'Toole - Becket
Sophia Loren - Marriage Italian Style
Anthony Quinn - Zorba the Greek
Debbie Reynolds - The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Zorba the Greek
Peter Sellers - Dr. Strangelove
Kim Stanley - Seance on a Wet Afternoon
Musicals or Thrillers?
If you had a choice which would you prefer?
Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte
In a complete departure from the delightful musicals of 1965 we have Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte. It seems the inimitable Bette Davis spent her last years in film doing horror/thrillers. From What Ever Happened to Baby Jane to Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte.
Charlotte is the victim in this murder thriller. The movie starts out with the murder-dismemberment of Charlotte's fiancé. It seems her fiancé, played by Bruce Dern, is already married when he proposes to Charlotte. Her father finds out and confronts him so he tells Charlotte he no longer loves her and is leaving. Not only is he murdered but his body is hacked up, hands cut off, head cut off, you get the picture. Charlotte finds his body and returns to a party covered in his blood. Is she really the murderer?
It seems her father thinks so though while Charlotte thinks it was her father. Years later to protect her father's secret when a demolition crew comes to demolish her house she refuses to let them near the house. She wants to keep her father's secret. She calls on her cousin played by Olivia DeHavilland to help her keep her house. Remember, everyone believes Charlotte killed her lover.
Well, it seems Olivia and her lover played by Joseph Cotton are out to get Charlotte's money. Joseph Cotton is a doctor supposedly there to help Charlotte. Things begin to deteriorate for Charlotte as memories come alive, with a little help from her "friends". As Olivia DeHavilland said of her character, " It's always the charming ones of evil intent who are the dangerous ones; the others you can see coming."
I don't like spoilers so I'll leave it at that. Watch the movie to find out the details.
Backstory of Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte
There are so many more good movies from 1964, movies like Goldfinger, Marnie, and don't forget Bikini Beach with Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon!
Each year we watch our favorite movies, some new some old. Check out the movies from 1964 if you haven't already seen them.
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