October 22, 2005

Oct. 22 in the movie history

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Oct. 22 is a birthday of:

Joan Fountaine – the star of Hitchcock movies “Rebecca” (co-starring Laurence Olivier) and “Suspicion” (co-starring Cary Grant) and younger sister of the Hollywood star Olivia de Havilland. A chance encounter with the producer David Selznick, who was in the process of selecting a female lead for the movie after Daphne de Maurier’s book, had led to Joan Fountaine’s selection for the main role in the movie. The film was a huge success and brought Joan Fountaine a nomination for the Academy award as the Best Actress, but she actually got the award only next year, for the role in another Hitchcock thriller “Suspicion”. Joan Fountaine enjoyed a long and very successful career in the movies, but she also was very well accepted in several Broadway productions and made quite a few television appearances since the 70s.

Catherine Deneuve – a queen of the French cinema, a beloved star of many famous films, including the classic musicals “Les Parapluies de Cherbourg” (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and “Les Demoiselles de Rochefort”, Luis Bunuel’s masterpieces “Belle de jour” and “Tristana” and the 1980 film “Le Dernier Metro”, which brought her the highest award in the French cinema, the Cesar.

Jan de Bont – the Dutch cameraman and director. He started as a cameraman in the Netherlands and his work on the Paul Verhoeven 1973 movie “Turks Fruit” has made him famous in Europe. He is more well-known to audiences worldwide, however, for the films he made as a director. His directorial debut was the 1994 movie “Speed”, which brought an instant fame to the stars Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock and had a huge success all over the world, which allowed Jan de Bont to continue his career as a director. He continued with “Speed 2”, “Twister” and his latest film “Lara Croft Tomb Raider”, all of which enjoyed a wide success.

October 20, 2005

Oct 20 in the movie history

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Oct 20 is a birthday of:

Viggo Mortensen, an actor, who had a rather long history of supporting roles in the movies of famous directors like Peter Weir, Tony and Ridley Scott, Jane Campion – and was a relatively well-know name in the movies, until he’s been chosen for the role of Aragorn in Peter Jackson adaptation of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, which made him famous world-wide. His passionate, brave, loyal Aragorn, who has transformed from an obscure lone ranger into the King of Gondor, had been a perfect match for Tolkien novel’s hero.

Incidentally, the last part of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The return of the King”, has been published on this day 50 years ago, in 1955


October 18, 2005

Oct. 18 in the movie history

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Oct. 18 is a birthday of :

My favourite TV actor Peter Boyle (1935). He had a relatively successful movie career since 1970 (though he played supporting roles practically in every movie he’s made). However, he’s more known and loved now for his work on TV. He played a role of a old grudgy psychic, who sees how people die, and for his talent is enlisted by Mulder to provide an insight into their investigation of a maniac, killing psychics and palm readers all over town. This role brought Peter Boyle an “Emmy” award. However, he is probably more known to the audiences now as Frank Barone, the father of Ray Barone, the main character of the hit TV show “Everybody loves Raymond”-an oddball, but likeable and funny character. Their duet with Doris Roberts (Frank’s wife, Marie) is one of the biggest attractions of the show.

Howard Shore, the film music composer, who wrote music to many famous films, including “Philadelphia”, “Silence of Lambs”, “Seven” and many others, but his real fame (and two “Oscars”) came to him after “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Hi wonderful music has enormously enriched the action and emotional atmosphere of the trilogy.

Jean-Claude Van Damme (1960), a Belgian-born Hollywood actor mostly known for his martial arts skills, which landed him the roles in the popular action movies of the 90s like “Universal Soldier”, “Time Cop” and “Nowhere to Run”. He’s never been a megastar and his acting skills are somewhat dubious, but his karate skills and attractive physique played out well in the best of his films, creating a moderate following of fans.

October 15, 2005

Oct. 15 in the movie history

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the more amazing as it was a parody on Hitler, well alive and in full action building the Third Reich at the time!


Mario Puzo – an author, whose successful novel ” The Godfather” has developed into one of the most successful trilogies in the history of the cinema, portraying a story of a Mafia kingpin and his family and starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan

October 13, 2005

Oct. 13 in the movie history

Filed under: Movie calendar — movie_critic @ 3:41 pm

Oct. 13 is a birthday of the great French (born in Italy) singer and actor Yves Montand, whose biggest career was on stage as one of the greatest crooners in French chanson, yet he carved himself a name in the movie history as well. The movie, which made Montand a star, was called “La Salaires de la Peur” (“Wages of Fear”). Made by a famous French director Henri-Geroge Clouzot, it was a story about desperate fugitives in some Latin American country, who are hired to transport an explosive in several trucks over a very dangerous road. The movie was an instant success due to masterful drama, tension and actors playing the lead roles. Montand had made over 25 films during his career, two of which (“Garcon!” and “I comme Icar”) brought him a highest award in the French cinema – the Cesar.

Being a huge X-Files fan I can’t miss the fact that today is also a birthday for the X-Files creator and producer, Chris Carter. One of the best sci-fi shows in the TV history about two FBI agents, searching for clues in the unexplained cases had brought a worldwide fame and recognition to previously unknown TV producer. The success of the X-Files had allowed Carter to produce another successful show, “Millenium”, as well as 2 rather short-lived TV-series “Harsh Realm” and “Lone Gunmen” (“The X-Files” spin-off). There were rumours about another X-Files movie, but not confirmation of them being true, at least not yet…

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