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The Duo Double Feature Blogathon: William Holden and Audrey Hepburn

Movie Duo blogathonThe Flapper Dame and Phyllis Loves Classic Movies are hosting this blogathon all about screen duos who only ever made two films together. Be sure to visit their sites to read all the entries. I can’t wait to read them all myself.

I’m writing about one of my favourite screen couples. Who are they? That couple are William Holden and Audrey Hepburn. They were two of the most popular American film stars of the 1950’s and 60’s, and they sure did have some amazing chemistry with one another. You would have thought that they would have been paired together more regularly, sadly that was just not to be. 

They only ended up working together twice in their entire careers. I like them so much because they have such incredible chemistry, they really make you feel and believe their respective characters growing feelings for one another.

There are some romantic screen teams out there that fit together like hands in gloves; Myrna Loy and William Powell, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, Walter Pidgeon and Greer Garson etc. I consider William and Audrey to be one of those types of screen couples.

The couple were first paired together in Sabrina (1954). This charming romantic comedy tells the story of a chauffer’s daughter (Audrey Hepburn) who is in love with two wealthy brothers (William Holden and Humphrey Bogart). They both love her in return, but which of the two will end up capturing her heart forever? If you haven’t seen the film I won’t spoil the final outcome for you.

Audrey and William shine in their shared scenes together here. There is a real warmth and tenderness between them that really helps in their romantic scenes. During the making of this film the pair fell in love and had a brief affair, so their chemistry is the real thing and it really does show on screen.

Sadly their real life relationship didn’t have a happy ending. Audrey was desperate for children and William having had a vasectomy couldn’t give her that which she desired above all else. Plus William was also married at the time which put an obstacle in their path of happiness, but he certainly fell hard for Audrey no doubt about it.

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In this film I love them the most in the dance scene out on the terrace, they fit together perfectly and look so at ease in each others arms. I think that it is more than simply acting between them in that scene, there is a real connection between them that you can see.

The way William looks at her I think it’s like he’s looking into her soul, and she looks at him with such adoration and joy in her face. I could watch these two dance and flirt forever and still feel that magical connection and still be enchanted by them.

I also really love them in the scene outside the train station where Holden’s car screeches to a halt when he sees Audrey waiting for a taxi. Their comic back and forth banter in the sequence is a real joy, and once again their reactions to one another are so genuine.

The couple were reunited on screen ten years later. This time to star in the extremely underrated Paris When It Sizzles, a romantic comedy that is also one big in joke about filmmaking. The film pokes fun at many different film related things, from method acting, to how scriptwriters come up with their stories. 

A secretary (Audrey Hepburn)is sent to Paris to type up the latest script from a famous film screenwriter (William Holden). She gets drawn into his imagination and the two also find themselves falling in love. We also see all the possible plots he comes up with acted out by William and Audrey playing the different characters from the screenplay.

It was difficult for William to make this film as he still had feelings for Audrey, and at this time he was also drinking rather heavily. There are moments in this film when he looks at her and you can tell that it is not his character looking at her with longing, it is William himself looking at the woman he loves.

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It’s quite painful to watch them at times actually in this one because you feel his longing, and when you know what was going on behind the scenes your heart goes out to him. It must have been agony for him to have been so close to her and knowing he couldn’t have her. That agony and longing in a weird way actually works for the film. William’s character finds himself more and more attracted to Audrey’s secretary, but he finds it difficult to pursue his feelings when they have work to do and he’s also not sure if she returns his feelings.

There is still that genuine warmth and magic between Audrey and William on screen here, and they both look like they are enjoying the opportunity to have lots of fun in the scenes such as the vampire at the grotto, and the scene when they order room service (I love the way Audrey makes that order and the look on William’s face when he hears her place the order.)  🙂

I love them the most in all the scenes in this where they kiss, those kisses are so tender and passionate. I also love them in the scene where they are playing the rich couple who both mention having had giraffes as children, the way they act in that and deliver the lines cracks me up every time I watch that film.

Perfect timing, natural chemistry and genuine affection for each other help these two become a perfect screen team. I was so disappointed when I first found out that they only made two films, I was so looking forward to seeing them in more films. Oh well, at least their screen magic can be enjoyed over and over again in these two films.

Well those are just a few of the reasons why I love these two so much. If you have never seen William and Audrey act together, I suggest that you take a look at the films I mentioned and watch them together for yourselves. I hope you like this screen duo as much as I do. Happy viewing.  🙂 

Any other fans of William and Audrey? Please leave your comments below.

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My Blog Milestone

100 followers

When I started this blog back in February of this year, I never in a million years expected to actually gain many (if indeed any) followers. I started this blog simply as a place just to archive my thoughts on various films etc that I’ve watched.

I was delighted when I started to gain a handful of followers, and when I started receiving comments. I was really chuffed with this, but I certainly never expected to get 100 followers. Checking my blog this morning and seeing this figure there really touched me. To some bloggers this number is insignificant as they have so many followers, but to me it is quite an achievement, and it is something  which I did not expect at all.

I want to thank each and every one of you for following me. Thank you for leaving comments and likes. I’ve been delighted to run into so many fellow classic film fans here, and over the last few months I’ve made many blog friends too. Thank you all for dropping by to read my film ramblings. Many of you say you are pleased that I have introduced you to a film that you hadn’t heard of before, so I am very grateful to hear that and it is my pleasure. I hope you all enjoy watching those films.

More importantly, I want to thank you all so much for your support and encouragement. When I started out blogging I lacked confidence, but now I’m feeling like I am a old hand at blogging. My thanks go again to my good friend Caftan Woman for encouraging me to take up blogging in the first place.  

I invite you all to share a slice (or two) of chocolate cake in celebration of 100 follows.  🙂

Maddy x

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The Unpopular Film Opinion Tag

Catherine, over at Thoughtsallsorts has tagged me for this. I appreciate the tag, and many thanks for this.  This tag was started by Richard, over at TheHumpoShow .

The Rules

1 – Pick 3 films that are well liked by most people, except by you.
2 – Tag 5 or more people to get involved.
3 – Thank the person who tagged you.

Well, where (and how)do I start this?

1 – I’m a big fan of David Lean, but I cannot stand Doctor Zhivago! I like the visuals and the music but that is as far as my love for this one goes I’m afraid. For some reason most of the acting comes across as stiff to me and I just don’t care one bit about Zhivago and Lara. It seems really dull too, which I consider to be hugely unusual for a Lean film.

2-  I like Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and Baz Luhrmann, but I felt that Australia was a mess! I think it tried to tackle too much instead of just focusing on a couple of things. While Nicole and Hugh have some lovely scenes I just can’t get emotionally invested in their characters or care when bad things happened to them. I so wanted to like this and I have tried to rewatch it several times. It still does nothing for me I’m afraid.

3- My third choice isn’t a film but a TV series. True Detective has talented stars, one of the best theme tunes in recent years, and some awesome photography. It had such potential, and I was so looking forward to it when it came out. I sadly had the opposite reaction to many viewers who praised it highly.  What we get is a convoluted plot that reaches David Lynch levels of weirdness. At first I was hooked, a few episodes in I had lost interest, by the end I was just open mouthed in disbelief and shaking my head in confusion.  My final verdict on this one? Plain weird!

I tag the following bloggers.

Charlene over at Charlene’smostlyclassicmoviereviews

Paul over at Pfeiffer Pfilms and Meg Movies

Fritzi over at Movies Silently

Virginie over at Thewonderfulworldofcinema

Janet over at Sister Celluloid

Please feel free to join in, even if you haven’t been tagged by anyone taking part. You can leave your answers here in the comments below, or you can write a post on your own site. Have fun!

 

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Thank You To My Followers

Hi all. Hope your week has been going well, and that you have a relaxing/fun weekend waiting for you.

I just wanted to say a big thank you today to all of my followers.

When I started this blog back in February, I never for one moment expected to get many(if indeed, any)followers; I was just happy to be here writing about films, and hoping that at least one other person might read what I’ve written and share my love of classic cinema.

Now, just a few weeks later, I  have several followers, have taken part in my first blogathon, and I am feeling much more confident about blogging in general. So, whether you follow me from another blog or you follow via email, I just want you to know how much your support, comments and likes are meaning to me. I’ve met some lovely people and am enjoying so many fun and interesting conversations.

I want to give a special mention to Patricia, over at CaftanWoman. Thank you for encouraging me to give blogging a go in the first place and for offering me so much advice/help. It is very much appreciated. Not familiar with her blog? Be sure to stop by and check it out for some terrific reviews and comments.

I’d like to give a special mention to some other bloggers who I’m really chuffed to have come across for various reasons. Not familiar with them? Get yourselves clicking on the links to their sites and see what they’re all about.

Brian, over at Bonnywood Manor is your go to chap for classic film related satire. He knows how to make you giggle. Keep those laughs coming.

Charlene, over at Charlene’s (Mostly)Classic Film Reviews has a love for classic cinema from around the world. Be sure to stop by and check out her comments and feelings about various classics. I was delighted to run into Charlene, as she shares my love for classic era Japanese cinema.

Theresa, over at cinemavensessaysfromthecouch is passionate about the classics, and it really shows in her character and performance focused posts. Classic fans will surely envy her when they learn she met Kirk Douglas, Robert Osborne, and appeared on the TCM channel in America.

Fritzi, over at MoviesSilently  is your go to gal for all things to do with Silent cinema. I will be forever grateful to her for introducing me to some Silent films and stars that I had never heard of.

Ruth, over at SilverScreenings is not only passionate about the classics, but has one of the most lovely looking blogs I’ve come across. I really like the layout and look. Get over to her blog for interesting discussions and posts.

Many thanks once again to you all. I appreciate you stopping by and reading, and replying to my posts.

Maddy X