Based on Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ famous epistolary novel Les Liaisons dangereuses, Stephen Frears’ 1988 film Dangerous Liaisons is undoubtedly one of the best costume dramas ever made. Whilst that may sound like an overstatement, it really isn’t. Every aspect of the film’s production is utter perfection, from Frears’ direction, to the performances of the… Continue reading The Danger of Desire: Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
And so The Calls of Cornwall: Daphne du Maurier Blogathon has come to an end. I would like to thank all of the bloggers who contributed. I cannot WAIT to go through everyone's posts and read all about du Maurier and her works. I would also like to ask the bloggers who participated, or bloggers… Continue reading Finn…or will she come back?
It is rare that an adaptation of a novel gets things right. Often one feels that they shouldn't have bothered to buy the rights to the book at all if they were just going to change everything. Thankfully, that is not what ITV does in the 1997 adaptation of du Maurier's most famous novel, Rebecca. This is the third… Continue reading Je Reviens: Rebecca (1997)
I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't know who Michael Caine was. He just seems to have always been an actor who is very much liked in my household. My mother has always adored him. She introduced so many of his films to me, such as Zulu, which we both love because it's… Continue reading Introducing Harry Palmer: Michael Caine in “The Ipcress File” (1965)
Colleen McCullough dreamed of being a medical doctor, but due to her allergy to the surgical soap used, she was told to find another career path. Colleen then became a successful neuroscientist, and taught and researched at Yale Medical School for a decade. During this time she was not only highly successful in her chosen… Continue reading The Frailty of the Flesh: Barbara Stanwyck in The Thorn Birds
The Mirror Crack'd (1980) was adapted from Agatha Christie's 1964 novel, The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side. The film boasts some of the most famous actors of the 1950s and 1960s, Elizabeth Taylor, Tony Curtis, Kim Novak, Angela Lansbury, and of course, Rock Hudson. This would be Rock Hudson's second last theatrically released film, made five years… Continue reading An Ill Fated Kiss: Rock Hudson in The Mirror Crack’d