The Hitchcock blonde has become a part of popular culture, a creature with varying shades of blonde hair, from honey to ice to strawberry, who embodies beauty, mystery, seduction and at times, danger. The actress, however, who seemed to entirely realise Hitchcock's vision of the perfect leading lady for his films, was Grace Kelly. The… Continue reading A Match Made in Hollywood: The films of Grace Kelly and Alfred Hitchcock
Cool, calm, sophisticated, icy and untouchable. That is what a Hitchcock blonde is supposed to be. She is supposed to a woman whose icy locks are never out of place. Her blue eyes are clear, appraising. Always sizing her leading man up. But she is also the symbol of sexual repression. According to Hitchcock, "We're after… Continue reading Hitchcock’s Blondes: A Director’s Ideal
A remake of The Philadelphia Story (1940) starring Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart and Ruth Hussey, High Society (1956) was Grace Kelly's final film before she became Princess Grace of Monaco. Awarded the role after Elizabeth Taylor was unable to commit to the project, Grace plays the role that Katherine Hepburn originated onscreen: the ultra disciplined and refined,… Continue reading Mind If I Make Love To You: Grace Kelly in High Society
Mogambo (1953) is a remake of the pre-code classic Red Dust 1932), and was originally supposed to be set in French Indochina as it's predecessor had been. But by the early 1950s, French control of the region had begun to disintegrate and the film's producers decided to set the film in another "exotic" location, this time choosing British… Continue reading Lily in the Sun: Grace Kelly in Mogambo
I will be taking part in The 4th Wonderful Grace Kelly Blogathon hosted by The Wonderful World of Cinema and The Flapper Dame! So please watch this space!