Around two weeks ago, The Classic Movie Muse contacted me to let me know that she had nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you!! What an honour! The Classic Movie Muse is a lovely blog I discovered quite recently when I was hosting the 5th Grace Kelly Blogathon. I’m sure many bloggers out there are familiar with these types of awards, but here is a reminder of how it works:
1- Thank the person who nominated you for the award and provide a link to his/her blog.
2- Answer this blogger’s eleven questions.
3- Nominate eleven bloggers.
4- Create eleven questions for the bloggers you’ve nominated
Answering the nominator’s questions is always a lot of fun! Here we go:
1- What are two of your favorite films that have also won Best Picture?
I guess we are talking about the Oscars? In my case, it would be The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler, 1946) and Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940).
2- What is your favorite film score?
Easy! Spellbound‘s score by Miklos Rozsa! This music is so mesmerizing. Also, when I was working at this movie theatre in Montreal, this score was often playing on the radio, but I was probably the only one noticing.
3- What is your favorite play to movie adaptation?
I’m not sure if I have to have seen the play as well, but, if not, it would be The Miracle Worker by William Gibson, which was itself base on Helen Keller’s autobiography The Story of My Life. The film adaptation was directed by Arthur Penn and released in 1962.
4- What is your favorite decade of film? Your least favorite? Why and why not?
My favourite one would be the 30s. Honestly, I have rarely seen films from that decade that I didn’t like. It was the decade of my favourite film genre, screwball comedy, but also pre-code films and Busby Berkeley musicals. I love the fifties as well since there pretty much was great films in any movie genres. My least favourite would be… Hum… Do I really have a least favourite? I guess it could be the actual one, the 2010s. As we say, it’s not the same as it used to be.
5- If you could be a character in a film for a day who would it be and why?
I would go with Susan Vance from Bringing Up Baby because she perfectly knows how to have fun!
6- What is the latest film related book you’ve read? Share something new you learned from it.
If I correctly remember, it was Kirk Douglas’s autobiography, The Ragman’s Son. I learned a lot of stuff while reading it. Just to give you an example, Kirk was very nervous to star alongside Barbara Stanwyck in his first film, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. In the end, she turned out to be very helpful and someone great to work with. That’s just one trivia among many.
7- You’re given the chance to recast a film from the golden era. Which film would it be and who would you choose for your dream cast?
Well, I’ve rarely seen a completely miscast film, but I would have liked Vera Miles to be cast instead of Kim Novak in Vertigo (Alfred Hitchock, 1958) as it was initially planned. I think Kim Novak is good or even very good in certain films, but this is definitely not my favourite performance of hers.
8- Do you prefer Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly?
Fred Astaire. As dancers, they were both extremely talented, but I think Fred Astaire was a better actor and a better singer. So, overall, I chose him.
9- You’ve walked into a restaurant and have the choice of having five folks from the film industry (actors/actresses/directors/screenwriters/composers etc.) join you for dinner. Who would you choose and why?
That reminds me of this movie star party article I posted three years ago! This is a difficult choice, but, for now, I would go with the following five:
Alfred Hitchcock, Ingrid Bergman, Kenneth Williams, Peter O’Toole, and Audrey Hepburn. I think they would be very interesting people to talk to!
10- What’s a film-related item you have on your holiday wish list?
I haven’t made wish lists in a long time lol. Also, I won’t be spending Christmas at home. I will be travelling with friends in Europe. So, I’m more counting on good times than gifts!
11- You are given the chance to go back in time and watch the filming of a movie from the golden age. Which is it and why?
Oh! There are many I can think of right now. I might go with Gold Diggers of 1933 or any work by Busby Berkeley just to see how he organized this fascinating staging!
These were fun questions to answer!
And now, here are the 11 bloggers I nominate (in alphabetical order)! 🙂
PS: I’ve nominated bloggers that I’ve never nominated for any award in the past years. So, it’s a little less than 11!
Congratulation to all these fine bloggers!
I hope you’ll enjoy answering these eleven questions:
1- Is there something movie-related you are “ashamed” of? For example, a film you still haven’t seen, that time you mixed up two actors, etc.
2- Do you celebrate your favourite movie stars on their birthday? If yes, how?
3- What is your best movie industry-related memory. It can be a film screening, an encounter, a movie class you attended, a festival, etc.
4- Is there a movie remake you actually like better than the original?
5- What is your favourite Swedish film? If you haven’t seen any, is there one you’ll be curious to see? Asking because I live in Stockholm now!
6- How many movies do you approximately watch each month?
7- What is the first movie-related blog you ever read?
8- If you could create a cocktail in honour of a movie star who would you honour and how would it be made?
9- Is there someone whose movie suggestions you always trust?
10- What was the first blog article you ever wrote (aside from a “Welcome to my blog” article)? Were you proud of it?
11- Do you have any movie-related resolution(s) for 2020?
Of course, this is only for fun, so take time to answer them if you feel like it. There’s no hurry!
Many thanks again to The Classic Movie Muse for nominating me!