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Indiscreet (1958)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1958

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100 min – view video clip

Director: Stanley Donen
Starring: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman

Genres: Comedy, Romance

IMDB 6.8 / Amazon 3.9 / Tomatometer 100%

Oscars: n/a

Anna Kalman is an accomplished actress who has given up hope of finding the man of her dreams. She is in the middle of taking off her face cream, while talking about this subject with her sister, when in walks Philip Adams. She loses her concentration for a moment as she realizes that this is the charming, smart, and handsome man she has been waiting for. They begin a love-at-first-sight relationship, but she finds out that he has been keeping a secret from her. When she learns of his lie, she becomes furious and works out a plan for revenge. IMDB 6.8 from over 4,075 users

Romance is in the air when a dashing diplomat (Cary Grant) is introduced to a beautiful and famous actress (Ingrid Bergman). The fact that he’s married doesn’t stop the love-struck pair from falling into a passionate affair. But it turns out that the actress isn’t the only one with a talent for role-playing — her married lover is actually a single playboy with no intentions of settling down. When his secret is revealed she decides to give her Romeo a taste of his own medicine and discovers it’s just what the love doctor ordered. Amazon 3.9 stars from over 69 users

Adapted by Norman Krasna from his play Kind Sir, Indiscreet stars Ingrid Bergman as a wealthy actress and Cary Grant as an international financial wizard. While Grant is visiting London, Bergman’s sister Phyllis Calvert and brother-in-law Cecil Parker introduce Grant to Bergman. Because he feels he has no time for marriage, Grant pretends to be married to avoid romantic tangles. Bergman, however, finds the prospect of an affair with a married man to be quite exhilarating. When she discovers the truth, Bergman gets even with the now-smitten Grant by faking a romance with an ex-boy friend–ordering luckless chauffeur David Kossoff to pose as her beau. Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 100% Audience 70%

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The Black Orchid (1958)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1958

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96 mins – not rated – view video trailer

Director: Martin Ritt

Writer: Joseph Stefano

Genres: Drama, Romance
IMDB 6.7 / Amazon 3.9 / Tomatometer 20% / 64%
Oscars: none
After mobsters murder her husband, Rose Bianco works long hours making artificial flowers, to support herself and her son. Some suspect that Rose’s demand for a lavish lifestyle pushed her husband to a life of crime, and they blame her for his death. Widower Frank Valente is attracted to Rose, and must convince her that real love exists. He must also deal with his own daughter, who has her own reasons for opposing his marriage to Rose. IMDB 6.7 rating from over 539 users
There is more than a hint of the Oscar winning Marty in this quiet drama, shot in luminous black and white by Robert Barr and directed with economy and restraint by Martin Ritt. Anthony Quinn plays a widower who falls in love with Rose Bianco -the Black Orchid of the title.She is a widow whose husband was entangled with the mob and killed in a mob hit.She is eking out a living working in an artificial flower company and worrying about her son who is a persistent escapee from the county farm.Initially resistant she soon falls heavily for Quinn’s rough hewn charms but there is an obstacle -the staunch opposition of his possessive daughter ,played by Ina Balin. The movie is the story of the courtship and its eventual resolution. Sterling performances by the leads and a strong musical score by Alessandro Cicognini compensate for the slightly over sentimental script but overall this a neglected little gem. Amazon 3.9 stars from over 14 users
The title is Black Orchid, but the leading lady is a rose–florist Rose Bianco, played by Sophia Loren. Newly widowed, Rose holds herself responsible for the death of her husband, a well-known gangster. Anthony Quinn plays a widower who falls in love with Rose, much to the dismay of his daughter (Ina Balin), who fears that Quinn will be destroyed as thoroughly as Rose’s first husband. All ends happily after Rose and her new beau align to find her unhappy runaway son (Jimmy Baird). Black Orchid tries too hard to be a “slice of life;” perhaps it might have fared better with a cast of unknowns, but then who’d go to see it? Rotten Tomatoes 20% / 64% audience
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Gigi (1958)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1958

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115  min – view video trailer

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Starring: Leslie Caron, Maurice chevalier, Louis Jordan

Genres: Comedy, Musical, Romance

IMDB 6.9 / Amazon 4.2 / MRQE 69% / Tomatometer 74%

Oscars: nominated for 9, won 9 (Best Picture, Director, Art, Cinematography, Costume, Editing, Music Song, Music Scoring, Writing)

Ranked #145 Greatest Movies Through 1960

Weary of the conventions of Parisian society, a rich playboy and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long. IMDB 6.9 rating from over 8,308 users

Winner of nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, this charming musical stars Leslie Caron as a young woman in early 1900s Paris whose grandmother and aunt groom her for the family tradition of being a well-cared-for courtesan. Caron upsets their plans when she and intended paramour Louis Jourdan fall in love.  Amazon 4.2 stars from over 168 users

Weaving in and out of the story is Maurice Chevalier as an aging boulevardier who, years earlier, had been in love with Gingold’s character. Chevalier gets most of the best Lerner & Loewe tunes, including Thank Heaven for Little Girls, I’m Glad I’m Not Young Any More, and his matchless duet with Gingold, I Remember it Well. Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 74% Audience 74%

MRQE  69% from over 44 reviews

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Vertigo (1958)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1958

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128 min – PG – view video trailer

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak

Genres: Mystery, Romance, Thriller

IMDB 8.5 / Amazon 4.6 / MRQE 89

Oscars: Nominated for 2, won 0

Ranked #6 Greatest Movies Through 1960, in 31 of 41 best movies lists, a Zagat Top Movie

A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. IMDB rating 8.5 from over 126,284 users

Although it wasn’t a box-office success when originally released in 1958, Vertigo has since taken its deserved place as Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest, most spellbinding, most deeply personal achievement. Amazon 4.6 stars from over 386 users

MRQE 89% rating from over 108 reviews

Notes: Hitchcock’s cameo appearance is about 10 minutes into the movie when he walks past the shipyard in a gray suit.

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