Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Great American Tenor

Mario Lanza, the New Caruso, one of the greatest voices of the 20th century, movie star, the last of the great performers. He was, above all, an iconic star and, during the 40's into the 50's, Lanza dominated the music world singing in such operas as The Merry Wives Of Windsor, Madama Butterfly and La traviata.

Not only was he an amazing singer all-around, he also inspired other great singers influencing such talent as Plácido Domingo, José Carrera and Luciano Pavarroti with his debut movie The Great Caruso in which he portrayed Enrico Caruso. Starring in many hit movies, Mario made his indelible mark on hearts of women everywhere with his good looks and exceptional talent.

What was most remarkable - and probably most famous - about Mario Lanza was his incredible voice and the passion with which he infused within the lyrics. It was the simple way he opened his mouth to sing and how easily the listener fell into the lullaby of his deep tenor, how easily he captured your heart and made it feel what he wanted it to feel as if he owned your very soul. What Lanza sang was real... how he sang was unforgettable... and the voice that was filled with so much passion and truth became what we know now-a-days as legendary.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Movie of the Week

Blood and Sand

A fantastic re-make of the 1922 Valentino classic that captures determination, passion, and the relentless pursuit for success perfectly. Colorful costumes, sets, and a well-drawn out story line gives for 125 minutes of splendid film making.

The equally talented and handsome Tyrone Power plays Juan Gallardo, a man with dreams of becoming the most famous bullfighter in Spain. Soon enough his dreams drive him to absolute success and he finds himself gaining everything and anything that he desires. He returns home bearing gifts for all and receiving one as well when he finds his childhood love is still in love with him and has been waiting for him. But dreams, success and gain don't always bring about the best sort of life.
Juan soon finds himself embroiled in an affair with the stunning beauty Dona Sol which complicates his life and brings Juan back down to earth. He finds himself falling into a downward spiral he can't control and watches as his ambition overwhelms the life he has built up for himself.
Will it be far too late for Juan to pick up the pieces of a life that has fallen apart? Or will he be able to lift himself up again out of the blood and sand he has allowed himself to drown in?

Tyrone Power, Rita Hayworth, Linda Darnell and Anthony Quinn are all superb in this perfect film that captures the glory of Spain. It's a beautiful movie, the performances are flawless, and the depiction is enthralling. Tyrone Power is a definite standout and his acting abilities outshine just about everything else. A classic that will last forever, a movie that is truly timeless - Blood and Sand is one of the best movies ever made.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Movie of the Week

Sunset Blvd.

One of the most compelling and brilliantly acted films ever made. Whenever I see it I am arrested by the enthralling images and the amazing acting most can only dream of. To think of the other actors considered for the role is simply astounding because I simply cannot think of anyone else playing those parts.

Joe Gillis is a down on his luck screenwriter who can't catch a job or a break anywhere. While trying to escape from creditors Joe finds himself with a flat tire and stumbles upon a beautiful mansion on Sunset Blvd. and inside meets a strange butler and the even stranger faded movie star Norma Desmond. He is lured by the money she offers to write her a revised version of the screenplay she herself has drawn up.
Soon enough Joe finds himself in the insane world of Norma Desmond and overwrought with her obsession to go back to Hollywood and become again the star she once was. Can he escape her controlling clutches? Her obsession? Or has he already sunk too deep into the decay and misery surrounding Norma and her crumbling mansion?

William Holden and Gloria Swanson give once in a lifetime performances and Billy Wilder directs the film in a gripping fashion. The movie is beautiful, suspenseful, and also lends a bit of sympathy for the aging Norma Desmond. No matter how much time passes or how many films are made Sunset Blvd. will continue being a stand out and will forever be one of the greatest films ever shot.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

TV Show Of The Month

The amazing and amusing television series that ran from 1964 to 1972 starred Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha Stephens, a witch who forsakes her magical powers to settle down and marry a mortal man, Darrin Stephens. Her magical family disapproves of her choice and that obstacle provides viewers with laughs and great entertainment.

Elizabeth Montgomery is a true star and an amazing actress very much like her famous father, Robert Montgomery. She shines off the screen and is delightful in every way.
The show is an all around classic. Remarkable and entertaining all around. It is a brilliant delight to watch!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Pin Up Of The Month

Betty Grable

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Movie of the Week


Film noir at its best. Mystery at its most intriguing. Laura presents a perfect murder mystery and offers a complete range of acting done by the very best in Hollywood. The fact that two other actresses turned down the role and that Gene Tierny did not want to do this movie leaves me quite perplexed. For once, the world should be glad for contractual obligations.

Det. Mark Mcpherson (brilliantly portrayed by Dana Andrews) is investigating the murder of Laura Hunt, the alluring and beautiful ad exec, who was found dead on the floor of her apartment. Two suspects come into the picture as Laura's life unfolds. A man who was in love with her, Waldo Lydecker, and her fiance', Shelby Carpenter. The evidence that points every which way and the beautiful portrait of Laura that has made Det. McPherson fall in love with her has made the case much more difficult to solve.

Twists and turns soon abound in the coil of investigation and the truth becomes even harder to find. What is really the reason for such a brutal murder? What happened to the beautiful and doomed Laura?

Gene Tierney is absolutely enthralling and iconic in her portrayal of Laura Hunt and Dana Andrews is simply amazing as the quick talking detective eager to solve the case. Laura had the ability to make everyone love her and she will continue to do so with moviegoers throughout the years. This is truly one of the best classics and will stand out as one of the best of all time.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Favourite Gent Of The Day

It was in the early 1950's with roles in movies such as My Cousin Rachel, The Robe and Alexander The Great that Richard Burton started getting recognised. Long before, the great Richard Burton received a scholarship from the prestigious Oxford University to study acting and made his first appearance on stage in the early 40's.

Not only was Richard an incredibly talented actor in the silver screen pictures, he dominated the stage in productions of Hamlet, Henry V, Othello, The Tempest, Coriolanus and numerous others. 
Burton is quoted as saying "home is where the books are" as he was an avid fan of Shakespeare, poetry and reading.

What is most impressive about Richard is that he took the time to thoroughly understand each of the character's emotions, immersing himself in their situations, grasping their ideas, growing as a part of who the character is and becoming one with them. Unfortunately, there are some of us who were not able to witness the intensity of his raw acting talents on stage. However,  to watch all of this unfold on screen is just as remarkable of an experience. And, since we are able to rewind, we can intently study the depth within his eyes over and over again for years to come.


Movie of the Week


The movie that created all sorts of buzz and controversy, Lolita has become a classic that most moviegoers would not dream of missing. Directed by Stanley Kubrick and written by the novels original author, Lolita is one of the most outrageous and wonderful movies. Although the original product was changed to please the censors, the movie still remains a film masterpiece.

Humbert Humbert (wonderfully played by James Mason) is an English professor of French literature who moves to a small town in America for an open teaching position. There he falls into a relationship with Charlotte Haze (whose distressful loneliness is played masterfully by Shelley Winters) only to get closer to her 14 year old daughter who turns out to be quite a minx. Lolita has the charm, flirtatiousness and beauty to make Humbert fall in love with her to the point of senselessness. However, what Humbert hopes for is soon sidetracked by his antagonist, Clare Quilty (The role was widely expanded from the novel and is played by Peter Sellers) who has his own affection for Lolita.

A movie about manipulation, thriving yearnings and a scandalous want that is and will always be shocking. The actors carry out their roles effortlessly without having received much acclaim for their work. This film was widely rejected and yet continues to be film-making at its best.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Movie Of The Week

Valentine's is a day of love. Unhindered, inexpressible, and overwhelming love. The day where your sweetheart is breathless at the sound of your proclamations of devotion, and swooning over the thought you put into this one special day.
Here we will be reflecting such love in a short list of four movies that reflect love's impeccable feelings but also display the ultimate tumultuous side of love. Because while love always makes you happy, it can also hurt.

1. Gone With The Wind (1939)

Not only does this timeless masterpiece capture one of the greatest love stories of all time, it also brings us a heroine whose eyes are blinded to the one man who would do anything for her, who has loved her indefintiely. Thus bringing us one of of the most tortured, passionate, and enduring romances throughout history.

2. Romeo and Juliet(1968)

Perhaps one of the most famous, legendary, and altogether tragic love stories ever told. Romeo and Juliet tells the tale of star-crossed lovers with feuding families who only long for each other. The results of this forbidden romance is sorrowful and yet their love remains timeless and forevermore.

3. Wuthering Heights (1939)

A movie filled with enough savage romance to make anyone exhausted. Wuthering Heights offers a love that not only borders madness but also shows the side of rejection that love can take, The lasting passion behind anger and ache.

4. The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)

A story set in the most romantic place on earth about regrets, true love, and ultimate heartbreak. A movie chronicling a love so full of despair it cause sorrow and a never ending tragedy.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Modern Day Gent

Joseph Fiennes is clearly an unforgettable actor. With outstanding performances in highly acclaimed movies such as Shakespeare In Love and Elizabeth, he has made a name for himself in Hollywood. Brother to another highly acclaimed actor, Ralph Fiennes, Joseph Fiennes is truly one of Hollywood's most refined and talented actors easily taking us back to the golden era of Hollywood, making us feel as if we remember the classiness of old Hollywood.

Joseph Fiennes is outstanding in any work that he does, making him remarkable and unforgettable. He not only defines modern at it's best but with a taste of classic Hollywood in every project he does. He is one of the few actors that define the meaning of a modern day gent.

Sweethearts Of February!

Here at Gents and Dames, we found it exceedingly difficult to post only one pin up for this special
month. For February, we decided to go ahead and post as many of these beauties we could find!

Joan Blondell

Olympe Bradna

Yvonne DeCarlo

Rita Hayworth

Joan Leslie

Have a Happy Valentine's Day!