Saturday, October 29, 2005

More More Moorehead

October almost over and I only review one movie from our star of the month . Here 's some more movie I really like that feature our star of the month Ms. Agnes Moorehead

Agnes Moorehead came to Hollywood from New York with Orson Welles to appear as Charles Foster Kane's mother in CITIZEN KANE (1941), her first of 60+ film roles.The film was nominated for nine Oscars in 1941 including Best Picture. Although it never won but it 'd said to be the best american movie ever made (AFI 100 best movie of all time No.1)

The film adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's classic novel, JANE EYRE (1944) which starred Joan Fontaine as the title character and Welles as Rochester. Moorehead played young Jane's guardian Mrs. Reed, and the film also featured several of the 1940's rising child stars including Peggy Ann Garner, Elizabeth Taylor and Margaret O'Brien.

DARK PASSAGE (1947) which also featured Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Moorehead played villainess Madge Rapf in this film-noir thriller, and had a famous exit through a plate glass window.

Moorehead played Aggie McDonald, aunt of Jane Wyman's Belinda in Warner Bros.' drama about a deaf-dumb girl who shoots her rapist and goes on trial for murder in JOHNNY BELINDA (1948). Moorehead's performance earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination, one of twelve nominations the film received. Incidentally, this was the first of five films on which Moorehead and Wyman collaborated.

ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS is a classic Douglas Sirk melodrama with Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson, that was the inspiration for Todd Haynes's FAR FROM HEAVEN (2002).

Note from Jay : When it was released, All That Heaven Allows was not well received by most critics, who saw only a romantic melodrama in it. Unfortunadely, some depreciate the film even today, because it is melodramatic, "soap opera like", they say. I was stunned by the beautiful restoration of the film. It's a virtual feast for the eyes with that glorious Technicolor

From Robert Aldrich's murder-thriller, HUSH... HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE (1964) in which Moorehead earned her fourth and final Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role as Velma, suspected murderess Charlotte Hollis (Bette Davis)'s faithful servant. Also featuring Olivia de Havilland and Joseph Cotten, this movie received seven Oscar nominations in 1964, but did not take any statuettes home.

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