Discovering Gene Kelly
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Part of the Series: Discovering Film
Sinatra's film career took off when he starred with Gene Kelly in Anchors Aweigh and On The Town. Whilst remaining one of the biggest musical entertainers in the world he managed to star in many highly acclaimed films including The Man With The Golden Arm and The Manchurian Candidate and…
Discovering James Stewart
Part of the Series: Discovering Film
James Stewart achieved stardom for his portrayal of the ordinary man who battles against the throes of adversity as highlighted in two of his most loved films, Mr Smith Goes to Washington and It's a Wonderful Life. Stewart was to work with Hollywood's finest directors including John Ford, Frank Capra,…
In Conversation: John Hurt
Part of the Series: In Conversation
John Hurt's first major role was in 1966's A Man for All Seasons which won the Academy Award for Best Picture that year. However, it was his portrayal of Quentin Crisp in the 1975 TV play, The Naked Civil Servant, that shot him to fame and earned him the BAFTA…
In Conversation: Mike Newell
Part of the Series: In Conversation
Mike Newell is an incredibly versatile director. Born to actor parents he cut his teeth in television before Four Weddings and a Funeral put him on the Hollywood guest list. Never one to keep to the same tack, he's worked with Al Pacino and Johnny Depp in the gangland thriller…
Discovering Marilyn Monroe
Part of the Series: Discovering Film
Marilyn Monroe - To be a Hollywood great is to fly too close to the sun, to embody the dreams of millions while placing your fate in their hearts. Discovering film celebrates the life of Marilyn Monroe from her early days to her now iconic films Some Like it Hot…
Discovering Rita Hayworth
Part of the Series: Discovering Film
Initially talent spotted while dancing underage in a Tijuana nightclub act, it wasn't until Margarita Cansino changed her name to Rita Hayworth that her Hollywood career really took flight. Seductive turns in early hits such at The Strawberry Blonde, Blood And Sand and You'll Never Get Rich earned her the…
Discovering Bette Davis
Part of the Series: Discovering Film
Known as the 'first lady of the screen' Bette Davis' is one of the Hollywood greats. Her striking presence, paved the way for future female leads. As her career developed Bette was desperate for a great film role, and unlike other starlets she didn't mind playing unsympathetic characters, the following…
Discovering Marlon Brando
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Widely considered the greatest actor ever, Marlon Brando's performances were as dazzling as his own larger-than-life personality. He exploded onto the screen as Stanley Kowolski in A Streetcar Named Desire and embodied the original rebel-without-a-cause in The Wild One. His first Oscar came for his unforgettable performance in On The…
Discovering Cannes - In The Beginning
Part of the Series: Discovering Cannes Moments
The festival is established as a response to Mussolini's control of the existing Venice Film Festival. It becomes an inspiration to a generation still recovering from the impact of WWII by attracting the biggest stars of the time including Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and legendary director Orson Welles. Its reputation…
The Young Girls of Rochefort
Jacques Demy followed up The Umbrellas of Cherbourg with another musical about missed connections and second chances, this one a more effervescent confection. Twins Delphine and Solange, a dance instructor and a music teacher (played by real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Francoise Dorleac), long for big-city life; when a fair…
Discovering Brigitte Bardot
Part of the Series: Discovering The Arts
This incredible, almost mythical beauty exploded on to the world scene in the early 1950's. But who was this star, this icon, this democratically elected honorary sex-goddess of the decade? This documentary tells the story of Brigitte Bardot's incredible rise to fame giving an overview of how the world fell…
Discovering Film
Discovering film celebrates the lives of those who soared the highest. From Marlon Brando to Elizabeth Taylor, we uncover what drove them and why the world loved them. Contributions from contemporary commentators and current Hollywood glitterati will bring each icon's legacy up to date as we relive their most magical…