Friday, January 13, 2012


The scene-stealing charisma of the lead actors in the two movies I watched this week is definitely what makes them both memorable. You just don't see that level of star-power in movies these days.
"It Happened One Night" (1934) stars Claudette Colbert as a spoilt runaway heiress and Clark Gable as a  reporter travelling across the USA with her in the hopes of getting a headline story. I laughed out loud in this one, particulary in the scene where they use different methods of stopping cars while hitchhiking.
Very funny scene and quite scandalous at the time.

I then watched the very beautiful Greta Garbo as the tragic "Anna Karenina" (1935).
This was a lovely, understated performance, quite a departure from the borderline hysteria on display in "Grand Hotel".
 Looking forward to a couple more Gable and Garbo entries in the coming weeks.

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