Remembering Sabrina: Britain’s forgotten blonde bombshell

Remembering the wonderful and underrated Sabrina (Norma Ann Sykes) who passed away on November 24th of 2016 at 80 years old — I am unfortunately posting this the day after but it’s the intention that counts.

Here she is pictured at Royal Ascot in 1957.


That was quite a controversy itself. Sabrina gate-crashed the royal enclosure at Ascot dressed in a low-neck organdy. As she didn’t have a ticket or was dressed appropriately, she ended up departing after about 15 minutes of getting photographed as reports state she was immediately asked to leave by the English racing authorities.



Nonetheless, the publicity achieved by this incident made headlines and helped put Sabrina in the public eye.

19 June 1957 – Daily Mirror

Sabrina graces the cover of SPAN Magazine

Joe Matthews (Sabrina’s manager) told newsmen that her neckline had a “cowl effect” and was “all right at eye level.” Adding that “It was quite proper for the royal enclosure”.


Sabrina also commented on the incident in 1960: “This was also the occasion when I gate-crashed the Royal Enclosure. It was unintentional, but what a furore it caused. All I wanted to do was to powder my nose, and the only ladies’ cloakroom that I could see was the other side of a barrier at one corner of the paddock enclosure…”


For anyone who is not familiar with Sabrina, she was Britain’s answer to Marilyn Monroe and especially Jayne Mansfield (who was also seen as an answer to Monroe) as she had bigger body measurements than Jayne.

Jayne Mansfield’s body measurements:
40-21-35 1/2 inches
Sabrina’s body measurements:
42.5-19-36 inches
I am obviosly aware of how ridiculous comparing those numbers is but having such an hourglass figure (naturally in these days of course) was very appealing to the public, especially if you were a sex symbol.
Even though Sabrina’s career in films didn’t take off, you should definitely check her out if you are not familiar with her and if you love learning about blonde bombshells!
Anyway, this is all I have to offer today but I am working on bigger plans for future posts. I hope to see you soon! Stay tuned! Xx

Main source for information on Sabrina: sabrina.nylon.net

                        ©DialJforJohn

Greta Garbo Podcast

I participated as a guest in an episode of Kate Gaddis’ podcast called Movie Magic and I got to talk about Greta Garbo’s life and career. There are two links down below that will lead you to the podcast episode.

PS: If you don’t have Spotify and will click on the second link, I participated in the 31st episode of the podcast.

Links:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4DbayqWwkf2MfmVxuMkKga?si=l6Is0WwETxaXw313-ZCkYg&utm_source=copy-link

The podcast’s website: https://anchor.fm/moviemagicpodcast

©dialjforjohn

A guide to the directors of the French New Wave

Hello everyone and welcome to my first official post on my blog! I am aware it took me a little while to start –I have been busy and my perfectionism doesn’t help– but I hope the wait was worth it and I’m excited about my plans for future posts on here. Today I’m posting a guide for the people who would like to get into the work of the directors who started during the French New Wave, one of my favorite periods in cinema history.

The French New Wave, also known as La Nouvelle Vague, was an art movement which emerged in the late 1950s in France. La Nouvelle Vague was a movement composed of directors who broke all the rules traditional cinema (especially Hollywood) had imposed in film making over the decades, consequently permanently changing cinema.

I could not include all of the directors who were part of the New Wave era, for obvious reasons, so instead I picked six of them. My picks include Agnès Varda, Éric Rohmer, François Truffaut, Jacques Demy, Jacques Rivette and Jean-Luc Godard.

My list includes five films from each director, making it a total of 30 movies I think you should start with to dive into their work. The directors appear in alphabetical order and the films in chronological order.

As stated before, this is not a guide to the films made during the New Wave but the work of the directors who were part of it. Without further ado, here is the list:

Agnès Varda (1928-2019)

1- La Pointe Courte (1955)Plot: A look at the lives of a fisherman and a young couple in a small fishing village of La Pointe Courte. The young couple tries hard to save their failing marriage.

2- Cléo from 5 to 7/ Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962)Plot: Cléo, an arrogant pop star, is a nervous wreck as she awaits the results of a biopsy teat. With almost two hours to kill before the results are revealed, she wanders around and bumps into a soldier.

3- Le Bonheur (1965)Plot: François, a carpenter by profession, leads a happy and peaceful life with his wife and two children. Soon, things get complicated after he falls in love with Emilie, a clerk from the post office.

4- One Sings, the Other Doesn’t/ L’une chante, l’autre pas (1977)Plot: Two Frenchwomen have a close friendship through years of personal growth and social change.

5- Vagabond/ Sans toit ni loi (1985)Plot: In the dead of winter, a young woman’s body is found in a ditch. With the help of interviews and flashbacks, the intriguing life story of the young woman, Mona, is revealed.


Éric Rohmer (1920-2010)

1- La Collectionneuse (1967)Plot: A young man tells himself high ideals are what kept him from sleeping with a temptress staying at the same St. Tropez boarding house.

2- My Night at Maud’s/ Ma nuit chez Maud (1969)Plot: The rigid principles of a devout Catholic man are challenged during a one-night stay with Maud, a divorced woman with an outsize personality.

3- Chloe in the Afternoon/ L’amour l’après-midi (1972)Plot: Though he has an adoring wife, a bourgeois man is still tempted to pursue other women.

4- The Green Ray/ Le Rayon Vert (1986)Plot: It’s July, and Delphine has nowhere to go for the summer. She feels very bored and “empty”, but this won’t last; one day she accidently meets someone who seems to be totally made for her…

5- A Summer’s Tale/ Conte d’été (1996)Plot: The story revolves around Gaspard who meets three women in his life. But his mind is left in the state of confusion when all three of them fall for him.


François Truffaut (1932-1984)

1- The 400 Blows/ Les Quatre Cents Coups (1959)Plot: This is the story of a 13-year-old whose adventures were based on the director, François Truffaut’s own adolescence, who finds comfort at the cinema.

2- Jules and Jim/ Jules et Jim (1962)Plot: Drama explores the 30-year friendship between Austrian biologist Jules and Parisian writer Jim and the love triangle formed when the alluring Catherine makes the duo a trio.

3- Stolen Kisses/ Baisers volés (1968)Plot: After being discharged from the army, Antoine Doinel centers a screwball comedy where he applies for different jobs and tries to make sense of his relationships with women.

4- Day for Night/ La Nuit américaine (1973)Plot: A dedicated film director struggles very hard to finish his movie dealing with uncounted numbers of crises, within the personal and professional interest, among the cast and crew.

5- The Last Metro/ Le Dernier Métro (1980)Plot: Set during the Nazi occupation, an actress struggles to keep her husband, a theatre owner hidden from the Nazi’s.


Jacques Demy (1931-1990)

1- Lola (1961)Plot: Lola, a cabaret dancer, is persued by her childhood friend Roland. However, she pays no heed to his affections as she wants to be with Michel, the man who abandoned her and their son.

2- Bay of Angels/ La baie des anges (1963)Plot: Jean is a clerk in a bank. His colleague Caron is a gambler and gives him the virus. In the casinos, Jean meets Jackie. Their love affair will follow their luck at the roulette.

3- The Umbrellas of Cherbourg/ Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (1964)Plot: Genevieve, who is pregnant from Guy, a mere motor mechanic, is pressurized by her mother to marry the wealthy Roland, who is ready to accept and raise her child. Will Genevieve accept the proposal?

4- The Young Girls of Rochefort/ Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967)Plot: Twin sisters Delphine and Solange realise their dream of working for the stage when they are discovered by a couple associated with a carnival and find love in the process.

5- Donkey Skin/ Peau d’âne (1970)Plot: A fairy godmother helps a princess disguise herself so she won’t have to marry a man she doesn’t love.


Jacques Rivette (1928-2016)

1- The Nun/ La Religieuse (1966)Plot: Suzanne is forced against her will to take vows as a nun and three mothers superior treat her in radically different ways. Suzanne’s virtue brings disaster to everyone in this faithful adaptation of a bitter attack on religious abuses.

2- Out 1 (1971)Plot: Following the May 1968 civil unrest in France, a deaf-mute and a con artist simultaneously stumble upon the remnants of a secret society.

3- Céline and Julie Go Boating/ Céline et Jule vont en bateau (1974)Plot: A mysteriously linked pair of young women find their daily lives preempted by a strange boudoir melodrama that plays itself out in a hallucinatory parallel reality.

4- Duelle (1976)Plot: The Queen of the Sun and the Queen of the Night battle it out for a magical diamond, and manipulate an innocent mortal in order to achieve their task.

5- The Beautiful Troublemaker/ La Belle Noiseuse (1991)Plot: The former famous painter Frenhofer revisits an abandoned project using the girlfriend of a young visiting artist. Questions about truth, life, and artistic limits are explored.


Jean-Luc Godard (1930-)

1- Breathless/ À bout de souffle (1960)Plot: A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.

2- A Woman is a Woman/ Une Femme est Une Femme (1961)Plot: Anna, a stripper by trade, hears her biological clock is ticking away. When her boyfriend Emile, who does not want kids, suggests she seeks the help of his friend to get pregnant, their lives alter.

3- My Life to Live/ Vivre sa Vie (1962)Plot: Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.

4- Contempt/ Le Mépris (1963)Plot: Screenwriter Paul Javal’s marriage to Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue.

5- Pierrot le Fou (1965)Plot: Ferdinand, an unhappily married, unemployed man, leaves his wife and children and runs away with his ex-lover Marianne, a weapons smuggler, in search of adventure.

                   ©DialJforJohn   

Welcome to my blog!

Greetings everyone! I have long hoped for this day and I’m beyond thrilled to start this journey!

Marlene Dietrich in The Devil is a Woman (1935).

If you’re not familiar with me, my name is John and I’ve been running a Marilyn Monroe fan account on Instagram for about two and a half years now (@somelikeitmonroe) and you can also find me on Twitter under the same name as my blog.

Louise Brooks in Pandora’s Box (1929).

I’m also an Old Hollywood junkie. Anything related to Old Hollywood or the history of classic cinema is of immense interest to me. Having said that, I decided to get the ball rolling and finally create a blog where I could share some hopefully interesting information on various classic stars, films, and cinema itself.

Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina (1954).

I have been fascinated by old films for quite some time now and studying them is one of my biggest passions. I strongly believe they are some of the main art forms that truly connect with people and create something beautiful, unique, and magical that makes individuals learn, relate to them, and even heal from past experiences.

Giulietta Masina in Le Notti di Cabiria (1957).

Taking into consideration the above, my main goal with this blog is to transmit that feeling to my readers. It is very important to me to create good quality content that could possibly mean something to someone or simply interest them and make them learn more about certain topics.

Vivien Leigh in Waterloo Bridge (1940).

In conclusion, I hope to transform this blog into an entertaining place for all classic cinema fans. I don’t have much more to say now so thank you for your attention, I really appreciate it. I hope you’ll stick around!

Grace Kelly in Rear Window (1954).

©DialJforJohn

Create your website at WordPress.com
Get started