I have been watching some old movies lately – all from the early 1950’s. There are some really good ones, my favourites being Roman Holiday and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Audrey Hepburn won an Oscar for her performance as Princess Ann in Roman Holiday. It’s one of those movies I could watch over and over. It follows the adventure of a princess who escapes her regular scheduled life to let loose and have a spontaneous, whimsical day with a worldly, handsome stranger. So romantic!
Along that line, has anyone seen the Netflix original show, The Crown? It’s a must-see. The show is a great pairing with Roman Holiday, since the movie’s popularity was attributed to the somewhat scandalous relationship between the real-life Princess Margaret of the British Monarchy and Peter Townsend, a commoner. If we are to believe that there is any truth to the Netflix show, the movie version is much more fun and appealing. I’m not sure that there is much to be envied in the life of an actual princess.
My all-time favourite is Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. I have to admit, the first time I saw Jane Russell’s portrayal of Dorothy Shaw, I was surprised. Dorothy was sharp-witted, outspoken, and sarcastic. I loved it. I just couldn’t believe how much attitude she had – it was a far cry from the sweet, submissive stereotype I expected from a female character from the fifties.
Then there’s Marilyn Monroe. She plays Lorelei Lee, Dorothy’s best friend, a dim-witted, naïve young woman obsessed with wealth and jewels. In spite of her misguided priorities, Monroe is able to create a loveable character in Lorelei, which serves as a perfect pairing to the noble, yet jaded, Dorothy Shaw.
In case you’re wondering, the reason I’m writing about these old movies is to introduce you to the era my story takes place in. I think this is the first time I’ve mentioned any specifics about my book, scheduled to come out in April, 2017. As my Scooby-Doo-obsessed kids would say, it’s the first clue…
Stay tuned. I’ll be talking about the location next.