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Iconic Hollywood starlet of the 40’s, Lauren Bacall, passed away earlier this week, on Tuesday, 12th of August, 2014, aged 89, after suffering a stroke.
Lauren Bacall 1942With hardly any legends, from the age of film-noir, still alive, it’s an end of an era. Especially with the death of Lauren Bacall, one of the most modern minded, sophisticated, innocently naughty and sultry stars of that period. She started her career as a teenager, as a fashion model, for magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Soon she was discovered, by director Howard Hawks’ wife Nancy (a.k.a. Slim), when she spotted Bacall, on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar. Bacall was offered to act opposite either Cary Grant or Humphrey Bogart. Though a superb actor, Bogart didn’t interest Bacall much, but she was exited about starring opposite the very tall and handsome Cary Grant. But when she met Bogart in person, sparks flew. Soon Bogart and Bacall appeared in Hawks’ To Have and Have Not (1944), an adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s worst known novel of the same name.

To Have and Have Not, is a movie I studied, in my first semester, for the module ‘Film Analysis’ (which was on Howard Hawks), for my MA in International Cinema (2002-2003), from the University of Luton, Luton, UK. I did a presentation, comparing and contrasting Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca (1942) to Howard Hawks’ To Have and Have Not (1944); a step-by-step scene evaluation of To Have and Have Not, and a 2,500 worded essay comparing the book by Ernest Hemingway, and the movie by Howard Hawks, where my ultimate conclusion was that the movie belonged completely ‘to Hawks and Hemingway not’.
Lauren Bacall collageBacall was a hit in her debut performance as ‘Slim’ (Bacall’s character in the movie was named after Nancy Hawks’ pet name, in the book such a character does not exist). One of the most iconic scenes in To Have and Have Not is where Bacall teaches Bogie how to whistle. Normally books are known to be better than the movie, it’s a clichéd fact. But in the case of To Have and Have Not, this is a rare instance, where the movie is definitely better than the boring book it was adapted from. Don’t get me wrong, I think Ernest Hemingway is a great author, but To Have and Have Not, is no where near among his best works. Howard Hawks has managed to edit, change and re-polish it into a beautiful movie.

Soon Humphrey Bogart married the much younger Lauren Bacall, in 1945. Known as Bogie and Bacall, the two were the most romantic couple that existed in Hollywood in the 40’s and 50’s, until Bogart’s death in 1957. Bogie and Bacall starred in many a famous Film-noir films of that period, including The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947) and Key Largo (1948). In 1957, they were to appear in yet another film together, but that project never materialised, due to Humphrey Bogart’s demise due to cancer.

Lauren Bacall with Humphrey Bogart in 'To Have Have Not'

Lauren Bacall with Humphrey Bogart in ‘To Have Have Not’

Bacall was distraught after the loss of her husband, she re-married once in 1961, to Jason Robards, but that marriage didn’t work out. Then onwards she lived a single life, with her children and gave herself completely to the arts.

Her great film credits are endless, and span two centuries. Besides the Bogie and Bacall films, mentioned above, she starred in many a famous films without her beloved husband, including, Confidential Agent (1945) opposite Charles Boyer, Bright Leaf (1950) opposite Gary Cooper, Young Man with a Horn (1950) with Kirk Douglas and Doris Day, How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, Blood Alley (1955) with John Wayne, Written on the Wind (1956) with Rock Hudson, Designing Woman (1957) opposite Gregory Peck, North West Frontier (1959) with Kenneth More, Sex and the Single Girl (1964) with Henry Fonda, Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood, Harper (1966) with Paul Newman and Janet Leigh, Murder on the Orient Express (1974) with an all-star cast, The Shootist (1976) with John Wayne and James Stewart, The Fan (1981) with James Garner and Michael Biehn, Appointment with Death (1988) with Peter Ustinov, Prêt-à-Porter (1994) with an all-star cast, The Mirror has two Faces (1996) with Barbra Streisand and Jeff Bridges, Dogville (2003) with Nicole Kidman, Birth (2004) with Nicole Kidman and Cameron Bright, Manderlay (2005) with Bryce Dallas Howard, The Forger (2012) with Alfred Molina, and Bacall was rumoured to be working on a new project, Trouble is my Business, to be released next year.

(Main Pix) Lauren Bacall with Jeff Bridges in 'The Mirror Has Two Faces'  (Inset) Bacall with Film Director/Actress Barbra Streisand in the same movie

(Main Pix) Lauren Bacall with Jeff Bridges in ‘The Mirror Has Two Faces’
(Inset) Bacall with Film Director/Actress Barbra Streisand in the same movie

Lauren Bacall, has won many a awards, but she’s been nominated only once for an Oscar, in 1997, for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for Barbra Streisand’s directorial venture, The Mirror has two Faces (1996). In 2009, she was given an Academy Honorary Award in ‘recognition of her central place in the golden age of motion pictures’.

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(P.S. See my post 6° with Lauren Bacall from last year as well)

Today happens to be the 115th birth anniversary of, one of the greatest film directors, who ever lived, Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980). To commemorate the legendary Hitchcock’s birth anniversary, Rob of movierob & Zoë of The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger started a blogathon, last month. I chose to critique Notorious (1946) & The Paradine Case (1947). Two movies I had already analysed for my, 30,000 worded, final dissertation, ‘Marriage in Hitchcock Film: from Rebecca to Marnie’, for my M.A. in International Cinema (2002-2003). Of course that was more than a decade ago. This post is a more of a fresh (or rather refreshed) approach towards the two Hitchcockian classics.

Notorious & The Paradine Case

Notorious (1946); starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains and Leopoldine Konstantin; is set just after the war, where Alicia Huberman (Bergman) has gained notoriety for her father’s crimes. An American Intelligence agent, Devlin (Grant), recruits her to spy on a Nazi collaborator, friend of Alicia’s father, Alexander Sebastian (Rains), in turn risking Alicia’s life, as a modern day Mata-Hari.

The Paradine Case
The Paradine Case (1947); starring Gregory Peck, Alida Valli, Louis Jourdan, Ann Todd, Charles Coburn, Charles Laughton and Ethel Barrymore; is about a psychological extra marital fling, without any physical contact, between a married lawyer, Anthony Keane (Peck) and his client, a convicted murderer, the widow Paradine (Valli). Keane cheats on his wife, Gay Keane (Todd), on a psychological level.

Hitchcock, in general, is superb at creating tension, within his films, within relationships of his characters, between husbands and wives, friends and foes, the show and it’s spectators, the film and it’s audience. He brings out some superb character sketches, suspenseful plots and tense viewing, with excellent results. Notorious & The Paradine Case are famously known as the zenith and nadir of Hitchcockian Cinema, of the 1940’s, i.e. the highest and lowest points of Hitchcockian classics of that decade, respectively. But if The Paradine Case, is supposedly the lowest film by Hitchcock, in the 40’s; I wonder what, the majority of crap we see today, should be called. Notorious, is an excellent movie, and The Paradine Case, is near excellence.

In Notorious, we see Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman), a beautiful Hitchcockian blonde, being used by the American intelligence, as a modern day Mata-Hari; while Huberman only risks her life, less for patriotic reasons, and more for the man she loves, Devlin (Cary Grant), to the extent of marrying the enemy, Alex Sebastian (Claude Rains). Devlin is an adamant, cold shouldered, character, who not only does not talk Alicia out of it, but he also never conveys his true feelings towards her, until the slowly poisoned Alicia is bedridden and unable to save herself from the physical and psychological entrapment befallen her. Sebastian is ruthless, yet a typical mama’s boy, who can never seem to say no to his mother (Leopoldine Konstantin). When he discovers, his wife is an American agent, the Nazi collaborator, runs straight to his mother for help. Sebastian is both jealous, of the debonair looking Devlin, and broken, to believe he fell for an American Agent, Alicia Huberman. It hurts his male chauvinistic ego. The Matriarch, Madame Sebastian, Huberman’s mother-in-law, rules the Nazi household. She controls Sebastian’s every move, except for his choice in marriage. When her son comes running to her, after realising he is married to a spy, she is the pragmatic one, who schemes to kill her daughter-in-law slowly, by poisoning her coffee daily, so as nobody else suspects, while Alex Sebastian, just wants to kill her off at once and be done with it. Notorious is a beautiful, unpredictable and tense movie, one of the best of Hitchcockian-noir-cinema.

In The Paradine Case, we see a bewitchingly beautiful woman, Madame Paradine (Alida Valli), accused of being a man eater, more for her beauty, than actual proof (though she has lead a colourful past, before she was married), who is being prosecuted for killing her blind husband, by poisoning him. The widow Paradine, is an ambiguous character, for we find it difficult to evaluate her, until the end of the film, whether she is a femme fatale or a heroine. For we see her being honest, about her past, and she states she has nothing to do with her husband’s death, at the same time she doesn’t like any innocent party being accused of the crime; yet everything points accursedly towards her being the criminal, and everything suggests she’s a man eater even now. Meanwhile, we see Anthony Keane (Gregory Peck), the widow Paradine’s defence lawyer, being infatuated by her, and believing he’s in love with her, despite being happily married for eleven years to a beautiful classy lady, Gay Keane (Ann Todd). Thus we see Tony Keane suffering with a guilty conscience and the famed ‘Seven-year-itch’ syndrome, after eleven years of marriage. Gay Keane is an understanding wife, though jealous of Mrs. Paradine, she wants her husband to win the case, for she’s afraid if Mrs. Paradine gets the death sentence, she’d lose her husband for good, as he’d brood over Madame Paradine’s death, and his failure, for the rest of his life. Yet Gay Keane, doesn’t let her husband even kiss her, while that Paradine woman is in his mind. This movie, with a massive cast, has a load of interesting character sketches. But I shan’t continue to that extent. The court case is one of the most intriguing court cases ever seen on screen. The Paradine Case, is a must watch for any film buff, especially a Hitchcock buff.

Both, Notorious & The Paradine Case, are two Hitchcockian greats, worth checking out. Notorious is among my favourite films ever.

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Thank you Rob and Zoë, for letting me work on these two classics.
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We all know that Alfred Hitchcock had a penchant for blondes, yet he had wanted to actually work with Audrey Hepburn. Now it’s been confirmed, that he had actually started work on a film, back in the mid-1950’s, starring Audrey Hepburn in the lead, set in Paris, but the film never got completed. The film was temporarily titled, The Mysterious Disappearance of a Bride-to-be.

Audrey Hepburn Hitchcock

The Synopsis
To start off, the blonde victim in this movie, for change was not a female character, like in most Hitchcock films, but a male. None other than Roger Moore (a virtual unknown at the time) in a brief appearance, whose character gets killed off just the night before his wedding. Elizabeth Taylor too has a cameo as Moore’s fiancée.
The plot deals with Audrey Hepburn, playing detective, after her best friend (Elizabeth Taylor), goes missing hours after Moore’s character’s death. After going through a cornucopia of mysterious events, Hepburn’s character discovers that the puzzling trail leads back to none other than both, Hepburn’s character’s own ex-husband and current husband (supposedly to be played by Gregory Peck and Anthony Perkins, respectively).

Roger Moore Hitchcock

Elizabeth Taylor Hitchcock

Unfortunately the film couldn’t be completed in the 50’s, and by 1963 Hitchcock wanted to re-start the project, after completing The Birds (1963), and Hepburn having finished working on Charade (1963), and Taylor on Cleopatra (1963). Due to various other commitments, both the raven haired beauties had to decline the offer. Thus Hitchcock went on to work on his next project, Marnie (1964), with Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren. A pity, otherwise this spy thriller would have made for an enjoyable piece of Cinema.
The film footage was located in a vault of a retired American Professor, residing in Paris. Of course by now, some of you might have guessed that this is a story I concocted, for today, April fools day. And some of you might not have been so clever. I wish for the latter. Ha!! Happy April Fools Day.

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Six Degrees of Separation: from Truman Capote to…

Truman Capote 6°

…Katrin Saß
Capote’s novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s was the basis for the romantic comedy of the same name, released in 1961, starring Audrey Hepburn (1), and Hepburn starred in War and Peace (1956) which co-starred Jeremy Brett (2) as her brother, who later found fame as a television actor, playing ‘Sherlock Holms’, in various series and television films throughout the 1980’s &90’s, based on the ‘Holms’ novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (3), and Benedict Cumberbatch (4) currently stars in a modern, 21st century, homoerotic, adaptation on the famed sleuth, titled Sherlock (2010 till date), and Cumberbatch starred alongside Daniel Brühl (5) in the bio-pic The Fifth Estate (2013), and Brühl appeared in Good Bye Lenin! (2003), which co-starred Katrin Saß (6).

… John Ritter
Capote was portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman (1) in the bio-pic Capote (2005), and Seymour Hoffman starred in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), directed by Anthony Minghella (2), whose son Max Minghella (3) appeared in The Social Network (2010), where the lead was played by Jesse Eisenberg (4) who also starred in The Education of Charlie Banks (2007), which co-starred Jason Ritter (5), the son of late actor John Ritter (6).

… Matt Smith
Capote shared great friendship with fellow writer Harper Lee (1), who was portrayed by actress Sandra Bullock (2) in the movie Infamous (2006), and Bullock starred in the romantic comedy Two Weeks Notice (2002) alongside Hugh Grant (3), who starred in About a Boy (2002), along with Nicholas Hoult (4) and Hoult starred in A Single Man (2009) which was based on a book by Christopher Isherwood (5), who was portrayed by Matt Smith (6) in the biographical television film; based on Isherwood’s own autobiography; Christopher and his Kind (2011).

… Liev Schreiber
Capote’s closest friend and neighbour, Harper Lee (1), published only one novel, which was the basis for the movie, with the same name as the book, To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), starring Gregory Peck (2), and Peck appeared in The Paradine Case (1947), which co-starred Louis Jourdan (3), who starred alongside Joan Fontaine (4) in Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948), and Fontaine starred in Jane Eyre (1943) alongside Orson Welles (5) and Welles was portrayed by Liev Schreiber in the television movie, RKO 281 (1999).

… Jugal Hansraj  
Capote wrote the screenplay for the horror flick, The Innocents (1961), starring Deborah Kerr (1), and Kerr played a nun, living the Indian Himalayas, in Black Narcissus (1947); released the same year India gained it’s independence from the British; in which Jean Simmons (2) played an Indian girl, and Simmons portrayed Queen Elizabeth – I (3), in Young Bess (1953); a film chronicling the younger days of Elizabeth – I, before she became the famed virgin queen; as did Cate Blanchett (4), in Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), both directed by Bollywood director, Shekhar Kapur (5), who also directed the Bollywood classic Masoom (1983), which starred former child artiste, Jugal Hansraj (6).

… Jane Birkin  
Capote played his own look-alike, in the art-house romantic comedy, Annie Hall (1977), which was directed by Woody Allen (1), as was To Rome with Love (2012), which starred Penélope Cruz (2), who appeared in the Spanish film Los Abrazos Rotos (2009), which was directed by Pedro Almodóvar (3), as was La mala Educación (2004), which starred Gael García Bernal (4), who appeared in the surreal drama, The Science of Sleep (2006), alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg (5), daughter of Jane Birkin (6).

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Six Degrees of Separation: From Priyanka Chopra to

Priyanka Chopra 6°

… Gregory Peck
Chopra starred in one of the best Bollywood commercial films to come out in recent years, 7 Khoon Maaf (2011), which was based on the short story Susanna’s Seven Husbands, written by Ruskin Bond (1), who also wrote the novella, A Flight of Pigeons, which was the basis for the Indian Art house film, Junoon (1979), which was produced, and starred, 70’s superstar, Shashi Kapoor (2), who starred with Claire Bloom (3) in the comedy, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987), and Bloom played the titular character in the television movie Anna Karenina (1961) and Jacqueline Bisset (4) reprised the role in another television adaptation, Anna Karenina (1985), who played a friend to Audrey Hepburn (5) in Two For the Road (1967), and Hepburn appeared in Roman Holiday (1951) which co-starred Gregory Peck (6).

… Uttam Kumar
Chopra appeared as a guest in the television show, Rendezvous with Simi Garewal (1998- 2010), anchored by ‘the lady in white’; so called for her famed unique trade mark elegant white trouser-suits; Simi Garewal (1), who acted alongside the legendary Dev Anand (2) in Teen Devian (1965), who appeared with Bollywood star Hema Malini (3); the only Bollywood actress to hold the reins on the top spot as no.1 heroine for two decades (70’s & 80’s); in Johny Mera Naam (1970), and Hema Malini is married to actor Dharmendra (4), who appeared with Sharmila Tagore in Yakeen (1969), who played a feminist journalist in the Bengali art house movie Nayak (1966), which also starred Uttam Kumar (6).

… Cary Grant
Chopra appeared in Bluffmaster! (2005) opposite Abhishek Bachchan (1), who happens to be the son of the Bollywood legend that refuses to retire and is still no.1 and in top of his game as ever, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan (2), who has a cameo in the new Hollywood glam sham, The Great Gatsby (2013), starring Leonardo Di Caprio (3), who appeared in The Aviator (2004), where Cate Blanchett (4) played Katharine Hepburn (5), and Hepburn starred alongside Cary Grant (6) in The Philadelphia Story (1940).

… Dominic Cooper
Chopra played twelve characters, each portraying personalities attributed to the twelve varied star signs, in What’s Your Raashee? (2009), similarly, three decades before, actor Sanjeev Kumar (1) played nine roles, representing nine different qualities of man, burrowed from Hindu Mythology of ‘Navras’, in Sanskrit referring to the nine aesthetics of man, in Naya Din Nai Raat (1974), and Kumar acted in Aandhi (1975), which also starred West-Bengal actress Suchitra Sen (2), who appeared in the Bengali Art-Film Saptapadi (1961), where she played a charcter that played the role of ‘Desdemona’ in a staging of William Shakespeare’s (3) famed play Othello in the movie itself, and in the 1965 British Film adaptation, Sir Laurence Olivier (4) played the character of ‘Othello’, and Kenneth Branagh (5), played Olivier in My week with Marilyn (2011), which also co-starred young British actor, Dominic Cooper (6).

… Théo Frilet
Chopra starred in Dostana (2008), where Abhishek Bachchan (1) played a straight man pretending to be gay, and contrasting to this, he played a hit man in Yuva (2004), which also starred Esha Deol (2), whose mother Hema Malini (3) starred in the Bollywood adapatation of the well known Arabian tale of ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’ titled, Alibaba aur 40 chor (1980), and the more recent French television version, titled, Ali Baba et les 40 Voleurs (2007), starred Leïla Bekhti (4), who appeared in Paris, Je t’aime (2007), which also starred Hippolyte Girardot (5), who came in the television movie Des Gens qui Passent (2009), alongside young French actor Théo Frilet (6).

… Amol Palekar
Chopra played an autistic girl who goes missing in Darjeeling in the 1970’s, in Barfi! (2012), where Ranbir Kapoor (1) plays a deaf-mute; who along with the character of Chopra learns to survive in the streets of Calcutta of the 70’s, on their own; and Kapoor happens to be the grandson of the renowned artiste Raj Kapoor (2), who starred alongside Nutan (3) in Anari (1959), and Nutan co-starred opposite Dev Anand (4) in Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963), who came in Man Pasand (1980), which also starred Tina Munim (5), who came in Baton Baton Mein (1979), which co-starred Amol Palekar (6).

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Six Degrees of Separation: from Ingrid Bergman to...

Ingrid Bergman 6°

… Ryan Reynolds
Bergman gained international stardom in 1942, when this beautiful Swedish actress went beyond borders, to Hollywood, to appear in one of the most loved classic love stories ever, that almost never got made, Casablanca (1942), which also saw the very comical Peter Lorre (1) in small role, who starred in the episode called ‘The Diplomatic Corpse’ (1957), from the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1962), and this episode also starred actor George Peppard (2), who later came in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), which was based on a novella written by Truman Capote (3), who shared a great friendship with author Harper Lee (4), who was portrayed by Sandra Bullock (5) in Infamous (2006), who appeared in the romantic comedy The Proposal (2009) opposite Ryan Reynolds (6).

… Marion Cotillard
Bergman’s daughter, Isabella Rossellini (1), appeared in the television adaptation of The Odyssey (1997), which also starred Armand Assante (2), who played brother to Antonio Banderas (3) in The Mambo Kings (1992), and Banderas also starred in La Ley Del Deseo (1987), which was directed by Pedro Almodóvar (4), who directed Penélope Cruz (5) in Broken Embraces (2009), and Cruz appeared in the musical Nine (2009), which co-starred Marion Cotillard (6).

… Anthony Burgess
Bergman co-starred with Gregory Peck (1) in Spellbound (1945), who starred in The Paradine Case (1947), which also starred Louis Jourdan (2), who appeared in Gigi (1958) along with Leslie Caron (3) who appeared in An American in Paris (1951), with Gene Kelly (4), who starred in Singin’ in the Rain (1952), whose performance of the titular song is one of the most loved rain dances ever, and this titular song is seen sung by Malcolm McDowell (5) in A Clockwork Orange (1971), in two crucial scenes in the movie, which was based on a very controversial novella written by the great Anthony Burgess (6).

… Heath Ledger
Bergman starred in the hilarious comedy, Cactus Flower (1969), which saw Goldie Hawn (1) in her debut performance as a ‘dumb blonde’, which ended up being her strong suit in future comedies, and for which Hawn won her very first Oscar, for supporting actress, and Hawn later appeared in Death Becomes Her (1992), with Meryl Streep (2), who came in the television miniseries Angels of America (2003), which also starred Al Pacino (3), who came in Scarface (1983), a remake of a 1930’s classic, which also starred Michelle Pfeiffer (4) in one of her greatest roles, who played ‘Catwoman’ in Batman Returns (1992), a sequel to Batman (1989), in which Jack Nicholson (5) played the notorious villain ‘The Joker’, a charcter which was re-enacted by Heath Ledger (6) in The Dark Knight (2008), his last performance before his sudden demise, for which he was  posthumously awarded an Oscar.

… Rahul Bose
Bergman starred in the Swedish film, Autumn Sonata (1978), directed by Ingmar Bergman (1), of which, the Bollywood movie Tehzeeb (2003), was a remake of, which starred Shabana Azmi (2), who appeared in Ankur – The Seedling (1974), the first Bollywood art-house film, though not the first Indian art movie, directed by Shyam Benegal (3), whose first out and out commercial flick Zubeidaa (2001), was based on a true story about a 1950’s one-film actress, and later Princess, whose death, due to a plane crash, was shrouded by mystery, as it was never concluded whether, the crash was an accident, sabotage, or suicide on part of the Princess, and Karishma Kapoor (4) starred as the doomed Zubeidaa, and Karishma Kapoor’s sister, Kareena Kapoor (5), played a prostitute, in one of her best roles till date, i.e. Chameli (2003), which also starred Rahul Bose (6).
… Marine Vacth
Bergman  came in the multi-starrer, Murder in the Orient Express (1974), based on the crime-fiction by famed author Agatha Christie (1), which also starred Jacqueline Bisset (2), who acted in La Nuit Américaine (1974), which was directed by François Truffaut (3), who directed Catherine Deneuve (4) in The Last Metro (1980), who acted in 8 Femmes (2002), which was directed by François Ozon (5), whose latest film is being screened at the Cannes Film Festival that’s going on at the moment in the Cote d’Azur, Jeune & Jolie (2013), with newcomer Marine Vacth (6).

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Six Degrees of Separation : from Gregory Peck to ….

Gregory Peck 6°

… Parveen Babi
Peck starred opposite Audrey Hepburn (1) in Roman holiday (1953), who starred, alongside Shirley MacLaine (2), in one of the boldest movies to come out in the early 60’s, i.e. The Children’s Hour (1961), which was set in a girls school, where a lying, cheating, tyrannical child accuses her two teachers of being lesbians, and MacLaine acted in Madame Sousatzka (1988), which also starred Shabana Azmi (3), who came in the most feminist movie to come out of Bollywood in the early 80’s,  Arth (1982), in which Smita Patil (4) co-starred as an insecure film actress suffering from schizophrenia, which was directed by Mahesh Bhatt (5), who based the movie on his real life relationship with actress Parveen Babi (6), who suffered from schizophrenia almost most of her life until her untimely sudden death eight years ago.

… Catherine Zeta-Jones
Peck appeared in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) based on a novel by Harper Lee (1), who shared a close friendship in real life with author Truman Capote (2), who was portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman (3) in Capote (2005), who had starred with Matt Damon (4) in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), who played lover to Michael Douglas (5) in Behind the Candelabra (2013), and Douglas is married to Catherine Zeta-Jones (6) in real life.

… Louis Jourdan – Ethan Peck vice versa (vv)
Peck appeared in The Paradine Case (1947), with Louis Jourdan (1,6), who played the main villain in the Bond flick Octopussy (1983), and in the 1990’s it was Pierce Brosnan (2,5) who played 007 in the Bond franchise, and starred in Die Another Day (2002), with pop diva Madonna (3,4), the queen of controversy, where one of her many controversies involved her in a lip-lock with singer Britney Spears (4,3) at a stage performance for the MTV Music Video Awards in 2003, and Spears at one time dated singer, now turned actor, Justin Timberlake (5,2), who came in a crappy sci-fi flick called In Time (2011), in which Ethan Peck (6,1) had a small role, who also happens to be Gregory Peck’s grandson.

… Romy Schneider   
Peck played Horatio Hornblower in Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951), and Ioan Gruffudd (1) revived the character by playing Horatio Hornblower in eight television movies based on this fictional character, from the late 90’s upto 2003, and Gruffudd had a small role in the bio-pic Wilde (1997), which was based on the life of writer/poet/playwright Oscar Wilde (2), whose most controversial novel happens to be The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the German film adaptation of which, Dorian Gray (1970) starred Helmut Berger (3), who acted in The Damned (1969), a film directed by Luchino Visconti (4), who also directed Il Gattopardo (1963) which starred Alain Delon(5) who was in a long-term relationship with actress Romy Schneider (6), and acted in many a movies with her, in the 50‘s & 60‘s.

… Ziyi Zhang
Peck co-starred with Ingrid Bergman (1) in Spellbound (1945), whose daughter Isabella Rossellini (2) starred in The Innocent (1993) with Anthony Hopkins (3), who appeared in Proof (2005), with Jake Gyllenhaal (4), who starred in Brokeback Mountain (2005), which was directed by Ang Lee (5), who also directed Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang (6) in Crouching tiger, Hidden Dagger (2000).

Gabrielle Anwar
Peck starred in Spellbound (1945) and The Paradine Case (1947), both thrillers directed by Alfred Hitchcock (1), who also directed a very famous B-movie, the horror flick, called The Birds (1963), which also starred Jessica Tandy (2), who later appeared with Roy Schneider (3) in the Hitchcockian inspired thriller, Still of the Night (1982), where they both played a mother & son team of psychoanalyst who try to solve a murder of an auctioneer, whose mistress was played by actress Meryl Streep (4), who starred in the television mini-series Angels of America (2003), which also saw Al Pacino (5) playing a cranky old man dying of AIDS, who had earlier played a blind man in Scent of a Woman (1992), where he is seen tangoing a classy young lady, less than half his age, and this young lady was none other than British actress Gabrielle Anwar (6).

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   Six Degrees of Separation : Nutan to …

Nutan in the 50's

Nutan in the 50’s

… Dustin Hoffman
Nutan & Raj Kapoor (1) starred in Anari (1959), Raj Kapoor’s youngest brother happens to be the versatile actor, Shashi Kapoor (2), who played a Nawab that seduces a British collector’s wife, played by Greta Scacchi (3), in Heat & Dust (1983), who appeared in the television mini-series, Daniel Deronda (2002), where the protagonist was played by Hugh Dancy (4), who starred in Evening (2007), which also starred Meryl Streep (5), who won her first Oscar in 1980 for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), which co-starred Dustin Hoffman (6).

… Richard Burton
Nutan’s younger sister happens to be actress Tanuja (1), who appeared in Masoom (1983) which was directed by Shekhar Kapur (2), who also directed the bio-pic on the life of Queen Elizabeth I (3), namely Elizabeth (1998), who was the daughter of Anne Boleyn (4), and King Henry VIII (5), and Henry VIII was portrayed by Richard Burton (6) in Anne of the Thousand Days (1969).

… Hugh Jackman
Nutan’s son happens to be Mohnish Bahl (1), who starred in Astitva (2000), which also starred actress Tabu (2), who was protagonist of The Namesake (2006), which also starred Zuleikha Robinson (3), who played a terrorist in the television series Homeland (2011), which had Claire Danes (4) playing the main CIA Officer trying to uncover the plot against the United States, and Danes starred along with Kate Beckinsale (5) in Brokedown Palace (1999), who appeared with Hugh Jackman (6) in Van Helsing (2004).

Six ° with Nutan

… Ryan Phillippe
Nutan co-starred opposite Dev Anand (1) in Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963), who copied the hairstyle donned by Hollywood legend Gregory Peck (2), who’s grandson, Ethan Peck (3) appeared in In Time (2011), which also had Matt Bomer (4) in a small role, who played a stripper in Magic Mike (2012), along with former real life stripper, now film actor, Channing Tatum (5), who starred in Stop-loss (2008) which also starred Ryan Phillippe (6).

…Dev Patel
Nuatn’s niece, actress Kajol (1) is married to Ajay Devgan (2), who played a hitman in Thakshak (1999) where the top most villain was played by Rahul Bose (3), who came in I Am (2010), which also starred Sanjay Suri (4), who also played a HIV positive character in My Brother Nikhil (2005), which starred Lillete Dubey (5) as his mother, who played mother to Dev Patel (6) in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011).

…Errol Flynn
Nutan played an elder sister who sacrifices her whole life for the sake of her younger brother, played by Raj Babbar (1) in Rishta Kagaz Ka (1983), Raj Babbar was married to Smita Patil (2), who starred in Arth (1982) which was based on a true story, which also starred Kulbhushan Kharbanda (3), who came in Delhi in a Day (2010), which starred Lee Williams (4), who came in the television miniseries The Forsythe Saga: To Let (2003), which was based on the novels of John Galsworthy (5), as was That Forsythe Woman (1949) starring Errol Flynn (6).

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Six Degrees of Separation : Audrey Hepburn to ….

6° Hepburn
… Tom Hanks
Hepburn & Gregory Peck (1) acted together in Roman Holiday (1953), Peck’s grandson, Ethan Peck (2), had a miniscule role in In Time (2011), which starred Cillian Murphy (3), and Murphy had a miniscule role in Cold Mountain (2003), which starred Jude Law (4), who starred opposite Julia Roberts (5) in Closer (2004), and Roberts starred opposite Tom Hanks (6) in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007).

…Richard Gere
Hepburn starred opposite Cary Grant (1) in Charade (1963), and Grant starred opposite Ingrid Bergman (2) in Notorious (1946), Bergman’s daughter, Isabella Rossellini (3) appeared in White Nights (1985), which also starred Gregory Hines (4), who briefly played the love interest to Debra Messing (5) in the television sitcom Will & Grace (1998-2006), and Messing had a minuscule role playing doomed wife to Richard Gere (6) in The Mothman Prophecies (2002).

… Will Smith
Hepburn is seen reading an Alfred Hitchcock (1) mystery whilst her house is being robbed downstairs in the comedy How to steal a Million (1966), Hitchcock directed Rebecca (1940), which starred Joan Fontaine (2), Fontaine’s sister Olivia De Havilland (3) played the selfless and pure hearted Melanie in Gone with The Wind (1939), which starred Clark Gable (4) who acted with Sidney Poitier (5) in Band of Angels (1957), and Will Smith (6) played a gay con man who pretends to be Poitier’s son in a film called Six Degrees of Separation (1993).

… Roman Polanski
Hepburn acted opposite Sean Connery (1) in Robin and Marian (1976), Connery was the first actor to play James Bond in the 60’s & 70’s, and Daniel Craig (2) is the latest James Bond, who’s first Bond flick was, Casino Royale (2007), which also starred Eva Green (3), who appeared in Franklyn (2008), which also starred Ryan Philippe (4), who acted in Little Boy Blue (1997) which saw Nastassja Kinski (5) playing mother & lover to him, and Kinski played Tess in Tess (1979) which was directed by Roman Polanski (6).

 … Shashi Kapoor
Hepburn played Elisa Doolittle in My Fair Lady (1964), a role originally played by Julie Andrews (1) on stage on Broadway (USA) and West End (UK) in the late 50’s, Andrews also played Queen Guenevere, opposite Richard Burton (2) in the stage version of the musical Camelot in the early 60’s, and Burton who appeared in many stage adaptations of various plays by playwright William Shakespeare (3), in the 40’s, 50’s & 60’s, whom Rupert Graves (4) portrayed in What a Shame (2005), and Graves played Freddie Honeychurch in Merchant Ivory Productions Room with a View (1985), which was directed by James Ivory (5), and Ivory’s very first feature film directorial venture, Merchant Ivory’s The Householder (1963), starred Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor (6).

… Christopher Isherwood
Hepburn came in My Fair Lady (1964), which was directed by George Cukor (1), who also directed The Philadelphia Story (1940), which starred Katharine Hepburn (2), who was portrayed by Cate Blanchett (3) in The Aviator (2004), and Blanchett appeared in Notes on a Scandal (2006), which also starred Judi Dench (4), who had a small role in Shakespeare in Love (1998), which also starred Colin Firth (5), who acted in A Single Man (2009), which was based on a novel written by Christopher Isherwood (6).

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