Shirley MacLaine

  • Randa Haines – Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)

    1991-2000DramaRanda HainesUSA
    Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)
    Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)

    Plot
    Richard Harris and Robert Duvall star in this low-key drama concerning a hard-drinking former sea captain (Richard Harris) who befriends a shy retired barber (Robert Duvall). Though their polar-opposite personalities find the relationship slow going at first, roguish Frank (Harris) and gentle Walter (Duvall) soon develop a close friendship as they pass the days with conversation. As death looms near and their pasts seem to evaporate into the air with the passing of each day, the lonely souls find comfort in each other’s company until their fragile friendship is shattered. When Frank insults a waitress (Sandra Bullock) with whom Walter harbors a protective friendship, Walter makes the decision to cut his ties with loutish Frank. Forced to reevaluate their friendship, the two lonely souls attempt to find meaning in their lives as their chances for connecting with the outside world grows ever more dim.Read More »

  • Shirley MacLaine & Claudia Weill – The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir (1975)

    Claudia Weill1971-1980DocumentaryShirley MacLaineUSA
    The Other Half of the Sky A China Memoir (1975)
    The Other Half of the Sky A China Memoir (1975)

    Documentary on mainland Chinese life.Read More »

  • Hugh Wilson – Guarding Tess (1994)

    Drama1991-2000ComedyHugh WilsonUSA

    Doug is a Secret Service Agent who has just completed his stint in charge protecting Tess Carlisle, widow of a former U.S. President, and close personal friend of the President. He finds that she has requested that he not be rotated but instead return to be her permanent detail. Doug is crushed. He wants off her detail. She is very difficult to guard and makes her detail crazy with her whims and demands. Doug returns with no idea of how to continue dealing with her.Read More »

  • Hugh Munro Neely – Louise Brooks: Looking For Lulu (1998)

    1991-2000ClassicsDocumentaryHugh Munro NeelyUSA

    Narrated by Shirley MacLaine
    User Commentary From IMDb.com:
    Exceptional documentary about a singular actress
    “Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu” is an exceptionally well-crafted and emotionally moving documentary. It is one of the best film documentaries I have ever seen. Barry Paris (author of the definitive biography of the actress) has written a masterful, sympathetic script. And director Hugh Munro Neely has fashioned a well-researched, balanced and finely documented study of this 20th century icon.Read More »

  • Ronald Neame – Gambit (1966)

    1961-1970ComedyRonald NeameThrillerUSA

    Synopsis:
    Cockney cat burglar Harry Dean needs Hong Kong dancer Nicole Chang’s help to pull off the perfect heist. With a simple makeover and a new wardrobe; Nicole’s resemblance to wealthy recluse Mr. Shahbandar’s late wife is uncanny. While Shahbandar is distracted by the mesmerizing Nicole, Harry takes steps to swipe a priceless artifact from under the tycoon’s nose. But even the most foolproof schemes have a way of backfiring.Read More »

  • Billy Wilder – Irma la Douce (1963)

    1961-1970Billy WilderComedyUSA

    Quote:
    Just three years after earning Academy Awards for Best Picture and Director for 1960’s The Apartment, Billy Wilder re-teamed with Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine for another look at love and relationships. But this time the drab New York insurance building was traded for the bawdy streets of Paris, and secretaries replaced with prostitutes. Once again, Wilder poked fun at the taboo subject of sex and again, his instincts paid off: Irma La Douce was Wilder’s biggest commercial success yet, and received three Academy Award nominations, winning one for Andre Previn’s lush score.Read More »

  • Alfred Hitchcock – The Trouble with Harry (1955)

    1951-1960Alfred HitchcockComedyCrimeUSA

    Synopsis:
    There is a dead well-dressed man in a meadow clearing in the hills above a small Vermont town. Captain Albert Wiles, who stumbles across the body and finds by the man’s identification that his name is Harry Worp, believes he accidentally shot Harry dead while he was hunting rabbits. Captain Wiles wants to hide the body as he feels it is an easier way to deal with the situation than tell the authorities. While Captain Wiles is in the adjacent forest, he sees other people stumble across Harry, most of whom don’t seem to know him or care or notice that he’s dead. Read More »

  • Billy Wilder – The Apartment (1960)

    1951-1960Billy WilderClassicsComedyUSA

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    Quote:
    Immediately following the success of Some Like It Hot, Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond wished to make another film with Jack Lemmon. Wilder had originally planned to cast Paul Douglas as Jeff Sheldrake; however, after he died unexpectedly, Fred MacMurray was cast.

    The initial concept for the film came from Brief Encounter by Noël Coward, in which Celia Johnson has an affair with Trevor Howard in his friend’s apartment. However, due to the Hays Production Code, Wilder was unable to make a film about adultery in the 1940s. Wilder and Diamond also based the film partially on a Hollywood scandal in which high-powered agent Jennings Lang was shot by producer Walter Wanger for having an affair with Wanger’s wife, actress Joan Bennett. During the affair, Lang used a low-level employee’s apartment. Another element of the plot was based on the experience of one of Diamond’s friends, who returned home after breaking up with his girlfriend to find that she had committed suicide in his bed.Read More »

  • Billy Wilder – The Apartment [+Commentary] (1960)

    1951-1960Billy WilderClassicsComedyUSA

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    The Apartment is a 1960 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Billy Wilder, which stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray. It was Wilder’s next movie after Some Like It Hot and, like its predecessor, a commercial and critical smash, grossing $25 million at the box office. The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards, and won five, including Best Picture. The film was the basis of the 1968 Broadway musical Promises, Promises, with book by Neil Simon, music by Burt Bacharach, and lyrics by Hal David.

    Synopsis:
    A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.Read More »

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