There were a lot of movies this past year about making movies. With Hugo, The Artist, and My Week with Marilyn all earning Oscar nominations it seemed more obvious than ever that people are still dazzled by the glitz and enchantment of old Hollywood. And none more-so than I. As someone fairly addicted to Turner Classic Movies I’ve established a lot of favorite actresses from times past and here are just a few of them, you know, the ones no one should do without.
Listed are the films you should watch, immediately. Perhaps not their most acclaimed films, thought mostly they are, but definitely my favorites.
We’ll start with the woman herself;
Essential Films: Some Like It Hot, Niagara
Essential Films: Gone with the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire
Essential Films: The Thin Man
Essential Films: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Essential Films: Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, The African Queen
Essential Films: Casablanca, Notorious
Essential Films: Grand Hotel, Ninotchka
Essential Films: To Catch a Thief, Rear Window, The Country Girl
Essential Films: Leave Her to Heaven, The Razor’s Edge
Essential Films: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady, Sabrina
And one not to Hollywood but impossible for me to leave off….
Essential Films: Bande à part, Pierrot le Fou