A Rose for Mrs. Miniver

The Life of Greer Garson

Author: Michael Troyan

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813128429

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 520

View: 8320

" In this first-ever biography of Greer Garson, Michael Troyan sweeps away the many myths that even today veil her life. The true origins of her birth, her fairy-tale discovery in Hollywood, and her career struggles at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer are revealed for the first time. Garson combined an everywoman quality with grace, charm, and refinement. She won the Academy Award in 1941 for her role in Mrs. Miniver , and for the next decade she reigned as the queen of MGM. Co-star Christopher Plummer remembered, ""Here was a siren who had depth, strength, dignity, and humor who could inspire great trust, suggest deep intellect and whose misty languorous eyes melted your heart away!"" Garson earned a total of seven Academy Award nominations for Best Actress, and fourteen of her films premiered at Radio City Music Hall, playing for a total of eighty-four weeks--a record never equaled by any other actress. She was a central figure in the golden age of the studios, working with legendary performers Clark Gable, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Errol Flynn, Joan Crawford, Robert Mitchum, Debbie Reynolds, and Walter Pidgeon. Garson's experiences offer a fascinating glimpse at the studio system in the years when stars were closely linked to a particular studio and moguls such as L.B. Mayer broke or made careers. With the benefit of exclusive access to studio production files, personal letters and diaries, and the cooperation of her family, Troyan explores the triumphs and tragedies of her personal life, a story more colorful than any role she played on screen.

The Real Mrs Miniver

A Biography

Author: Ysenda Maxtone Graham

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466870974

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 7420

In 1937 the Court Page of the London Times began publishing a series of articles featuring a charming, upper-middle class English housewife named Mrs Miniver. The articles depicted an idyllically happy family with three children, a house in London, and a country cottage called Starlings. Two years later, Mrs Miniver was published in book form. While some critics derided the book as sentimental, many readers embraced it as a symbol of an increasingly endangered English way of life, and it went on to become the #1 bestseller in America. The Hollywood film, released in 1942 with Greer Garson in the title role, won five Oscars, including Best Picture, and did so much to promote the American war effort in Europe that even Josef Goebbels recognized it as an exemplary piece of propaganda. But who was the real Mrs Miniver? The articles were produced by Joyce Maxtone Graham, who wrote under the name Jan Struther and seemed to resemble her heroine: She was upper-middle class, and lived in a gracious, comfortable home with her husband and three children. After the war broke out, she served as an unofficial ambassador from Great Britain to the U.S. In truth, however, Jan Struther was not at all like the conventional Mrs Miniver. It wasn't merely that she didn't like tea--to the amazement of everyone in America--but her real life was neither simple nor saintly. Her marriage was ending, and she was secretly in love with a Jewish refugee from Nazi Austria. Written by Jan Struther's granddaughter Ysenda Maxtone Graham, The Real Mrs Miniver is a complex and fascinating biography. While the Hollywood version remains a powerful and inspirational movie, this book offers brilliant insights into the true impact of war upon real people's lives.

Mrs. Miniver

Author: Jan Struther

Publisher: Prabhat Prakashan

ISBN: N.A

Category: Domestic fiction

Page: 298

View: 6691

A picture of Mrs. Miniver in many moods shown thru a succession of episodes such as the return to London after the holidays, the new car, Christmas, the countryside, Scotland, gas masks, a trip to the dentist, and a journey abroad.

Mrs. Miniver

Author: Jan Struther

Publisher: Prabhat Prakashan

ISBN: N.A

Category: Domestic fiction

Page: 298

View: 1556

A picture of Mrs. Miniver in many moods shown thru a succession of episodes such as the return to London after the holidays, the new car, Christmas, the countryside, Scotland, gas masks, a trip to the dentist, and a journey abroad.

Mrs. Miniver's Hat

The Story of a Belfast Girl-Evacuee

Author: Rhoda Watson

Publisher: Lapwing Publications

ISBN: 1905425465

Category: Belfast (Northern Ireland)

Page: 80

View: 333

Tagebuch einer Lady auf dem Lande

Roman

Author: E. M. Delafield

Publisher: Manhattan

ISBN: 3641080452

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 1103

Eine Lady lässt sich nicht unterkriegen ... England in den 1930er-Jahren. In einem Dorf in der Grafschaft Devon vertraut sich eine Lady mit messerscharfem Verstand ihrem einzigen Freund an – dem Tagebuch. Die Welt hat sich gegen sie verschworen, im Haushalt regiert das Chaos, die Köchin droht mit Kündigung, und ihre beiden überaus reizenden Kinder Vicky und Robin neigen dazu, stets am falschen Ort zur falschen Zeit für Unheil zu sorgen. Von ihrem Gatten Robert, der sich am liebsten hinter der Times verschanzt, hat die Lady keine Hilfe zu erwarten. So kämpft sie allein um Haltung bei Teegesellschaften, Dorffesten, Abendeinladungen und vor allem, wenn sie der grässlich perfekten Lady B. begegnet, die ihre Eitelkeiten wie einen Pudel mit sich herumführt. Ein Glück, dass wenigstens ihr Tagebuch die Lady auf dem Lande nicht im Stich lässt ...

Forever England

Femininity, Literature and Conservatism Between the Wars

Author: Alison Light

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135629846

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

View: 5160

First published in 1991. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

When Hollywood Loved Britain

The Hollywood 'British' Film 1939-1945

Author: Mark Glancy

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719048531

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 280

View: 1821

When Hollywood Loved Britain examines the Hollywood "British" film--American feature films that were set in Britain, based on British history or literature and included the work of British producers, directors, writers and actors. "British" films include many of the most popular and memorable films of the 1930s and 1940s, yet they have received little individual attention from film historians and even less attention as a body of films. While the book is centered on wartime "British" films, it also investigates wider issues: the influence of censorship and propaganda agencies during Hollywood’s studio era, studio finances, the isolationist campaign in the United States between 1939 and 1941, and American perceptions of Britain at war.

Hollywood Goes to War

Patriotism, Movies and the Second World War from Ninotchka to Mrs Miniver

Author: Clayton R. Koppes,Gregory D. Black

Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781860646058

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 374

View: 2975

The drama, imagery and fantasy of 1940s films was enlisted to inspire the US war effort during World War II. This book looks at the propaganda, politics and persuasion that conspired to produce memorable movies such as Casablanca, and the thankfully forgotten Hillbilly Blitzkreig.

One World, Big Screen

Hollywood, the Allies, and World War II

Author: M. Todd Bennett

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 0807837466

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 5230

World War II coincided with cinema's golden age. Movies now considered classics were created at a time when all sides in the war were coming to realize the great power of popular films to motivate the masses. Through multinational research, One World, Big Screen reveals how the Grand Alliance--Britain, China, the Soviet Union, and the United States--tapped Hollywood's impressive power to shrink the distance and bridge the differences that separated them. The Allies, M. Todd Bennett shows, strategically manipulated cinema in an effort to promote the idea that the United Nations was a family of nations joined by blood and affection. Bennett revisits Casablanca, Mrs. Miniver, Flying Tigers, and other familiar movies that, he argues, helped win the war and the peace by improving Allied solidarity and transforming the American worldview. Closely analyzing film, diplomatic correspondence, propagandists' logs, and movie studio records found in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the former Soviet Union, Bennett rethinks traditional scholarship on World War II diplomacy by examining the ways that Hollywood and the Allies worked together to prepare for and enact the war effort.

Klein-Kinder-Bewahr-Anstalt

Author: Hilaire Belloc,Basil Blackwood,Quentin Blake

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783725411399

Category:

Page: 135

View: 6493

CliffsNotes on Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun

Author: Rosetta James

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544183576

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 79

View: 9802

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. A Raisin in the Sun debuted in the spring of 1959 and has since been translated into more than 30 languages. It is the story of a poor black family struggling to become part of the middle class. Family hardships test the faith of all involved and the result is unexpected and filled with heartbreak. CliffsNotes on A Raisin in the Sun helps you explore this play by providing you with summaries and commentaries, chapter by chapter. You’ll also gain insight into the author Lorraine Vivian Hansberry. Other features that help you study include A list of characters and their descriptions A genealogy chart to illustrate the relationships between the characters Glossaries to help you fully understand the novel Critical essays on thematic structure, language and style, and more Suggested essay topics and related research projects for more study Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

Eine Klasse für sich

Roman

Author: Julian Fellowes

Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641067979

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 2837

Der Roman über die wirklich feinen Leute in London – very, very British Julian Fellowes ist nicht nur Oscar-gekrönter Drehbuchautor, sondern auch ein Meister der englischen Gesellschaftskomödie, wie er mit seinem neuen Roman erneut unter Beweis stellt. Damian Baxter ist steinreich und weiß, dass er bald sterben wird. Er hat nie geheiratet und lebt alleine mit Chauffeur, Butler, Koch, Hausmädchen und allem was dazu gehört. Was ihn aber seit langem umtreibt ist ein anonymer Brief, den er vor zwanzig Jahren erhalten hat. Könnte es tatsächlich sein, dass er damals einen Sohn gezeugt hat? Der einzige, der ihm helfen kann, dies herauszufinden, ist der Mann, mit dem er seit Jahrzehnten tödlich verfeindet ist. Julian Fellowes nimmt die Leser mit in die untergehende Welt des englischen Adels. Und er tut es mit enormer Eleganz und feinstem englischen Humor.

Nazi Film Melodrama

Author: Laura Heins

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252095022

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 7192

Cultural productions in the Third Reich often served explicit propaganda functions of legitimating racism and glorifying war and militarism. Likewise, the proliferation of domestic and romance films in Nazi Germany also represented an ideological stance. Rather than reinforcing traditional gender role divisions and the status quo of the nuclear family, these films were much more permissive about desire and sexuality than previously assumed. Focusing on German romance films, domestic melodramas, and home front films from 1933 to 1945, Nazi Film Melodrama shows how melodramatic elements in Nazi cinema functioned as part of a project to move affect, body, and desire beyond the confines of bourgeois culture and participate in a curious modernization of sexuality engineered to advance the imperialist goals of the Third Reich. Offering a comparative analysis of Nazi productions with classical Hollywood films of the same era, Laura Heins argues that German fascist melodramas differed from their American counterparts in their negative views of domesticity and in their use of a more explicit antibourgeois rhetoric. Nazi melodramas, film writing, and popular media appealed to viewers by promoting liberation from conventional sexual morality and familial structures, presenting the Nazi state and the individual as dynamic and revolutionary. Some spectators objected to the eroticization and modernization of the public sphere under Nazism, however, pitting Joseph Goebbels' Ministry of Propaganda against more conservative film audiences in a war over the very status of domesticity and the shape of the family. Drawing on extensive archival research, this perceptive study highlights the seemingly contradictory aspects of gender representation and sexual morality in Nazi-era cinema.

A Wonderful Heart

The Films of William Wyler

Author: Neil Sinyard

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786435739

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 2912

Revered by his cinematic peers, William Wyler (1902-1981) was one of the most honoured and successful directors of Hollywood's Golden Age, with such classics as Dead End, Wuthering Heights, The Little Foxes, Roman Holiday and Ben-Hur. He won three directing Oscars and elicited over a dozen Oscar-winning performances from his actors. Such exacting performers as Bette Davis, Laurence Olivier and Charlton Heston counted him the best director they had worked with. Yet during the era of the "auteur" theory his films fell out of fashion, lacking, it was said, a distinctive stylistic and thematic signature. This new critical study of Wyler's work, the first in more than thirty years, challenges the notion of Wyler's impersonality and offers a comprehensive reappraisal of his work, particularly of the underrated postwar films. It also provides a rebuttal of the auteurist criticism whose rigid categorization of directors cannot adequately encompass the range of someone like Wyler, who put substance above style and had a breadth of human understanding that was not reducible to a cluster of characteristic themes. Supported by archival research in Los Angeles, the book traces the important milestones in Wyler's career, the context of his films, the importance of legendary producer Sam Goldwyn--his distinguished war record and his principled opposition to blacklisting during the McCarthy era.

Marjorie Main

The Life and Films of Hollywood’s “Ma Kettle”

Author: Michelle Vogel

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476604266

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

View: 2909

She was a slum mother, witty housekeeper, nosy neighbor, meddling maid, town gossip, and most memorably, Ma Kettle. Marjorie Main is best remembered for her portrayal of the farm mother of 15 children and wife of shiftless Pa Kettle. The characters were introduced in the 1945 film The Egg and I, and were such a hit that eight films followed. At an age when most actresses’ careers are waning, Main’s star was just beginning to rise. In real life, Main was as down to earth as characters she played. Her attire on the set and around her house were the same: a simple cotton house dress or jeans. She preferred riding the bus because she enjoyed interacting with regular people—the inspiration for her characters. This book chronicles Main’s childhood on an Indiana farm and the inspirations that led her to the stage. After a distinguished theater career and minor film roles, at age 50 she was offered a long-term contract with premier studio MGM. Details of her acting career and personal life covered here include her marriage to a scholarly widower 26 years her senior, and her work with actor Percy Kilbride, who was the antithesis of his character, the slothful Pa Kettle. A detailed filmography includes cast and credit lists and trivia about each of Main’s 85 films.