Wow – I just ran over to my favorite Movie Info Website – the Internet Movie DataBase – and it tells me that this movie was Greer Garson‘s FIRST movie! Louis B Mayer discovered her on a trip to England. I don’t know why this is so cool to me, but it is. I would be a movie fan FREAK if I allowed myself one interest only… Like, did she appreciate everyone thinking her first name was ‘Greer’? (She was born and named Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson; her nickname was Duchess. I’m not sure I like that any better. I’d have preferred Evelyn – very grand.) She was Elizabeth in the 1940 production of Pride and Prejudice – gotta see this next!!! I think she is lovely and smart and was well received in many of her films. I want to see all most of them.
Anyway, back to the topic of this post. I saw the 1939 Goodbye Mr Chips the other night and LOVED IT! Even better than the book; they succeeded in capturing the warmth of the original written work. At first, I wasn’t impressed with the first scenes of Chips as the very old guy but as the movie progressed and Donat aged his character, it got better. Garson was fabulous.
I CRIED and CRIED! I love crying to movies.
My book review of this is here.
I cried and cried again! This movie was a lot better than I expected. Based on Cecilia Ahern’s book of the same name, this is the story of a young widow receiving letters from her dead husband; others are afraid this is keeping her from moving on with her life. Can she learn to live and love again?
This was Ms. Ahern’s first book – I have yet to read it, but promise you this: I WILL – and it looks like from all the book press that she is on her way to a fabulous writing career. The movie was everything I wanted it to be in a good love story, a woman finding herself, humor and wisdom combined with great fashion and more than a few good looking men. [Jeffery Dean Morgan] Hillary’s character was an unhappy real estate agent (been there, done that) and she stumbles into a career idea that combines what she loves (shoes, art) and learns to appreciate those she loves even more, especially herself.
Chick lit at its finest? Well, I can’t say I’m an expert on that. But I enjoyed this movie very much and I’m inspired to read the source.