February 26th & 27th
Hosted by Tales of the Easily Distracted and Silver Screenings
Carroll attracted the attention of Alfred Hitchcock and in 1935 starred as one of the director's earliest prototypical cool, glib, intelligent blondes in The 39 Steps. Based on the espionage novel by John Buchan, the film became a sensation and with it so did Carroll. Cited by the New York Times for a performance that was "charming and skillful", Carroll became very much in demand. The success of the film made Hitchcock a star in Britain and the US, and established the quintessential English 'Hitchcock blonde' Carroll as the template for his succession of ice cold and elegant leading ladies.Of Hitchcock heroines as exemplified by Carroll film critic Roger Ebert wrote:
The female characters in his films reflected the same qualities over and over again: They were blonde. They were icy and remote. They were imprisoned in costumes that subtly combined fashion with fetishism. They mesmerised the men, who often had physical or psychological handicaps. Sooner or later, every Hitchcock woman was humiliated.--From the Madeleine Carroll Wiki page
This wouldn’t be strictly a CMBA blogathon, but simply a fun, casual affair open to all who love Madeleine 's movies, and wish to participate.
While we won't keep people from doing the same films, we will let you know if a film has been "taken" so you can select another film if you like. As the event approaches we'll post a list of the usual suspects here so everyone will know who's participating.
For those of you who need a crib sheet on Ms. Carroll's work, here's a link to her IMDB page.
To sign up, either leave a comment below, or contact either myself, Dorian Tenore-Bartilucci or R.A. Kerr to ask any questions!
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