Posted 16 October 2005 - 01:53 PM
Oh, words cant describe how perfect his is. Gush.
Posted 16 October 2005 - 10:40 PM
Posted 18 October 2005 - 03:21 PM
As a light comedian I wouldn’t call Grant the equal of William Powell or Rex Harrison, but he was awfully good and as a star he was unique. All great stars are unique, of course, but Grant carved out his own special niche. I’d suggest that his range was actually pretty limited – the comedies, romances, and the thrillers he did all have elements in common, and he was not in any sense a character actor (not that that’s always bad, Gielgud wasn’t, either). He was not at home in most period dress, and I think he was wise to turn down the role of Professor Higgins in “My Fair Lady” -- I don’t think he would have been up to Harrison, or Leslie Howard for that matter. But who cares, none of it matters, he’s just – well, perfect, as canbelto observes, following Audrey Hepburn’s similar comments in “Charade.”
As for the lack of an Oscar in his resume, until he received a special award after retirement, there are a number of reasons for that. The Academy doesn’t give out many acting awards for comedy as a rule, and Grant himself had an equivocal relationship with the Hollywood powers that be. He was a freelancer, operating without a long term contract with one studio in an era where that was virtually unheard of. (Ronald Colman was another such.) He was also hugely successful at it, which engendered resentment. Because he was not allied to a particular studio, he had to resign from the Academy and so was not a member of the club, as it were. In addition, Grant could be highly contentious and litigious and he was forever disputing with one studio head or another, which didn’t add to his popularity. I think he was to be admired for all of the above, but you pay a price for swimming against the stream and he did. No Oscar for you, Cary.
My favorite Grants: Bringing Up Baby and The Awful Truth. And I thought he was excellent in the sentimental Penny Serenade -- a moving performance.
Posted 18 October 2005 - 04:17 PM
I'm watching him in Notorious currently and he does the impossible and makes this cold S.O.B. romantic.
Now, Rex Harrison as 'enry 'iggins! Talk about making an arrogant, childish and self-absorbed character lovable. . . !
I think he was wise to turn down the role of Professor Higgins in “My Fair Lady” -- I don’t think he would have been up to Harrison, or Leslie Howard for that matter.
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Posted 18 October 2005 - 05:19 PM
Mel Johnson writes:
Although there was no dancing involved, Grant seemed to be "partnering" Caron through shots, even though this movie was a throwaway war farce. He moved to support his co-stars.
That's very true. Grant complements a woman, he doesn't try to take over the screen even when he could. Pauline Kael wrote a fine essay, "The Man From Dream City," about Grant, and she has some perceptive things to say about him in this regard.
Posted 28 October 2005 - 06:20 AM
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