The Slipper and the Rose
The Slipper and the Rose is a 1976 British musical film retelling the classic fairy tale of Cinderella. The film was chosen as the Royal Command Performance motion picture selection for 1976. Directed by Bryan Forbes, the film stars Gemma Craven as the heroine, Richard Chamberlain as the prince, features a supporting cast led by Michael Hordern, Kenneth More, Edith Evans and Annette Crosbie; the film's Academy Award-nominated songs were written by the Sherman Brothers – Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman – who shared scripting duties with Forbes and the film's executive producer, broadcaster David Frost. Prince Edward of Euphrania returns home after meeting the princess Selena of Carolsveld, whom his parents have arranged for him to marry. However, The Prince did not propose to the princess, angrily denounces arranged marriages. Edward prefers to marry for love. Meanwhile, Cinderella's cruel stepmother has banished her to the cellar, forces her to work as a servant to her and her two vindictive daughters and Palatine.
Cinderella finds some comfort in remembering happier times. Whilst putting flowers by her parents' grave, she inadvertently stumbles upon the prince, his friend and bodyguard John, who are visiting the Royal crypt; the Prince sardonically talks about his dead ancestors. Back at the castle, the King of Euphrania is advised that a marriage between Edward and a Princess from one of Euphrania's neighboring countries would help prevent war. A ball is seen as the perfect way to help Edward choose his bride; the Prince hates the idea. When news arrives that Carolsveld intends to make war on Euphrania, Edward has no choice but to accept. However, fewer than half the princesses accept the invitation, so the local nobility, including Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters, are invited; because of the lack of dresses at the dressmakers, the stepmother and stepsisters demand that Cinderella sew all three of them elegant gowns for the ball from the fabric of their old dresses. Cinderella has no idea; as luck would have it a fairy godmother, who has a talent for sensing the wishes of those who are pure in heart and creates three beautiful gowns while Cinderella rests.
That night, stepsisters depart for the ball leaving Cinderella alone. Cinderella's fairy godmother informs Cinderella that she too can go to the ball, she transforms Cinderella's shabby dress into a lovely gown, arranges her hair in the period fashion, a coach and horses are magically prepared. Cinderella is sent off to the ball with a warning, it is love at first sight when Edward meet at the ball. As the clock strikes midnight, Cinderella races away, leaving behind only her glass slipper. Edward wide in search of the woman who fits the glass slipper; the search turns out empty-handed. Edward hopes that one day his lost love will turn up. John is suffering as a result of love: he is in love with a noblewoman, but his position forbids them to be together. Edward knights John, so John can pursue his romance with Lady Caroline. Frustrated by his fruitless search, Edward breaks the monument, tossing the slipper into the woods where Cinderella finds and starts to dance with it, which catches John's attention and he rushes off to inform the Prince.
Cinderella and Edward are greeted by her stepmother and stepsisters. Edward asks the permission of the stepmother to marry Cinderella and she gives full permission, if only to get Cinderella off her hands. Cinderella stepsisters that she forgives them for their abuse. In the throne room and Cinderella go before the King and Queen. Whilst the King and Queen find Cinderella to be charming, something seems to be troubling the King, he takes the Lord Chamberlain aside and tells him that there is no way his son and Cinderella, a non-royal, can be married. The Lord Chamberlain conveys this to Cinderella, explaining that a military alliance through marriage must be established with one of the neighboring kingdoms to protect them against war and to secure the safety and future existence of Euphrania. Along with this disheartening news, it is explained that she will have to be exiled that night. Brokenhearted, Cinderella asks the Lord Chamberlain to tell Edward that she never loved him, because she knows that Edward will try to find her because of his love for her.
Edward, knowing he's fighting a losing battle, agrees to marry whomever the King and Queen choose, but says that his marital duties will go no further than the altar. Cinderella, living peacefully in exile, still thinks of Edward, her fairy godmother arrives and asks Cinderella why she isn't at the castle as Edward is getting married that day. Cinderella, asks who Edward is marrying; the fairy godmother doesn't know, as it's most the wrong woman, but plans to set things right—again. Back at the castle, as the wedding is taking place, everyone is surprised when Cinderella shows up in a wedding gown; the King interrupts the wedding and he and his council meet in private. The fairy godmother joins the discussion and convinces the king to change the law, so that Edward can marry the girl of his choice. In a surprising twist, Edward's c
Albert, Prince Consort
Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was the husband of Queen Victoria. He was born in the Saxon duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, to a family connected to many of Europe's ruling monarchs. At the age of 20, he married Queen Victoria, he felt constrained by his role of prince consort, which did not afford him power or responsibilities. He developed a reputation for supporting public causes, such as educational reform and the abolition of slavery worldwide, was entrusted with running the Queen's household and estates, he was involved with the organisation of the Great Exhibition of 1851, a resounding success. Victoria came to depend more on his support and guidance, he aided the development of Britain's constitutional monarchy by persuading his wife to be less partisan in her dealings with Parliament—although he disagreed with the interventionist foreign policy pursued during Lord Palmerston's tenure as Foreign Secretary. Albert died at the young age of 42. Victoria was so devastated at the loss of her husband that she entered into a deep state of mourning and wore black for the rest of her life.
On her death in 1901, their eldest son succeeded as Edward VII, the first British monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, named after the ducal house to which Albert belonged. Albert was born at Schloss Rosenau, near Coburg, the second son of Ernest III, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, his first wife, Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg. Albert's future wife, was born earlier in the same year with the assistance of the same midwife, Charlotte von Siebold. Albert was baptised into the Lutheran Evangelical Church on 19 September 1819 in the Marble Hall at Schloss Rosenau with water taken from the local river, the Itz, his godparents were the Dowager Duchess of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. In 1825, Albert's great-uncle, Frederick IV, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, died, his death led to a realignment of Saxon duchies the following year and Albert's father became the first reigning duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Albert and his elder brother, spent their youth in a close companionship marred by their parents' turbulent marriage and eventual separation and divorce.
After their mother was exiled from court in 1824, she married her lover, Alexander von Hanstein, Count of Polzig and Beiersdorf. She never saw her children again, died of cancer at the age of 30 in 1831; the following year, their father married his sons' cousin Princess Marie of Württemberg. The brothers were educated at home by Christoph Florschütz and studied in Brussels, where Adolphe Quetelet was one of their tutors. Like many other German princes, Albert attended the University of Bonn, where he studied law, political economy and the history of art, he played music and excelled at sport fencing and riding. His tutors at Bonn included the poet Schlegel; the idea of marriage between Albert and his cousin, was first documented in an 1821 letter from his paternal grandmother, the Dowager Duchess of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, who said that he was "the pendant to the pretty cousin". By 1836, this idea had arisen in the mind of their ambitious uncle Leopold, King of the Belgians since 1831. At this time, Victoria was the heir presumptive to the British throne.
Her father, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, the fourth son of King George III, had died when she was a baby, her elderly uncle, King William IV, had no legitimate children. Her mother, the Duchess of Kent, was the sister of both Albert's father—the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha—and King Leopold. Leopold arranged for his sister, Victoria's mother, to invite the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and his two sons to visit her in May 1836, with the purpose of meeting Victoria. William IV, disapproved of any match with the Coburgs, instead favoured the suit of Prince Alexander, second son of the Prince of Orange. Victoria was well aware of the various matrimonial plans and critically appraised a parade of eligible princes, she wrote, " is handsome. Alexander, on the other hand, she described as "very plain". Victoria wrote to her uncle Leopold to thank him "for the prospect of great happiness you have contributed to give me, in the person of dear Albert... He possesses every quality that could be desired to render me happy."
Although the parties did not undertake a formal engagement, both the family and their retainers assumed that the match would take place. Victoria came to the throne aged eighteen on 20 June 1837, her letters of the time show interest in Albert's education for the role he would have to play, although she resisted attempts to rush her into marriage. In the winter of 1838–39, the prince visited Italy, accompanied by the Coburg family's confidential adviser, Baron Stockmar. Albert returned to the United Kingdom with Ernest in October 1839 to visit the Queen, with the objective of settling the marriage. Albert and Victoria felt mutual affection and the Queen proposed to him on 15 October 1839. Victoria's intention to marry was declared formally to the Privy Council on 23 November, the couple married on
Bees in Paradise
Bees in Paradise is a 1944 British musical comedy film directed by Val Guest and starring Arthur Askey, Anne Shelton and Peter Graves. It was produced by Edward Black at Gainsborough Pictures. Co-written by director Val Guest and comic Marriott Edgar, who wrote for Will Hay and the Crazy Gang and composed some of Stanley Holloway's famous monologues; this musical comedy is set on a mysterious island where scantily clad warrior women hold all the power and men are regarded as disposable beings useful only for breeding purposes. Comic scenes result when four airmen arrive on the island and become the object of native womenfolk's desires; the Queen of Paradise Island, a tiny uncharted isle somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, is not happy. The town crier of the all-female hive-like colony has just reported that there have only been two births within the last eighteen months and both of them were boys; as the Queen points out to Jani, her Minister of Propaganda: the only thing worse than boys is men.
She demands more marriages going as far to think about passing conscription into law. However, Jani points out that the drones in captivity are not willing to marry any of the beautiful island women, because as soon as the two-month honeymoon is over the bridegrooms are executed. An Allied bomber plane is in trouble overhead; the ferry pilot, Peter Lovell, struggles to keep control while Arthur Tucker is suffering from airsickness. The four aircrew parachute down on Paradise Island; the crew are captured by the native woman and Rouna, the colony's leading journalist, sets her eye on the diminutive Arthur Tucker. Brought before the queen, the four airmen try to ingratiate themselves; the queen explains that they are free to move around the island and if rescued they will be permitted to leave. However, she encourages them to marry within the colony, she hints at the death sentence. Escorted around the town by guards, Arthur confesses. However, he has been betrothed to Rouana, who flirts with him, he continues to chase Jani, but to no avail.
She is more interested in Peter. She tries to prevent his falling for her. Arthur and his friend Max sneak into the holy Temple of the Hive, where the island's law is written, there they learn of the two-month honeymoon and subsequent death sentence, they learn that the law states a wedding occurs whenever a woman and a man share wine. At the town's baths, Jani discovers that many of the islanders are disenchanted with how the men have been allocated. Jani tries to reassure everyone that no one is betrothed yet. Various ideas are thrown around, including communism. Jani offers a solution; the cup final of the island's rugby league takes place tomorrow. The scheduled rugby match gets with Arthur refereeing. Arthur is knocked out during play and when he wakes in Rouana's home she tricks him into drinking wine with her. Panicked, Arthur flees. With Peter and Jani's help, Arthur disguises himself as a maid in Jani's household. Arthur tries to convince Jani that he loves her, but she ignores him, he is pounced on by the eager Rouana again.
Arthur makes a perilous rooftop escape from her, but ends up falling through the roof of the queen's bedchamber. Arthur tries to explain to her that the island's laws are ridiculous, but the queen refuses to listen; the next day, Rouana requests in court that the death sentence be waived for her and Arthur, as there is a precedent. Twenty years ago, one woman fell so in love with a man. However, when Arthur is put on the witness stand, he admits; this results in his being condemned to death. By the morning of the execution, the aircrew's radio operator, has managed to repair the plane's radio. Rescue is on its way. Arthur is rescued by Ronnie and Max in drag, they all escape to the beach, where Jani has arranged for a boat to be waiting for them. Arthur Askey as Arthur Tucker Anne Shelton as Rouana Siloy Peter Graves as Peter Lovell Ronald Shiner as Ronald Wild Jean Kent as Jani Max Bacon as Max Adler Antoinette Cellier as The Queen Joy Shelton as Almura Beatrice Varley as Moagga Anne Shelton – "Keep a Sunbeam in Your Pocket".
The Four in Harmony – "Women are the Greatest Ones". Jean Kent – "I'm a Wolf on My Mother's Side". Arthur Askey and Anne Shelton – "It Can Happen Anywhere". Jean Kent and Arthur Askey – "Are You Naturally Romantic?". Arthur Askey and Max Bacon – "Keep a Sunbeam in Your Pocket"; the Four in Harmony, Anne Shelton, Jean Kent, Peter Graves – "Don't Ever Leave Me". Anne Shelton and Joy Shelton – "The Age of Discretion". Arthur Askey and Anne Shelton – "Going Hither and Dither with You". Ostensibly set on a tropical island, the movie was filmed on location in Torquay. Askey records in his autobiography that whilst filming the crew was strafed by the Luftwaffe and he was injured as a result. David Parkinson wrote in the Radio Times, "there's a sauciness to the dialogue and lyrics that makes it rather risqué for its time". Not only that, but
The Adventurers (1970 film)
The Adventurers is a 1970 American adventure drama film based on the novel by Harold Robbins. It is directed, co-written by Lewis Gilbert; the American film stars Bekim Fehmiu, Candice Bergen, Charles Aznavour, Olivia de Havilland, Fernando Rey, Ernest Borgnine, Alan Badel, Leigh Taylor-Young. The film was the American film debut of Bekim Fehmiu and was shot in Europe and parts of South America, it is loosely based on the life of playboy Porfirio Rubirosa. Set in the fictional Latin American country of Cortoguay, it tells the tale of a rich playboy, Dax Xenos, who uses and destroys everyone who crosses his path, his vileness results from having seen his mother and sister raped and murdered by government troops, but his primary obsession is to avenge his father's murder. Dax's father had been a true patriot, unlike any of the other self-seeking presidents in an otherwise poor country always belonging to "the revolution." Dax finds, that vengeance and revolution lead to nothing but more of the same.
Charles Aznavour - Marcel Campion Alan Badel - President Rojo Candice Bergen - Sue Ann Daley Thommy Berggren - Sergei Nikovitch Delia Boccardo - Caroline de Coyne Ernest Borgnine - Fat Cat Rossano Brazzi - Baron de Coyne Olivia de Havilland - Deborah Hadley Bekim Fehmiu - Dax Xenos Anna Moffo - Dania Leonardi Fernando Rey - Jaime Xenos Leigh Taylor-Young - Amparo Rojo Yolande Donlan - Mrs. Erickson John Ireland - James Hadley Jorge Martínez de Hoyos - El Condor Christian Roberts - Robert Angela Scoular - Denisonde Sydney Tafler - Colonel Gutierrez Yorgo Voyagis - El Lobo The score was composed by Bossa nova songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim. Of the 12 songs featured in this film, three of them, "Children's Games", "A Bed of Flowers For Sue Ann" and "Dax & Amparo-Love Theme", went on to become some of Jobim's signature songs; these songs were heard for the first time on this soundtrack. The soft and tender music stands in stark contrast to the darkness of the themes of the story. A rare track by British band Family called "Young Love" was featured as a backing track to a fashion show in the film.
This track does not appear on a CD on any singles. The Adventurers was panned when it was first released. In its review, Daily Variety said that Candice Bergen was "the only principal to salvage anything from the film." By the 2000s, reviews have found The Adventurers entertaining as an unintentional comedy. In 2005, it was listed in The Official Razzie Movie Guide as one of the Top Ten Best Bad films of all time, with author John Wilson writing that that the movie "ha not one believable character, performance, or line of dialogue, but it’s all done with such utter sincerity that it’s far more entertaining than this same material would be in the hands of anyone but utter incompetents." Paul Mavis, reviewing the Warner Archive DVD release, enjoyed its outrageousness, stating The Adventurers is, "part faux-David Lean, part lurid comic book with funny accents and naked breasts--and all of it an irresistible maddening mess."Director Lewis Gilbert said on June 25, 2010, on the BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs, that The Adventurers was "a big, sprawling expensive film, a disaster.
I should never have made it. It's one I'm not proud of." Paramount Home Entertainment first released the film on a widescreen DVD on July 12, 2005. The same company rereleased the film in the Warner Archive Collection on September 24, 2013; the DVD was edited and re-rated PG, with significant cuts to scenes in which women are raped and killed by soldiers. List of American films of 1970 The Adventurers on IMDb
Alfie (1966 film)
Alfie is a 1966 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Michael Caine. It is an adaptation by Bill Naughton of his own play of the same name; the film was released by Paramount Pictures. Alfie tells the story of a young womanising man who leads a self-centred life, purely for his own enjoyment, until events force him to question his uncaring behaviour, his loneliness and his priorities, he cheats on numerous women, despite his confidence towards women, he treats them with disrespect and refers to them as "it", using them for sex and for domestic purposes. Alfie breaks the fourth wall by speaking directly to the camera narrating and justifying his actions, his words contrast with or contradict his actions. This was the first film to receive the "suggested for mature audiences" classification by the Motion Picture Association of America in the US, which evolved into the modern PG rating; the film had its World Premiere at the Plaza Theatre in the West End of London on 24 March 1966.
Handsome Cockney chauffeur Alfie Elkins enjoys the favours of women, while avoiding any commitment. He ends an affair with a married woman, just as he gets his submissive single girlfriend, pregnant. Although Alfie refuses to marry Gilda and cheats on her Gilda decides to have the child, a boy named Malcolm, keep him rather than give him up for adoption. Over time, Alfie becomes attached to his son, but his unwillingness to commit to Gilda causes her to break up with him and instead marry Humphrey, a kindly bus conductor who loves her and is willing to accept Malcolm as his own son, she bars Alfie from any further contact with Malcolm, forcing Alfie to watch from a distance as Humphrey steps into his fatherly role. When a health check reveals Alfie has tubercular shadows on his lungs, the diagnosis, combined with his separation from his son, leads him to have a brief mental breakdown. Alfie spends time in a convalescent home, where he befriends a fellow patient named Harry, a family man devoted to his frumpy wife Lily.
When Alfie flippantly suggests that Lily might be cheating on Harry, Harry confronts Alfie about his attitudes and behaviour. Alfie is released from the home and meets Ruby, an older, voluptuous and promiscuous American, while freelancing taking holiday photos of tourists near the Tower of London. Alfie returns to the convalescent home to visit Harry. Neither Alfie nor Lily want to spend time together, but they agree to please Harry, the ride home turns into a one-night stand. Alfie picks up a young hitchhiker, Annie from Sheffield, looking to make a fresh start in London and moves in with him, she proves preoccupied with a love left behind, scrubbing Alfie's floor, doing his laundry, preparing his meals to compensate. He grows resentful of the relationship and drives her out with an angry outburst regretting it. Around the same time, Lily informs him that she is pregnant from their one encounter, the two plan for her to have an illegal abortion to keep Harry from finding out; the abortion proves traumatic for both Lily and Alfie, with Alfie breaking down upon seeing the aborted fetus, in a powerfully moving moment, the only time the dire consequences of his own actions came home to Alfie, though shortly after through the fourth wall he tried to make light of it.
The stress of the situations with Annie and Lily makes Alfie decide to change his non-committal ways and settle down with the rich Ruby. However, upon visiting Ruby, he finds a younger man in her bed, he encounters Siddie again. Alfie is left lonely and wondering about his life's choices asks the viewers "What's it all about? You know what I mean." The film concludes as Alfie comes across an old, stray dog that he encounters at the beginning of the movie and they walk the empty street together. Michael Caine as Alfie Elkins Shelley Winters as Ruby Millicent Martin as Siddie Vivien Merchant as Lily Clamacraft Jane Asher as Annie Julia Foster as Gilda Shirley Anne Field as Carla Eleanor Bron as the Doctor Denholm Elliott as the Abortionist Alfie Bass as Harry Clamacraft Graham Stark as Humphrey Murray Melvin as Nat Sydney Tafler as Frank Queenie Watts as the Blonde Pub Singer The film is unusual in that it has no opening credits and the end credits feature photos of the principal actors, as well as of the main technical crew, including director Gilbert and cameraman Otto Heller.
It was shot at Twickenham Studios with scenes shot at several locations in London. Several well-known actors, including Richard Harris, Laurence Harvey, James Booth and Anthony Newley turned down the title role due to the then-taboo subject matter. Despite having played "Alfie" on Broadway, Terence Stamp categorically declined to reprise the role on film, so he and casting agents approached his good friend and roommate Michael Caine: not one to snub a role about a common man, Caine agreed to do it, he continued to land better parts. The original film soundtrack featured jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins with local musicians from London including Stan Tracey on piano, who improvised "Little Malcolm Loves His Dad", Rick Laird on bass, Phil Seamen on drums, Ronnie Scott on tenor sax; the released soundtrack album, recorded in t