Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
Dir: Toa Fraser
Prima ballerina Gillian Murphy plays the title role of a peasant girl in Germany during the Middle Ages who lives for dance despite frail health. Giselle’s heart is broken by a prince (Qi Huan), but her undiminished love saves the man from supernatural forces. The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s critically acclaimed production was shot with five cameras, and Toa Fraser’s graceful and powerful film adds immediacy to one of the oldest surviving ballets by interweaving it with an offstage romance between two dancers (Murphy and Huan).
Gary Cooper plays multimillionaire Michael Brandon, who changes wives as if they were underwear (or, in this case, pajama tops) until he marries the daughter (Claudette Colbert) of an impoverished marquis. As lucrative as divorce would be, the young woman is determined to be the final Mrs. Brandon. Director Ernst Lubitsch’s first pairing with the Charles Brackett-Billy Wilder writing team was a match made in heaven.
Billy Wilder made his Hollywood directorial debut with this wartime farce, cowritten with frequent collaborator Charles Brackett. Ginger Rogers sparkles as a woman who masquerades as a 12-year-old girl to travel by train on a child’s fare; Ray Milland is the military man who shelters the youngster.