Happy Birthday Grace!

In honor of Grace Kelly’s 83rd birthday, here are a few clips featuring Kelly from two of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock films – To Catch a Thief and Rear Window:

 

 

 

 

 

To Catch A Thief™ Barbie® Doll (Hitchcock Kitsch)

As a fan of Grace Kelly and Hitch this is a perfect combination – check out the To Catch A Thief™ Barbie® Doll.

Image Credit: Barbie® and Mattel©

This is definitely an improvement upon a previous Hitchcock/Barbie collaboration. My initial excitement concerning this piece of Hitchcock kitsch was almost immediately tempered by one cold hard fact – plainly stated, that “Birds” doll is rather creepy. I could not get past Barbie/Melanie staring (and smiling) blankly off into the horizon whilst being attacked by birds. EEWW

On a related matter, let me know what you think about movie related kitsch and tie-ins … do you own any:

  • Books
  • Dolls/Figurines/Toy Sets
  • Games
  • Clothing
  • Other sundry items

 

UPDATE *8/8/2011: Looks like Total Film covered this territory a couple of years ago with their feature 9 Surprising Moving Barbies. ENJOY!

Grace Kelly Coming to the V&A London

A highlight of the summer museum season HAS to be the exhibit that is coming soon to the V&A Museum in London. The name of the exhibit is entitled “Grace Kelly: Style Icon.” There will be clothing and other artifacts from her fantastic (but all too short) film career.

There has been a great deal of buzz about this exhibit including a piece in The New York Times as well as the cover story of this May’s Vanity Fair.

And as luck would have it I am traveling to London next month to see this exhibit. I will take as many photos as possible and be sure to post them here on iluvcinema!

TCM Star of the Month Alert

GraceKellySet your DVRs. During the month of November, TCM’s Star of the Month is none other than Grace Kelly. Although her film career was remarkably short:

Year Title
1951 Fourteen Hours
1952 High Noon
1953 Mogambo
1954 Dial M for Murder
Rear Window
The Country Girl
Green Fire
The Bridges at Toko-Riki
1955 To Catch a Thief
1956 The Swan
High Society

Almost all of her performances are memorable. Her collaboration with Hitchcock in three of films put her in select company for actors who had repeat performances in his film (Grant, Stewart, Bergman, Fontaine, Peck to name a few).

Of course a great part of hear legacy has to do with her leaving Hollywood to marry Prince Rainier and preside over the principality of Monaco until her untimely death in 1982.