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Today in Movie History - March 23


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March 23, 1914 - THE MYSTERIOUS X is released in Copenhagen, a silent war drama written and directed by and starring first-time Danish filmmaker Benjamin Christensen.

 

March 23, 1927 - Filming is completed in the Ukraine for THE DIPLOMATIC POUCH, the first full-length film written and directed by Alexsandr Dovzhenko for the Soviet Union's Odessa Productions. The titular pouch and the crucial secret documents it contains fall into the hands of an ordinary man after bourgeoisie British police kill the Soviet diplomat carrying it. Now it's up to the man and a boatful of Soviet sympathizers to smuggle the pouch into Leningrad. A gripping thriller, if a propagandistic one.

 

March 23, 1928 - In Paris, writer-director Abel Gance files suit against Gaumont and MGM for screening a revised version of his film NAPOLEON at the Gaumont Palace without his consent. After a screening in London, the American studio, which had purchased the rights to the film, dramatically cut its length and showed it in only eight European cities before giving it an American release showing only the central panel and not Gance's revolutionary triptych technique.

 

March 23, 1950 - The most successful movie at this year's Academy Awards is Columbia's ALL THE KING'S MEN, written and directed by Robert Rossen. KING'S wins the Oscar for Best Picture of 1949, as well as Best Actor for Broderick Crawford, in a blistering performance as corrupt Southern politician Willie Stark. Distinguished stage actress Mercedes McCambridge, making her film debut, wins Best Supporting Actress. Rossen loses in the Best Director race to Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who takes home both that prize and the Best Screenplay award for the elegant but barbed satire A LETTER TO THREE WIVES from 20th Century Fox. Olivia De Havilland wins Best Actress for the second time for her portrayal of gauche spinster Catherine Sloper in Paramount's THE HEIRESS. And Dean Jaggger is named Best Supporting Actor for his work in Fox's war drama TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH. Special awards of achievement are presented to Fred Astaire, Cecil B. DeMille and child star Bobby Driscoll.

 

March 23, 1990 - Trying to build on the momentum established by his well-received performance in the cop drama INTERNAL AFFAIRS, Richard Gere, who has perhaps slipped a notch or two from the height of his '80s fame, next stars in Touchstone's PRETTY WOMAN, directed by Gary Marshall andreleased today, in which he plays an elegant millionaire assets-stripper. But virtually all the attention to this movie will go to leggy, auburn-haired Julia Roberts, sister of Eric, playing a prostitute hired by Gere for a longer term than intended, who's then transformed into a society lady. Not since Audrey Hepburn has a new female star so thoroughly exploded onto the consciousness of the American public. Critics find the Cinderella/Pygmalion tale brought up to date for the '90s witty, romantic and delightful. Also notable in the film is the supporting performance by Hector Elizando.

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Who can blame Gance for suing...obviously, those studios had no real appreciation for his filmmaking techniques. NAPOLEON is a masterpiece. Today, if something like this came along, I could see a studio dividing it into three parts so they could make it a more profitable trilogy.

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