. . .
I liked the movie.
Not enough to recommend it, but enough to document those nice
costumes, beautiful Deborah Kerr and her hats, and nice scenery.
I guess, this film could entertain all of you girls who truly love old
movies and appreciate how amaaazingly dated and overacted they
may seem at times.
Beloved Infidel is based on the memoirs of Hollywood columnist Sheilah Graham, specifically her three year long affair with the famous writer, F.
In 1936, she leaves her noble British fiancé and travels from England, to New York., soon finds a
job at the Daily Mirror and becomes successful, writing a gossip column about the Hollywood stars.
(have I mentioned her hats and turbans? I love her costumes in this movie. That’s a good enough
reason for watching it. Deborah Kerr and her clothes… and Gregory Peck.)
(you can add her car, her home and the greenery
on the ‘terrace with the most beautiful view’ to that list)
When Sheilah meets the decadent writer F. Scott Fitzgerald
played by Mr Peck, they immediately fall in love.
She soon discovers that Scott has a wife, Zelda, that is in asylum, and also a daughter at a boarding school.
He is acknowledged and influential, but the money is tight and he’s struggling.
Ahhh…. good old beach scenes.
I appreciate the juxtaposition – drama at the beach.
It works so well with these movies.
“You write beautiful prose Scott, but we can not photograph adjectives.”
After this scene (first pic in a row, where his screenplay got rejected),
there is a series of drunk and embarrassing moments for Mr Fitzgerald, and also equally embarrassing and naive drunk scenes (that I didn’t include, so you have to trust me on that one). And of course, their relationship will be affected by his drinking problem.
I just looove this part of the movie (they decided to reconsolidate and move out of the town for a little while).
It looks really good, with a lot of beach scenes, beautiful Malibu beach house, and all that jazz.
He decided to use that rejection and the anger, and starts writing The Love of the Last Tycoon,
his last (unfinished) novel.
(please, do notice a lovely, little heart sticker on their mailbox)
But then another rejection…
I’m trying to keep this post clean of bad drunk scenes (because I’m like that).
I love Mr Peck too much to document those. But in case you were wondering how it all looks –
let me just illustrate it with one picture.
See, that’s the thing (with those drunk scenes).
This part of the movie is believable. He’s angry, drunk and violent. There’s no need for the gimmicky stuff. Yes, I know this scene is the crescendo, but still… Mr Peck can do just fine without it. I blame the director.
. . .