Archives {by Title}


In alphabetical order:

A New Kind of Love (1963) - Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward star in the romantic comedy set in Paris

3 Coins in the Fountain (1954) - Maggie McNarmara, Dorothy McGuire, and Jean Peters star in this Academy Award nominated film about three American secretaries working abroad in Rome, Italy.

Bell Book and Candle (1958) - a mesmerizing Kim Novak star in this romantic film as a witch who "bewitches" gullible James Stewart.

The Best of Everything (1959) - the original tagline was: "These girls want the best of everything...but often settle for a lot less!" This mid-century drama stars Diane Baker, Hope Lange and supermodel Suzy Parker as three young "career girls" (i.e. secretaries) working in New York City.

Birth (2004) - Nicole Kidman shines in this underrated psychological drama as a young widow from a prominent Manhattan-based family who slowly becomes convinced that her dead husband has been reincarnated in the form of a 10-year-old boy. Features a breathtaking uptown penthouse.

Bright Young Things (2003)

Charade (1963) - Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant star in this delightful romantic comedy involving spies and missing money. Set in Paris. Walter Matthau also stars as a CIA agent.

A Child's Christmas in Wales (1987) - the BBC adaptation of Dylan Thomas' timeless classic, a poem delineating the fond Christmas memories of his childhood.

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

Coup de foudre/ Entre Nous (1983) - a beautiful French film that centers around the development of a profound friendship between two women, a friendship that blossoms into a romance, causing problems in both their marriages.

Cracks (2009) - based on the novel of the same name, Eva Green stars as a young, charismatic teacher at an all-girls English boarding school.

Death at a Funeral (2007) - a hilarious dark comedy about a wealthy, dysfunctional British family set in a beautiful country mansion. Features beautiful traditional English design aesthetics alongside contemporary embellishments.

Death In Venice (1971) - an aging German music composer travels to Venice in hopes that the warmer climate would improve his health and finds himself enraptured by the beauty of a young adolescent Polish boy. A visually mesmerizing film.

Desk Set (1957) - The introduction of computer technology renders the reference jobs of three women potentially useless. Stars Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.

Do Not Disturb (1965) - a romantic comedy starring Doris Day and Rod Taylor as an American couple who must re-locate to London, England due to a work transfer.

Downton Abbey Season 1 & 2 (2010-11) - Enormous collection of images of the costumes & sets of this popular British period drama about an aristocratic family set during post-Edwardian England

Easy Virtue (2008) - based on the 1925 Noel Coward comedic play about a young English gentleman who brings his new feisty, race-car driving American bride (Jessica Biel) home to meet his old-fashioned aristocratic parents (Colin Firth, Kirstin Scott Thomas).

Far From Heaven (2002) - a visual feast for the colour aficionado as Juilanne Moore, Dennis Quaid, and Dennis Haysbert star in this compelling drama that grapples with issues of race and homosexuality in conservative 1950s Connecticut; set against a spectacular autumn palette.

Gilda (1946) - Glenn Ford stars as a down-and-out gambler who is saved by a notorious casino boss, who then hires him to be his right-hand man, but trouble ensues when he falls in love with his boss' stunning new wife (played by a breathtaking Rita Hayworth in one of her most memorable roles). (b&w)

Head in the Clouds (2004) - a sweeping war drama set in 1930s England/Paris/Spain, the complicated story revolves around a spirited, bisexual photographer (Charlize Theron) and her two lovers, an Irish schoolteacher (Stuart Townsend) and Spanish refugee (Penelope Cruz).

High Society (1956) 

Hollywoodland (2006) - Ben Affleck stars in this lukewarm biopic of the late George Reeves who was most well-known for his role as Superman in the 1950s TV series. Diane Lane and Adrian Brody are also featured.

Howard's End (1992) - Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins star in this Merchant Ivory Production of the classic E.M. Forster novel set in turn-of-the-century Edwardian England.

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) Alec Guinness assumes multiple characters in this dark comedy about a distant relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne who plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession. (b+w)

Leave Her to Heaven (1945) - Gene Tierney breaks character type by tackling this role of a jealous, psychotic, and even at times, malicious, wife of promising young writer (Richard Harland).

The Long Hot Summer (1958) - Paul Newman stars in this sizzling drama as a down-and-out farmhand with a bad reputation who lands a job working for a plantation tycoon (Orson Welles) and ultimately, falls in love with his daughter (Joanne Woodward). Angela Lansbury also makes a delightful appearance.

Meet Joe Black (1998)

Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)

Miss Marple 

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)

Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005) - Based on the true story of the Windmill Theatre in London, Judi Dench stars as a wealthy, eccentric widow who purchases a theatre and turns it into a somewhat Moulin Rouge-esque venue that featured nude performers during the late 1930s through WWII.

My House In Umbria (2003)

Nancy Drew (2007) - Teenage wannabe detective Nancy Drew (Emma Roberts, Julia Robert's niece) accompanies her father on a business trip to Los Angeles, where she happens upon clues to a murder mystery involving a movie star. Cute retro outfits.

A Passage to India (1984)

  • After the Funeral (2006) - After a wealthy man dies, the terms of his will reveal that he had disinherited his favorite nephew in favor of dividing the wealth equally among his other relatives. 
  • Death on the Nile (2004) - A jilted woman stalks her former fiancĂ© and his new lover and follows them to Egypt
  • The Hollow (2004) - A brief post highlighting the dresses and hair-styles
  • Sad Cypress (2003) - A brief post highlighting just the hair-styles.

Pollyanna (1960) - an uplifting Disney film starring Hayley Mills as a girl who charms the town's embittered residents with her cheerful demeanor.

Practical Magic (1998) - a romantic comedy featuring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as sister witches and Dianne Wiest and Stockard Channing as their eccentric great-aunts. The magnificent Victorian house is the highlight of this film.

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961) - a middle aged actress (Vivian Leigh) retires to Rome after the death of her husband and takes on a young Italian lover (Warren Beaty).

Royal Wedding (1951) - Fred Astaire and Jane Powell star as a brother-sister dancing duo who take their act to London in time for the royal wedding of Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Scoop (2006) - a funny murder mystery starring Scarlett Johansson as a young journalism student, Woody Allen as a bumbling magician and Hugh Jackman as a wealthy, charming aristocrat who might also be a serial killer. Set partially in London and partially at an English country estate.

Sex and the Single Girl (1964) - a raunchy romantic comedy starring Natalie Wood as a young psychologist turned best-selling author of a book encouraging women to "own their sexuality." Tony Curtis is a magazine writer bent on exposing her as a fraud.

Sliding Doors (1998)

Stranger Than Fiction (2006) - a quirky movie starring Will Ferrell whose life is changed forever by the sudden appearance of female voice in his head (Emma Thompson) that seems to narrate his every move as if he was a character in a book.

Summertime (1955) - Katherine Hepburn stars in this beautiful film about a middle-aged spinster school teacher from Ohio who travels to Italy and finds herself experiencing an unexpected romance with a handsome antiques-shop owner (Rossano Brazzi).

Sylvia (2003) - a biopic of writer Sylvia Plath set in the 1950s starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig.

These Foolish Things (2006)

Tom Brown's Schooldays (2005)

The World of Suzie Wong (1960) - set in 1950s Hong Kong, an English war veteran (William Holden) falls in love with a Chinese prostitute (Nancy Kwan).

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