Really, I don't think I've ever seen such a poor studio transfer. | Rating: B- Unable to add item to List. Especially the green Velvet traveling gown. Big let down. They just don't make films like this anymore. I think this one was one of the weakest of her gowns, owing to the weirdness in the bodice and neckline. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.
When she discovers the ship of a French There are no approved quotes yet for this movie. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Rockingham, oh Rockingham … You rock-my-world-ing-ham. This 10-digit number is your confirmation number. Gorgeous scenery, gorgeous houses, and a gorgeous cast. Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2017. The beauty of Rathbone is that he never looks as if he’s wearing a capital-c Costume. Copyright © Fandango. This should have been a double-layer encoding, but the image was compressed and looks awful. Anyway, I really need to watch it again, though it does seem that Basil Rathbone is by far the sexiest guy in the movie (and not so much the pirate guy). Frenchman's Creek earned an Academy Award for Sam V. Comer's set decoration and design. Unfortunately this is a poor quality DVD made worse by the non-removable subtitles in places. Based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier, the story opens in 1668 and centers on Dona, Lady St. Columb (Joan Fontaine), who is in a dead-end marriage with a buffoonish husband, living an unfulfilling life of privilege in London society while slowly dyyyyyiiiiing of boredom and the incessant sexual harassment of her husband’s skeezy best friend, Lord Rockingham (Basil Rathbone). Joan Fontaine is quite superb. Get the freshest reviews, news, and more delivered right to your inbox! Have you ever seen the 1998 television version with Tara Fitzgerald?
This is definitely a nod to Vermeer’s Young Woman with a Pearl Necklace (1662) and A Lady Writing (1665). Johannes Vermeer, A Lady Writing, 1665. Movies ; Frenchman’s Creek (1944) ... Trailer: Frenchman’s Creek (1944) Report. I really love the costumes in this movie, especially the orange tissue gown (I remember my jaw dropping when I first saw it). But it’s such fun, and so beautiful to look at. It looks like 2 of those koosh balls got stuck on her head with bobby pins. Then, my friend Andrew contacted me a few months ago to let me know that he had obtained a DVD of Frenchman’s Creek, and would I like to come up to San Francisco and watch it over some dinner and wine? The costumes were designed by Raoul Pene Du Bois, and I give him high marks for largely sticking to the appropriate late 1660s silhouette for both men and women. stages a dinner party to distract them and then sends word to Jean that he is in danger. Please click the link below to receive your verification email. So, so pretty and so, so hard to get a good screen cap of it. Forgot your password? She's been pissing people off on the internet since 1995. Daphne du Maurier's novel formed the basis for this romantic adventure saga. Arturo de Cordova and Joan Fontaine.
This means the men are transitioning from petticoat breeches and shorter frock coats into the longer lines of the later 17th century, while the women have the tight, cylindrical shape to their bodices, low collars, and plenty of heaving bosoms. What makes this an interesting film of its time is that it features a female lead with a whole lot more agency than women’s roles were usually accorded (hell, even today it’s rare to get a female character with as much self-determination as Dona has). As any good feisty redhead worth her fiery temperament, Dona decides she’s absolutely had enough of both her husband and Rockingham’s bullshit, and she packs her things and her kids off to her country estate on the coast of Cornwall (which looks suspiciously like Mendocino, California). OUTSTANDING!! We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your email. When becoming members of the site, you could use the full range of functions and enjoy the most exciting films. Stuff of my dreams…. Lovely.
Just confirm how you got your ticket. Rathbone) makes no secret of his desire for her. I was looking forward to watching this having had it recorded on an old VHS tape that we can no longer play. Coming Soon. This is the first gown Dona wears in the film, and I love it. I'd do it again. True to the book and a fantastic adaptation!
Cinemark Amazon.com: Frenchman's Creek (1944): Joan Fontaine, Arturo de Cordova, Basil Rathbone, Mitchell Leisen: Movies & TV I have a weakness for well-done historical costume stories.
An outstanding film set on the coast of Cornwall with an excellent cast. There are no featured audience reviews for Frenchman's Creek at this time. Register. Lady Dona St. Columb is board with her life and her husband so she decides to stay at one of their country homes in Cornwall, with her two children.
If you own the rights to content here and wish it removed, please contact us. As with all the old films, the acting/effects etc are not as good as modern films, but at least the film is not dark brown/blue like a lot of modern films, the colours are bright and the story is nice, without being violent. But I’m definitely in the “We <3 the Orange tissue frock!” club!!! Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2016. Stripes are always a good call when you’re visiting your pirate boyfriend in jail. Reviewed in the United States on April 12, 2020. Joan Fontaine, Arturo de Cordova, Basil Rathbone, Reviewed in the United States on December 15, 2014. Yep, ’44 wins for flashy fun, but hey, a paying reader asked, so I gave it a shot! acquaintance of the dashing buccaneer, and she soon finds herself infatuated with him. Coming Soon. The costumes, Joan Fontaine, the beauty of nature.
All Critics (2) Unfortunately, there were no stills from the movie online other than the tiny, black-and-white one I found of Rathbone in his costume, and the film seemed to be out of print near as I could tell, so I moved on to other pursuits. But overall, the costumes are beautiful and evocative of the era even if they don’t slavishly stick to accuracy. There's a problem loading this menu right now. None of the actors nor the direction (if you can call it that) give anything of the mysterious charm of the handsome pirate and the heroine is infuriatingly twee and keeps laughing aka "I am a Hollywood film star and I must be smiling dazzlingly and laughing prettily all the time even when it's totally inappropriate." Dona has no real idea of what she plans to do once she’s installed at her oceanside estate, but a path out of her boring life becomes immediately apparent when she discovers that her home has been used as a safe house for a pirate crew in her absence. However, what in holy good night is under her hat in the jail visit scene?!
They bond over their desires for freedom and adventure.
I love the costumes. The costumes in Forever Amber– made in 1947– were SO BAD. However, when I read the story years ago, I loved it.
This adaptation is the most faithful to the book. |, March 29, 2016 Coming Soon, Regal Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. By opting to have your ticket verified for this movie, you are allowing us to check the email address associated with your Rotten Tomatoes account against an email address associated with a Fandango ticket purchase for the same movie. All rights reserved. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 18, 2017.
This film is full of drama, suspense with a good love interest. DISCLAIMER: Frock Flicks claims no credit for images featured on this site unless noted. I first ran across Frenchman’s Creek (1944) when I was putting together the Man Candy Monday post on Basil Rathbone and was intrigued. The woman is a very strong character and her swain, a pirate, is delightful, wonderful, handsome, the works! I loved it. It doesn't detract, but this would be a good candidate for restoration. This is a “guilty pleasure.” It is probably the silliest movie I own.
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