An American actor, well known for his distinctive voice and performances in horror films. His career spanned other genres, including film noir, drama, mystery, thriller, and comedy. He appeared on stage, television, radio, and more than one hundred films. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for motion pictures, and one for television. Vincent would have turned 106 years old today. 🎂🎁
I will start this new trend with the last movie that I bought: The Whales of August from 1987.
This movie stars Bette Davis, playing Libby, a blind lady, who happened to become a bitter and cold with the time. Lillian Gish, playing Sarah, who is more delicate and soft than her older sister. Vincent Price, who plays Mr. Maranov, a fisherman, who was once member of the Russian Aristocracy, who remembers his old good days, and who became a romantic interest of Sarah, helping her to remember the good moments of her youth. And Ann Sothern as the cheerful lady with red hair: Tisha.
The movie was directed by Lindsay Anderson, the screenplay was adapted by David Berry and the movie was filmed on Maine’s Cliff Island (An Island located in Casco Bay Maine, being part of the city of Portland, Maine).
The story is about two elderly sisters, spending the summer on a cottage in Maine, and since their youth they would go there during August to observe the twilight and watch the whales’ migration, and while they are there, they start remembering their relationship during their youth, among certain things that stopped them from sharing a closer relationship, but a discussion starts when they talk about if, whether or not, they should have a picture window installed, so Sarah would be able to see the ocean, but Libby being against it.
Libby is blind and Sarah, the older sister, cares for her by fixing her breakfast, as well as brushing her hair and also taking care of some house subjects, but Libby doesn’t make things easier for her sister. Sarah ends up feeling an interest for an old Russian aristocrat, who’s now a fisherman. Mr. Maranov ends up being invited by Sarah for dinner, on the eve of her 46th wedding anniversary after he offered a fish he had caught. The movie’s story happens in one day.
I bought this movie because of Miss Gish, knowing it was her last movie, and I wanted to have a copy of it. This movie is the second one I have featuring Lillian, because it was easier for me to get it, after Orphans of the Storm, and it quickly became a movie I really started enjoying.
Of course this movie counts with 4 strong talents: Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Vincent Price and Ann Sothern, but the story is focused on Bette’s and Lillian’s characters. We see the real difference between both sisters. Sarah being sweet, friendly and patient, while Libby being Cranky, sometimes irritated, but still being able to show some sense of humor and calm.
This movie being the last one of the lady known as “The First Lady” of the cinema, brings a lot of different feelings, and at least for me, it was a great way of Lillian ending her acting career.
Lillian was 94 years-old when she starred on this movie.
Here is the link to buy it on Amazon