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The Envelope – Ep. #13 – Rebecca
On this episode, we discuss the thirteenth Best Picture Winner: “REBECCA.” "Rebecca" follows a young woman who marries a fascinating widower only to find out that she must live in the shadow of his former wife, Rebecca. The new Mrs. de Winter must come to grips with the terrible secret of her handsome, cold husband, Max De Winter, while also dealing with the jealous, obsessed Mrs. Danvers, the housekeeper, who will not accept her as the mistress of the house. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock,...
The Envelope – Ep. #12 – Gone with the Wind
On this episode, we discuss the twelfth Best Picture Winner: “GONE WITH THE WIND.” "Gone with the Wind" is an epic Civil War drama that focuses on the life of petulant southern belle Scarlett O'Hara. Starting with her idyllic life on a sprawling plantation, the film traces her survival through the tragic history of the South during the Civil War and Reconstruction, and her tangled love affairs with Ashley Wilkes and Rhett Butler. Directed by Victor Fleming, the film stars Vivien Leigh as...
The Envelope – Ep. #11 – You Can’t Take It With You
On this episode, we are discussing the eleventh Best Picture Winner: “You Can’t Take It With You.” In the film, "You Can't Take It With You," sweet-natured Alice Sycamore falls for a big-wig banker's son named Tony Kirby. But when she invites her snooty prospective in-laws to dinner to give their blessing for the marriage, Alice's peculiar extended family -- including philosophical grandfather Martin Vanderhof, hapless fledgling ballerina sister Essie and fireworks enthusiast father, Paul...
The Envelope - Ep. #10 – The Life of Emile Zola
On this episode, we are discussing the tenth Best Picture Winner: “The Life of Emile Zola.” After struggling to establish himself, author Emile Zola wins success writing about the unsavory side of Paris and settles into a comfortable upper-class life. However, Zola's complacency is shaken when Jewish officer Alfred Dreyfus is wrongfully imprisoned for being a spy. Realizing that Dreyfus is an innocent victim of anti-Semitism, Zola boldly pens a newspaper article exposing the truth, is...
The Envelope - Ep. #9 – The Great Ziegfeld
On this episode, we are discussing the ninth Best Picture Winner: “The Great Ziegfeld.” "The Great Ziegfeld" is a biopic that follows the rise of Florenz Ziegfeld, a theater producer who became renowned during the 1920s for his lavish stage productions. Starting out by promoting individual performers, Ziegfeld established revues featuring dozens of women, shows that developed into his famous Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway. His appreciation of women is also apparent off-stage, leading to a...