There are plenty of films out there that make us hopeful about life and living. Film noir is a guilty pleasure where we witness the denizens of society's bottom rungs stamping on each other's feet for a higher, safer position.
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Remembering Jean Simmons, who died Friday, January 22, of lung cancer at 80, the first thing I thought of is her performance in Angel Face.
In her first movie, she kissed Marlon Brando. And then she won an Oscar. How many actresses get that kind of a debut? But then, how many actresses are as wonderful as Eva Marie Saint?
Cinema has provided a glamorous, coveted and implausible world filled with trendsetting decor and wraparound terraces against a seemingly endless Manhattan skyline -- all built on a soundstage.
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