Movies that include travel – for any reason – seem to establish an exotic and rhythmic pace to the telling of a story that parallels the speed of travel, and is effective in almost all genres – dramas, musicals, historical war films, and mysteries – all of them.
This week, MovieZoot.com features classic movies where the changes of the scenery actually enhance the intrigue of the plot and further advance the story’s resolution with 1952’s Affair in Monte Carlo, 1989’s Casablanca Express, 1951’s Royal Wedding and 1953’s Indiscretion of An American Wife.
Buckle up and get whisked away in these storylines – but don’t forget to pack your passport!
In his 1952 black & white Drama, Affair in Monte Carlo,
Victor Saville crafts an intriguing story of the love and desperation of a compulsive gambler and a vulnerable woman as told in a cafe by a struggling writer. Starring Merle Oberon, Richard Todd and Leo Genn, Affair in Monte Carlo is a “must-see” classic!
is an Italian 1989 Action/War film directed by Sergio Martino and stars Glenn Ford, Jason Connery, Francesco Quinn, Jean Sorel and Donald Pleasence. Set in 1942 during WWII, Casablanca Express tells a tale where Winston Churchill arrives in Algiers en route to Casablanca where he will meet Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin for the Casablanca Conference. But the German army has caught wind of his travels and the story ensues with kidnappers, spies, decoys, trains, paratroopers, snipers and even camels contributing to this nail-biting and suspenseful tale.
Love and royalty are in the air with 1951’s Royal Wedding
that is another Stanley Donen directed RomCom Musical that stars Fred Astaire and Jane Powell. Astaire and Powell play an American sibling song-and-dance team in London in 1947 when all of England is in a tizzy over the impending nuptials of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Powell’s character falls for the dashing Lord John Brindale, played by Peter Lawford, while Astaire’s character is equally smitten with the elegant and lovely Anne Ashland, played by Sarah Churchill. This film features Astaire’s iconic scene of dancing across the ceiling of a hotel room.
Indiscretion of an American Wife
– originally titled “Station Termini” – is a 1953 black & white, Vittorio De Sica directed, story of a doomed love affair between an Italian man and an American woman starring Montgomery Clift opposite Jennifer Jones. As eye-candy for both sexes, their sex appeal was further enhanced with fabulous wardrobes designed by Christian Dior who won the 1955 Academy Award for Best Costume Design for this film.