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The 50s Waterloo

Leslie Caron portrait
Leslie Caron as Gaby 

Gaby- Leslie Caron & John Kerr
‘Gaby’,  a film starring Lesli Caron and John Kerr , was yet another remake of “Waterloo Bridge’. This remake was made in 1956 in full technocolour. The ending ,however, is drastically different.

Gaby- Leslie Caron

That’s because the 50s was a whole new style of film making. Gone were the risque inuendo and sleek style of the thirties. Gone too was the classic look of the forties along with the healthy dose of cynicism that came across as chic. Here was a style of film making that reflected the art of it’s time.  Surrealist backdrops full of ultra bright colours and linear design elements often in musicals which became incredibly popular during this era.

Caron in yellow


Films of the fifties often didn’t look real. They were  beautiful moving works of art more concerned with the decor than with reality.  In short it was often like watching a dream in motion. Gaby’,therefore, is a stunningly beautiful film but lacking in the grit of the first two versions. A film also that sees moral values win out.  Also very big in the fifties.

Gaby swingsGaby rehearsalGaby proposal

“The 50s were ab fab too.”


 Betty Bourgeoise

© ®enee Dallow ( Hybiscus Bloom ) 7/5/2013
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About Renee Dallow

My intent is to publish my poems and plays ( piece by piece ) on the internet along with words of wisdom sprouted by my characters: Gabrielle Du Gaffe, Betty Bourgeoise and Wanda Wey Awrf . Also expect a little something from their three dogs Lester, Laistere and Lorster. Merde peut-etre. Expect also to visit historical places and meet people who changed the world or tried to. There will be movie trivia along with fact files on the stars of yesteryear. Overall this blog is to entertain, educate and enlighten you with tales of adventure,of mystery,of achievement and of greatness. So the aim is to inspire the imagination and to make your spirit soar with the each new find and hopefully send you on the path of further research.

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