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  Becky Sharp
Becky Sharp is the main character in the novel Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, first published in 1847.
The ruthless, self-willed and beautiful Becky is one of the most famous characters in English literature.
The 1935 film, Becky Sharp, based on the novel, tells the story of a lower-class girl who insinuates herself into an upper class family, only to see her life and the lives of those around her destroyed.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/be/Becky_Sharp.html   (159 words)

  
 Becky Sharp is regally bland in Mira Nair's eastern take on Vanity Fair   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Becky Sharp is yet another incarnation of the femme fatale who will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
Becky’s lack of personality is a massive detriment, but it serves as a great fit for the curiously empty film that surrounds her.
It turns out that once this aspect of her personality is left behind, Becky Sharp isn’t nearly as interesting of a character—and neither is the film that supports her.
maroon.uchicago.edu /voices/articles/2004/09/18/becky_sharp_is_regal.php   (1305 words)

  
 :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews :: Vanity Fair (xhtml)
So says one of her fascinated observers as Becky Sharp transforms herself from the impoverished orphan of an alcoholic painter into an adornment of the middle, if not the upper, reaches of the British aristocracy.
Becky to be sure never goes through a phase when anyone thinks her stupid, but she does use her sexuality to advantage, plays men at their own game and scores about as well as possible given the uneven 19th century playing field.
Becky Sharp could probably have written a great novel, and certainly inspired one; Thackeray sees her dilemma and her behavior without sentiment, in a novel that must have surprised its first readers with its realism.
rogerebert.suntimes.com /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040901/REVIEWS/40901001/1023   (1035 words)

  
 Becky Sharp Synopsis - Moviefone
Begun in 1934 with Lowell Sherman in the director's chair, Becky Sharp was forced to shut down production when Sherman died; he was replaced by Rouben Mamoulien, whose unerring eye for cinematic splendor exploited the new color process to the utmost, especially during the opening Brussels Ball sequence.
Until its recent archival restoration, Becky Sharp was available only in a shortened, two-color version, which had the negative effect of diminishing the film's strong points and overemphasizing its weaknesses (This version is still available on the public-domain market).
Becky Sharp is an enormous improvement over the low-budget 1932 version of Vanity Fair, which updated the story to the 20th century and cast dumb-blonde specialist Joyce Compton in the role of Becky.
movies.aol.com /movie/becky-sharp/1002677/synopsis   (258 words)

  
 Flags of Our Fathers Movie Site: Becky Sharp
As Becky, the perpetually scheming tart whose chief concern is her own precious skin, Hopkins unleashes such intensity and passion that you just might find yourself becoming frightened of her.
Yes BECKY SHARP was the first Hollywood feature to be photographed in full Technicolor and yes the process certainly is nice, but it is Hopkins's performance that mesmerizes.
With Becky on the verge of being taking to jail for non-payment of rent for her garret room, Amelia, hearing of her old friend's plight, comes swooping down like a guardian angel, together with her brother, Joseph, and her devoted friend and admirer, William Dobbin.
www.flagsofourfathers.net /shop.php?c=dvds&n=163390&i=B00022LJ7O&x=Becky_Sharp   (1603 words)

  
 Becky Sharp (1935 c 85')   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Becky tells the Crawleys her mother was a French aristocrat and a dancer.
Becky proves George didn't love Amelia by showing her his letter, freeing her to marry William.
Becky drinks brandy with Joseph, and he asks her to marry.
www.san.beck.org /MM/1935/BeckySharp.html   (478 words)

  
 Penguin Reading Guides | Vanity Fair | William Makepeace Thackeray
Besides maintaining Becky Sharp as the narrative spine of the film, I was keen to preserve the democratic swirl of the book and to that effect wanted to keep all the important subplots alive.
Becky Sharp is without doubt the novel's most intelligent and interesting character.
Becky's disgrace occurs after her husband walks in on her intimate dinner with Lord Steyne.
us.penguingroup.com /static/rguides/us/vanity_fair.html   (1694 words)

  
 Who is Becky Sharp? - BlurtIt
Rebecca Sharp, later Crawley, is the main character of William Makepeace Thackeray’s 1847 novel “Vanity Fair.” She is one of the most celebrated female characters in literature.
Becky starts her career by using her friendship with the tender-hearted Amelia Sedley to pursue first her brother Jos and then her husband George.
Despite her reprehensible behaviour, Becky’s wit, good humour and unfailing courage have always made her a favourite with readers.
www.blurtit.com /q233793.html   (298 words)

  
 Becky Sharp   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Becky Sharp, or Rebecca Sharp, the principal female character in Thackeray's Vanity Fair.
She is represented as a friendless girl, "with the dismal precocity of poverty," determined to rise in the world.
She is everywhere the recognized type of the shrewd and skillful adventuress.
www.factopia.com /aiton-encyclopedia-vol1/becky-sharp.htm   (62 words)

  
 Becky Sharp
The ``little adventuress" Becky Sharp has sparkling eyes, wit, charm, and a superb acting ability.
Here Becky has scaled the heights of her social ambition and is seen dressed in her Court presentation gown.
Becky also wears a full set of underpinnings consisting of a silk lace trimmed chemise, silk be-ribboned pantaloons, cream lace stockings, a satin, bow trimmed garter, and finally a pair of lace trimmed cream slippers, sparkling with `rubies'.
www.galsgalore.com /Gene/Becky_Sharp/body_becky_sharp.htm   (243 words)

  
 BECKY SHARP - Technicolor VS Cinecolor Comparison   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Various original camera negative and print master elements were lost or destroyed, causing substantial work at YCM in attempting to restore Becky to her original beauty.
Note that there is little depth to the image and the beautiful Becky looks like an old white haired crone rather than the young blonde Ms.
Becky's white and lemon yellow dress has become a pale pink.
www.widescreenmuseum.com /oldcolor/beckycompare.htm   (227 words)

  
 Internet Archive: Details: Becky Sharp - trailer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Becky Sharp triumphs itself for being the first motion picture ever in Technicolor.
This trailer has quite a bit of historical value, as Becky Sharp was the first feature film made in Technicolor.
A public domain print of 'Becky Sharp' has been available for years, but only in a Cinecolor two-color version printed from a second generation internegative.
www.archive.org /details/becky_sharp   (277 words)

  
 Becky Sharp
Set against the background of the Battle of Waterloo, Becky Sharp is the story of Vanity Fair by Thackeray.
Becky (Miriam Hopkins) and Amelia (Frances Dee) are girls at school together, but Becky is from a "show biz" family, or in other words, very low class.
Becky manages to insinuate herself into Amelia's family and gets to know all their friends.
theoscarsite.com /pictures1935/beckysharp.htm   (155 words)

  
 Becky Sharp --  Britannica Student Encyclopedia
The main character of the novel Vanity Fair (1847–48) by British author William Makepeace Thackeray, is Becky Sharp, a poor drawing instructor's clever, selfish, unprincipled daughter, who fights her way up through society to an advantageous marriage.
She earned renown for her Ibsen roles and for the parts of Becky Sharp in a dramatization...
There had been a decline in novel writing at the beginning of the century, partly because fiction had turned to horror and crude emotionalism and partly because of religious and moral objections to the reading of novels.
www.britannica.com /ebi/article-9341703   (696 words)

  
 Witherspoon makes a strong, sly Becky Sharp in Nair's upbeat, feisty take on 'Vanity Fair'
What she lacks is the edge of malice Hopkins brought to the role, the anger under the high spirits that served Hopkins particularly well in the first scene, in which Becky is released from a girl's school that has exploited her for years.
Becky's trajectory allows her to witness the upper reaches of London society, from the merchant class all the way to the king.
Crawley's leave-taking of Becky, before the battle of Waterloo, is the film's single most heartfelt moment by far, the one place where the movie becomes more than clever and goes to a more human place.
sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/09/01/DDGUR8GVCJ1.DTL   (975 words)

  
 Becky Sharp
Yet despite Mamoulian's doubts, the housebound story of Becky Sharp's self-centred rise through elegant society is well chosen, since the new process needed more light than two-color systems, and was all but unusable outdoors in its early form.
Mamoulian's "wondrous adventure" of directing Becky Sharp in color was, he thought, as significant a step as the advent of synchronized sound.
Because of its historical significance, Becky Sharp was restored by the UCLA film archives in 1984, and re-issued in three-color form in 1985.
www.filmreference.com /Films-Aw-Be/Becky-Sharp.html   (935 words)

  
 The New York Times > Movies > Movie Review | 'Vanity Fair': Becky Sharp Again Weaves Her Wily Web
Witherspoon's upbeat approach in the film, which opens today, makes her Becky more likable than other portrayals (and there have been many, most famously by Miriam Hopkins in the 1935 movie "Becky Sharp," the first Hollywood feature in Technicolor).
The ascent of Becky, the orphaned daughter of an impoverished artist and a French opera dancer, to the treacherous peaks of 19th-century London society and her subsequent fall from grace, plays more like the story of a cheerfully reckless flirt than of the swath cut by an unscrupulous social climber.
Becky has been cited as the literary role model for Scarlett O'Hara (a claim Margaret Mitchell denied).
www.nytimes.com /2004/09/01/movies/01vani.html?ex=1251777600&en=8dcb302868b4138e&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland   (1210 words)

  
 The New York Times > Movies > Such a Nice Girl, That Becky Sharp
That idea is at the heart of Mira Nair's sumptuous, witty new version of "Vanity Fair" (opening Wednesday) with Reese Witherspoon as Becky Sharp, one of literature's great survivors, social climbers and perpetual self-inventors.
Nair, in separate phone conversations, described their Becky as a collaboration between them; take a look back at the novel and you can see how much the film is also a collaboration with Thackeray.
And on center stage, Becky marries a handsome gambler — shades of Rhett Butler — Rawdon Crawley (James Purefoy), the poor son of the aristocrat Sir Pitt Crawley (Bob Hoskins), whose younger children she was hired to teach.
www.nytimes.com /2004/08/29/movies/29JAME.html?ei=5090&en=901cec9991cbd624&ex=1251432000&adxnnl=1&partner=rssuserland&adxnnlx=1121127042-ET4dtJ3bhGb532miPf59zw   (860 words)

  
 Wot Is It Good 4: dowd and miller and becky sharp
While Thackeray’s narrator takes pains to expose Becky’s subterfuges and to insinuate sexual immorality and even murder, we cannot help but admire her intelligence and élan.
Alone among the novel’s major characters, she is not content to live out the life she was born into—that of a governess.
Lacking money and family, she uses the only tools at her disposal, sex and cunning, to seek advancement in the world.
wotisitgood4.blogspot.com /2005/10/dowd-and-miller-and-becky-sharp.html   (332 words)

  
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Through Sharp, author William Makepeace Thackeray presented a new kind of world, one where women showed strength and resolve.
The dramatic high point of the movie comes on the eve of Waterloo as Becky, in a red undergarment and ripely with child, bids her husband a last goodbye before he leaves for battle.
Rebecca Sharp (Witherspoon), orphaned and destitute daughter of a painter and an opera dancer, goes to work at Miss Pinkerton’s Academy, where she befriends sweet Amelia Sedley (Garai).
www.lycos.com /info/mira-nair--becky-sharp.html   (365 words)

  
 Vanity Fair's dull Becky Sharp. - By David Edelstein - Slate Magazine
Perhaps the worst-directed, acted, and written scene of the year is the one in which Jonathan Rhys-Myers, as Becky's best friend's husband, George Osborne, puts the moves on Becky at a dance before Napoleon invades Belgium.
Maybe, but in the movie Amelia has acquired more stature as Becky has plummeted.) Jim Broadbent is vivid as Osborne Sr., a father unnaturally warped by the desire to buy his family a title; and Bob Hoskins, as the slovenly aristocrat Pitt the Elder, delivers an unprecedentedly nuanced portrait of dissolution.
And Byrne is a magnetic Marquess of Steyne, a dark lord who's more dangerous as a friend than as an enemy: A scene in which he cruelly taunts his wife, daughter, and daughter-in-law is the film's most chilling (and Thackeray-esque).
www.slate.com /id/2106202   (983 words)

  
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While making "Vanity Fair," the story of Becky's Sharp rise and fall, Witherspoon was pregnant with her second child.
The project seemed ideally suited for a director known for her colorful and exotic visuals: Thackeray was born in colonized India and seasoned his literary masterpiece with the flavor of South Asia.
It traces the rise of the impoverished central character, Becky Sharp, within a rigid English aristocracy.
www.lycos.com /info/reese-witherspoon--becky-sharp.html   (267 words)

  
 Becky Sharp - Drama Classic Movies on DVD (1935) - Alpha Video : Oldies.com
The wealthy Amelia invites the penniless Becky into the bosom of her family home while the manipulative Becky plots her climb up the social ladder.
Entirely lacking in scruples and unhampered by conscience or morality, Becky ascends to the very pinnacle of society, crushing anyone who stands in her path.
Frustrated, Becky leaves the Sedley household where she has resided, and using her brains, beauty and charm, proceeds to claw her way into the upper class.
www.oldies.com /product-view/4438D.html?c=yshop   (619 words)

  
 Becky Sharp   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Becky and Amelia are girls at school together, but Becky is from a "show biz" family, or in other words, very low class.
Becky manages to insinuate herself in Amelia's family and gets to know all their friends.
From this possibly auspicious- beginning, she manages to ruin her own life, becoming sick, broke, and lonely, and also ruins the lives of many other "loved ones".
members.tripod.com /~kraeva/280.html   (129 words)

  
 VH1.com : Movies : Becky Sharp : Review
This is not to say that Sharp is a bad film, merely that its virtues are not as impressive as they were in 1935.
Her Becky lacks subtlety, and this will put some off; others, however, will be mesmerized by the power and conviction she brings to the role and the manner in which she dominates the entire picture.
However, even those who may have qualms about her performance should be suitably impressed by the depth of sorrow, desperation, and heartbreak she exhibits after losing the one real love of her life.
www.vh1.com /movies/movie/2665/review.jhtml   (339 words)

  
 Comic creator: Becky Sharp
Becky Sharp was credited with the strip 'Cynical Susie' in 1935, which was originally created by LaVerne Harding (1933-34) and also drawn by Bernard Dibble.
It is possible that "Becky Sharp" was a pseudonym for one of the two artists, as pointed out in an e-mail by Stuart Cooper:
Since the strip 'Cynical Susie' was set in Hollywood, it's very likely that "Becky Sharp" was one of the two credited artists (LaVerne Harding or Bernard Dibble) using that pseudonym for a while as a joke at the expense of the film.
www.lambiek.net /artists/s/sharp_becky.htm   (211 words)

  
 VH1.com : Movies : Becky Sharp : Plot
Hopkins as Becky Sharp, a resourceful, totally self-involved young lady who manages to survive any number of setbacks and deprivations in the years following Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo.
In her efforts to advance herself, she manages to link up with a number of not altogether attractive gentlemen, including the Marquis of Steyne (Cedric Hardwicke), Joseph Sedley (Nigel Bruce), Rawdon Crawley (Alan Mowbray), and George Osborne (G.
Huntley Jr.) She rises to the pinnacle of British society, only to tumble and fall into the humiliation of singing for her supper in a cheap back-alley beer hall, but, like her spiritual sister Scarlet O'Hara, Becky never stays down for long.
www.vh1.com /movies/movie/2665/plot.jhtml   (351 words)

  
 William Makepeace Thackeray - Free Online Library
In Vanity Fair he gave a panoramic picture of high life in England, and created one of the most fascinating and immoral female characters, Becky Sharp.
The book brought him prosperity and made him established writer and popular lecturer in Europe and in the United States.
During the Napoleonic Wars, Becky Sharp raises herself from poverty to a high social standing, and her friend, Amelia, finds love.
thackeray.thefreelibrary.com   (507 words)

  
 Becky Sharp (1935)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Made by Pioneer Pictures and released through RKO, BECKY SHARP was sold to a poverty row exhibitor (whose name escapes me at the moment)in the 1940's for re-release.
More damaging to the future of BECKY was that the company never properly stored the original nitrate negatives.
BECKY SHARP was sold to TV only in a shortened BandW print or in CINECOLOR reissue prints.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0026104   (511 words)

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