Albert of Monaco pays tribute to his mother Grace Kelly on the 40th anniversary of her death
The son of the famous actress presented on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the death of his mother a screening of The hand on the collar by Alfred Hitchcock.
Prince Albert II of Monaco paid tribute on Tuesday evening to his mother Grace Kelly for the 40th anniversary of her disappearance by attending the screening of The hand on the collarfilmed in 1954 by Alfred Hitchcock.
This film, where Grace Kelly plays the title role with Cary Grant, is shown at the city’s cinematheque as part of a retrospective of the eleven films made by the late Princess of Monaco. A hundred spectators attended this session to which the current sovereign of the Principality had been invited by the city of Nice.
“My mother is lovely in this film, to put it mildly, and then there are superb images that evoke Monaco and the Côte d’Azur, and it’s also a beautiful story”, explained Prince Albert after the session. , who himself had chosen to review this feature film, confiding that he had so far “seen more times The train will whistle three times”.
“Perhaps the role she was most proud of was the one she played in A country girlwhere she was perhaps less expected”, also indicated Albert II to the public. This role earned Grace Kelly an Oscar in Hollywood.
“Everyone knows the Princess of Monaco by heart, but not everyone necessarily knows the actress, so I wanted the Nice cinematheque to pay tribute to the Princess of Hollywood,” said the writer and journalist Henry-Jean Servat, also assistant to the cinema at the city of Nice.
Mainly produced on the Côte d’Azur
The eleven films featuring Grace Kelly were shot in the space of five years, between 1951 and 1956, before the latter, who became Princess of Monaco following her marriage to Prince Rainier, stopped all collaboration with the movie theater.
Other film proposals were made to him after his marriage, in particular from Alfred Hitchcock for his thriller No spring for Marnie. “She wanted this adventure but in the end reason prevailed,” said Prince Albert.
The hand on the collar was produced for the most part on the Côte d’Azur in 1954. The costume ball for the final scene was shot in the Victorine studios in Nice, which lent the armchairs used by Grace to the Cinémathèque for the occasion. Kelly, Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock during filming.
Prince Albert lent himself to the game of photographers by posing in front of these pieces presented in the hall of the cinematheque for the occasion. They are carefully kept in the props store of these film studios that the city of Nice, which took them under management, is trying to revive.