Happy 50th Anniversary, Star Trek!

Happy 50th Anniversary, Star Trek!  #BoldlyGo50 #StarTrek50 #BoldlyGo

https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest63d3936c81f153a02a6a3a396b6dacc01469158071It’s about the idea of humanism as gene would quote it to be. Space the final frontier. These are the voyages of the star-ship Enterprise. It’s continuing mission, To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before, let’s go boldly where no man has gone before. We are bold explorers that explore our past to better understand our nature and we explore space often to find a new future. Mankind at its heart are explorers. Star trek teaches us to be our best as humans and find a way to live better as humans. The human race is a remarkable creature, one with great potential, and I hope that ‘Star Trek’ has helped to show us what we can be if we believe in ourselves and our abilities.” – Gene Roddenberry. Gene Roddenberry created not only a vision but a philosophy that expanded what is possible. His vision was to create unity, curiosity, taking chances and going where no one has gone before. It’s that vision that keeps star trek lasting for so long. Thank you Gene Roddenberry and the many talented hands beyond this wonderful idea and vision. Let us always remember we must take chances and go where no man has going before. as Kirk ended it. second star straight into morning,happy 50th anniversary to star trek.

I remember when i was a boy i turned on CBS to find star trek next generation. Honestly as a boy when I first tuned into star trek next generation i was not sure what I was expecting. I did not know it yet. I was watching that opened my eyes. It showed a different kind of world where none of the social injustices existed,. It felt like it was a world i wanted to be in. I think what amazed me most was its tech too. Star trek thought me to think about what makes us human. It’s rare a show does that but star trek at its best is about the human condition. Star trek always remains at its core a show about the best of the humanism as gene would quote to saying it was about. When you expect star trek to end it always seems to return again stronger than ever. I think its lasted so long because it’s always about making us think and that is what makes it one of the best ideas ever created for TV. You can often say that star trek is one of those scfi ideas that has such ideas that talks about what it means to be human and our social conditions. So today i am honoring star trek for its 50th  Anniversary. Happy 50th  Anniversary to star trek. So for my special tribute review.

Let That Be Your Last Battlefield review

The vision of Frank Gorshin with half ‘white face’ and half ‘black face’ in ‘Star Trek: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield is burned into my memory as a classic example of Roddenberry’s brilliant social commentary. It is star trek’s nature at its finest to tell us about social commentary as one can sum it up to it about being different that makes for some of the worst social injustices. The differences of one person is still very much something we talk about even today. I would say this tale turns racism on its head in a smart way. Its way of addressing how racism can effect a world’s nature. It is directed by Fred Freiberger whom with the cast and writers really made a story about racism come to life. This is a tale that hits home strongly on gene’s social message of the series. It is one of those fine tales you can watch anytime.

The Spock rating:five spocks

the city on the edge of forever review

The city at city on the edge of forever may be one of star trek’s finest hours. It’s one of those episodes that really does have such depth and charm that makes it stand above and beyond the rest of the series. Written by science fiction legend Harlan Ellison and guest-starring Joan Collins. This is star trek at its finest. This classic tale is often considered by Trekkies to be the finest star trek tale of all time. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy find themselves in 1930s New York, where a chance encounter could have disastrous consequences on the future if they alter events in any way. It’s one of the first tales on TV to deal with the ripples of time travel. Time travel is a new idea for this period as we had shows dealing it softly at its time as this tale is the highest praised story of star trek for good reason. The City on the Edge of Forever” is a love story about Edith Keeler and Jim Kirk which really shouldn’t happen as the ripples of such a love would destroy the timeline. It’s at a Kirk story as we deal with Kirk’s humanity as he must follow prime directive yet he feels so passionate for this person. It’s a moral test for captain Kirk as he really by end does feel broken up by his choice. It has moments where you think timeline may be altered as by end it is not altered as we see as Kirk makes right choice in end for the best of the timeline. Kirk’s test of humanity is what makes this tale a classic tale to watch for the ages. Its classic trek at its finest with great acting and writing and direction makes it a wonderful tale that is classic star trek at its finest.

The Spock rating:five spocks

Mirror, Mirror review

Mirror, Mirror may be among some of the best the series offered us. It’s a tale that really does triumph of character examination. A landing party of Kirk, McCoy, Scottie and Uhura is beaming back up from negotiations with the Halkans for dilithium-crystal mining rights when an ion storm opens a porthole between two parallel universes thus they end up in another universe they do not recognize. This is the best written and acted tale of the series. Its acting of the cast is above and beyond the call of duty. The cast play two roles each their good and evil half it’s such a mirror of roles that one can see a depth of acting form everyone in the cast as they nail home such amazing levels of acting. It’s the finest direction too as we see the crafting of this tale was one so good as its way of making each turn in the story feel as natural to the tale makes it among the finest of star trek. This tale goes beyond the call of duty to tell us one of the finest tales ever told on TV.

The Spock rating:five spocks

I remember the first night that star trek next generation aired as i watched it. It did show me a new frontier. It’s about the idea of humanism as gene would quote it to be. Space the final frontier. These are the voyages of the star-ship Enterprise. It’s continuing mission, To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before, let’s go boldly where no man has gone before. We are bold explorers that explore our past to better understand our nature and we explore space often to find a new future. Mankind at its heart are explorers. Star trek teaches us to be our best as humans and find a way to live better as humans. The human race is a remarkable creature, one with great potential, and I hope that ‘Star Trek’ has helped to show us what we can be if we believe in ourselves and our abilities.” – Gene Roddenberry. Gene Roddenberry created not only a vision but a philosophy that expanded what is possible. His vision was to create unity, curiosity, taking chances and going where no one has gone before. It’s that vision that keeps star trek lasting for so long. Thank you Gene Roddenberry and the many talented hands beyond this wonderful idea and vision. Let us always remember we must take chances and go where no man has going before. as Kirk ended it. second star straight into morning. They have been our guides for 50 years. Star trek continues grow stronger each year. Live long and prosper. happy 50th anniversary to star trek

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my third liebster-award:classicmovie thoughts

my third liebster-award:classicmovie thoughts

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liebster-awardThis is my Third liebster-award for wolffian classic movies digest. I could not be not be more happy to answer these questions and give you insight into me. I am very happy to have my work honored form my writing on this blog. I loved movies since I was a boy so this is a deep honor for me being honored for writing about movies which I love greatly. Thanks for this wonderful honor form The Wonderful World of Cinema as i am once again honored by such an award. So let’s get started with the answers to the questions. 4939c-hunchback-cathedral

My 11 questions to those blogs form The Wonderful World of Cinema

1:What is your favorite blogathon?31 Days of Oscar Blogathon happens to be my favorite as last year I wrote about one about one of my favorite movies. As I wrote about Cinematography of Black Narcissus. I would say it’s one of my favorite topics is to talk about Oscar movies of the past.

2:What subject do you like the most to write about on your blog?I often write about noir as i love it so much. I would say its the topic most covered. As quoted by Eddie Muller, Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir: The collective sign of relief heaved on V-J Day ought to have inspired Hollywood to release a flood of “happily ever after” films. But some victors didn’t feel too good about their spoils. They’d seen too much by then. Too much warfare, too much poverty, too much greed, all in the service of rapacious progress. A bundle of unfinished business lingered from the Depression — nagging questions about ingrained venality, mean human nature, and the way unchecked urban growth threw society dangerously out of whack. Writers and directors responded by delivering gritty, bitter dramas that slapped our romantic illusions in the face and put the boot to the throat of the smug bourgeoisie. Still, plenty of us took it — and liked it. These movies are some of those classics that do not hide such as they were about talking about social issues in a collective way. I would say some of the finest movies are noir classics. I would suggest the third man to watch as its one of the finest movies ever crafted for the screen.

3:What is your current movie character crush (not movie actor, movie character)?I would say my favorite is Jennifer played greatly by Veronica Lake. 4:Do you wear perfume? If yes, which one?Non 5:Can you sing? (I mean, can you sing well lol)?I sing like a frog. I cannot sing. 6;Do you play a musical instrument?nope i am not into playing any of them at all. 

7:What is your favorite cinematographic moment? I would say the opening shot of rear window. Its tour of his apartment as its use of the camera angles without a single word spoken it setups the movie greatly. 8:Have you ever written fan mail. Did you receive any answers? No i have no written any fan mail. 9:When you started your blog, do you remember what was the first blog you followed and what was the first blog to follow you? I started on the date of Mar 12, 2014. I would say my first follower was MATTHEW RICHARDS PHOTOGRAPHY.  10:What is the last book you read? I would say Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir  again as i just adore to read it 11:What would be your dream house? I am not into housing as i have no dream home in mind. 

11 things about me(repost form My frist one)

  1. I have loved movies snice i was a boy. I seen wizard of oz and disney flims snice i was a little boy. I have the reputation to be the one person in my family and friends that loves classic movies so highly as i just adore them highly. I love them to death as i am lover of movies snice a young age.
  2. I was a gamer since I was a boy as I played super Mario bros at age four. Many that know me knows i was wild into video games more highly until i slowed down as i grew older. It’s still a passion of mine.
  3. I am comic book nerd snice a young boy as i started out reading comics at a young age.
  4. I love doctor who so highly snice the reboot started in 2005. I have been a whovian and proud of the fact. My favorite doctor is the seventh doctor Sylvester McCoy.
  5. I love to read often,i started my passion of reading at a young age of 7 years,i love books and love to read often a book.
  6. I am a Disney dork snice a young age as a boy. I had my grandparents buy me movies often of Disney as each tape came out as a boy. I really love and adore Disney movies.
  7. I consider myself a Vivien Leigh fan at heart. Ever snice i saw gone with the wind,i have always been captured by the lovely beauty of vivien leigh and her skills as an actress.
  8. I am Bette Davis fan so highly as she’s my favorite actress all time,i just love Bette Davis to death. That even my blog’s review system is named in honor of her. She is to me the finest actress to ever grace the screen in my eyes.
  9. I am a huge lover of batman. I have been a batman fanboy snice i was young boy seeing him on the movies. I just love batman to death.
  10. I love history so much,it’s my favorite subject as i am just a lover of history to death.
  11. I love to write so my passion is expressed often on my blog.

The 11 blogs I nominate for the Liebster Award Congrats!

  1. Summer Reeves
  2. The Telltale Mind
  3. the last drive in
  4. MIB’s Instant Headache.
  5. the flapper dame 
  6. moviemovieblogblog
  7. shadowsandsatin
  8. Speakeasy
  9. CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch
  10. OUTSPOKEN AND FRECKLED
  11. Pop Culture Reverie

My 11 questions to the 11 nominated blog

  1. What is your favorite screwball comedy all time?
  2. Name your favorite noir classic?
  3. What is the last book you read?
  4. What is your favorite cinematographic moment?
  5. What is your current movie character crush (not movie actor, movie character)
  6. Name the movie that started your love for classic movies?
  7. Name three overlooked classics you feel everyone should watch more often?
  8. What subject do you like the most to write about on your blog?
  9. Who is your favorite actress all time?
  10. Name one of your favorite b-movies all time?
  11. What kinda movies you love to watch the most?

One classic movie review for this honor,thanks to The Wonderful World of Cinema and thanks everyone. 

patch of blue review

When Selina D’Arcey (Elizabeth Hartman), a blind young white woman, befriends Gordon Ralfe (Sidney Poitier), a black office worker, their budding relationship eventually leads to romance. However, once Salina’s insensitive and abusive mother, Rose-Ann (Shelley Winters), finds out about Gordon, she becomes determined to keep the couple apart. With its stirring story of interracial love, this thoughtful film fittingly reflects the civil rights movement of the era.

Elizabeth Hartman plays Selina a blind girl that has no idea of color or race as she is blind. She truly has no idea of many things yet she is so friendly and kind hearted. She befriends a black man that is kind as ever. Her Hateful mother played by Shelley Winters truly is something of a different class by playing Roseanne D’arcy a mean mother that is racist as ever. It reflects the civil rights movement of the era and racism in that era. Sidney Poitier is wonderful as always, as Gordon as this kind guy that truly shines in his role. Veteran actor Wallace Ford is excellent in the pathetic role of Winters’ drunken father, a man who obviously hates his daughter so much yet has little compassion for the granddaughter who adores him. The director is presented with a real problem when deciding how to film an actor playing a blind person. Tight shots on the eyes are what makes acting for the camera so special. Unfortunately the unfocused eyes of a blind person cannot convey much emotion. What makes this movie’s role very tragic is that Elizabeth Hartman was a very broken soul suffering depression which makes this sweet role very much a sadder role. Elizabeth Hartman’s Selina is so fragile that she looks as though she will break any moment. I have a hunch that much of her excellent performance is mined from her real-life depression. Its acting is truly wonderful as ever in this movie.

Sidney Poitier admits that of all his films, “A Patch of Blue” holds a unique and special place in his heart. It touched him that much, and it will do the same for you. Please have some Kleenex handy and let yourself see “A Patch of Blue as it is a movie that will stay with you for ages.  Thank you to also the wonderful Sidney Poitier breaking down all the barriers.  A small triubte to you too sir. You truly are right that this movie is a gem for the ages.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

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Thanks to The Wonderful World of Cinema for the nomination! Such an honour! Its a great honor,thanks so much. This is one great honor. So happy about this wonderful honor. So thank you so much.

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier second annual Blogathon

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier second annual Blogathon

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BLOGATHON RULES: Bloggers are more than welcome to write about any film or topic relating to Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier the Blogathon will be held on November 02 Until November 05 2016. Please send your posts into me on any one of those days. Duplicate entries allowed. So all have fun and join in to honor him. These banners below was created by the wonderful world of cinema. I would love to thank Virginie Pronovost form that blog so much for making them. She is one is one my close friends. I would say check out her wonderful blog if you can too. You can use them for the event if you like.

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Viven Leigh was a petite classically trained legend of the silver screen.  She remains best-known for her two most successful screen roles as American Southern belles as i have been enchanted by her charms since I saw Vivien Leigh in gone with the wind. Her film career spanned 30 years yet she only starred in 19 films but each role showed us a different facet of her talent that talent earned her two academy award Her life with one of the greatest actors of the stage and screen made her the center of attention for millions. She had repeated illnesses in her lifetime. She still remains unknown to us even today. She said every role she played was a part of her real personality. Viven Leigh was all of these elements and much more as she was such a wonderful actress of the stage and screen. So to honor her on her birthday with a Blogathon honoring both Viven Leigh and Laurence Olivier for her birthday. It starts on November 02 lasting to November 05. She truly deserves this honor so join into this event to honor her for her birthday by signing up below to join into the event.

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ROSTER WITH THE LIST OF PARTICIPATING BLOGS:

The Wonderful World of Cinema:Gone with the wind

In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood:Wuthering Heights

Old Hollywood Films:Anna Karenina

la-explorer:Rebecca

Dbmoviesblog:Gone with wind and Street car named desire

Gene Wilder:The mad Mad Hatter of comedy

Gene Wilder:The mad Mad Hatter of comedy

https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest-Gene-gene-wilder-31438119-1200-1200 (1)It’s so hard and heartbreaking to think that we lost this amazing man of comedy. He turned Off-Screen Neurosis Into Comedy Gold as often he also would do same on screen. Gene Wilder was one of a kind in comedy as he was a mad-hatter of comedy. It would be often said that gene was truly a gifted actor that could make any role magical. It was because he starred in some movies they became classics as he could turn any movie into pure magic. I re I recall when I first saw him in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971),it was purely magical as I adored this classic movie so much. I recall often watching him on VHS tapes of his movies I started to adore this man as he would make me crack up each time in his comedy classics such as Blazing Saddles and See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Stir Crazy and The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother and Young Frankenstein they always made me crack up so much. I always found his movies to make me laugh and smile as he always brought you joy then pure magic. What made him magical was he way of bringing such wonderful characters to the screen.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory quick reviewWilly Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a a truly magnificent piece of film-making and remains one of the most fascinating fantasies ever made. It’s one of those wonderful classics that was truly timeless that would be able to be made any period of time. It’s an imaginative family movie that truly has such wonderful charm to it. I think next to wizard of oz it was one of my favorites that i watched often as a child. I truly adore Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory as it stands among the classics in my eyes.

One of the best elements of this film is its wonderful screenplay that captured many great elements of a fantasy classic book to the screen. It has some of the best songs ever that came to the screen even rivaling Disney movies. I would say many songs can lift up your spirit as many of the songs really stand out.

Its acting and dialogue contains some of the most interesting little tidbits in the entire movie. Gene Wilder truly nails home one of the finest roles he ever played on the screen as its a whimsical performance with such infectious joy as its one fine acting performance. Jack Albertson gives one fine performance as the grandfather as its one of those fine performances on the screen. Peter Ostrum gives out one fine performance as Charlie as he plays this poor boy that has big dreams that truly you wish will come true for him as he truly is a good boy in one fine performance.

The acting of everyone else in cast give such wonderfully charming performances. This movie’s great sets truly captures the magic of the book to screen in such a wonderful way. The Cinematography stands out truly too as its finely crafted out. Its direction is truly fine too that really crafts out many of the books elements to screen with such charming magic. This truly is one magical fantasy movie that is a family classic for all ages even adults so it’s truly a must see classic movie.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Blazing Saddles quick review

Blazing Saddles is one of the funniest movies to ever come to the screen as its among of Mel brooks finest comedies ever to the screen. Its movie that deconstructs the traditional western by pointing out its racism. It also has such over the top characters that really are some of the funniest ever put on the screen. It’s a funny spoof comedy of westerns that stands as one of the finest of its type as it’s a Mel brooks classic.

Mel Brooks broke new ground with this spoof of westerns that really was something boldly daring for its time. Blazing saddles really courted a film courted controversy like no other major-release film of its time along with it breaking ground for the comedy spoofs to come. Cleavon Little playing the role of Sheriff of Rock Ridge really did bring us such charm to that role as its truly such a good performance of an actor.

Gene Wilder is brilliant as the “Deputy Spade as he brings such a great charm to the role as he truly makes it his own and its truly a fine performance. The acting of everyone else is top notch too. The dark humor in this movie is very smartly crafted and acted out by the cast which give it such wit and charm yet it’s so funny as it leaves no one beyond by its humor. This is Mel’s brooks comedy at its finest as it’s such a fine comedy that really will leave you laughing your ass off anytime you see it.
Blazing Saddles is such a great comedy classic is one of the finest ever crafted out spoof movies as its truly one funny classic for the ages.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Young Frankenstein quick review               

Mel Brooks’ tribute to the Frankenstein movies of universal’s golden age of horror is such a joy as its truly such a funny comedy classic that stands among the best of comedy.

Gene Wilder truly shines as Dr. Frankenstein as its one of his funniest roles he ever did on the screen as he truly hams it up and makes the character a parody of the mad doctor in a nutshell as its truly so funny to watch him do it with such wit and charm. It’s such a joy to watch him in this wonderful performance. Peter Boyle really is amazing as The monster as he truly makes it this monster such a joy to watch on screen as it’s such a wonderful performance. Marty Feldman truly is such a comic joy to watch on screen as its one of those oddball character actors that nails home such a fun role on the screen as he gives such a great performance on screen. Madeline Kahn truly nails home such a fine performance in her role as Elizabeth. Its acting is truly top notch by everyone in the cast as they give such fine performances.

The cast is beyond superb. e late, wonderful British comedian Marty Feldman (Igor), who turned his congenital wandering eyes into comedic foils, never misses a beat as second banana to Gene Wilder, who plays the distraught Dr. Frankenstein to the hilt and beyond. the marvelous Madeline Kahn, who gave a bravura performance as the doctor’s fiancée. The late comedienne’s burst into operatic ecstasy during her rape by the monster is simply inspired as its one of the most inspired moments of the movie it’s a shame we lost her so soon. This movie stands among the classics as its one of the finest comedy classics ever to the screen.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Silver Streak quick review

The first film to team legendary funny men Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, Silver Streak is a respectful Hitchcock homage to Hitchcock classics with such humor and wit to match to those movies.

Gene Wilder plays a normal man of sorts as a book publisher as it’s a nod to the normal man of Hitchcock movies whom is wrongfully accused of a crime he didn’t commit sounds like a Hitchcock movie you know? Well it is a comedy spoof of north By Northwest. He plays this role so wonderfully skilled as it would even make the master of movies pride as he nails home such humor and charm as this is one of his finest performances. Richard Pryor’s casting was a mark of steer inspiration as this gave birth to one of the greatest comic duos on the screen. Richard Pryor really plays such a wonderful Character in Glover a very good and wonderful performance. It is known that both gene and Richard didn’t really click off screen as much as they were not the best of friends but on screen the duo is one of the finest of comedy ever as they both give us such wonderful performances together on screen. Jill Clayburgh also plays a fine role. Its good acting that makes this comedy classic really last for ages as its the wit of all the cast as they play off the types of a Hitchcock movie. Silver Streak is truly a fine classic comedy.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Stir Crazy quick review

A Gene Wilder-Richard Pryor comedy classic as combining these two legends of comedy really works as they truly are so funny on screen together. Stir Crazy” once again brings together the comedic talents of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor as they play  Skip and Harry two slackers as both of them give us such comic gold to their roles. Its them leading the show as this is a duo comedy at its finest. It’s a funny classic that is a joy to watch just not so much of a masterpiece as silver streak.

The Ruth rating:three and half bettes

Gene wilder’s gene_wilder_split_featuredGene wilder passing away  two days ago hit me hard as i truly loved him in so many movies even his lesser movies such as stir crazy and see no evil which is fun movies yet not his best of his roles and range as an actor. It’s truly a sad day to lose such a legend. He truly was one of a kind. I always found his movies to make me laugh and smile as he always brought you joy then pure magic. What made him magical was he way of bringing such wonderful characters to the screen. He was a kind and gentle soul that really wanted to make the world laugh and smile as he truly was one of the greatest comedy legends all time. Come with me you will be with you will go into pure imagination as gene took us into the madness in a way that was a journey that was one of a kind for the medium of film.  I think there will never be anyone like him again to grace our screen.

The Ruth rating.

 

Five Bette Davis’s in a row will go to the best of the best of movies. It will go to movies i flat out loved greatly. I would be willing to buy or see it many times over.

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Four Bette Davis’s in a row will go to movies that i felt was very good as close to perfect you can get but not perfect at all. I can understand why some do not like it or feel it’s not perfect at all. It’s a good movie in every sense still. They are films I love still yet i have noticed its flaws.

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Three Bette Davis’s in a row will go to movies that i liked yet i am not very fond of it or have not really as high a love for this classic its something very known to me in many ways. I would watch it likely for fun.

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A film gets two Bette’s Davis’s in a row. Its goes to movies i felt was bad or subpar in some way. I wasted my time watching this movie. I am not likely watch it again period. It’s a bad movie but still has some good points in this classic movie.

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A lone Bette Davis is given to a film so bad that i feel its not really worthy of praise in any way at all. I feel very drained personally form watching this movie. Its not a good movie at all.

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Journey to Italy

A The Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon review of Journey to Italy

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Today’s post is a post for The 2nd Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon. It is a Blogathon honoring Blogathon as it runs from august 27 to 29 which is her 101th birthday. So happy birthday to  Ingrid Bergman lets honor this amazing actress of great talent. I hope you check out other posts for this event. Thanks to  the wonderful world of cinema. I would love to thank Virginie Pronovost form that blog for creating this wonderful event.

Journey to Italy review

 

This is the movie that Truffaut proclaimed it the first modern film as It stars the first modern actress Ingrid Bergman as i also praise Roberto Rossellini whom created something truly modern to our time now as this movie always is a classic to my eyes. This is the frist modern movie in every sense of the word.

This film is a firm cinematographic study of a couple (played by Ingrid Bergman, Rossellini’s spouse at the time, and George Sanders) with marital problems midst of beautiful Italian landscapes. It examines the nature of marriage and its strain on one self. Its does not feel like a classic movie form this era of movies as it feels so modern as its issues addressed really are issues modern films firmly address now.

Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders lead the show among the actors of this movie as they truly both give us such wonderful performances that really feel so modern and raw with charm and depth that makes one believe they are a married couple going through an understanding of their marriage and their life. Ingrid Bergman convincingly portrays a woman of sophisticated tastes, of intellect and feelings. Her character is the one to be liked and empathized with, particularly at the scene when she talks of her former lover, a poet Charles. He is dead .yet, he seems to be alive in her heart, she follows his traces, she experiences the haunting whispers of the past as this is indeed one of her finest hours on the screen as she truly nails home this character. George Sanders gives us a fine performance for his wonderful role. The supporting cast truly shines as they all give us wonderful roles.

So much of this movie really stands out as the clothing is fabulous on both of them and the hotel and villa used for those scenes are exquisite as they are better than anything that could have been constructed on a sound stage as It feels like the characters are living in a real place. It makes the movie more enduring and timeless and it works. This is richly captured by such lovely cinematography.

Journey to Italy is a prized movie among movie lovers for good reason this is a crowning jewel that captures traits of humanity in such amazing depth with wonderful acting and very wonderful cinematography with locations that are characters in their own right. This is an amazing movie that you should see today.

The Ruth rating: five bette's

 

Ingrid Bergman Birthday tribute

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spellbound review(repost of last years wonderful review part of my artcle.)09a

When Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Gregory Peck) arrives at a Vermont mental hospital to replace the outgoing hospital director, Dr. Constance Peterson (Ingrid Bergman), a psychoanalyst, discovers Edwardes is actually an impostor. The man confesses that the real Dr. Edwardes is dead and fears he may have killed him, but cannot recall anything. Dr. Peterson, however is convinced his impostor is innocent of the man’s murder, and joins him on a quest to unravel his amnesia through psychoanalysis.

Spellbound is one of several psychological thrillers produced in the 1940s when psychoanalysis was all the rage. The film came out of producer David O. Selznick’s desire to spread the word about psychoanalysis as he suggested it to Hitchcock to direct the movie. David O. Selznick wanted much of the film to be based on his experiences in psychotherapy. He even brought his psychotherapist in on the set to be a technical advisor. Once when she disputed a point of fact with Alfred Hitchcock on how therapy works, Hitchcock said, “My dear, it’s only a movie. This movie was part the rage of psychoanalysis which was the rage in Hollywood at the time period of this movie.

Spellbound is one of Hitchcock’s most underrated movies all time as this movie is overlooked for many other classic movies. It has a plot that is harder to evaluate as it is based upon the ideas of psychoanalysis.

Gregory Peck plays an amnesia patient(Gregory Peck)who is believed to be a psychotic killer as he truly plays the role greatly as ever. Ingrid Bergman plays Dr. Constance Petersen a psychoanalyst at Green Manors as she truly plays the role greatly in this Hitchcock classic movie as she plays polar to her gaslight role which she really had almost won an Oscar for that role as she plays it tame in this role yet she is just as wonderful. Its acting by the two lead cast members is very great as this movie is highly underrated The supporting cast all play great roles as they play part in this psychological thriller. It has great Cinematography by George Barnes who shoots this movie very sharply as ever. Music by Miklós Rózsa is great too.

The psychoanalysis theme plays out in this movie in many ways as the idea of locked doors of the mind. The dream sequence is one of those touches. It really uses the idea of Freudian dream interpretation, guilt complexes, and the miraculous power of psychoanalysis to pull us along into the movie along the way. Its acting-direction-music-cinematography all really work great in this psychological thriller gem of a movie. It’s a great movie that is very underrated by many people. I hope You watch this classic gem soon

The Ruth rating: five bette's

Ingrid Bergman was quite remarkable an actress whom  She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and the Tony Award for Best Actress. A BAFTA Award. She won so many awards and praise for her acting its unreal as she was one of the best actresses to grace the screen ever. She is ranked as the fourth greatest female star of American cinema of all time by the American Film Institute. There will never be anyone quite like Ingrid Bergman whom was an outstanding actress that could do roles with depth and skill. She was one of a kind in acting. A Jewel of an actress. I really loved reviewing Journey to Italy and honoring this jewel of actress for her birthday. Happy 101th birthday to the wonderful  Ingrid Bergman.

Vertigo:A tale of obsession

Vertigo:A tale of obsession                                  https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigestvertigo-alfred-hitchcock-865414_1024_768Alfred Hitchcock’s VERTIGO is a movie that a film which functions on multiple levels simultaneously. One of the many movies that Hitchcock did in his lifetime was vertigo. It was not considered much of a masterpiece at the time. Vertigo is often considered Hitchcock’s most personal and emotional and complex of his movies. It is a tale of obsession that is Hitchcock’s best movie to my eyes.

The opening shot of vertigo has a woman’s lips then an eye as it’s a close up of a human eye as its A spinning hypnotic shape emerges from the eye with hypnotic music tells people they are about to be transported into another world. Scottie(James Stewart) is chasing down someone on a rooftop as it results in death of a policeman which leads to his retirement form the police force. detective John “Scottie” Ferguson retires. Scottie tries to conquer his fear, but his friend and ex-fiancée Midge Wood says that another severe emotional shock may be the only cure as he is trying to overcome his fear of vertigo form his last time as a detective. Its starts off this classic movie of obsession Scottie is asked to follow Madeleine(Kim Novak). This starts off the classic tale of vertigo.

Vertigo is a tale of two halves. It starts out as a ghost story as Once the prologue has introduced us to Ferguson’s fear of heights we start to enter into a dreamlike begining as we have Scottie tailing down Madeleine whom is convinced she is a reincarnation of Carlotta Valdes her grandmother. He follows her to a florist then to the the Mission San Francisco de Asís and the grave of Carlotta Valdes, and to an art museum where she gazes at the Portrait of Carlotta. He watches her enter the McKittrick Hotel, but on investigation she does not seem to be there as she is staring into space as she seems out of it. She truly does seem like she is in a daze. The next day we learn that it is believed she is possessed by Carlotta Valdes whom tragically committed suicide.

She is saved by Scottie at far point. It’s when they kiss at his apartment then the next day we see him and her hang out falling to her death. It then begins a tale of obsession as the film shifts into darker territory. As Scottie really does seem obsessed with her as he is visiting spots she visited as one day he meets he One day, he notices a woman who reminds him of Madeleine, despite her different appearance.

Scottie follows her and she identifies herself as Judy Barton, from Salina, Kansas. A flashback reveals her as Madeleine Elster as part of a murder plot. Gavin had deliberately taken advantage of Scottie’s acrophobia to substitute his wife’s freshly killed body in the apparent “suicide jump”. But Judy rips up the letter and continues the charade, because she loves Scottie. Scottie remains obsessed with Madeleine often having her dress as Madeleine to change clothes to please Scottie and his obsession. Hoping they find happiness together. She then wears the necklace as he insists she recreates the events at the mission as she is pushed off to her death again in a repeat of events. Its a tale of obsession that has nods to Dante’s inferno and feverish dreams take control with many different notions of color being played upon in its feverish dreamlike manner. It is a tale of obsession with an spine tingling ending. It’s a wonderful journey that Hitchcock and its crew took us upon in this classic gem.

Vertigo is a magnificent form the opening credits to its ending. Saul Bass’s title prepares us brilliantly for the movie which is about to unfold upon us. Bernard Herrmann’s musical score as the music is probably more important here than in most films, let alone most Hitchcock films. Because for most of the first half of the film and a great deal of the second half, it is without dialogue. In fact Kim Novak does not have a spoken line until about 48 minutes into the little more than 2 hour feature. She’s under James Stewart’s surveillance and the whole story of his growing obsession with her is told through his facial expressions and through Bernard Herrmann’s music. Bernard Herrmann’s score perfectly captures each mood of the movie as it elements of each part of this movie is captured wonderfully by Bernard Herman’s score if u turn off voice channel and watch it silent you will be amazed at how much it tells the story alone. The scene where the music helps with the flashes of green to reveal a girl of the past truly captures such a moment that reveals a truth. The musical score of Bernard Herrmann may be among his finest ever crafted.

The Cinematography by Robert Burks is one of the finest ever crafted to film as it captures San Francisco as it richly captures the city in such richness and depth. There is color filters that does many tricks such the changing of colors on many scenes in a feverish way is part of this movie. Its richly deep and dreamlike cinematography which richly captures the city in all its glory and beauty as the city by the bay never looked more lovely then it’s being shot in this movie. The famous zooming-in, dollying-out technique and an animated dream sequence. The dazzling imagery could be seen as prefiguring the influence of psychedelia a decade later, although really it is perhaps only the logical extension of the German Expressionist style. It’s only really an updated version of the superimposing of images and casting of shadows in films by Fritz Lang and FW Murnau and many noir classics before this movie coming into a modern feel. or this reason Hitchcock could be called one of the truest heirs of the German Expressionist movement, and not just for the psychological angle. It’s one of the best psychological thrillers ever crafted out on screen.

Jimmy Stewart gives a terrific performance in the role of Scottie a man recognizing his own limits, suffering by his acrophobia as When he is given the chance to pursue this enigmatic woman it give his life a new meaning. It’s such wonderful role that really does nail home an an accurate portrait of an annoyed human being searching for the unattainable. He is a pragmatic man dealing with events in the light of his intuition. I would say this performance is such a fine performance by such a wonderful actor. Kim Novak is so delicate as Madeleine as she gives us a fine perfomance as the defining Hitchcock blonde. This is truly a wonderful performance. The acting is top notch by everyone in the cast as they give such fine performances.

The direction by Hitchcock is truly a wonder. He crafted out one of the finest thrillers all time with such a tale that has so many layers and depths to it. It is Hitchcock’s finest directed and crafted out movie as he truly made this one of his most personal ever crafted out for screen with wonderful actors to match his wonderful direction. This to me is hitch’s finest movie he ever directed on the screen.

Jimmy Stewart plays the biggest anti-hero of his career and Kim Novak whose stunning beauty and exceptional personalities shine through this dark film. Barbara Bel Geddes provides great support as well. Everything about this film truly is marvelous form its cinematography, the story, the depth,acting,music all coming together to make this wonderfully crafted out marvel of a movie that stands among the best movies of all time. Vertigo is a masterpiece.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's