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Today I talk about FilmStruck which i adored to use to watch classic movies i wouldn’t have found otherwise. Today, the classic, art house and foreign film-focused FilmStruck announced that it was ending its service. This is quite a blow to fans of non-blockbuster viewing as the selection of classics and silent films are pretty sketchy in the libraries of mainstream services like Netflix as we are losing access to so many classic movies. The decision was financial; Warner Bros. decided that a niche service like FilmStruck was simply not profitable enough for them. However, films are not just a product, they are works of art and pieces of our cultural history. Further, many film fans discover silent films and the classics only if they are readily available. Adding another barrier to access is not going to be helpful to us all as film fans all over the world.
RIP FilmStruck:classic movies will live on
The loss of FilmStruck is a huge blow to classic fans as you still got others like fandor but they are more niche then this service. I do advise doing fandor if wants one anyway its cheap. In a darker observation, this shows the ephemeral and often fleeting nature of streaming services as we do need psychical media still to save our history unless we can come together as flim fans begin to save our movie history. This loss also emphasizes the importance of physical media, often written off as dead and buried. My DVDs and Blu-rays are mine and not dependent on what profit of the men that do not care about you but the cash and money making of movies which is not what flim fans think about flim as we adore it as an art. so fans you you can still love this art no matter what they say about it at all. we will lose many movies in our age now of digital i believe could be our next silent era of lost media. I am saying bluntly below what classics you should watch today no matter which way you find them.
classics you should watch anytime if you can see them as you can watch them without FilmStruck.
A film is a petrified fountain of thought. It’s about opening you mind to new worlds and ideals. Film is not just for profit if you believe that you are not a true lover of movies as the true art of movies is about watching and adoring movies. I am naming some classics now that you will adore watching anytime. These are every classic ever made but my personal favorites you should see anytime.
The Red Shoes
The Red Shoes is the perfect movie to discuss or at least think about these confounding questions as the fundamental issue of art’s authenticity and its role in our lives is the key element of both the film’s inner and outer layers that address about our many flaws as humans. The red shoes is a movie that shows about how mankind’s fragile soul, a tragic portrait of the fine margin between passion and insanity, between love and hate, the drive to be perfect at all times.
Whatever Powell and Pressburger sacrificed of themselves to get the film made, whatever deal with the devil or pound of flesh it required, it seems to have been worth it. The Red Shoes is a terrifying, visually stunning piece of film-making as they made something very profound and moving flim that talks about the drive obsession can have upon your life.
The highlight of The Red Shoes is an extended ballet sequence midway through the film. The ballet retells the metaphorical tale of The Red Shoes, of shoes that danced forever, letting time and love rush by, letting life rush by, letting all except dance rush by until death. This ballet sequence feels like an everlasting dream, filmed up close and personal. This isn’t a performance watched, but experienced – you’re not in the audience. The entire scene is surreal, blurring the line between what can be staged and what is just the filmmaker’s imagination. But the moments of fantasy are what makes artists able to do what they do, they need to be able to imagine a world around them. In this ballet, the fantasy becomes the reality. In this moment, who needs to be able to tell dreams apart? This whole sequence shows us the thoughts of having to dance this dance. It shows us a dancer and a conductor, two artists in perfect harmony. The dancer slowly disappears inside her character, becoming possessed in the moment. She dances until the final sequence of this fantasy, where she dies in the red shoes and surrounded by mourners. The lighting becomes deepest red at times as it plunges the dance into hell. There is a danger in fantasy, of being dragged into a world of pure nightmare and imagination. Luckily this fantasy sequence remains just that: a fantasy. It does slowly seep out though. It isn’t a plot hole that places the red shoes in their convenient position at the end, it’s the magic of this obsessive dance that you will be marveled upon forever of you viewing of this movie.The Red Shoes tells a really great story, but it’s also aided by an exceptional style. Powell & Pressburger were perhaps the greatest colour filmmakers of their time and they utilise bright colours and big, bold lighting to maximum effect with a marvelous score and acting . to make such a marvelous movie you should see today.
The Thief of Bagdad
When i first discovered Alexander Korda’s (1940) Fantasy, THE THIEF OF BAGDAD,it blew me away as the movie is far ahead of time in many ways due to its wonderful effects. It is one of the greatest fantasy movies all time. Conrad Veidt is a delightful villain,who might have inspired Walt Disney for Aladdin as gives one of his finest roles on screen,the acting of everyone is just amazing and top notch. The script is poetic, simply and very beautiful. The costumes are amazing and some of the best on screen ever. John Justin is both energetic & sensitive as the unenlightened king who must learn about the realities of live the hard way; Sabu gets a significant part of the action (when he’s not transformed into a dog) but Justin is appropriately athletic when needs must. Lovely June Duprez plays the endangered Princess of Basra, coveted by two very different men. Appearing late in the film, massive Rex Ingram shakes things up as a genie with an attitude as we have all of them giving us such great acting.
This enchanting fantasy adventure remains one of the finest classics all time with great acting and effects. The Technicolor in each was incredibly beautiful. Its to remain one of the classics for the ages. you should see this classic today.
Trouble in Paradise (1932) review
This pre-code sophisticated comedy epitomizes the European attitude toward sex. It is more open in sex. It is pre-code in that nature toward how it plays sex. It is based on Laszlo Aladar’s play The Honest Finder which was the springboard for the movie. The sexual undertones are very frank. I would not call it as sexually open as Design for Living which is far more sexual in nature. This was a taste of what was to come for his works. Trouble in Paradise is a comedic counterpart to a melodrama.
Lubitsch was best known for what we call the Lubitsch touch is a subtitle way of referencing sexual shenanigans that his characters do upon the screen. Lubitsch’s Magnum Opus faced controversy three years after its initial release because of the conservatism of the Production Code. This pre-code sophisticated comedy epitomizes the European attitude toward sex which is more open in sex that feels modern. . The movie is tamer than his other film design for a living for its sexual tone on the screen. It’s a spellbinding comedy classic about a a suave jewel thief (Herbert Marshall) falling in love with his intended victim (luminous Kay Francis) much to the displeasure of his girlfriend (Miriam Hopkins) whom all give out wonderful performances in their respective roles for the screen. . Kay Francis steals this film as she truly shines in her wonderful role that is hard to do with Miriam Hopkins. She is exquisite and enchanting and absolutely charming. Miriam Hopkins gets the better comedic lines and the guy even if lesser then Kay she still gives out a marvelous performance. Herbert Marshall shows an unexpected flair for light comedy while Charlie Ruggles and the ubiquitous Edward Everett Horton provide their usual first class supporting roles that that truly shine in their performances on the screen. Ernst Lubitsch crafts out a masterpiece of early comedy that truly shines in every manner making it a must see comedy classic for all time.
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Nicholas Ray’s in the lonely place presents us a very amazing noir classic about a Hollywood writer whose temper leads to accusations of murder and conflicted relationship. I would say this film stands among other Nicholas Ray classics such as they live by night and rebel without a cause and Johnny Guitar and On dangerous ground. Martin Scorsese and Wim Wenders are among fans of his movies.Humphrey Bogart’s performance in a Lonely Place. Humphrey Bogart shows what he capable in his skills as an actor to do on the screen. Humphrey Bogart plays Dixon Steele in his darkest role on the screen. He shows off his true darkness of his soul to give us his finest hour on the screen. Gloria Grahame plays her finest hour on screen as Laurel Gray whom is one dam amazing character on the screen. It plays to the under-rated nature of Gloria Grahame this role. It shows how this under-rated actress could do such amazing acting.
Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Graham have electrifying chemistry on screen together.
In A Lonely Place is a fabulous picture which was frankly never was nominated for any Oscars at all.
In A Lonely Place is told in two parts to its overall tale. The first part of the movie deals with Dixon Steele and his darker traits unfolding on screen. We see the relationship of Dixon Steele and Laurel Gray unfolding on the screen. The movie becomes wilder and more intense as it changes gears into the second part of the tale. The second part of the tale is Laurel Gray’s tension filled moments unfold on the screen. Nicholas Ray merges both parts together dabs them with darkly affecting visuals to make one interesting movie. The black and white cinematography of this movie is truly amazing to see unfold on the screen. In the lonely place is true gem of movies that you will want to watch again and again.
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rear window review
Hitchcock isn’t the master of tension without good reason as his direction in rear window of how Rear Window is one of the best instances of how Hitchcock builds tension as he manages to slowly over each scene build tension throughout the film.
Rear window is is one of Hitchcock’s finest tales which is an tale of voyeurism in miniature as every open window in the blistering apartment complex that Hitchcock’s camera resides in leads to another character, another emotion, another scene, and another mystery that you are set upon to figure out.
James Stewart’s performance on the screen as Jeff is one of the finest acted on the screen. He emotes with such detailed movements that shows each of his expressions with his eyes and detailed movements that makes his performance truly special to watch unfold on the screen. James Stewart delivers possibly a career best performance as the stir crazy invalid. Restricted to only minimal body movement as its truly one amazing performance you watch unfold on the screen.
Thelma Ritter plays such a fine role upon the screen. Grace Kelly gives out such an amazing performance on the screen. Beautiful Grace Kelly is outstanding as the lovely girlfriend who turns into an adventurous spy as she gets interested in his boyfriend’s new hobby as she gets into the troubles of the mystery with her boyfriend. She is so charming to watch unfold on the screen.
You get the impression Hitchcock was a director that liked to be pushed and tested to his limits. From the early days of the cramped Lifeboat to the cleverly edited one-shot Rope, Hitchcock has enjoyed being technically restricted and challenged. Rear Window may have been filmed on the largest indoor soundstage at the time but he forced himself to remain tightly focused on the important elements of the story which was cleverly written by John Michael Hayes.
Rear window is superbly directed by Hitchcock with great use of suspense, the film presents the director in complete control of his film-making wizardry that is so smartly crafted out with wonderful Cinematography by Robert barks and a wonderful musical score by Franz Waxman that all make this movie truly come to life upon the screen.
Rear Window is a wonderfully simple thriller that also flirts with comedy and drama. With the always active photographer, L.B. ‘Jeff’ Jefferies, confined to a wheelchair he is left with little to do but spy on his fellow neighbours across the courtyard. Jeff becomes a voyeur in the same way we do when we watch movies upon the screen. Rear Window is an undisputed masterpiece that you simply will adore to watch anytime.
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His girl Friday is a classic comedy classic that is directed by Howard hawks. His girl Friday is one of my favorite movies all time to watch again and again. . Cary Grant plays a wonderful performance in his girl Friday. Rosalind Russell gives out an amazing performance in his girl Friday. Cart Grant and Rosalind Russell who make a great team together on the screen. Howard hawks compositions are layered with fore and background action and depth to each of its scenes. His girl Friday is about its dialogue more than its visuals elements on the screen. It comes so fast and sharp on the screen. This is a comedy classic that you will simply adore watching unfold as it’s just so much fun to watch it unfold on the screen.
. My Girl Friday successfully combines screwball romantic comedy with biting satire that truly makes it the true comedy classic that you should see today.
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Today I talked about some classic movies and the lost of flimstuck as I felt to give you some classic movies of joy to enjoy anytime that you will simply adore to watch anytime. I hope you enjoyed this talk today