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Deception

Deception Review

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bette-blogathon-5Today I talk about Bette Davis my favorite legend of all time and favorite actress all time as she remains the queen of acting in my eyes.I review Deception in honor of her upcoming birthday and the THE SECOND ANNUAL BETTE DAVIS BLOGATHON hosted by my dear friend Crystal Kalyana Pacey whom hosts this wonderful event and also runs the site in the good days of classic Hollywood.  I thank her kindly for hosting this wonderful event giving me a chance to review this wonderful classic gem in honor of the greatest legend of all time in my eyes.

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Irving Rapper’s Deception reunited the three stars of Now Voyager together in this noir classic gem as they all shine together equally in this movie.  Deception”was based on a play which opens up this classic story in an unexpected way.  Bette Davis  plays Christine Radcliffe  whom believes that her fiance was killed on the battlefield when he returns, they decide to marry, but are threatened by a wealthy, egotistical composer the piano teacher started dating on the rebound after she became convinced her love.(.imdb plot bits mixed into it)  Bette davis really shines in this role as she plays  Christine Radcliffe like a tight glove as she is fast talking with the passion in her heart for the man she loves. She gives us one of her fine performances that truly shows how amazing this woman can be to melt into a caracter as you feel each mood is truly raw and real. Its a truly amazing performance by her.  Claude Rains plays the egotistical composer who is afraid to lose his own creation in a very remarkable performance. Paul Henried gives an amazing performance as karel the European cellist madly in love with Christine who thought he lost his love forever as he plays it so very well. Its a well acted classic with very great performance by its cast. Irving Rapper’s direction is very good and gives us a very good classic. Ernest Haller’s cinematography enhances all we see on the screen as each performance and shot is captured so greatly by one of the greatest of the era. Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s music is probably the film’s chief asset and it probably sounded superb over the monophonic sound systems when this film was released as this soundtrack is one of the finest of its time. Deception is end of an era for Bette Davis of her Warner Brothers films as she would later return in all about eve. Deception is a classic that everyone should see today as its truly a classic gem that shows Bette Davis at her finest hour whom would later return in all about eve to give one of her finest hours on the screen. You simply should watch this classic gem today

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The Damned Don’t Cry!

Today I talk about Joan Crawford in a review of the damned don’t cry whom went  Form silent movie legend to camp queen. Joan Crawford and her astonishing 45-year film career is the stuff of a Gatsby-esque legend of survival and reinvention. Simultaneously glorious, tragic, tawdry, and hype-filled, her story is the very embodiment of the real version of the American Dream. She is without a doubt one of the legends of the silver screen. so to review this classic movie today that may be one of her best movies all time.

The Damned Don’t Cry! review

Joan Crawford scores again in the role of weary housewife living at the edge of the Texas oil fields. When her young son is killed in a bicycle accident, she leaves her laborer husband Roy (Richard Egan) for the big city. In this Warner bros noir classic Joan Crawford shines in her role that is one of her movies under their banner.

The Damned Don’t Cry” is directed by Vincent Sherman whom crafts out a noir that is a tale of ambition, murder and betrayal in which Joan Crawford plays the the role of an ambitious woman from the working class that finds social ascension in the men’s world using her glamour and different lovers. The dammed dont cry is  based upon the story of  the mysterious Virginia Hill that belonged to the upper-class and her lover Bugsy Segall whom was one of the most infamous gangsters of the 1940’s.

This noir classic was very intelligently written and deserves more attention as one of the better Film Noir classics with Vincent Sherman directing and crafting out a very amazing noir classic that tells such a very layered story of life’s twists and turns with such rich and sappy  dialog and betrayals instantly turn this noir classic into a must see for any lover of noir.

Joan Crawford gives us a very amazing character that truly is a rich and complex woman that feels layered and deep with many scars and personal goals of her own. Joan Crawford delivers one of her best roles on the screen in my eyes as you see her not play this role sappy but very raw and deep with many sharp lines of dialog in her performance as one of her finest on the screen. David Brian and Kent Smith both give us such fine acting that makes them feel right at home with the tough Joan. Morris Ankrum truly gives us one amazing performance as the father of her. It’s really such wonderful acting by everyone.

This is a slick, fast-moving noir with a strong cast that gives out remarkable acting and a very wonderful direction by  Vincent Sherman and will keep the viewer involved and thrill you throughout this classic noir gem.

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Cinematography of the third man

Cinematography of the third man

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TODAY i talk about The Cinematography of the third man with an in-depth review that breaks down this classic gem for 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon as today for the crafts part of 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon as Its Oscars talk time again. Today as part of 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon which is hosted by Once Upon a Screen,Outspoken and Freckled and Paula’s Cinema Club. Thanks to the wonderful hosts for today’s event and check out others form this event.

The Third Man (1949) Opening shots. 

Similar to other international noir genres, British film noir hardly fits the rigid categorical definition of noir based on Hollywood films. It does, however, contain many of the conventions and traits of Hollywood film noir such as a focus on the underworld of society, base emotions, and melodramatic events that portray an unjust and often cruel world. Carol Reed’s The Third Man (1949) may be stand among the greatest movies ever made and it does rank almost among top British films ever made.

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The third man follows  an idealistic American writer of Westerns as he arrives in the corrupted, disparaged city of post-WWII Vienna, Austria, which has been divvied into four sections: French, Russian, British, and American.  Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) is an innocent, in some ways a clod, as he blindly follows a mystery, however dangerous, until its ultimate conclusion at the end. 

The third man has many key layers that it shares with american noir that may be a common thread of both ends of the great pond as its use of shadows and lighting really does also play a huge role into the movie.  A focus on the underworld of society of  Vienna, Austria. The base emotions, and melodramatic events that portray an unjust and often cruel world of post war  Vienna, Austria which is divided after the second world war into four zones French, Russian, British, and American.  Plot:Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

The third man is probably the greatest British thriller of the postwar by director Carol Reed and screenwriter Graham Greene set a fable of moral corruption in a world of near-Byzantine visual complexity: the streets and ruins of occupied Vienna which is far removed from the image of the rollicking erotic’s of Ernst Lubitsch or the wistful elegance and melancholy beauty of Max Ophüls. This Vienna is a movie milieu that really is vastly different form Curtiz’s Casablanca or Sternberg’s Morocco as it is unlike them, it is primarily the real Vienna, It is the real raw streets of the rubble and look of the bleak city after the second world war. The third man is shot by Reed and cameraman Robert Krasker in such a striking style which captures the city of Vienna. The camera work of Robert Krasker shot the movie in off-angle compositions and wide-angle lens distortions along that really does give some shots that really does feel striking to see unfold on the screen.

As you see in this scene above you see One of the many great Dutch-angled shots in The Third Man (1949) as truly it is giving you an oddball look at the city in a striking style.These striking camera shots really work to capture the raw city. The macabre landscape with the outstanding camerawork captures the city with  Anton Karas’ legendary zither score as the tale unwinds on the screen.

Two symbolic settings of the movie is a Ferris wheel towering above the city, and the shadowy chaos of the sewers. Holly comes face to face with the supreme evil, the supreme betrayal: both Harry’s and his own. The two settings play key part into that ultimate end. This is one element of the third man that vastly does tell you about how the raw core of the depths that harry faces into what some call his trip down a rabbit hole. Its two settings tell the viewer this idea as key part of its shots. This what the symbolic settings tell us all about the journey of the movie to its end.

Which ends as Anna walks down road as he looks upon her as farewell to her as he knows she is still in love with a killer and he must follow her down into that place as her love is misplaced and misguided. It’s her way as she must find her back to the light. The symbolic nature of the ending and the movie really does bring to light the nature of what we feel as descend into our chaotic worlds often.

Don’t be so gloomy. After all it’s not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long Holly.

 

Harry Lime: Nobody thinks in terms of human beings. Governments don’t. Why should we? They talk about the people and the proletariat, I talk about the suckers and the mugs – it’s the same thing. They have their five-year plans, so have I.
Martins: You used to believe in God. Harry Lime: Oh, I still do believe in God, old man. I believe in God and Mercy and all that. But the dead are happier dead. They don’t miss much here, poor devils.

Both these great quotes by Orson Welles really address the nature of our world in a collective darkness about how we think about governments in truth and how we believe in a god. It’s a collective reflection that really does feel at home in the third man as the city of Vienna afterwards of world war II. As quoted often noir is a reflection of how America and the world felt afterward of the second world war. So we see this collective expressions of its scenes and many quotes in this wonderful gem of a movie.

Joseph Cotten was not  carol Reed’s first choice for Martins; the director preferred Cary Grant, or even Jimmy Stewart but he ended up with Joseph Cotten. Joseph Cotten really gives us one fine performance as we see him really play wonderfully as he gives Martins the necessary dumfounded ignorance toward Vienna the role requires to really give us a caracter that is taking into this wild trip down a rabbit hole. He truly nails home this performance.

Orson Welles plays the elusive Harry Lime whom is one of the best villains ever put to the screen even for his limited time on screen as he plays one very convincing villain. Orson Welles was considered to be overshadowing the production of the third man. He kinda does even overshadow the director in many ways as many more recall him then carol reed. Its truly one amazing performance.

Alida Valli gives us a very convincing performance as Anna Schmidt. Its her very subtitle performance as the girlfriend. She really has a very key role into comforting holly Martin but she ends up in the twisted web herself as she has many secrets hidden away about herself. She wonderfully plays the role in a very wonderful performance that really nails home another outstanding role for this movie.

Trevor Howard wonderfully plays the role of Maj. Calloway. He leads down the chase as we see him and the other cops chasing down holly martin in one of the most infamous scenes of the movie.  We truly see him give such an amazing performance in this wonderfully crafted role.

Bernard Lee as Sgt. Paine really gives us one wonderfully outstanding role as we see him really play this role wonderfully as this wonderful actor of range gives us such a good role on the screen. Everyone else in the cast gives us such outstanding role even the smaller and lesser role as each give us such raw depth to their performances making them really all work to bring to life this world  on the screen. 

Carol Reed and his Academy Award-winning cinematographer, Robert Kraske devised an outstanding cinematography. It shows a world out of joint in chaos that creates unforgettable visual style.   fantastic oblique angles. Wide-angle lenses distort faces and locations. And the bizarre lighting makes the city into an expressionist nightmare. During a stakeout for Lime, a little balloon man wanders onto the scene, and his shadow is a monster as he towers over others as we really believe he is towering and overshadowing everyone. Vienna in “The Third Man is unforgettable as they come as its striking and contrasted form the lovely image we normally see of cities in movies.  This is a striking and wonderfully crafted movie form reel one to its end.

Carol Reed’s tight direction really does come to life with Academy Award-winning cinematographer, Robert Kraske as both of them craft out such a layered expressionist nightmare with such wonderful writing by Graham Greene with each cast member bringing home the lines of the screenplay in its depth and raw and giving more to each performance. We have a very wonderful performance by orison Welles whom overshadows the cast in light. We have a wonderfully rich acting job by Joseph Cotten whom gives us one amazing performance. We have a wonderful roles by Alida Valli and Bernard Lee and Trevor Howard each of whom give us first class acting. Its acting as directed by the wonderfully pitch director carol reed really brings out such rich and complex roles for the cast as we see them all nailing home such wonderful performances with wonderful music by Anton Karas as who can forget the theme of the third man. Its truly an artwork of direction and craft by carol reed.

Of the many movies this one most completely embodies the romance of going to the movies. I saw first form a Blu-ray copy at home as it really captured me truly form the first moment of the movie to its end.  It told a story of existential loss and betrayal. It was weary and knowing, and its glorious style was an act of defiance against the corrupt world it pictured. The Third Man remains one of the finest movies ever crafted to the screen form its wonderful direction to its very wonderful screenplay to its rich and striking  cinematography to its wonderful acting. It’s truly a milestone of movies that hails among the best movies ever made for the screen. It ranks among top British films all time and among the best lists of movies by many lovers of movies worldwide. This is one outstanding classic you should see today.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

The Devil and Miss Jones

The Devil and Miss Jones

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TODAY i talk about The Devil and Miss Jones. It is the screwball comedy classic that frankly stands among the classics. It stars one of my favorite actresses of the golden age Jean Arthur whom frank Capra called the gem of the screen.  It is a requested review by a friend on facebook named Mike Dirienzo. So thanks so much to him for this wonderful choice. so to begin this this review.

The Devil and Miss Jones review

J.P. Merrick (Charles Coburn) is a very rich and very grumpy department store owner. When his employees decide to start unionizing, hoping to get higher pay and better conditions in the workplace, he decides to take action to stop them. Determined to find and take down the union organizers, J.P. takes a job in his own store as a shoe salesman under the name of “Mr. Higgins.”  but soon finds their grievances are genuine through Miss Jones, Merrick’s co-worker and O’Brien’s girlfriend. Eventually, Merrick leads the fight for decent rights and also finds a girl of his own. (plot form goggle)

Sam Wood (Goodbye, Mr. Chips) directs 1941’s The Devil and Miss Jones, a romantic dramedy written by Norman Krasna (Indiscreet). Charles Coburn- jean Arthur-Robert Cummings and Spring Byington stars in this comedy classic with one of my favorite intros of any classic movie, The image of a good jean contrasted to the image of Charles Coburn as the devil is just such a delight to see.

Jean Arthur really shines wonderfully in her role. She makes the role as much driven by her very strong witty charming acting and her dramatic acting. She truly does give us among her finest of hours. It may be next to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as one of her finest roles i ever seen her play on the screen.

Charles Coburn truly shines in his role. He starred alongside jean in a few movies each of them he always matches her greatly as he feels perfectly cast in each role. He is truly a wonderful actor that always feels so charming to watch on the screen. Robert Cummings may be very much the perfect Joe as he truly makes its feel very much like the every-man in the movie. He truly is wonderful in his respective role.

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Spring Byington plays a truly wonderful role. Charles Coburn stands out. His character makes the greatest personal journey from disgruntled and closed-minded to happy and loving and willing to compromise as we see by end of the movie.  Jean Arthur is also a stand-out. She lights up the screen with her natural charm and bright personality.

The subplot of union’s organization drama drives the plot forward. It’s the sharp wit and charm of its cast that brings out the magic of this wonderful gem which in part is Sam Wood’s inspired direction that brings home the magic of this special comedy classic.This comedy has a moral depth to it that is a rarity in the genre of comedy.  Jean is truly the queen of dramedy. Frank Capra was right she was jewel indeed for all ages.  It is a must see for any one that loves a good screwball comedy or a movie lover as this movie will always delight you anytime you see it.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

Dark Passage

So today I am honoring Agnes Moorehead, the renowned character actress, who is best remembered for her role as Endora for THE AGNES MOOREHEAD BLOGATHON hosted by my dear friend  Crystal form IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS OF CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD. Thanks to her for hosting this wonderful BLOGATHON.  I would suggest you check out other posts for this BLOGATHON. So today I review dark passage for AGNES MOOREHEAD’s birthday. 

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Dark passage review

Bogart plays a man convicted of murdering his wife who escapes from prison in order to prove his innocence. Bogart finds that his features are too well known, and is forced to seek some illicit backroom plastic surgery. The entire pre-knife part of the film is shot from a Bogart’s-eye-view, with us seeing the fugitive for the first time as he starts to recuperate from the operation in the apartment of a sympathetic young artist (played by Bacall) for whom he soon finds affection. But what he’s really after is revenge.(story off web)

Dark Passage offers a different take on the San Francisco noir genre as its lead is hardly seen in its first half of the movie. Delmer Daves, adapting the David Goodis novel has created something seldom seen in this type of films, in which, the hero’s presence is required at all times.

The film has a great look to it as it captures a view of the San Francisco of the 1940s in ways that hadn’t been seen before on the screen. It’s a stark difference form many noir classics. This film hooks you from the start with its book like opening that truly feels like it is out of a noir book of that era.

Sidney Hickox’s stylish cinematography is one of the best assets of the film as it truly captures the city by the bay in such a magical way. The mood is set by the swing music of the time as Frank Waxman’s score as its truly a jazzy soundtrack that feels right at home as its great swing music that does truly sound so wonderful. This is one fine soundtrack.

Humphrey Bogart dominates the movie in his truly wonderful role that was Oscar worthy as he truly isn’t seen until hour in movie it is a wonderful as it speaks volumes about how the actor and director speak out this wonderful performance. m. Ms. Bacall’s radiant beauty dominates every scene she is in. This actress had such a style that no matter what she is doing, she pulls our attention to her as she truly gives one wonderful performance. Agnes Moorehead makes a phenomenal appearance as the evil Madge Rapf as truly she gives one wonderful performance. Her last scene with Mr. Bogart stands as one of the best moments in a film noir of the era. This is one of a kind in noir as its truly a movie that is a very special classic that is one of the finest noir classics ever made.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

A very happy birthday to Agnes Moorehead. I loved to talk about one of her fine roles on screen. So i am wishing her a very happy birthday.

His Girl Friday

So today i am honoring one of my favorite actors all time  Cary Grant for  the Cary Grant Blogathon which is hosted by phyllislovesclassicmovies. So thanks to the wonderful host of this Blogathon for hosting it as i would also be sure to check out other posts form it. So today i am reviewing my girl Friday in honor of Cary grant.                                                        When hard-charging New York newspaper editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant) discovers that his ex-wife, investigative reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell), has gotten engaged to milquetoast insurance agent Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy), he unsuccessfully tries to lure her away from tame domestic life with a story about the impending execution of convicted murderer Earl Williams. But when Hildy discovers Williams may be innocent, her reporter instincts take over.(goggle story info)

His girl Friday review 

 This classic comedy done by Howard hawks is one truly classic comedy gem that is one of my favorite movies all time. I truly adore this screwball classic. Cary Grant stars in this classic movie as he truly makes one of his fine performances on the screen.  Its truly one of his finest roles as he is truly a fun actor to watch on the screen.

It’s madcap all right as there is no better people then Grant and Russell, who make a great team together on the screen. It’s truly fine acting by both of the duo as they have great comic timing and wit that brings both their roles to the screen in such a wonderful way. The film’s supporting cast is no less impressive, with every single role cast to perfection as all of them truly shine in their respective roles on the screen. Its truly fine acting by everyone in this wonderful cast of talents.his-girl-friday-04Howard hawks was truly a wonderful director that crafts out such a wonderful tale with such wonderful wit and timing that is comedy gold to watch unfold on the screen. My Girl Friday successfully combines screwball romantic comedy with biting satire that truly makes it  the true comedy classic.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

What does it take to be a leading man. You have to have a sense of humor about yourself. Cary Grant truly had an image that was always something truly one of a kind. He was a true movie star. It was always so easy for Cary grant to anything in his moves. I truly want to be like Cary grant but cannot match him sadly. He truly is one of the finest actors all time. So glad to honor him.

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Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier second annual Blogathon is here

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier second annual Blogathon is here

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Old Hollywood Films:Anna Karenina (1948)

The Wonderful World of Cinema:Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara: Movie History’s Most Iconic Character

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Vivien 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. Vivien 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 Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier for her birthday starting now. Check out posts of others taking part. So thankful everyone taking in the second annual event. So happy birthday to Vivien Leigh.