Selznick’s jewel

Selznick’s jewel


https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest

So today I talk about Joan Fontaine for the Joan Fontaine CENTENARY  BLOGATHON as I review born to be bad n other movies starring this lovely legend of the screen for my friends event as two of them host this BLOGATHON as my friend Crystal from good old days in Hollywood and my other friend Virginie from the wonderful world of cinema both host this wonderful BLOGATHON as it’s in honor of what would have been her 100th birthday. If you want to check out other posts from this BLOGATHON you can check them out at Virginie’s blog and Crystal’s blog as they both host it for her CENTENARY BLOGATHON. Let’s begin by kicking off her CENTENARY honors by paying tribute to Joan Fontaine with my movie reviews honoring her now.

Rebecca review

Rebecca is one of the finest psychological thrillers of its or any other time. Rebecca is an expertly crafted Gothic tale by Alfred Hitchcock that tells the story of a woman who’s constantly haunted by the presence & reputation of her husband’s first wife, Rebecca.  When she moves to his large country estate and finds herself constantly in clash with the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, who was extremely fond of Rebecca.

Alfred Hitchcock is a master crafting out thrillers as this Gothic thriller was Hitchcock’s frist foray into  Gothic horror with this movie really set the bars high for Hitchcock as he truly makes one hell of a thriller that is so captivating to watch form scene one to its ending.   Lawrence Olivier plays one amazing role as Maxim’ de Winter that is truly one amazing performance of an actor playing such a broken man in such a wonderful way. Joan Fontaine  plays an amazing role as the new wife of Maxim’ de Winter.  Joan Fontaine plays Mrs. de Winter. She plays one amazing performance that made her a legend for years to come. The acting of everyone else is outstanding as always.  Rebecca is not a typical Hitchcock film by any means as he crafts out a Gothic masterpiece.

The Ruth rating:

Suspicion review

Suspicion is a classic Hitchcock thriller from 1941 is another  thrilling mystery from the master of suspense. Hitchcock gave us some of the finest thrillers as this classic stands among them.  Cary Grant plays a dam fine role as he is truly delightful playing againist type in this role.  Joan Fontaine plays one wonderful role that is one of her finest performances but not as Rebecca yet she still is truly amazing in this role.

Suspicion contains a few Hitchcock motifs: crashing waves, a person teetering on the edge of a very great height, someone who happens to be desperately in love. Joan Fontaine is outfitted in excellent outfits that truly are outstanding as always that i really adore. Suspicion is one of the most watchable of his lesser known classics as its truly another wonderful thriller you should see.

The Ruth rating:

 

Jane Eyre review

Charlotte Bronte’s novel, Jane Eyre is by far one of the great classics of all time as this classic version may be one of the finest versions of this tale on the screen. German Expressionism meets old English Gothic which Under Robert Stevenson’s direction Fontaine/Welles seem to capture the essence of two abused outsiders resisting their attraction for one another, trying to adhere to convention of society. It’s probably one of the best classics in its score alone as Bernard Herrmann’s  haunting score may be one of the finest of the golden age.  Orson Welles plays a great role as Rochester.

Joan Fontaine as the adult Jane is very good as she gives another outstanding power house performance. This classic movie has very outstanding acting with many outstanding actors in its cast with some some excellent casting, including Agnes Moorehead as Jane’s mean-spirited aunt, the icy Henry Daniell as Brocklehurst, and a young Elizabeth Taylor as Jane’s school friend Helen. The entire cast of cast of actors all give out wonderful performances that all stand out among the classics of golden age.

The look of the film is perhaps the most memorable component of all. This seems to be an unusual production for Fox Studios, who at that time were producing mainly film noir and contemporary-themed subject matter. JANE EYRE invokes incredible atmosphere that may be simply some of best of the golden age. I wonder if David Lean was influenced by this film in his decision to make his famous Dickens production GREAT EXPECTATIONS, later followed by OLIVER TWIST as this truly is one outstanding classic that i simply say you should see today.

The Ruth rating:

Letter from an Unknown Woman review

Letter from an Unknown Woman truly is a very heartbreaking love story. Max Ophuls was an exceptionally good director, best recalled for “Le Ronde”, “The Earings of Madame D”, “Lola Montez and this wonderful film. He could capture the charm of the Europe of the 19th Century but he was realistic enough to admit two things: the social system was hardly fair with its layers of classes and their appointed rankings, and love was glorious, but ephemeral. It is hard to select his best movie.

Letter from an Unknown Woman may be my favorite among his movies as i truly adore love stories this one really sets the bar high for that type of tale. It is the intoxicatingly bittersweet tale of the obsessive love a young girl (Joan Fontaine) develops for a roguish pianist (Louis Jordan) that love goes through their life. Joan Fontaine plays this role with such range and depth to her craft and skill come through the role that this role may be her finest hour on the screen. Louis Jordan gives out such a great performance that is truly wonderful that may be his best hour on the screen. This movie is a wonderful melodrama about lost love and admitting that when the right love comes, we can only be so naive and captivated by the beauty of it as this movie is a true classic with such wonderful acting and direction that truly is one of best melodramas ever put to the screen.

The Ruth rating:

born to be bad review

Born to be Bad’is a great melodrama from 1950 directed by Nicholas Ray. It is Generally considered to be a lesser Nicholas Ray yet i found this one to be one outstanding  work by him. Joan Fontaine is lovably despicable Christabel as she plays a manipulative young lady who goes out of her way to make all things in life go her way disregarding the effects that has on anyone else’s well being in the process as what she wants she gets. Robert Ryan plays a wonderful role that share many one wonderful one liners. He is truly giving us an amazing performance. Zachary Scott is very good in this movie. Joan Leslie gives out a good performance.

What is truly Fascinating to watch Joan play against type as Christabel as the actresses natural sweetness here contextualized as pure ruthless artifice as she smarms her way to the top it really is one of the stand outs of this movie. 

Joan Fontaine really makes the show as she plays this ruthless dame that you believe no one else is born to be this bad like her.  Ray’s cinematic language to convey tones which the code forbids is again at play in this movie in many ways. Its truly a wonderful classic with such a wonderful cast and direction but its the performance of Joan Fontaine  that steals the show as she is truly born to be bad. Born to be bad truly may be one fine classic movie that stands among the best of golden age that you should see.

The Ruth rating:

Joan Fontaine: one of a kind legend(parts of info form tcm.com)

The younger sister of actress Olivia de Havilland, Joan Fontaine is known for her exceptionally poised performances in Hollywood films of the 1940s and 1950s as she managed to always make each performance better than last performance. “Born to Be Bad may be her finest hour as she plays a role against type that may make it truly stand out as no one is born to be bad like our Joan Fontaine. Fontaine excelled at numerous hobbies and pursuits in her private life. She studied cooking at the Cordon Bleu School, earned her pilot’s license, was an expert golfer and fisherman, and won a championship as a member of a hot air ballooning team. In 1978, she published her autobiography, titled No Bed of Roses which detailed the infamous de Havilland blood feud that had lasted their entire lives. She was truly an outstanding legend that excelled at many things in her life as she truly remains one of our finest legends ever on the screen. I hope you enjoyed my tribute to her today for The Joan Fontaine CENTENARY BLOGATHON.

Advertisements

Keeper of the Flame

picmonkey_image-2

So today I talk about keeper of the flame for THE SPENCER TRACY AND KATHARINE HEPBURN BLOGATHON.   I review this classic movie starring Spencer Tracy today for my friends crystal kalyana’s  BLOGATHON. today.   so check out others form  THE SPENCER TRACY AND KATHARINE HEPBURN BLOGATHON  hosted by a dear friend.  so here is my review of this classic movie.

Keeper of the Flame review

p3654_p_v8_aa

Keeper of the Flame”(1942)was the second film starring the team of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as the frist movie starring the duo was  the delightful George Stevens comedy,”Woman of the Year”,which was a smash hit at the Box Office which many hail as one classic flim yet they overlook this very bold classic.  Keeper of the Flame is a proto-film noir, one of those gothic melodramas from the early 1940s that foreshadows the darkness that would consumed crime thrillers in the next decade also a prototype to the political paranoia genre as as Spencer Tracy’s reporter character gathers with other members of the press in a small rural inn, there to report on a vaguely described “American hero’s” funeral that has many dark seeds in its tale that unfolds.

Kate Hepburn and Spencer Tracy make this thriller so very interesting as its one of my favorites they did.  The wonderful acting of Spencer Tracy and Kate Hepburn really makes this movie stand out.  Tracy and Hepburn play their roles exceedingly well. The supporting cast is well-chosen with wonderful acting that makes this movie.

This is the quintessential Spencer Tracy in what I feel was one of his best roles. And what made Tracy so good here is that unlike some of his early films, by this point in his career he had learned to be subtle and understate his acting as this movie shows him at his charming best. He truly is the best among cast as he leads the show. George Cukor directs this classic that mixes noir elements with proto elements of political paranoia genre to a wonderful direction that crafts out a one of a kind classic movie that I feel you should check out today.

The Ruth rating:

 

ball of fire

I am a very huge fan of screwball comedies. I often review more screwball comedies on my blog often also i review many noir classics and talk about Hitchcock often. I would say they are my three favorite movie areas to talk about. I love fondly screwball comedies.  Films definitive of the genre usually feature farcical situations, a combination of slapstick with fast-paced repartee and show the struggle between economic classes. Films definitive of the genre usually feature farcical situations, a combination of slapstick with fast-paced repartee and show the struggle between economic classes. They also generally feature a self-confident and often stubborn central female protagonist and a plot involving courtship and marriage or remarriage or cross-dressing. Some comic plays are screwball in nature. It was a genre that was made in movies until 1942. Many flims of the 1950’s also have traits of screwball comedies.  Its time to talk these classics again for this month’s theme as my next review is the screwball classic ball of fire which is a reverse snow white type tale that is very much one of the most funny comedy classics ever. Its time to review this classic comedy classic.

Ball of fire review

Howard Hawks Ball of Fire is an urban update of the Snow-White fairy tale as as well as an effervescent look at the fertile potential of clashing cultures. It was written by Billy Wilder with Howard hawks directing ball of fire which remains one of finest screwball comedies ever crafted for the screen.

Ball of fire remains one of my favorite screwball comedies all time with such wonderful acting by Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper. The ever wonderful Barbara Stanwyck really leads the show as Sugarpuss O’Shea who hides with them for her gangster boyfriend. She plays the role in a very wonderful way as she is so witty and charming in this role yet she makes this wonderful performance a warm up to her later roles as you see how amazing her skill as an A warm up for Stanwyck’s most sensual performance on film in Double Indemnity(1944). Gary Cooper gives us one amazing performance as he plays Bertram Potts with such amazing charm and skill of acting.

The group of professors are all very good supporting actors as Oskar Homolka and Henry Travers and S.Z. Sakall and Tully Marshall and Leonid Kinskey and Richard Haydn and Aubrey Mather. I would say Henry Travers is among cast of the stand out character actors as he played the angel It’s Wonderful Life this may be one of his finest roles. I would say each of these professors are played by very wonderful character actors that each give out wonderful performances that stand out. Allen Jenkins is a garbage man seeking knowledge for pecuniary gain as he gives a very good performance in his role.

Dana Andrews plays against type as a gangster in one very good role for him as the gangster boyfriend of Sugarpuss O’Shea.   Mary Field as Miss Totten, the daughter of the wealthy inventor who created the foundation really gives a good performance in her role. The whole of supporting cast of many great acting legends all give such wonderful performances.

Ball of Fire (1941) comprises of some fine cinematography by Gregg Toland. Ball of Fire (1941) is directed by Howard Hawks. It’s such a wonderfully charming comedy classic that truly may be one of finest screwball comedies ever made for the screen. It’s a classic you should see today.

The Ruth rating:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest


So today I talk about Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for The 3rd Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon! a classic MGM horror movie that remains timeless today.  I hope you check out other posts form the The 3rd Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon! hosted by my dear friend  frorm The Wonderful World of Cinema known as Virginie Pronovost. Thanks to the wonderful host of this event if you want to check out others form event please do so. So now to present my review.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde review

Unlike Universal, MGM was never a studio associated much with out-and-out horror films (A notable exception: 1932’s great The Mask of Fu  which is another classic movie by this classic studio. This version of the classic “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” story is more slow-moving and psychological than most of the versions of this classic tale on the screen. It relies on a good cast to bring out the ways that the characters and their relationships are affected by the doctor’s weird experiment as its not a version to watch if you want horror but you will love it if you dont mind  a psychological approach. 

Spencer Tracy plays the dual leading role giving it a good job of creating both personas. This movie is a perfect encapsulation of Stevenson’s original vision as Spencer Tracy gives us a more closer to the book version of this evil side unleashed. Tracy’s makeup is far less monstrous than that created for Fredric March ten years earlier. Director Victor Fleming goes for exaggerations of Tracy’s features and the playing up of the psychological differences between Jekyll and Hyde. The first couple of transformations are played as dream sequences involving good girl Lana Turner and bad girl Ingrid Bergman. We don’t see the actual transformation until well on into the movie. so have big actresses like Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner in supporting roles as both give us wonderful performances.

It is a  literary-based horror/drama that has such good acting and direction that feels closer to the original book in many ways.  Joseph Ruttenberg’s cinematography with Cedric Gibbons’ Art Direction and Edwin B. Willis Set Direction  all recreate foggy Victorian London and Franz Waxman’s musical score all come together to create a gem.  Victor Fleming directed Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman in this very marvelous classic that one should see today. It’s simply a classic Gothic based novel movie that you will simply enjoy anytime.

The Ruth Rating:

women-in-peril golden age classics 

https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest

damsel in distress or persecuted maiden is a classic theme in world literature,art,film and video games. The trope involves a beautiful or innocent woman placed in danger by a villain or monster that requires a knight or hero to rescue her. In movies it has become common trope in storytelling. The golden age of movies turned this trope into a different light by turning it into women-in-peril sub genre of movies that started out in 1940’s as they were a sub genre for horror and thrillers that follows a female protagonist who is subjected to prolonged physical and emotional torture. These tortures are aimed at womanhood or what it means to be a woman. Women portrayed as victims is fertile ground for movies today I talk about movies of this sub genre that are a classics of the golden age of cinema as I talk about these Gothic melodramas or thrillers of the golden age of movies So let’s begin this talk about it.

img_0036

So I begin with a review of gaslight(1944) which is a mystery thriller based upon a play that tells a story about a woman whose husband slowly manipulates her into believing she is insane.

Patrick Hamilton’s Angel Street an American stage classic was turned into a classic Gothic melodrama on the screen in 1944 as gaslight. This Gothic melodrama about a woman being driven out of her mind was directed by George Cukor. This film is beloved by film fans all over the world because it holds the viewer interested in watching the psychological drama with echoes of Gothic overtone unfold on the screen. 

Ingrid Bergman plays a wonderful role as  Paula as she  born to play this troubled woman as she truly captures the raw depths of this person perfectly. The movie starts with her as a young girl at the begining of the flim to a blooming woman that is affaid of her own shadow. One look at Ingrid Bergman  you get sense what is in her mind each moment of the movie as she truly gives us one amazing performance. Charles Boyer also makes a great Gregory Anton as he plays the perfect villain as he truly is sly and  duplicitous with a hidden agenda to get whatever he can out of poor Paula. Gregory Anton is an evil man that will go to any lengths to get what he wants.  Its truly a wonderful role. The supporting cast all give out such amazing performances as young  Angela Lansbury stands out among them as a maid. Joseph Cotten gives a good performance.  Dame May Witty truly is a good actress giving us an amazing performance. Gaslight is an excellent Gothic melodrama that you should see today.

House of wax review

Wax sculptor Henry (Vincent Price) is horrified to learn that his business partner, Matthew (Roy Roberts), plans on torching their wax museum to collect on the insurance policy. Henry miraculously survives a fiery confrontation with Matthew and re-emerges some years hence with a museum of his own. But when the appearance of Henry’s new wax sculptures occurs at the same time that a number of corpses vanish from the city morgue, art student Sue Allen (Phyllis Kirk) begins suspecting wrongdoing.
maxresdefault
Vincent Price was a known caracter actor by time he played Wax sculptor Henry. House of wax. House of Wax was one of the few films made in 3D which was a huge success. It really is likely because of the movies strong acting by its cast.  Vincent Price plays one of his finest villain roles that he gives all his charm as as an actor to the role of  Henry Jarrod, a sweet and dedicated artist who creates lifelike mannequins for a wax museum. He crates wax figures of many people whom he loves like his kids. is partner sets the museum on fire, hoping to collect a tidy sum in insurance money. Henry supposedly perishes in the flames, trying in vain to rescue his beloved wax friends in a scene which is truly heartbreaking as you see him try to save them to be almost burned alive.
Henry reappears, wheelchair bound and just a tad bitter. He has opened a new wax museum which features realistic scenes of murder and horror, many of them taken from current headlines. Unfortunately, some of them are just a little TOO realistic: one looks like Henry’s ex-partner, who was found hanging in an elevator shaft. It really is a very great shift in his persona as this guy now is a wicked villain of charm. Vincent Price played up this role as he really gives out charm in this role.
This is a wonderful, creepy scare-fest with great sets, beautiful colors and strong performances. Vincent Price as Henry Jarrod really is lovable and and horrifying as the kind man driven mad. Charles Bronson, in a very early role, is super freaky as Henry’s mute and morbid assistant. Carolyn Jones. it is really price that steals the show as many scenes he plays up to the camera which was used the 3d effect such as him playing ping pong to the camera that scene you see price’s great charm as an actor come out. Phyllis Kirk is the sensible Sue a slightly uptight but genuinely believable victim that has such charm in her role too.  Vincent Price seems to enjoy playing the villain as he seems to just make it seem like such a joy as he plays it with glee like a school boy. He really loved to play villains he often said as he could have such fun in playing evil. I would love talk about how the wax figures he creates of horror really can creep you out. House of wax is a horror gem that you must see today.

 Black cat reviewca75bfe0b446b1c7e75b4f3208772409Edgar G. Ulmer’s The Black Cat was released in 1934; it was the first feature film to famed Universal horror actors Bella Lugosi (“Dracula”) and Boris Karloff (“Frankenstein”) in the same film together which may explain why it is one of the beloved cult classics.

Bella Lugosi plays the good guy in this movie.  The role of Dr. Vitus Werdegast is among the finest ever played by Bella Lugosi. it is so much of a departure from many of his other roles it does stand out among his roles.Boris Karloff plays Hjalmar Poelzig, a Satanic architect whom is among one of his finest roles on the screen as he plays a wonderfully creepy role. He plays a devil worshiper that holds black masses and a penchant for the ladies only when they are put to the  devil’s business. He plays it so dark and twisted as this evil devil worshiping priest. He was once friends to Dr. Vitus Werdegast whom he betrayed during the war which led to a long imprisonment.  This bond really plays off well in parts you see shades of the friendship yet you know truth that both men don’t like each other. They play both together in a horror classic in a fine manner as both of the duo really lights up the screen.

Peter Alison (David Manners), a pulp mystery writer, and his newlywed bride, Joan (Julie Bishop,) both plays both roles finely i may add as both really are good at playing off this couple stuck in middle of this game between both men. Julie Bishop of course plays Joan the victim in the middle of it all.She is used as a pawn in Hjalmar Poelzig’s rituals. Both of the couple really stands out as both give out wonderful performances. The Black Cat contains some of the most unsettling scenes of any classic Universal horror film. It is the darkest of them all. I just wonder how it was viewed by audiences in 1934. Two scenes that immediately come to mind are the black mass performed by Karloff and the torture scene at the end of the film. These scenes are not typical of the Universal classics as this is darker than normal universal horror movies.  I adore the darker elements that make this movie really stand out among horror movies of that era. The setting of this movie is different than other universal horror movies as its futuristic house really stands out among universal horror movie movies.  It’s wonderful set design and cinematography and lighting really shines that makes it stand out along with its wonderful acting and makeup work and direction makes this universal classic stand out. This is one classic movie you should see today.

The Canterville Ghost review

The Canterville Ghost is loosely based upon the  a short story by Oscar Wilde starring  Robert Young and  Margaret O’Brien with Charles Laughton as the ghost whom he plays with a delightful charm to the role. It’s a very charming little gem that will make you smile as it’s a very delightful and charming ghost story for the whole family that you will laugh and adore. It’s a classic charming ghost story that is timeless as ever that you should see today.

Gothic Melodrama is a very special brand of the ever popular Melodrama style that emerged in the late 30’s and that featured not only old Gothic mansions, dozens of burning candles, foggy streets illuminated by gaslight, mysteries and haunting family secrets, Victorian ladies walking through dark corridors, Byronic heroes like Orson Welles or James Mason, tall dark villains like Vincent Price and tragic ghost stories. I showed some of these stories today that present as many classics exist in this area you can enjoy many times over and over again i hope you enjoyed my look upon this area today.

baby driver:classic connections

https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest

So today I talk about baby driver in a rare modern day review and look upon its many references to the past of movies.I adore so many classic movies as baby driver stands among classic heist movies all time as its truly a wonderful movie that is gonna be a lasting classic for the ages.  

baby driver:classic connections

How The Umbrellas of Cherbourg connects to baby driver?the musical beats(beat one)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is truly a musical in every sense of the word as every frame of the movie is a musical as every line of dialogue is sung as that seems very novel its a very stylish movie invention for its time as filmed in lovely color of the 1950’s and 1960’s. The actors are not singers as they do seem more real and grounded as There is none of the showboating of the big Hollywood musicals of the era as they speak it like you would every day each lyric of the movie. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is fully of beautiful melodies and musical lines but there is no delineation between separate songs. Instead it is one continuous musical experience as Demy and composer Michel LeGrand sat at a piano writing the screenplay out page by page as each line has written notes added to the line. In an interview, LeGrand admitted to struggling through the process as a key a bit of inspiration when they translated the natural timbre of the spoken line for a scene, keeping the same rhythmic melody. It’s a classic tale about young love, loss, and the path that life leads you down which can take you off that love. It’s a classic tale as old as time itself. You loved baby driver you will adore this movie so much.

How Larceny, Inc connects to baby driver?Its a heist comedy classic with mobsters(Beat two)

A gangster comedy starring Edward G. Robinson’s as its playing on his image of a gangster as it’s a spoof of the 1930’s gangster comedies. The humor marries physical gags to some cute word play which makes it even more fun to watch it. It all sparkles due to the talents of an all-star cast of character actors that give us such wonderful acting as they all shine in their roles as they bring to life this collection of fast talking con-artists. This is a truly fun classic gem that you will adore if you love baby driver.

How does gun crazy connect to baby driver?well its a classic crime movie.  (Beat Three)

Peggy Cummins is The epitome of the bad dame as she truly gives us something truly special as she is perfectly cast in the role as this British legend really shines in gun crazy. John Dall truly is amazing in his role. It’s one interesting pairing as both truly embody a perfect pairing in acting. This movie has many great things such as its wonderful cinematography and its wonderful camera work as it feels just as wonderful and up there with many great noir classics. It’s truly a gem you should watch today if you loved baby driver.

How does  Criss cross connect to baby driver?well its a classic crime movie.  (Beat Four)

This is a vividly emotional heist thriller that the betrayals of the heart rarely feel this raw and real as its scarring and the sexual tension is off the charts. We sympathize with Burt Lancaster falling hard for Yvonne DeCarlo as we can get why he loves her so much and unable move on without her as she is a conflicted femme fatale. Noir is at its best when making it painfully clear that there is no future for the doomed couples in these films as this classic shows us the best of noir you will enjoy it anytime even if you loved baby driver.

How does How to Steal a Million connect to baby driver?well its a romantic heist comedy(Beat Five)

Directed by William Wyler, How to Steal a Million presents a terrific opportunity to watch Peter O’Toole and Audrey Hepburn spar in a romantic heist comedy that sparkles with their wit off each other as its truly fun movie with a very wonderful acting by everyone in its cast. In the climactic heist sequence, Wyler has a lot of fun. How to Steal a Million truly may be one very funny movie that sparkles that you should see today if even loved baby driver.

How does the ladykillers connect to baby driver?well its a crime comedy classic. (Beat Six)

The Ladykillers is a brilliant crime comedy from the 50s. The ladykillers, a band of criminals, all with distinct appearances and personalities, and an old lady make this movie much more fun as each truly has a wit and charm unlike anything else with such wonderful acting by everyone. You will adore this movie if you love baby driver.

How does The Asphalt Jungle (1950) connect to baby driver?its a crime drama. (Beat seven)

A John Huston film disguised as a heist film when its true strength is its character driven plot with such very good dramatic moments with good acting. It’s a very fun classic movie that instantly you will adore if you love baby driver.

How does The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) connect to baby driver? It’s a crime caper(Beat eight)

An Ealing crime comedy that sparkles with such wonderful acting and charm that is Eighty minutes of cinematic perfection as it’s so very wonderfully acted with such good wit and charm it’s a classic you will adore if you love baby driver.

How does the driver connect to baby driver? Well it is a classic heist movie.(Beat nine)

This is a classic car chase movie with similarities between this and Nicolas Winding-Refn’s Drive shine through in the depiction of their central characters. Both place men of few words as the central figure it’s very low on talk yet very much a very fun car chase flim that you will adore if you love baby driver.

How does Le Samourai (1967) connect to baby driver? It’s a classic Mystery/Crime film. (Beat Ten)

Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samourai is the cinematic embodiment of cool. This film is unlike any Hollywood action treatment of a hitman in that it every single movement is treated like a precious gemstone. Alain Delon plays a double crossed assassin who stays one step ahead of the law in what becomes a very smart cat and mouse plot. Melville’s exact direction is a joy to behold, never wasting a line of dialogue nor a single frame. This is film-making at its leanest, trimming off any hint of excess with such fine acting makes this a gem you will simply adore if you love baby driver.

How does True romance connect to baby driver? It is a classic love story(Beat eleven)

True Romance is one of those few movies with everything you need in a movie: Action, romance, drama and brilliant acting that is a throwback to the old ‘lovers on the run’ formula yet it is so good and wonderful with such rich wit and charm that you will simply adore it if you loved baby driver.

How does The French connection connect to baby driver? It is a classic heist movie(Beat twelve)

The French Connection is an excellent movie in every way. Gene Hackman stars in this wonderful movie. The French Connection is an intense character-study that you if you adore baby driver you will love this wonderful movie.

How does baby driver connect to Rififi? It is a crime film. (Beat thirteen)

Rififi is a terrific heist movie, and one from which subsequent heist films have drawn ever since its debut upon the screen. The  famous 20-minute silent jewel heist sequence of this flim is simply marvelous to watch unfold on the screen. If you are serious about heist films or film noir this is an absolute must see as its truly a marvelous flim by Jules Dassin that you will love so much if you love baby driver.

Baby driver review(Beat fourteen:last note as  would be the ending of story)

Baby Driver is the best mix-tape ever assembled for a movie. It’s simply a marvelous movie that simply is one of best movies of the year. Edgar Wright would have never fit the 70s new wave: he belongs at Warner’s in the 30s. Baby Driver colors inside the lines. Baby driver is a stark contrast to many movies now from other recent Hollywood films praised being different enough. He wants the image on screen to matter more than the cultural conversation that occurs afterwards.

The film stars Ansel Elgort as the titular character whom truly shines in this marvelous role that shines with very emotion driven acting as he barely speaks as he feels like buster kreaton in a modern sense but so good here. Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, and Eiza González did their parts well and portrayed convincing mentally unstable killers that have such wonderful wit to them all as the actors played well off of each other, especially in scenes involving comedy where they nailed the punch-lines each time.

Many of the heist films of recent years have been rather disappointing when it comes to both story and technical achievement this movie is simply marvelous as it comes. The casting in Baby Driver was absolutely divine.

I cannot think of one character or actor who was misplaced or a weak link within the film as they give such wonderful performances. Writer-Director Edgar Wright delivers the sharpest dialogue and story of his illustrious career as he simply brings home his best film ever here which is a tall order coming from this amazing talented director crafting out such amazing and clever heist scenes with wonderful acting and a wonderful screenplay with wonderful direction and acting makes this movie a must see for anyone that loves classic movies.

The Ruth Rating:

 

Dance, Girl, Dance

https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest

image-w1280

gene_am-in-paris

So today I talk about Dance, Girl, Dance for the :En Pointe: The Ballet Blogathon as today’s Dorothy Arzner’s classic Dance, Girl, Dance form 1940 which happens to be one of those very classic gems that many today can say tackles a very good issue later tackled by many other films as this issue is the serious dancer struggling for identity in a cheap, commercialized world as its truly a wonderful story crafted by two women beyond the camera that was rarity in the 1940’s. I hope you check out other posts form the: En Pointe: The Ballet Blogathon thank as now to the review of this classic movie.

Dance, Girl, Dance review

Judy O’Brien is an aspiring ballerina in a dance troupe. Also in the company is Bubbles, a brash mantrap who leaves the struggling troupe for a career in burlesque. When the company disbands, Bubbles gives Judy a thankless job as her stooge. The two eventually clash when both fall for the same man.(http://www.imdb.com)

Dance, Girl, Dance is a classic tale of a struggling dancer dreaming of hitting it big.  I cannot speak objectively with movies about dance. There is no greater sense of joy than the intersection of music, plus cinema, plus movement as dance is normally one thing that makes many movies golden.  When this movie begins with eight lithe, graceful women in top hats, all moving symbiotically in frame to a jaunty tune I knew this offered so much more than just dance. It’s the drama of the dream the feelings of them as they struggle to find their place. It’s ironic that a movie “dance” in its title wouldn’t be a traditional musical, but instead a comedic drama that captures the drama beyond the dance just as much the dance. . Arzner’s blocking is incredible throughout and becomes especially significant whenever she is shooting the dancing sequences as defined by the shifting of legs, arms and hips when song begins. The action is completely linked to how they get around the room.  The shadows fill out the picture, and the windows, chairs and mirrors give layering to how the dance takes up space. It’s truly marvelous to see as its all it needs to show the dance in such a dramatic light.  The wonderful acting of Lucille Ball and Maureen O’Hara and Louis Hayward make this movie a classic. The acting of Maureen O’Hara truly shines as she takes the lead as you see her struggle is the core of the story. This movie is one of her finest performances on the screen. Lucille Ball plays a brash person that truly is giving us one of her finest hours as she is unlike the screwball we later see her become on TV. Lucille Ball truly gives us one fine dramatic role that is another highlight of this movie. Ms. Arzner has achieved a unique and decidedly pro-woman tour-de-force within this little forgotten RKO classic that remains one of her finest movies she crafted.  While closer in spirit of imagery to STAGE DOOR than any other film that I can think of, it creates its own small symbolic world full of not-quite-real characters telling a fable-like structure. It’s one classic that is forgotten by so many today  that stands among many other great dramas of dance that you should see today.

The Ruth Rating:

happy birthday Charles Laughton

happy birthday Charles Laughton

https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest

Charles_Laughton-publicity2

Charles Laughton was born July 1, 1899. The Oscar-winning star of “Witness for the Prosecution and Mutiny on the Bounty among many other classic flims.   A talented and diverse actor  Charles Laughton was a character actor who portrayed a wide variety of roles throughout his career. He also worked as a director, producer and screenwriter. He turns 101 today so  i am honoring this wonderful legend whom was one of best actors ever to grace the screen. 

The Night of the Hunter review
It is a shame that  Charle Laughton, the distinguished actor, didn’t direct more films. As he clearly indicates with The Night of the Hunter”, he had a rare gift for guiding a production into achieving greatness as this flim didnt get the love it deserved when it came out now has turned out to be a classic. Its a children’s fairy-tale story with the horrors of a good fairy-tale with its light touches too of a fairy-tale.
Lillian Gish plays the saintly Ms. Cooper, guardian of unwanted children whom are now in dreamlike place compared to the nightmare of their home before. Charles Laughton’s small town America is a stylized and dreamlike as it would exist in a fairy-tale. Robert Mitchum is the evil Harry Powell. It’s without a doubt, one of Mr. Mitchum’s best screen work ever as he plays one wicked role. This classic is one truly amazing classic with wonderful acting and a wonderful story and direction and wonderful music makes it a very wonderful classic you should see anytime.

The Paradine Case review

It is often considered one of Hitchcock’s lesser movies. Many people dislike it and many people love it and praise it. Its acting is good that is not issue. It has such layers to this movie that it works for some and others it does not work right. The talents of Gregory Peck and Ann Todd and Charles Laughton and Ethel Barrymore and Louis Jourdan and other great talents all make up the cast of this movie. Its moody love story that centers on many of the leads of this movie really does bring some of its layer. One thing this movie misses is the Hitchcock humor does not seem to be in this movie. The acting of everyone is very good. Its Hitchcock’s noir classic in a way. It captures the soul of noir as you have a moody love story mixed with poisoning. It really is a fun noir gem to watch that really is such a fun case of it being a classic that is a mixed bag for many. Watch it today if you want a very good classic gem to delight you.

The Canterville Ghost review

The Canterville Ghost is loosely based upon the  a short story by Oscar Wilde starring  Robert Young and  Margaret O’Brien with Charles Laughton as the ghost whom he plays with a delightful charm to the role. It’s a very charming little gem that will make you smile as it’s a very delightful and charming ghost story for the whole family that you will laugh and adore. It’s a classic charming ghost story that is timeless as ever that you should see today.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame review

This version of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is the finest film version that I’ve ever seen and the critics normally agree that it’s the best screen adaptation of the classic novel. Charles Laughton is simply amazing in his role as Quasimodo as he plays it to the finest level i seen this character played as he truly gives us one wonderful performance. Maureen O’Hara’s  as Esmerelda truly also gives one of her most charming roles as it made her also an icon too as this is one great role for this wonderful legend. Every one of the actors gives us such wonderful performances. It’s a wonderful classic for the ages you should see today.

Island of Lost Souls review

This controversial adaptation of H.G. Wells’ short novel was outlawed in many nations around the globe due to the unpalatable ethical and religious issues it raised at time of release. This version of this classic tale remains to be the finest version of this classic tale ever on the screen. Charles Laughton delivers one of the best performances in the history of horror as the mad Dr. Moreau as he truly gives one amazing performance as one of truly mad man.  Bela Lugosi stands out in his small role which is one of his finest on the screen ever as the sayer of the law. This timeless movie has been neglected for far too long and the time as it’s the best version of this tale as simply few tales of human horror compare to this classic horror gem. It remains one of finest classics that you should see today.

The wonderful Charles Laughton whom was a Tortured but brilliant British actor Charles Laughton’s unique performances made him a compelling performer both on stage and in film as he also was married to Elsa Lanchester whom was one of the finest character actresses of the golden age.  He would star in many classics that remain timeless today such as Witness for the Prosecution and the big clock and Captain Kidd and The Hunchback of Notre Dame as each displayed a small part of this amazing talented man of acting that was one of our finest ever on the screen. I hope you enjoyed my tribute to this wonderful legend.

Island of Lost Souls review

This controversial adaptation of H.G. Wells’ short novel was outlawed in many nations around the globe due to the unpalatable ethical and religious issues it raised at time of release. This version of this classic tale remains to be the finest version of this classic tale ever on the screen. Charles Laughton delivers one of the best performances in the history of horror as the mad Dr. Moreau as he truly gives one amazing performance as one of truly mad man.  Bela Lugosi stands out in his small role which is one of his finest on the screen ever as the sayer of the law. This timeless movie has been neglected for far too long and the time as it’s the best version of this tale as simply few tales of human horror compare to this classic horror gem. It remains one of finest classics that you should see today.

The wonderful Charles Laughton whom was a Tortured but brilliant British actor Charles Laughton’s unique performances made him a compelling performer both on stage and in film as he also was married to Elsa Lanchester whom was one of the finest character actresses of the golden age.  He would star in many classics that remain timeless today such as Witness for the Prosecution and the big clock and Captain Kidd and The Hunchback of Notre Dame among many other classics as each displayed a small part of this amazing talented man of acting that was one of our finest ever on the screen. I hope you enjoyed my tribute to this wonderful legend.

Judy Garland a vaudevillian legend of the screen

Judy Garland a vaudevillian legend of the screen

https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest

THE JUDY GARLAND BLOGATHON posts link

 

So today I honor Judy Garland the woman that began my love for movies. When I was a boy I recall first seeing wizard of oz as she played Dorothy as she entered the world of oz.

Dorothy entering oz began my love for movies as that sparked my love for movies. She was the first icon of stardom that I loved truly as i admired this wonderful woman that managed to take me a new world of magic as she sparked forever my love of movies. So today i am honoring her for her grand tribute to give her due as I feel to honor this wonderful woman that sparked my love for movies. The tribute to Judy garland i is done today for the THE JUDY GARLAND BLOGATHON hosted by my dear friend crystal of in the good days of classic Hollywood thanks to her for hosting this wonderful event. check out other posts form the event for days of the event. So lets begin to honor Judy garland.

So Judy garland began preforming as a little girl with her sisters at a very young age as she was always able stand out among them all. She was quite the little charmer as i will show you a clip of her early gum sisters singing now.

You can see the sisters of Judy garland and her preforming together as Judy stands out as she is the little charmer among them all.

Judy garland preformed in Pigskin Parade as she is able to convey such longing and emotion at age 14 is simply amazing. What a powerhouse! and it was just a sample of things to come for her talent. These early samples give you a small taste of the magical charm of this wonderful lady. Babes in Arms begins her larger impact as her charm and wit was starting to be mined.

Babes in Arms review

The struggle of two talented young artists, to make their own way in the show business.(plot form IMDb)

This charming classic is a very fun movie because it’s simply start of a duo that really clicked together. It was made after she shot wizard of oz which would bring her to stardom. She was a bit player and supporting actress to the bigger star of Mickey Rooney at the time. Mickey Rooney was even nominated for Best Actor which was just to put a name on ballot.  A babe in arms is a charming little gem that is fun little musical comedy that really makes both of the stars stand out as their performances are magical together. This classic gem has very good acting and direction with very fun musical numbers very much reflection of the times. It’s a fun movie that you will enjoy to watch anytime.
everybody Sing review
When boisterous Judy Bellaire (Judy Garland) encourages her fellow school chorus members to sing a classical piece with a modern swing beat, her scandalized teacher uses the musical mutiny as an excuse to expel her from the Colvin School for Girls. With the encouragement of Ricky Saboni (Allan Jones), her family’s cook, Judy decides to follow her dream and audition for a stage musical. Meanwhile, Ricky struggles to gain the affections of Judy’s sister, the lovely Sylvia (Lynne Carver).
 (plot form goggle)
Everybody Sing” is a delightful 1938 film filled with music but frankly not Judy’s best with a cast of good stars such as Judy garland and Billie Burke and Fanny Brice and Lynne Carver and Allan Jones as each do a good job with what they are given here. its frankly not their best work by a long shot honestly. Its an okay movie you may enjoy.
wizard of oz introduction 

Wizard of oz was one of first movies I seen as a boy. I recall fondly when she frist enters oz it was a strike like a match to me. I instantly found a new love in my life as my love for movies.

Dorothy entering Technicolor

This scene still makes me feel a smile as i just feel its truly one of the most magical scenes in movie history.  I fondly remember as boy running TV each time it came on TV on CBS. I was so happy it was about to air on TV as it was an event to see wizard of oz. I had the tape too which watched so often as that tape had a feature that i never found ever again about making of wizard of oz which talked about this classic movie. I fondly remember Judy garland being the frist icon i ever loved as a child as an she stood as my favorite actress. The wizard of oz is the most beloved classic all time as billions of people saw this movie. a flim historian said that the magic of wizard of oz touches the child in all of us. I frist saw wizard of oz as boy later I realized this movie is a very special picture.

Wizard of oz review

Wizard of oz was one of first movies I seen as a boy. I really adore this classic so fondly the cast of legends really stands out. Judy garland gives out a wonderful performance in a star making role as Dorthy as she made the movie magical as her charm is what made it click. She sings somewhere over rainbow which may be one of my favorite songs ever as its a song that feels so magical. Frank Morgan played five roles as he played Professor Marvel / The Wizard / Doorman / Cabbie / Guard. one of few actors to play such wonderful range on a movie as he could make each role feel like their own roles as he truly makes each role stand out as he gives out such ranged acting in his wonderful acting in the wizard of oz. Ray Bolger as Hunk/Scarecrow. I would say ray’s main role as scarecrow truly shines as you see such a wonderful performance as he plays a second role as hunk in which he gives same level of wonderful charm.  Bert Lahr as Zeke/Cowardly Lion. Bart lahr as the Cowardly Lion really stands out among the cast as he was a very wonderful character actor. Jack Haley as Hickory Twicker/Tin Man. Jack Haley gives out a very wonderful performance in his acting of his role.

Margaret Hamilton as Miss Gulch/The wicked Witch of West. Margaret Hamilton plays two roles as she plays miss gulch in the intro in which she gives out such a wonderful performance in her role.The main role she plays is the wicked witch role in which she became famous for for many years as she would often come back to this role. Margaret Hamilton plays the wicked witch in such a wonderful way that she makes the wicked witch a very fun villain role that does make you far her.

Billie Burke plays Glinda the Good Witch. Billie Burke gives out such a wonderful perfomance that really is so sweet and charming as she helps make us feel happy. She always adored the role as it felt closest to her roles on the stage. Pat Walshe as Nikko may be one of the other stand out roles as he has look like a wicked monkey for movie as he truly makes us fear him but also plays the sidekick to our villain. Charley Grapewin plays Uncle Henry and Clara Blandick plays Aunt Em both of them give such good performances.

The whole cast of oz all give out such good acting. Its charm does mainly come from its musical numbers as a few were cut from the film which are all famous little songs that stood out like the jitterbug and scarecrow’s song that was cut. The movies story connects to us via a dream is how Dorothy connects to us as she faces a crisis in her life that ends her up dreaming about oz. The movie has a magical charm that always touched my heart. The ending has always seemed very wonderful to me as its ending does have a feeling that you fell like oz is what we wish upon as the farm or home may not feel as magical at times yet as it says there is no place like home in the end.

The wizard of wizard offers the cinema lover looking for magic everything they want, it’s all here, in about two hours of pure entertainment in every way from its wonderful casting to wonderful score it’s lovely sets and makeup design that’s rich and detailed and its costumes that are so amazing too. It’s wonderful in every way. Its a wonderful classic that is timeless classic you can watch anytime

The Ruth rating:

This was Judy Garland’s first young adult movie role after starring role as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz. It is among one of her best roles. I can say her as Nellie Kelly as a feisty whom feels very modern. It is Judy’s charm that gives out one of her finest roles.The cast all give out very good acting. Its a very good classic you should see today.

THE HARVEY GIRLS is one of my favorite Judy Garland movies all time. Judy Garland stars as Susan Bradley, an impressionable and very naive young woman on her way west by train, as a mail order bride. On board the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe she meets a bunch of other equally young and naive young women heading west to work as Harvey Girls. Judy plays the role with such a charm and power. She shines in this role. The cast all do a good job here. This movie is a fun little musical gem you will enjoy anytime.

Don’t you just love those old 40’s musicals? Easter Parade is certainly one of the best musicals all time. It is a classic gem that has Fred Astaire and Judy garland both together giving out their finest acting and charm to boot. It is just a charming magical duo that shines. This is one of my favorite Judy garland movies.

Fred Astaire Judy Garland Vaudeville Medley really has to be among one of my favorite musical numbers it is just pure magic and charm to watch them do this number together.

This charming beat is just a fun little beat that i just adore. I can say it is truly one of those wonderful charming song beats.

The year 1954 proved to be one of the professional best for Judy Garland as she gave out one of her finest hours on the screen. She truly shines in this role. The quintessential story of a couple, one who’s career is on the rise, the other on the decline is made extraordinary by the performances by its talents. It is just a gem to watch.

Two tragic wonderful performers, Robert Walker and Judy Garland, star as a soldier and the girl he meets in The Clock. I would say that Judy Garland shines in her finest dramatic performance as she truly gives out one of her finest hours on the screen. Robert Walker shines in his wonderful role on the screen too. This movie truly is one classic that i do love truly so much with its wonderful acting that makes it stand out. It’s a timeless classic love story you will enjoy anytime.

Vincent Minnelli makes sumptuous use of color, costumes and settings in this lush MGM musical teaming Judy Garland and Gene Kelly in their prime in this wonderful classic with wonderful songs by Cole porter produced by the Arthur freed of the MGM unit. Its cast all give out such good acting. It’s very good musical numbers all stand out. It’s truly a classic you should watch today.

A star is born was a comeback picture for Judy garland as she truly managed to give out a role that almost earned her an Oscar as she truly is one wonderful actress in this role. James mason stands out by giving a wonderful performance. The whole cast all stand out by giving out such wonderful performances. Its songs in this classic all feel natural to each part of the movie as it’s very much a reflection into a star’s life. This classic is one wonderful classic that shines among movies that you will enjoy anytime.

Judy garland will always remain in my fond heart as since a boy to now i just adore and love her truly. I can say that she had that magical charm to her that many talents today cannot match ever. She was an amazing and talented lady that could really give out such great and charming performances. She is a magical legend for all time. I am highly in love with this legend as she will forever remain in my heart as one of a kind in legends as no legend seems compare to her. Thanks for joining me in honoring this legend today for the THE JUDY GARLAND BLOGATHON hosted by my dear friend crystal of in the good days of classic Hollywood thanks to her for hosting this wonderful event. Check out other posts form the event for days of the event. Thanks for joining me in honoring this legend today.

Deception

Deception Review

https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest/

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.

p3069_p_v8_aaDeception review

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

The ruth rating: