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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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women-in-peril golden age classics 

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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.

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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.
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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

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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.

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happy birthday Charles Laughton

happy birthday Charles Laughton

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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

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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).
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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

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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.

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

Throne of Blood:Shakespeare Transposed

Throne of Blood:Shakespeare Transposed

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TODAY i talk about throne of blood. It is a true classic among movies. A vivid, visceral Macbeth adaptation, Throne of Blood, directed by Akira Kurosawa, sets Shakespeare’s definitive tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fog-enshrouded landscape in feudal Japan.  So today i review this classic masterpice as i start my themed string of reviews honoring Akira Kurosawa.  so to begin this this review.

General Washizu (Toshiro Mifune) and General Miki (Minoru Chiaki) return home after defending Lord Tsuzuki (Takamaru Sasaki) kingdom and Spiderweb Castle from the invading forces.  When they encounter a spirit in the forest (Chieko Naniwa), they learn that Washizu will be lord of Spiderweb castle and Miki’s son will eventually rule Spiderweb Castle.  The prediction creates chaos when Washizu and his wife Asaji (Isuzu Yamada) decide to speed up the prophecy by slaying Lord Tsuzuki and setting off a chain of events that could doom them forever.

Throne of Blood review

Throne of Blood (1957) is described Akira Kurosawa’s adaptation of Macbeth which this is not untrue. The film is more than direct cinematic translation of a literary text. Kurosawa’s movie is a brilliant synthesis of diverse cultural, aesthetic, and historical sources, only one skein of which derives from Shakespeare. The film’s towering achievement lies in the way Kurosawa seamlessly integrates these and gives them superlative formal expression. Akira Kurosawa’s often loved to draw upon western ideas and stories and traits of many movies from western cultures in his movies. Noh shows up everywhere in Throne of Blood, making the project a real fusion of cinema and theater and showing just how cinematic theater can be in the hands of a great filmmaker. What is noh? It is a Traditional Japanese theatrical form among one of the oldest extant theatrical forms in the world. Noh—its name derived from nō, meaning “talent. Kurosawa can mix elements form many cultures to use his great talents to act out this story in play-like manner. Kurosawa intuited and explored was with the century of civil war in medieval Japan. Following the Onin War, which lasted from 1467 to 1477 is drawn upon in this movie.

Noh performing style, with its blend of dance, song, poetry, and mime, is antithetical to the realism and naturalism that invests acting in the West. It counters the meaning of Shakespeare’s famous lines in act 3, scene 2 of Hamlet about the actor holding the mirror up to nature. Performances in noh has an actor move in a way that aims that paradoxical way as when an actor moves in a powerful way. They must stamp their foot. Noh performance is a striking blend of stillness and agitation, a mixture of different gestures and tones. It is used in acting throughout the film. It is carried over even into the cinematic design of entire sequences. Way she moves in some scenes is the way an actor moves in noh as they move in and out of the scene. Noh has a trait of using musical introductions into acts it’s the play upon musical cues that intros into the acts of this movie. The acting is quite moving here with such wonderful performances along with a marvelous score and direction with such Powerful symbolism and nature is an actor too.

The acting of this movie is one of the most powerful elements as they are such powerful actors in their own right as they act out the movie. Toshirô Mifune plays an amazing role as Taketoki Washizu as even though he is told to play it down.Being Toshirô Mifune his charm just pours trough it. It’s truly a wonder of an actor to watch play out each scene on screen.

Isuzu Yamada as Lady Asaji Washizu is truly marvelous as she truly plays up the movie to a cue. She was a very long lasting actress in the medium as she been playing in roles since the 1930’s period at this point. She is truly a marvelous actress. Portrayal of Lady Asaji by her is something of a marvelous wonder. She plays it calm and almost indifferent in her cruelty as she has a smile when many things happen. She is a marvelous actress with such range to her performance.

Takashi Shimura as Noriyasu Odagura is marvelous. He is a very wonderful character actor. He was a wonderful actor of Japan for many years playing many wonderful characters. He is able to melt into them so easy. He truly is giving such a wonderful performance. It acting of everyone is just wonderful as they all really make the movie click wonderfully.

This is usually not the case with Akira Kurosawa, but Throne of Blood reflects more of a formalistic style of direction. Akira Kurosawa crafts out with mixing of many elements such a marvelous picture that may play differently than many of his movies of this period. It has many long takes and many other marvelous shots that captures such a wonderful Cinematography which is done by the marvelous Asakazu Nakai whom captures any element so perfectly on camera. The musical score by Masaru Satô is a delightful. It has so many other amazing elements that all come together to craft out such wonderful epic movie.  Kurosawa has fashioned another samurai masterpiece.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

dial m for murder

So today I honor Grace Kelly for the 2nd Wonderful Grace Kelly Blogathon hosted by my good friend  Virginie Pronovost form  the wonderful world of cinema  Thanks to the wonderful host for this wonderful event as I would also suggest you check out others form this wonderful event. So i honor Grace Kelly with a birthday tribute review of dial m for murder.

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In London, wealthy Margot Mary Wendice had a brief love affair with the American writer Mark Halliday while her husband and professional tennis player Tony Wendice was on a tennis tour. Tony quits playing to dedicate to his wife and finds a regular job. She decides to give him a second chance for their marriage. When Mark arrives from America to visit the couple, Margot tells him that she had destroyed all his letters but one that was stolen. Subsequently she was blackmailed, but she had never retrieved the stolen letter. Tony arrives home, claims that he needs to work and asks Margot to go with Mark to the theater. Meanwhile Tony calls Captain Lesgate (aka Charles Alexander Swann who studied with him at college) and blackmails him to murder his wife, so that he can inherit her fortune. But there is no perfect crime, and things do not work as planned(story of movie off imdb.)

Dial M for Murder succeeds on many levels as it is a return to Hitchcock’s murder theme of movies. It stars grace Kelly fresh off her Oscar nominated role in John Ford’s 1953 tale of romance and adventure Mogambo. Ray Milland plays a wonderful role. Grace Kelly plays the Hitchcock role of the ideal Hitchcock woman as this movie brings her to the world in a way unlike her past film before it. She plays a wonderful role in this movie. It’s truly wonderful acting for everyone in the cast.

Dial M for Murder is an adaptation a popular play by Frederick Knott. Frederick Knott writes most of the screenplay, the movie remains extremely faithful to the play as he crafts out a wonderfully screenplay with such captivating twists and many twists and turns that spiced up makes it truly interesting and one of a kind.

It was Hitchcock who finally could allow Kelly’s talent to shine beyond her physical beauty. Grace Kelly makes her character shine with her subtle and restrained performance that makes her really come out of her shell in this movie. Its wonderfully directed by Hitchcock whom crafted out such a wonderful movie. Alfred Hitchcock truly crafts out one overlooked gem that is one is one truly wonderful classic.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

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Happy birthday to grace Kelly.In the storied history of the American cinema few stars shine so brightly as Grace Kelly whom only starred in such a limited number of films yet she truly was one of a kind that managed to be the defined Hitchcock woman. Its amazing she eleven flims in her day. she is the princess of the sliver screen. She also captured the heart of many men in her day. She became European royalty by marrying into it. It’s truly magical as she became a true princess.  She truly was so a very happy birthday to the ever wonderful legend and princess of the sliver screen.

Journey to Italy

A The Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon review of Journey to Italy

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Journey to Italy review

 

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

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

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

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

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

The Ruth rating: five bette's

 

Ingrid Bergman Birthday tribute

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ruth rating: five bette's

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

Vertigo:A tale of obsession

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ruth Rating:five bette's