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.  

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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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Kurosawa noir

Kurosawa noir

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Today I talk about Akira Kurosawa again in my third follow up article to my throne of blood review. Akira Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. In the third part of this collective series of tributes about Akira Kurosawa I talk about the noir classics of Akira Kurosawa. so to end my tribute series to this master by talking these wonderful classics.

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The chaotic worlds of the Japanese Mafia (Yakuza) and an alcoholic doctor collide in this film noir classic from Akira Kurosawa. Gangster Toshiro Mifune visits doctor Takashi Shimura, after an unfortunate incident with a bullet. The doctor, who despises the Yakuza, discovers the young man is suffering from tuberculosis, a disease symbolic of what is happening to the doctor and the community he serves. Facing his own anger and fear, the doctor aligns himself with the gangster’s world.(goggle plot)

Drunken Angel is one of the most important of Kurosawa’s films for several reasons. It was the first film that Kurosawa had complete control over the movie form start to finish. Toshiro Mifune starts his work with Kurosawa here as he gives us such a powerful performance as Doctor Takashi Shimura whom has do work for the Yakuza whom he hates. Drunken Angel is essentially a lament for the state of post-war Japanese society It’s a very wonderful noir classic that does really deal with the darker end of Japanese society its mob world along with such powerful acting by the cast and a wonderful direction by Kurosawa it is a really a moving and gripping noir classic you should see today.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

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High and Low was adapted from the American novel King’s Ransom by Ed McBain. Kurosawa takes this classic tale reworks to Japan. It is an outstanding detective film. The film is a fascinating portrait of ’60’s Japan. Kurosawa makes it into a meditation on honor and decency how one’s traits can take you to heaven or hell. Toshirô Mifune plays one of his most outstanding performances all time. The wonderful acting by everyone in the cast really makes this movie something truly that works on so many levels. High And Low particularly stands out from the others of his many works as its truly a wonderful drama with such wonderfully shot camera work. High And Low is truly an outstanding classic.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

The bad sleep well review

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In this loose adaptation of “Hamlet,” illegitimate son Kôichi Nishi (Toshirô Mifune) climbs to a high position within a Japanese corporation and marries the crippled daughter (Kyôko Kagawa) of company vice president Iwabuchi (Masayuki Mori). At the reception, the wedding cake is a replica of their corporate headquarters, but an aspect of the design reminds the party of the hushed-up death of Nishi’s father. It is then that Nishi unleashes his plan to avenge his father’s death.(goggle plot)

Seven Sumarai and Rashomon are wonderful Kurasawa flicks too few people know of his other outstanding works. One of the best examples of this is this movie. The Bad Sleep Well is extremely well-written and acted by everyone in the cast. The bad sleep well is the forgotten gem of the master as its truly a gem with wonderful rich acting and direction and camera work. It’s a masterpiece that you should see today.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Stray Dog review

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Stray Dog is a 1949 Japanese police procedural film noir directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura. The film is considered a precursor to the contemporary police procedural and buddy cop film genres. (goggle info)

STRAY DOG stands as one of Akira Kurosawa’s masterpieces. Noteworthy for two reasons the rich American noir style with such rich b&w atmosphere that really feels at home in American noir enhanced with a touch of Italian neo-realism. It also stars a young Toshiro Mifune whom gives out such a fine performance. The acting of everyone is outstanding with wonderful direction and a wonderful story makes this a true classic noir gem. The meeting of American noir with Japan culture really does work great in this classic. Stray Dog is a masterpiece of noir that truly stands among the classics of the genre that one should see today.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

 I hope you enjoyed my three tribute articles honoring Akira Kurosawa. He remains one of the finest directors that ever graced the screen. So thanks for joining again for another article honoring this master. He truly remains one of my favorite directors of movies. I truly adore the works of Akira Kurosawa. Thanks for joining in honoring this master.

Akira Kurosawa cinematic artist

Akira Kurosawa cinematic artist

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Today I talk about Akira Kurosawa again in my second follow up artcle to my throne of blood review. Akira Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 yet many know so much about his wonderful character driven movies in the second part of my three part tribute string to the wonderful Akira Kurosawa as I will explore his noir classics in my last part of this tribute string of articles. So today I talk about the wonderful dramas by Akira Kurosawa so i talk these classics today.

No Regrets for Our Youth review 

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No Regrets for Our Youth shows the great Japanese director delving into an area not usually attributed with his body of work: empathizing with a female protagonist. Its rarely in  Akira Kurosawa’s work do we see this female lead drive the tale.

No Regrets for Our Youth stars one of Japan’s most famous actresses and favorite of the director Yasujiro Ozu, Setsuko Hara. Hara plays the lead role of Yukie, the daughter of a Kyoto University professor who was relieved of his job.

Yasujiro Ozu’s really would come into her own in Yasujiro Ozu’s home drama classics as she truly plays one Akira Kurosawa’s passionate, reluctant heroine in this 1946 anti-war melodrama. It’s her amazing acting that drives the movie forward as you truly do see the future greatness to come from her. She channels home this character. Yasujiro Ozu gives us among her finest of performances in this role. The other performances are very good but not the level of Yasujiro Ozu whom truly nails a fine role. It’s a wonderful classic that truly is one of the fine early films by Akira Kurosawa.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

One Wonderful Sunday review

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Yuzo and his fiancée Masako spend their Sunday afternoon together, trying to have a good time on just thirty-five yen. They manage to have many small adventures, especially because Masako’s optimism and belief in dreams is able to lift Yuzo from his realistic despair.

Yuzo (Isao Numasaki) and his fiancée Masako (Chieko Nakakita) spend their Sunday afternoon together. Both ends up trying hard have fun in the city of Tokyo with very little yen. The simpleness of this movie’s story really hides it richness that feels very much Capra like in a way Its the wonderful acting of both Isao Numasaki and Chieko Nakakita both giving such wonderful performances. One Wonderful Sunday is a beautiful slice of life that is richly one of the finest of Akira Kurosawa’s early works.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

The Idiot review

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One of Kurosawa’s least-seen films is The Idiot. It may be one of his most overlooked movies among his many movies. Toshiro Mifune is brilliantly cast in this movie. This movie is not often mentioned when discussing Kurosawa’s work, The Idiot demonstrates Kurosawa’s cinematic skill arguably better than many of his well-known works. It’s likely the fine acting by Toshiro Mifune and Kinji Kameda that brings home this movie. This richly deep and layered movie is so glossily overlooked even by its collective studio at time as was cut heavy which is a shame. Kurosawa’s masterfully crafts out a wonderful movie with such wonderful acting by its cast that makes it another masterpiece of his many classics.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

I hope you enjoyed this string of reviews honoring Akira Kurosawa i will continue on in the last part about the noir classics of Akira Kurosawa. So until next time always love the magic of the movies.

Akira Kurosawa The samurai master

Akira Kurosawa The samurai master

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Today i talk about Akira Kurosawa again in my follow up to my throne of blood review. Akira Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 yet many know so much about one of his personal trademarks of many of his movies which has samurais so today in the first part of My tribute articles to this master as I promised a string of reviews to honor him I am not letting down as today I follow up with my first part of three tribute articles to this master as each will explore a different side of this master. So today I honor Akira Kurosawa by talking about three classic samurai movies that still last the test of time as this is part one of three as i will follow up with two follow up articles named Akira Kurosawa cinematic artist then Kurosawa noir to end the tribute string. So today i start the tribute by talking these three classics by the master.

YOJIMBO review

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Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo begins with a ronin, a masterless samurai who wanders here and there making a living by his sword, at a literal crossroads. He arrives at a gang-war ravaged town and starts hiring himself out to both sides, playing them off against another, in order to wipe all the scum out. Akira Kurosawa draws upon john ford’s westerns in this movie as we see the wondering ronin coming into town as same vain as in john ford westerns a wondering man comes into town by chance. It’s the western meeting the culture of Japan.

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Toshiro Mifune enters scene as the wondering ronin. Like many of his roles he truly plays his finest role on the screen. He plays up a role that is likely among best of his roles ever to the screen.  Like so many Greek plays, the character descends into a lowly town and pulls the strings on human puppets until they destroy each other. He just strings it along as he manages to save the town as any good hero would do. Toshirô Mifune his charm just pours trough it. It’s truly a wonder of an actor to watch play out each scene on screen in each scene of this movie.  Everyone in the cast gives such amazing performances.  The direction of the movie is outstanding.

Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo is often mistaken for escapist fare along with many of his other classics in that regard that is wrong to class it as such. The anti-hero in Yojimbo is unique as he truly is not seeking anything to gain out of this. It’s truly a western hero ideal drawn from westerns by john ford. Yojimbo is the best-photographed of Kurosawa’s films. It’s a masterful tale that really does feel like a masterpiece that one should watch today.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

The hidden fortress review 

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Although calling Star Wars a re-make of The Hidden Fortress would be an immense stretch, the two films do share common elements which happen often in film as many films take elements form past movies using them as it’s what continues on the tradition of movies in Hollywood.

Watching The Hidden Fortress, one would never guess that this was the first time that Kurosawa utilized the new CinemaScope (TohoScope) format as he works it just as skillful as any director.

The hidden fortress starts with its two main characters Tahei and Matakashi (played by Minoru Chiaki and Kamatari Fujiwara) walking through a war torn country side. They have just escaped from an internment camp after a recent great battle. The two had been forced to dig graves as prisoners and they are already, at the start of the movie.

It is the lightest of the Akira Kurosawa samurai epics. It’s a fun filled adventure epic filled with humor. It deserves far more love then just the movie that inspired star wars. . The hidden fortress is a unique delight in the Kurosawa canon, balancing wry humor and deep empathy on the line between realism and fairy tale. It is a surely masterfully acted action movie with such powerful performances by everyone in its cast. It stars the great Toshirô Mifune whom plays a fine role but the finest roles in this movie goes to Minoru Chiaki and Kamatari Fujiwara whom is playing the duo that leads the charge as they truly are the best as bring human and wit to a samurai epic Misa Uehara as Princess Yuki truly is also giving us a fine performance as the inspiration for the princess in star war wars you can see how she inspires such. The acting is wonderfully done by everyone in the cast with outstanding direction. The Hidden Fortress remains a great adventure permeated with humor and nobility that continues to inspire many classics to come. It’s truly a masterful classic.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

sanjuro review

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Sanjuro is, as the title suggests, the sequel to the immensely popular Yojimbo. It is, in fact, the only sequel that Kurosawa would ever make.

Akira Kurosawa’s sequel Sanjuro redefines the role of the anti-hero played again by Toshiro Mifune by depicting his violent existence as a tarnished bushido ideal. In Yojimbo we see him more willing to kill but here he holds back often. Toshiro Mifune plays one of his most likable roles as His portrayal of Sanjuro will inspire countless samurais to come on the screen. It’s the way that the character comes off as a very noble samurai willing to kill for sport when it the moment arises. It’s truly a wonderfully deep role that is masterfully acted by this marvelous actor.

I have always preferred this to the much slower Yojimbo that this classic moves much faster and feels less like the western ideal image of the samurai. It’s more a traditional view of them in their times. It’s the way that truly feels raw and real for its capturing of this noble class. This is again wonderful acting by everyone in cast along with masterful direction by Akira Kurosawa as it’s a great entry into the works of this master. This is truly one of the finest of movies that really stands as a masterpiece that should be seen today.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

I hope you enjoyed this string of reviews honoring Akira Kurosawa i will continue on in my next two parts honoring him.  So thanks for joining again for another artcle honoring this master.

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.

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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