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Deception

Deception Review

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

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

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Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier second annual Blogathon is here

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier second annual Blogathon is here

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

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Vivien Leigh was a petite classically trained legend of the silver screen.  She remains best-known for her two most successful screen roles as American Southern belles as i have been enchanted by her charms since I saw Vivien Leigh in gone with the wind. Her film career spanned 30 years yet she only starred in 19 films but each role showed us a different facet of her talent that talent earned her two academy award Her life with one of the greatest actors of the stage and screen made her the center of attention for millions. She had repeated illnesses in her lifetime. She still remains unknown to us even today. She said every role she played was a part of her real personality. Vivien Leigh was all of these elements and much more as she was such a wonderful actress of the stage and screen. So to honor her on her birthday with a Blogathon honoring both Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier for her birthday starting now. Check out posts of others taking part. So thankful everyone taking in the second annual event. So happy birthday to Vivien Leigh.

Journey to Italy

A The Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon review of Journey to Italy

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Today’s post is a post for The 2nd Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon. It is a Blogathon honoring Blogathon as it runs from august 27 to 29 which is her 101th birthday. So happy birthday to  Ingrid Bergman lets honor this amazing actress of great talent. I hope you check out other posts for this event. Thanks to  the wonderful world of cinema. I would love to thank Virginie Pronovost form that blog for creating this wonderful event.

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.

Jean Arthur the actress everyone adores.

Jean Arthur the actress everyone adores.

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In her film appearances, Jean Arthur projected an image of a strong, self-confident, outgoing woman. But behind the scenes, it was a very different story. She probably had a harder time being a “movie star” than anyone who has ever made it onto the silver screen. And that includes Greta Garbo.(tcm bio) Jean Arthur was called a jewel of acting by frank capra. She is a jewel of acting indeed. She was one of the finest golden age legends. I call her one of my favorite actresses. Only Angels Have Wings one of her early classics she starred alongside Cary grant as she gave a powerful role. You Can’t Take It With You and Easy Living also showed her range as an actress in two fine roles.

Jean Arthur was an intensely private person once remarking that she hated Hollywood. She would often refuse interviews. She truly was a different person then what she played on screen yet we always will recall her star power as an actress. She starred in 1936 she starred in mr deeds goes to town as she played a very wonderful role in that movie as that was her first pairing with frank capra. She would become one of his favorite actresses. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington had her play her greatest role ever on the screen to many even me. Jean Arthur whom played a wonderful role as Clarissa Saunders. She truly is one amazing legend in that movie. She next would play another one of her finest roles in The Devil and Miss Jones. She would star in two comedy gems afterward in The Talk of the Town and The More the Merrier.  She truly is one amazing actress able pull out such range in many movies. She truly is one of finest actresses ever to grace the screen form her role in seven chances to her last role she truly was a great legend that gave us such great and charming roles

Hopes you enjoyed my small tribute to this great legend.

 

A Patch of Blue

The Disability in Film Blogathon review of A Patch of Blue.

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The following is my entry in The Disability in Film Blogathon, being hosted May 13-15, 2016 by Robin at the blog Pop Culture Reverie. Which is about movies depicting a wide variety of persons living with disabilities! so this review of patch of blue is done for The Disability in Film Blogathon. Be sure to check out other entries. 

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patch of blue review

When Selina D’Arcey (Elizabeth Hartman), a blind young white woman, befriends Gordon Ralfe (Sidney Poitier), a black office worker, their budding relationship eventually leads to romance. However, once Salina’s insensitive and abusive mother, Rose-Ann (Shelley Winters), finds out about Gordon, she becomes determined to keep the couple apart. With its stirring story of interracial love, this thoughtful film fittingly reflects the civil rights movement of the era.

Elizabeth Hartman plays Selina a blind girl that has no idea of color or race as she is blind. She truly has no idea of many things yet she is so friendly and kind hearted. She befriends a black man that is kind as ever. Her Hateful mother played by Shelley Winters truly is something of a different class by playing Roseanne D’arcy a mean mother that is racist as ever. It reflects the civil rights movement of the era and racism in that era. Sidney Poitier is wonderful as always, as Gordon as this kind guy that truly shines in his role. Veteran actor Wallace Ford is excellent in the pathetic role of Winters’ drunken father, a man who obviously hates his daughter so much yet has little compassion for the granddaughter who adores him. The director is presented with a real problem when deciding how to film an actor playing a blind person. Tight shots on the eyes are what makes acting for the camera so special. Unfortunately the unfocused eyes of a blind person cannot convey much emotion. What makes this movie’s role very tragic is that Elizabeth Hartman was a very broken soul suffering depression which makes this sweet role very much a sadder role. Elizabeth Hartman’s Selina is so fragile that she looks as though she will break any moment. I have a hunch that much of her excellent performance is mined from her real-life depression. Its acting is truly wonderful as ever in this movie.

Sidney Poitier admits that of all his films, “A Patch of Blue” holds a unique and special place in his heart. It touched him that much, and it will do the same for you. Please have some Kleenex handy and let yourself see “A Patch of Blue as it is a movie that will stay with you for ages.  Thank you to also the wonderful Sidney Poitier breaking down all the barriers.  A small triubte to you too sir. You truly are right that this movie is a gem for the ages.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

The african queen

The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon! REVIEW of the african queen

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Happy birthday to Katharine Hepburn. If you want to check out other entries to The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon!. go here to check it out. thanks to the wonderful host margaret perry for this wonderful event.http://margaretperry.org/great-katharine-hepburn-blogathon-2016-upon-us//  thanks everyone. Happy birthday to Katharine Hepburn as my review of the african queen in honor of her.

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So to honor Katharine Hepburn’s 109th birthday i am reviewing a classic that i truly consider one of her finest movies also one of the finest movies ever made for the screen.  Hopes all enjoy this review of the african queen to honor her for her birthday event.

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The african queen review

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The African Queen” was Bogart’s fourth film to be directed by John Huston and his performance in it was very likely the best in his career as well as one which finally won him an Academy Award also co-starred him with Katharine Hepburn.

Based on the famous C.S. Forester novel, which it follows quite closely, THE African QUEEN is the simple story of pragmatic river-rat Charlie Allnut (Bogart) and high-minded Methodist missionary spinster Rose Sayer (Hepburn) who are thrown together by chance when German troops sweep through Africa during World War I. Once safely aboard his beat-up riverboat “The African Queen,” Allnut desires nothing more than to dodge the Germans until war’s end; Rose, however, determines to strike a blow against the Germans by sailing the boat downriver to attack a German battleship.  

Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn really such great performances as they both are perfect together on screen as they also make the on-screen romance interesting and real between both caracters. Bogart and Hepburn were delightful as they infused their personal conflict with a warmth, humor, and tenderness rarely seen in films. it was a two-character film, in which Hepburn gave a fine demonstration of her ability to develop within a role. The sensitive interaction between her and Bogart (in an unfamiliar guise) undoubtedly benefited from her many films with Tracy which are some of my favorite movies of her with spencer tracy.

Humphrey Bogart really gives such a range as an actor that earned him an Oscar because of his wonderful performance. Filmed on location in the Congo, the cinematography is remarkable as ever as it looks like a real to life travel to Africa brought to the silver screen. It is such a wonderfully great cinematography. The direction by John Huston is outstanding. The screenplay is really well done and crafted taking the novel to screen in a wonderful manner.

The African queen is quite a gem of a movie form it’s wonderful acting to its wonderful screenplay and it’s wonderful cinematography makes this a gem that you must see today. Happy belated birthday to Kate Hepburn.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

 

Today is Katharine Hepburn’s 109 birthday. She would have turned 109th today. She is one of the most legendary classic actresses all time whom won many Oscars as this outstanding actress still stands among the best of classic Hollywood. She is one of the best legends to ever grace the screen. Happy birthday to Katharine Hepburn my second favorite actress all time.  Hope you enjoyed this review(tribute to her)

Humoresque

Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur on March 23, 1905 or ’06, in San Antonio, Texas. Happy birthday Joan crawford.

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Form silent movie legend to camp queen. Joan Crawford and her astonishing 45-year film career is the stuff of a Gatsby-esque legend of survival and reinvention. Simultaneously glorious, tragic, tawdry, and hype-filled, her story is the very embodiment of the real version of the American Dream. She is without a doubt one of the legends of the silver screen.

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Joan Crawford began her career as a dancer in traveling theatrical companies before debuting as a chorine (a chorus girl) on Broadway, Crawford signed a motion picture contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925. She started out with mgm in 1925. She lasted 45 years as she truly reinvented herself often. Joan Crawford was voted the tenth greatest female star in the history of American cinema by the American Film Institute.  Today’s movie review is Humoresque in honor of her birthday. Its one of her finest hours on the screen.

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Humoresque review

Although Paul Boray (John Garfield) is a talented violinist, he comes from a poor, working-class background and doesn’t have the connections needed to make it in the music world. Woman-about-town Helen Wright (Joan Crawford) does, though, and after seeing him perform, she takes him under his wing, opening doors he couldn’t access before. Their relationship soon turns into a romantic one, but the destructive behavior of Helen may be too much for Paul to bear.(Plot info-off goggle)

Humoresque is one of the finest hours of John Garfield and Joan Crawford.  I would consider The Postman Always Rings Twice  to be john’s finest hour. Joan’s finest hour would go to Mildred Pierce but this is second to that movie for her acting alone.

Joan Crawford plays Helen Wright a lush married socialite woman which has traits that matches that of Joan Crawford. She plays up to her finest acting as she truly is home in this wonderful role. As Helen Joan Crawford gives us truly an Oscar level performance that should have earned her an Oscar for this wonderful role.

John Garfield is also at top of his form as he gives out such a wonderful performance that is one of his finest hours on the screen as it is such a shame he would be blacklisted so soon. He truly nails home such a fine role that should have had an Oscar nomination. Oscar Levant gives out one fine performance that truly nails home his role. The supporting cast all hail out such wonderful performances that give out such fine performances.

The music is very dreamlike and magical as it can really take away many of the movies scenes to a level that does add such depth to them.   Even though little of the music, before the end, has the sensuality associated with a dream experience, the virtuoso pieces used are perfect vehicles for the ‘dreamer’ to act out his role as the center of this closed universe. He performs, and the other characters can only accompany in the sense of classical tones of the soul which the movie does in strides.

This film IS an outstanding example of the “noir” qualities which were a hallmark of the 30’s to the early 50’s from the earlier stages of talking pictures, through the depression and post-WW II years. Joan Crawford had the best of this trait of a cold woman. Its noir qualities even match with its Cinematography which does with its fine dark tones and shades of grey that adds to the noir dame level Joan plays in this fine movie. Cinematography truly shines greatly in this wonderful movie.

Humoresque is a timeless romance for cinema and music lovers. The screenplay has awesome dialogs with unforgettable lines and such wonderful Cinematography and music and acting. Its one of the finest movies you can watch anytime. So watch this classic today folks you will love it.

The ruth Rating:five bette's

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From silent movie legend to camp queen. Joan Crawford and her astonishing 45-year film career is the stuff of a Gatsby-esque legend of survival and reinvention. Simultaneously glorious, tragic, tawdry, and hype-filled, her story is the very embodiment of the real version of the American Dream. She is without a doubt one of the legends of the silver screen. Happy birthday to the legendary Joan Crawford.

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