Camille

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So today I talk about Camille which i review for my friend Crystal’s blog for THE Greta Garbo Blogathon. No one quite lights up the screen in the way Garbo does. This should be just a straight melodrama but is taken to another plane by the divine Greta Garbo as this classic lights it as i talk about this wonderful classic movie and Greta  Garbo for this BLOGATHON today. Be sure check out others form event.

Camille review 

Of all the love stories no one does it as a well as Garbo does as i truly cried with this classic gem as It’s all about the unquestionable love from a lady that has played many men and that has been played many times over when she meets a younger man she finds love to be the happiest girl on earth as she gets sick it truly is one sad thing to see her lose that love.

Greta Garbo channels the soul of this damaged soul so perfectly in her performance to channel the emotions to pull at your heart-strings as this may be her finest performance. Robert Taylor plays one wonderful role in the movie. This movie shows you why Garbo was such an amazing legend. MGM has lavishly produced the film. The cinematography, art direction and costume design are lavish and exceptionally beautiful. The supporting performances are all wonderful. George Cukor crafted out one of his finest classics all time. The performances were exceptional by everyone starring in this classic movie. The costumes are gorgeous as an example of French extravagance despite the fact that Camille was made in the 30s. Garbo earned an Academy Award nomination and the New York Film Critics Best Actress Award for her memorable work in which you can see why in this movie. It’s truly one classic that i adore as its simply such a moving tale to watch on the screen.

Camille is a film that will live on forever in our hearts as its truly a wonderful classic with wonderful acting by everyone and wonderfully crafted by George Cukor. Its a classic you simply will adore to see anytime.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

I hope you enjoyed my talk about Camille today which stars Greta Garbo in what may be one of her finest hours on the screen for THE GRETA GARBO BLOGATHON as i truly enjoyed talking about one of my favorite movies all time that really is one of the finest hours you can watch off movies. I hope you enjoyed it as much I enjoyed talking it today to you. See you next time for another classic review soon.

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why i adore the tramp

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Charlie-Chaplin

So today I talk about Charlie Chaplin,i watch Charlie Chaplin‘s often as i simply adore his movies. I think he was one of the greatest comedy legends all time. The Immigrant (1917) i would say frankly is one of my favorite shorts starring Charlie Chaplin‘s as he simply is wonderful in the movie. It is suggested by several sources as Chaplin’s favorite of the Mutual shorts.

I simply think one of his greatest creations was the character of the tramp which he started playing in the short film named The Tramp as it was the sixth film made at Essanay starring him. He created one of film’s greatest characters whom can be anyone. He can be a fisherman to a boxer to a fireman as he simply is the every-man. It’s simply a trait many comedies even today use the every-man to make you relate to them more often. The tramp is anyone as he basically everyone as he represents everyone and humanity’s hope to laugh.

Charlie Chaplin shorts began with keystone in 1914 with the short Making a Living as it began his start into the world of the movies. It’s simply a fun short that is very good fun just good acting as he simply still was very raw as this is it his first film as he simply wasn’t the tramp yet but the seeds were there for his raw charms and mannerisms to come. Although rather more aggressive in a way than the little chap in baggy pants as does not feel like the classic tramp. It’s a classic you should see to see what is to come for his work.

 Kid Auto Races at Venice we see Charlie Chaplin play the little tramp as its frist time see this character on screen. It is him playing a very slapstick and funny role as we see him really just becoming a master of comedy before your eyes. It’s the start of the charm of Charlie to make you want to see him again and again. Mabel’s Strange Predicament is an okay short sadly its where the tramp did not play off right as he plays off creepy which goes against type for him. A Thief Catcher shows him in very short yet wonderful cameo it’s a fun short noting write home about. His other shorts form this period of his film-making is good little shorts to watch often.

I would say his first film with Essanay studios his new job you see him finally begin to direct fully and craft his own work. Charlie Chaplin’s tramp goes out for a night of drinking with his cross-eyed friend in his next short which was a night out. It’s simply a marvelous fun comic gem you can re-watch often. The Champion shows what i adore the most about In the Park is not as good as he still trying find his way in comedy its very fun to watch even if he is bit cruel in it. It’s simply not Charlie’s nature it feels against his type. The Tramp is Charlie Chaplin’s sixth film for Essanay Studios which simply is a fun little short that is funny and charming. Funny and charming, It is a timeless comedy that really started the tramp we know and love today as its simply a marvelous creation that is anyone. I adore this short so much. By the Sea is the seventh made under contract at Essanay Studios as it’s a good short just his best work. Burlesque on Carmen which is A spoof of the opera Carmen may be one of my favorite shorts of this era of his work as Burlesque on Carmen is simply fun and enduring to watch unfold. I do adore his work with Essanay Studio so much as they are fun shorts that showcase him growing into the tramp as by time he moved to Mutual as he began really shine bigger.

The Floorwalker really is a fun short that has him caught in mishap as the tramp as we see him try figure way out of it. You say that tramp is at it again. Charlie as an inept fireman bullied by his firecrew in the fireman as he simply is charming and funny as he tries best be a good fireman in this timeless short. Charlie Chaplin plays a wandering violinist seeking love as he truly does make a fun little charming short you see him try his hand at love. I would say One A.M to easy street is fun shorts as his next big leap is The Immigrant.

As usual, Chaplin builds the Tramp’s character through the tiniest of gestures. There’s a moment on the ship, after the Tramp has won some cash from playing card. He learns that the mother played by Edna Purviance character has lost her money. When Purviance looks the other way, the Tramp slips some bills into her coat pocket. It’s simply moments like that you see the humanity shine to the tramp as this tale of The Immigrant may be one of my favorite shorts of his works. Chaplin short takes place on a crowded boat packed with bedraggled immigrants as he is one of them as we see a story that is more human and profound as he is this lovable immigrant version of the tramp as he tries find way in a new city and world. The Tramp’s hope lies in a fellow immigrant Edna Purviance he met on the ship as it gives him hope as he tries best for her to win her love it never comes easy for the tramp. Much of the time the Tramp tries to be a class act it really makes the tramp a profoundly moving person. it ends as both smuggling find place as they find place together. It’s simply a marvelous and moving tale.

The tramp comes across a stray dog. This short is notable not only for its skillful use of trained animals but also for some of the best sight gags in Charlie Chaplin’s repertiore as these gags all feel fresh and raw. You’ve never seen anyone stuff so many pastries in his mouth, escape from a cop by rolling back and forth beneath a fence, or recover a stolen wallet full of cash like Charlie Chaplin. It’s simply fun to watch him even make simple gags shine as he truly is a comic master in this charming short that is marvelous to watch unfold.

This classic comedy movie is one of the first and most astonishing, simple and tender masterpieces of cinema. Chaplin exposes his comedy for the first time in a feature film through a very young alter-ego.  The Kid is where The Tramp finally learns not to care Jr about himself but for others as we see one of the most moving shorts I ever seen. I simply think it’s so enduring.   The Tramp finally finds someone he loves and cares more than him, Jack played by Jackie Coogan. Jackie Coogan and Charlie Chaplin are phenomenal and have great chemistry as he always tries his best to do whatever he can for this boy even finding meals and struggling care for him as normal for the tramp it’s not very easy but it is not easy to care for a family. It’s simply a moving classic tale you should see.

The idle class was written by Charlie Chaplin and directed by Charlie Chaplin and produced by Charlie Chaplin as it also starred Charlie Chaplin with Music composed by Charlie Chaplin as he is simply the film-maker of it in all ways. It’s simply a look upon society trough comedy as best the tramp can do such. It’s simply a marvelous tale with many good gags such as the cocktail shaker was absolutely hilarious. If this was a feature film instead of a short it would likely be better remembered but it’s truly a classic short you simply must see.

The Pilgrim

The Tramp is an escaped convict (wrongfully accused, no doubt!), who steals a priest’s uniform and by sheer luck, gets mistaken as the incoming pastor. Some conflict arrives in the figure of a former cellmate who recognizes the Tramp for who he really is as simply the fun of this short is its funny way he seems always get into more trouble. the sermon in particular is brilliant but the extended gags revolving around a lost hat are good too and Chaplin’s feud with a fellow criminal over a pile of money is great with the usual arsekicking gags replaced by burning each other in the seat of the pants with candles.The final western spoof  is quite good too as its a good moment its such a fun little short.

The gold rush

The film that Charlie Chaplin wanted himself to be remembered for may not be the film for which he’s actually remembered today but that doesn’t mean The Gold Rush is any lesser work of quality from the legendary auteur as it’s truly a very good comedy classic. The Gold Rush tells the story of a lonely prospector who ventures into Alaska looking for gold but ends up finding more than what he asked for. Chaplin’s ability to seamlessly infuse slapstick humor into drama really works here. I would say one of the most famous scenes of him doing the roll dance it’s simply a funny and moving scene to watch unfold on screen as I simply adore that scene. The Gold Rush isn’t Charlie Chaplin’s magnum opus but it’s truly a fun comedy classic you will enjoy.

The Circus 

Wrongfully accused of criminal acts, a tramp (Charlie Chaplin) unwittingly ducks into a big top, where his bumbling attempts to avoid pursuing police officers earn the laughter and applause of the circus-goers. Impressed, the ringmaster (Allan Garcia) decides to employ the tramp as an entertainer. In between getting trapped in a lion’s cage and partaking in clumsy high wire escapades, he falls for a beautiful show rider (Merna Kennedy), who unfortunately has eyes for a daring tightrope acrobat.(goggle plot)

The little tramp is chased into a Circus during a performance as his antics prove to be funnier then the clowns. This movie is more aware of its comedy elements. This movie is not considered as noteworthy as City Lights or Modern Times or The Gold Rush yet this movie contains some of his best work on the screen.  The Circus’ is an all-around Chaplin effort. In addition to playing the lead role, he wrote, directed, produced and edited it, and composed the music as well as this movie is such a wonderful production of all regards that he did for it. Each sequence was made to make the most of the humor to make the audience laugh. It’s Charlie at his funniest ever in this movie as he is so amazing and funny each scene. I would say the scenes him in cage are stand out moments as it’s truly funny to watch them unfold. It was real raw and dangerous thing for him too in real life as that was such raw fear and humor at same time which makes them feel so much fun to see unfold on the screen.  The ending sequence is especially heartrending as it does what many of his movies do jerks at the emotions at same time as makes us make us laugh or smile. This movie has a blend of comedy and poignancy throughout it with sympathetic characters to balance out the clowning on the screen. This may be Charlie Chaplin’s truly overlooked gem that is a classic for anyone to watch anytime.

City Lights

A film so timeless, so fun, so endearing, so heartwarming that it will always live on as this heart-warming love story may be one of my favorite stories with the tramp. Life was hard for the Blind Girl (Virginia Cherrill). Lacking vision was difficult enough without scraping by on the meager earnings as she comes across the tramp that falls in love with her trying his best to help her out to impress her to win her heart. Life was hard for the Tramp (Charlie Chaplin). His clothes were tattered and ill-fitting. He hadn’t a cent to his name as they struggle it’s so enduring to watch him do many things to win her heart. City Lights employs certain sparing sound effects but is without dialogue a move upon which Chaplin insisted, freeing his camera from the constraints of primitive sound-era equipment and retaining the universality and simplicity that defined the Little Tramp. A comedy love story with the tramp tries his hand at love with Blind Girl and his hot-and-cold relationship with an Eccentric Millionaire. It is the millionaire that they fall out in time as she never cares much for him nor remembers his name as she is often drunk and barely cares for the tramp. The Tramp eats spaghetti at a club while streamers fall, prompting the ingestion of a streamer. I would say one of most stands out moments is the boxing match. one of his most famous comic sequences, in which the Tramp attempts to win a $50 purse against a larger and much more mean-spirited opponent as its comic footwork and movement is so good to see unfold on the screen. The blind girl falls for the tramp that always seems let her down sometimes yet he always manages find way make things work. He is truly at his best as tramp in this movie. One can see why Chaplin said City Lights was his favorite of his films as its simply a classic love story with such wonderful score and wonderful story making it a must see classic for anyone that adores the tramp.

Modern times 

Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936) is the last movie to feature the tramp as it’s the swan song to the tramp.  The Tramp a character that is so ingrained in the collective conscious of modern film audiences that many know him even if they never saw any of his movies. The Tramp is the most identifiable fictional image in history of film. Modern Times is a look upon the rise of technology in the world, and the American dream. modern time is a satire on capitalism and the drawbacks of the Industrial Revolution and how machines have burgeoned into a menace, dominating all aspects of human life.  Its a tale about the tramp struggling through our modern world as we see this iconic icon struggle with the world’s changes in its factories of our society until he finds love with a homeless woman  who referred to as The Gamin.

They are the only things seeming real in this world gone mad. Its truly a very look upon our modern society. Chaplin makes his most poignant and saddening statement about modern living which tells a story that shows us costs of this society. This movie is truly funny as ever with some of most iconic moments these include The Tramp’s bout with an assembly line and his resulting twitches, his unfortunate encounter with “nose-powder, the moment when he quite literally becomes a cog in the wheels of industry, and his epic struggle to bring roast duck to an angry customer as two other standout moments is the scene in a department store involving a blindfold and some roller-skates and the sequence where The Tramp is submitted to the mad whim of an out-of-control feeding machine.

The other moments are the very funny moment where he sings the non-sense song which truly is the stuff of comedy legend. These are just a handful of moments that make Modern Times the enduring masterpiece that it is. The aspect of the film that resonates strongest with me is its appeal to the idealistic misfit in all of us. In our hearts, many of us long for the simplicity and exuberance with which The Tramp and The Gamin live life which seems lacking in our society. This movie is a wonderful classic with very wonderful acting and direction and a wonderful story that is a funny comedy classic that you can watch anytime. I talked about many movies starring the tramp today as i feel he continues to be one of best icons as modern times ends it off with a wonderful classic that shows his best. The tramp is everyone so he always is timeless. I hope you enjoyed my tribute to the tramp. I hope you enjoyed my tribute.

HALLOWEEN classic Movies that are treats to watch 

HALLOWEEN classic Movies that are treats to watch

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Many people have beloved horror classics they love such as nightmare on elm street and the many universal horror movies and the very well loved horror classics as Its a vastly wide wide world of horror classics you are overlooking by watching them often as today i talk about horror classics many do not watch as often as the beloved classics of Halloween.

The Body Snatcher review

Based on a Robert Louis Stevenson story, directed by Robert Wise, produced by Val Lewton, starring Boris Karloff and Henry Daniell, with Bela Lugosi in a small but important part. It may be Boris Karloff’s best role on the screen that is shamefully overlooked by many people. Its was the last horror movie to feature both Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi but as normal val lawton movies are overlooked by so many classic horror fans.  Karloff is chillingly perfection in the role of the sly coachman who augments his salary with a little grave robbing as he is pitch perfect fit for this role. Robert Wise directs a very good horror movie that has such wonderful acting with such a rich look to it that really makes it one of best overlooked horror movies to come the screen.

Black Sabbath review

Black Sabbath is one visually stylish flick, courtesy of one of Italy’s finest; Mario Bava. Boris Karloff introduces a trio of horror stories in Mario Bava’s anthology film as each horror story is truly different. Bava directs the The Telephone”, “The Wurdulak and “The Drop of Water as each tale is so different form last tale. This anthology is composed by three segments, all of them directed by Mario Bava as each one is masterfully crafted. Black Sabbath” is an atmospheric and evocative marvel that has three marvelous tales that each feels fresh and different. It’s truly a wonderful horror treat to watch.

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ca75bfe0b446b1c7e75b4f3208772409Edgar 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.

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The Innocents review

The Innocents is haunting in every respect.  The imagery is Gothic and dusty, opaque, creepy, and violating it managed sneak past censors. Deborah Kerr’s performance is quite simply wonderful as it comes. The use of candle-light and glass filters around the camera is impressive as it comes as it gives cinema-scope such intimacy and freshness.  Freddie Francis’ cinematography is truly one of the finest as it captures such a haunting tale in such a wonderful way.  Sophie Devine’s costume design is perfect as it truly fits this classic movie.  The Innocents is one of my all time favorite horror films, and one of my favorite films. Its truly a wonderful horror classic you should see.

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Trouble in Paradise

Screwball gems INTRODUCTION 

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I am a very huge fan of screwball comedies. I often review more screwball comedies on my blog often also i review many noir classics and talk about Hitchcock often. I would say they are my three favorite movie areas to talk about. I love fondly screwball comedies.  Films definitive of the genre usually feature farcical situations, a combination of slapstick with fast-paced repartee and show the struggle between economic classes. Films definitive of the genre usually feature farcical situations, a combination of slapstick with fast-paced repartee and show the struggle between economic classes. They also generally feature a self-confident and often stubborn central female protagonist and a plot involving courtship and marriage or remarriage or cross-dressing. Some comic plays are screwball in nature. It was a genre that was made in movies until 1942. Many flims of the 1950’s also have traits of screwball comedies.  Its time to talk these classics for my new theme for this month of the month called screwball gems. today i review  Trouble in Paradise (1932) for the start of my themed month of reviews.

Trouble in Paradise (1932) review

This pre-code sophisticated comedy epitomizes the European attitude toward sex. It is more open in sex. It is pre-code in that nature toward how it plays sex. It is based on Laszlo Aladar’s play The Honest Finder which was the springboard for the movie. The sexual undertones is very frank. I would not call it as sexually open as Design for Living which is far more sexual in nature. This was a taste of what was to come for his works.  Trouble in Paradise is a comedic counterpart to a melodrama.

Lubitsch was best known for what we call the Lubitsch touch is a subtitle way of referencing sexual shenanigans that his characters do upon the screen. Lubitsch’s Magnum Opus faced controversy three years after its initial release because of the conservatism of the Production Code. This pre-code sophisticated comedy epitomizes the European attitude toward sex as we see this movie them more open in sex in a more modern sense of the word. The movie is tamer than his other film design for a living.  Its a spellbinding comedy classic about  a a suave jewel thief (Herbert Marshall) falling in love with his intended victim (luminous Kay Francis) much to the displeasure of his girlfriend (Miriam Hopkins) as this movie truly shines in their acting performances in this movie. The acting is very wonderful as each of the cast give out wonderful performances.  Kay Francis steals this film as she truly shines in her wonderful role that is hard to do with Miriam Hopkins. She is exquisite and enchanting and absolutely charming. Miriam Hopkins gets the better comedic lines and the guy even if lesser then Kay she still gives out a marvelous performance. Herbert Marshall shows an unexpected flair for light comedy while Charlie Ruggles and the ubiquitous Edward Everett Horton provide their usual first class supporting roles that that truly shine in their performances on the screen. Ernst Lubitsch crafts out a masterpiece of early comedy that truly shines in every manner as this is one true classic you should see today.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

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.

modern times

modern times 

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So today I talk about modern times for the Workplace in Film & TV Blogathon! and a silents are golden as part of this month’s ongoing theme of reviews as today i review this classic movie by Charles Chaplin which happens to be one of those very classic gems that remains to be timeless even today. I hope you check out other posts form the the Workplace in Film & TV Blogathon! thank as now to the review of this classic movie.

Modern times review

Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936) is the last movie to feature the tramp as it’s the swan song to the tramp.  The Tramp a character that is so ingrained in the collective conscious of modern film audiences that many know him even if they never saw any of his movies. The Tramp is the most identifiable fictional image in history of film. Modern Times is a look upon the rise of technology in the world, and the American dream. modern time is a satire on capitalism and the drawbacks of the Industrial Revolution and how machines have burgeoned into a menace, dominating all aspects of human life.  Its a tale about the tramp struggling through our modern world as we see this iconic icon struggle with the world’s changes in its factories of our society until he finds love with a homeless woman  who referred to as The Gamin.

They are the only things seeming real in this world gone mad. Its truly a very look upon our modern society. Chaplin makes his most poignant and saddening statement about modern living which tells a story that shows us costs of this society. This movie is truly funny as ever with some of most iconic moments these include The Tramp’s bout with an assembly line and his resulting twitches, his unfortunate encounter with “nose-powder, the moment when he quite literally becomes a cog in the wheels of industry, and his epic struggle to bring roast duck to an angry customer as two other standout moments is the scene in a department store involving a blindfold and some roller-skates and the sequence where The Tramp is submitted to the mad whim of an out-of-control feeding machine.

The other moments are the very funny moment where he sings the non-sense song which truly is the stuff of comedy legend. These are just a handful of moments that make Modern Times the enduring masterpiece that it is. The aspect of the film that resonates strongest with me is its appeal to the idealistic misfit in all of us. In our hearts, many of us long for the simplicity and exuberance with which The Tramp and The Gamin live life which seems lacking in our society. This movie is a wonderful classic with very wonderful acting and direction and a wonderful story that is a funny comedy classic that you can watch anytime.

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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.