Hitchcock noir III

Hitchcock noir III

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Hitchcock is smoking at the stake today as he about to wrap a new movie he calls his darkest movie yet. Today as hitchcock would call it i am cutting trough the classics of hitchcock to talk about noir traits in hitchcock flims for a third chapter of this series. Today i talk about the  noir traits which frankly makes up many of his classic movies.

The 39 Steps review

It is sometimes the only thing necessary is the director’s soul and vision emptied into a project, and nothing else. When The 39 Steps came out, it was received only as a “camp fun” movie yet if you look further upon it you see it is Hitchcock’s fears of cops and being wrongly accused of a crime is at play in this story as also his fears of surveillance delirium gone wrong it holds up today as it does it so well with such a wonderful cast. Robert Donat and Madeleine Carrol both shine as the lead duo as both are so amazing in their respective roles on the screen. I do think out of the Hitchcock movies this classic has some noir traits such as the dark mystery of this story really does embodies the classic noir elements along with the cops being un-trusted by them. The random man-and-woman duo put in unusual, unprecedented circumstances of thrilling moments and espionage, all of this addressed with the typical and comedic sexual undertones by Hitchcock presents us such a rich and interesting movie that is one of the true classics you must see.

The lady vanishes review

This is one of the funnier Alfred Hitchcock films and up there with The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) and The 39 Steps (1935) as Hitchcock’s best British work of the 30s as its truly form his early era of films. I am a huge fan of Hitchcock’s trademark humor as this movie really shines in that regard as it’s so funny and witty at times without losing the heart of its mystery.  Michael Redgrave and paul lukas and dame may whitty all shine in their respective roles as all give out such amazing performances. , The Lady Vanishes is an enjoyable, entertaining & endearing cinema from Alfred Hitchcock that ranks amongst his finest works of the screen that one should see today.

Rebecca review

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

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

Rear Window review 

Rear window is an utterly incredible tale of voyeurism in miniature as every open window in the blistering apartment complex that Hitchcock’s camera resides in leads to another character, another emotion, another scene, and another mystery to the world. . The suspense, the humor, the direction, the music all is amazing. Grace Kelly shines in her role which in which her performance is such a standout.   James Stewart gives out his finest hour as he acts with such wonderful depth that should be used as lessons on acting 101 as his every emotion is emoted by his movements and way of his body as it’s truly his finest hour as an actor. Thelma Ritter plays such a wonderful role. Wendell Corey plays such a wonderfully acted role.  This movie is wonderfully acted by everyone in its cast.   Rear Window perfectly demonstrates the impulse of morbid curiosity and tells the story of a wheelchair bound photographer who, while confined in his apartment, spends his recovery time by spying on his neighbors through the rear window as its true classic in every sense of the word.

 Today I talked four classics you must see that are classics in this new volume of Hitchcock noir. Have a good day to enjoy a classic gem

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The Shop Around the Corner

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So today I talk about the The Shop Around the Corner which is directed by Ernst Lubitsch whom is such a wonderful director with many wonderful classics i adore to watch often. Lubitsch’s charming masterpiece, so often imitated and re-adapted since it appeared in 1940 as its so charming and enduring to watch on screen as today i talk about why i adore this classic so much.

The Shop Around the Corner review

Ernst Lubitsch’s charming masterpiece  is often imitated and re-adapted since it appeared in 1940, is one of the very few films that can be called perfect. Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart worked in several films together as this flim shows them at their collective best performances.  Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan play off each other well as they are a perfect pair.  Frank Morgan is truly wonderful in his performance as one of the leads as the owner of shop he truly is at his best of performances.  It has such wonderful acting by everyone in its cast.

The Shop Around the Corner is a charming comedy gem in Ernst Lubitsch had another quiet triumph added to his credit with this lovely film as this charming little shop could be set anywhere in the world. The shop is a life microcosm with its little quiet joys and its bitter disappointments it feels very close to frank Capra in its charms. It is one of the sweetest and most charming of comedies as this delightful classic is one of a kind. Everything works out perfectly in this perfect film which was often remade but never matched to same level as this wonderful classic comedy that will delight you for ages to come.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

I hope you enjoyed my talk about The Shop Around the Corner which frankly is one amazing classic gem that I simply adored to talk about today. See you next time for another classic review soon.

His girl Friday

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So today I talk about his girl Friday which is a remake of the front page. His girl Friday is directed by Howard hawks. This comedy classic is one of the truly best screwball comedies all time as i talk about this fast and witty comic gem which I truly adore to death.  I hope you enjoy my review of this comedy classic.

His girl Friday review

This classic comedy done by Howard hawks is one truly classic comedy gem that is one of my favorite movies all time. I truly adore this screwball classic. Cary Grant stars in this classic movie as he truly makes one of his fine performances on the screen.  Its truly one of his finest roles as he is truly a fun actor to watch on the screen as this movie shows you why as he truly is wonderful in the role. Rosalind Russell stars in this classic movie as he truly makes one of his fine performances on the screen as it is truly one of her finest roles as she is truly wonderful in this role giving us one of the finest performances she ever gave on screen.  Ralph Bellamy as Bruce Baldwin is truly wonderful in his role on screen. The film’s supporting cast is no less impressive, with every single role cast to perfection as all of them truly shine in their respective roles on the screen. It is truly fine acting by everyone in this wonderful cast of talented people all giving out wonderful performances.

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Cart Grant and Rosalind Russell who make a great team together on the screen as one of finest duos all time together.  It’s truly fine acting by both of the duo as they have great comic timing and wit that brings both their roles to the screen in such a wonderful way. Hawks’ compositions are layered with fore and background action and depth, but the film is about its dialogue more than its visual elements as its fast and sharp but it comes at you fast as a machine gun.  This is a comedy of rhythm and words that truly is something special with such great charm to each word that is truly wonderful on screen.

Howard hawks was truly a wonderful director that crafts out such a wonderful tale with such wonderful wit and timing that is comedy gold to watch unfold on the screen. My Girl Friday successfully combines screwball romantic comedy with biting satire that truly makes it the true comedy classic.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

I hope you enjoyed my talk about His girl Friday today which frankly is one amazing classic gem that I simply adored to talk about today. See you next time for another classic review soon.

 

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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happy 76th anniversary to dumbo

happy 76th anniversary to dumbo

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Dumbo is a favourite amongst Pixar’s brain trust as it features all the hallmarks that would characterize the studio’s own flims it has great characters  and a story full of warmth and a lot of heart. This movie turns 76 years old today as it has not only inspired pixar but countless over the years. Dumbo was the flim was the little flim that did big things much like dumbo  the movie’s hero as the studios past efforts of Pinocchio and Fantasia were flops upon their release as this movie was made a b-picture on cheaper budget it became a huge hit as their frist hit animated movie snice snow white.  Its a simple story of the ugly duckling retold in a new way.

Dumbo is an elephant with freakishly large ears discovers that the thing that makes him different is also the thing that makes him truly special as he can fly via them and use of a feather he holds on him. It is revealed in ending the feather is a gag as he can fly without it as his ears gave him power to fly. Dumbo is one of the studio’s greatest character creations he never utters a word or speaks in any form but you can’t help but fall in love this little guy. His relationship with his mother is beautifully captured from their playful moments during bath-time to their heartbreaking and fleeting reunion it’s all so moving and heartfelt as it does somewhat really feel so emotionally moving. In a matter of minutes you understand their love for each other their unwavering love for each other. You are fully invested in Dumbo’s own personal journey. His odd couple relationship with Timothy Mouse is equally moving whilst every cameo and he is unforgettable.

Dumbo is the shortest feature films Disney produced it arguably possesses more memorable moments than any of their other movies. From the stork delivering newborn babies to the climactic and rousing flight of dumbo and the very emotional mother and dumbo scenes it’s all so moving and engaging every new sequence brings something new to your heart. It has some of best songs of the period compared to the cloyingly sweet music of the other Disney films made in the 1940s the songs all possess an infectious and poppy lightness When I See an Elephant Fly, Elephants on Parade and Song of the Roustabouts are all numbers that will be bouncing around your head for days afterwards.

Although the animation is less technically polished than the films it succeeded as it has a lightness and freedom. This film is bold and bright with simple but striking watercolor backgrounds and a strong cartoony aesthetic that really draws you into it. So much emotion, warmth and nuance are conveyed in the tiniest little details, particularly Dumbo as its charm can melt any heart. The animation is playful and experimental form it’s from the map view of the United States to the pink elephants there is always something always something exciting or touching in every frame. It is films like Dumbo that made me fall in love with animation in the first place as this classic is simply a classic in every right that will charm you instantly. It’s a classic you should see today.

Selznick’s jewel

Selznick’s jewel


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

Rebecca review

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

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

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Suspicion review

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

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

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Jane Eyre review

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

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

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

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Letter from an Unknown Woman review

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

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

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born to be bad review

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

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

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

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

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

Keeper of the Flame

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

Keeper of the Flame review

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

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

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

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