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Throne of Blood:Shakespeare Transposed

Throne of Blood:Shakespeare Transposed

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

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

Throne of Blood review

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ruth rating:five bette's

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier second annual Blogathon is here

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier second annual Blogathon is here

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Old Hollywood Films:Anna Karenina (1948)

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.

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier second annual Blogathon

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier second annual Blogathon

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BLOGATHON RULES: Bloggers are more than welcome to write about any film or topic relating to Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier the Blogathon will be held on November 02 Until November 05 2016. Please send your posts into me on any one of those days. Duplicate entries allowed. So all have fun and join in to honor him. These banners below was created by the wonderful world of cinema. I would love to thank Virginie Pronovost form that blog so much for making them. She is one is one my close friends. I would say check out her wonderful blog if you can too. You can use them for the event if you like.

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Viven 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. Viven 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 Viven Leigh and Laurence Olivier for her birthday. It starts on November 02 lasting to November 05. She truly deserves this honor so join into this event to honor her for her birthday by signing up below to join into the event.

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The Wonderful World of Cinema:Gone with the wind

In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood:Wuthering Heights and Storm In A Teacup

Old Hollywood Films:Anna Karenina

la-explorer:Rebecca

Dbmoviesblog:Gone with wind and Street car named desire

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ruth rating: five bette's

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

Vertigo:A tale of obsession

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

 

THE PROWLER

THE PROWLER Review(https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest/)p36749_p_v8_aaI am a big lover of movies as i really love flim noir as it stands among my favorite type of movies to watch often. So when I found out that The Midnite Drive-In was hosting a film noir blogathon, i jumped at chance to review a classic noir classic gem. Be sure to check out other reviews form the event. Thanks to wonderful host of this event. Its time to present the review. A  Film Noir Blogathon review of the THE PROWLERFilmNoirBlogathon-Double            The Prowler was not seen for years as it now is regarded as a noir classic as this movie is regarded in the b movie tradition of movies.  The prowler flips the femme fatale formula around to great effect as its the male cop is the aka  the seducer, a cop no less, the abuse of power hanging heavy over proceedings like, yes, some “prowler” lurking in your back garden. Van Heflin plays the role of Webb Garwood in a wonderful performance as the cop who is smiten with Susan Gilvray  played wonderfully by Evelyn Keyes.  Webb Garwood is smitten with the young and attractive woman from the off, and sensing her marriage to a late night radio personality is far from happy, he sets about wooing her, obsessively. It’s the start of a coupling that is going to travel down a particularly dark road. This movie is a two character piece that is directed and crafted out by  Joseph Losey as he crafts out such a wonderfully crafted gem that flips many things of the classic noir on its head as a cop turns out to be obsessed with the person he is served to protect. Evelyn Keyes caracter is a very good homely  femme fatale that does really come to love Webb Garwood. Its a wonder she can fall for a bad guy in a way so fast but it works due to her acting. Their body language really does work well together as both do speak such without words. The Prowler  is concerned with complex social issues with wonderfully crafted acting and direction making it a noir worth watching. The prowler is a nearly forgotten noir classic that tells a tale of adultery and greed that has a cop play up the role of the dame of noir normally to twist her feelings for him as they fall in love you see the strings being pulled toward a love tale of greed and lust that makes it one classic noir gem for the ages.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

 

 

Kiss me Kate

Kiss me Kate:musical gem reviewhttps://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest/zoom_1430411710_Kiss-Me-KateSo today i review my first Musical gem review. It’s a new feature to talk about many musicals of the past form Broadway to movies to TV productions. It’s just to talk about magical musicals of past. I would say the MGM musicals are some of the defining musicals of any age as they all remain such classics that still last to date.  Musical gems will explore the magic of musicals so let’s begin by reviewing kiss me Kate. Kiss me Kate reviewKISS ME KATE is quite easily one of the two most famous musical adaptations’ of Shakespeare for the stage and screen as the other being west side story,focusing on a theatre company putting up a musical version of ‘The Taming of The Shrew. Kiss Me Kate is quite likely the best of the musicals of the 1950’s as this is a classical MGM musical. Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel are great as dueling ex’s. Ann miller really steals the show of course as she really is quite amazing in this movie. She truly gives us a performance that is one of the finest she ever did on the screen. Tommy Rall truly gives us an amazing role. The cast of this movie really gives us all such outstanding performances.

George Sidney’s direction crafts out a smartly crafted musical that takes many of the Broadway play into the story with its Cole Porter lyrics which are witty and smart. The musical numbers are among some of the best ever put to the screen. Ann miller sizzles in “It’s Too Darn Hot. Brush Up Your Shakespeare really is one of the most fun songs of the movie to me to watch as it’s just a delight to watch two mobsters sing such in a movie. The choreography is really great as ever in this movie. The cinematography truly really stands out as very impressive. The costumes are amazing on screen as it makes best use of Technicolor. This is very greatly crafted musical drama mixed with comedy with such wonderful acting and great direction makes its one of the MGM musicals all time.  This movie is a must see for any lover of Cole potter or MGM musicals its one of the truly best musicals all time.

five bette's