BUSTER KEATON joyful shorts

BUSTER KEATON joyful shorts

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I am a very huge fan of Buster Keaton. I would say i adore his work so much. He is one of the biggest joys for me to watch his work on screen as he simply is a wonderful act to watch on screen. I would say he ranks among the best of comedy legends all time to my eyes. Buster kreaton is simply one of the true founders of visual comedy and modern comedy in so many ways so to talk him is a real joy now.

The High Sign review

The high sign is one of the best buster kreaton shorts with a ton of amazing athleticism and stunts and tons of gags it really packs a punch. The way takes the house the hard way so many times really shows how far he would go for a gag. Its gags are so wonderful to watch form simple gags to surreal gags as each of the gags stand out giving us joyful and enjoyable gags that will have you laughing at them. Most silent shorts are long on gags but short on plot but this one has his character working in pawnshop and his character climbing houses. Keaton packs in an awful lot of locations and characters and a not insignificant amount of story into nineteen minutes that is amazing in itself. The short ends with Keaton cavorting through a tricked-out house booby-trapped and full of secret passages that shows off physicality and visual inventiveness in such ways that is bar to none simply marvelous. This is a truly wonderful short that you will enjoy anytime.

One week review

One Week is one of the most impressive short films I’ve ever seen. The stunts are absolutely incredible from the very beginning, and they only get bigger and better by the end as this short is so impressive with the stunt work that ranges form simple stunts to more complex stunts as it changes each scene. . Buster Keaton and his newlywed wife are gifted a plot of land and try to build a home for themselves, but things quickly begin to go wrong when the pieces get mixed up as normal everything seems to go wrong with this newly wed couple. The way buster plays in such stunt work is amazing beyond words. You are in for a treat with this wonderful short.

Convict 13 review

Buster Keaton’s first directorial efforts. During a game of golf, Keaton knocks himself out with his own ball and an escaped convict changes clothes with him. The guards mistake him for the prisoner. The joys of this short is the mistaking intent he plays off of trying to escape.  Besides the many obvious things that make Keaton’s performances great are the ways he plays off the camera as he always seems make angles and gags really light up the screen as he is truly the king of comedy as this short shows him at his collective best. Its a fun short that i feel you will enjoy for its simple charms.

The Goat review

Buster gets mistaken for a murderer, dodges the police, plays around on trains. Its noticeable he loves trains as he often would play around them on his shorts and movies often as trains were one thing he adored. This short is charming little gem that has such funny gags and moments as we see it to the end in a simply marvelous gem of a short.

The boat review

The boat is one of his most fun little shorts in my eyes. I adore watching buster deal with this boating trip form hell. Its a fun family trip gone wrong as much buster could get everything wrong with the vacation form sinking his car to sinking the boat to losing it fully in a storm as he simply cannot ever seem to win. A brilliant Keaton short that is endlessly creative and goofy form start to finish which makes it one of my favorite of his shorts.

The paleface review

A Buster Keaton comedy-western as its where Keaton defends some Native Americans from greedy oil-men. Its one of those very fun little shorts its fun to watch buster kreaton play such a soft role that leads to some fun gags and moments. Its fun comedy gem that i feel you will enjoy

cops review

Cops Among Buster Keaton’s short comedies Cops is one of his most recognized and famous and with good reason as its truly one of his best works of comedy. Keaton displays pure athletic ability, daring stunts of his own and simply hilarious comedy. One of the most impressive things in the film for me was the ladder sequence as that is half the size of hat is half the size of the fence as like a seesaw it tips down to the other side, and whilst this is happening, he turns his body around on the ladder whilst it is going down whilst this is happening, he turns his body around on the ladder whilst it is going down. He sees police officers coming, so he shifts his weight to the other side of the ladder, rotating his body once more causing it to tip over as gags of ladders go this is bar none the best of it ever on screen. I would say another scene is Keaton going down the street on his horse and carriage as a cop parade happening as he catches the bomb tossed at it and lights a cigarette with it. I would say its stand out gags and moments all make the comedy stand test of time. Keaton’s best short reel is cops which has some excellent gags and well-executed comedy that makes it his best of works of comedy.

The Electric House review
The Electric House is another great c Keaton short that highlights his delight in all things mechanical. Probably the high point so far of Keaton using technology for laughs as he truly does such wonders with all things mechanical as its a true joy to watch each scene unfold. History buffs will know Keaton broke his ankle filming the escalator scene and had to put the film on hold as he dusted off an old short until the next year then re-shot everything as simply to make everything perfect that makes me adore it even more as its done to perfection.  It is Hilarious, inventive, unique and full of gags. Buster Keaton entertains again in this truly classic short.
Why i adore buster kreaton so much

I simply adore Buster Keaton

because he simply could make any simple gag and many complex gags all work together as I went through his shorts i found that he simply is marvelous with his timing that he manages make any gag truly stand out by his timing as he makes simple gags and many ladder gags all stand out. He is also a wonder with mechanical gags and he adored trains and other modes of transport as he would often use them in his gags and shorts.  He did westerns a few times that managed poke fun at the western in fun ways before western spoofs were a thing. It is truly remarkable managed do so many wonderful gags and stunts without help of anyone. I enjoyed to talk him today i hope you enjoyed my talk on some of his shorts today.

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women in flim:a fight for change

women in flim:a fight for change

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It was women that made the shape of Hollywood we see today yet the face of Hollywood has not changed for years since the 1930’s for women in film as the big studios got bigger they pushed out the women that helped create Hollywood as now we have a rare chance a movie will be directed by a female as many times today it is far worst yet the truth that women helped make Hollywood become the place it is today. It’s been a fight for change since the times of the 1930’s for women to have a bigger voice. Today we keep on fighting for the change in the face of Hollywood. It has been this way since the studio system pushed into the gates. It pushed women away from the front and center image of Hollywood to a smaller role. Its sad fact that very few movies directed by females or produced as it’s a male’s world today for Hollywood since the start of the studio system. It has not always been this way in Hollywood but it beginnings were noble but what it sparked ended the noble ideas of the start of Hollywood which gave women and other equal voices in Hollywood.

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In the beginning of Hollywood we had  women in a bigger role in Hollywood. When it comes to tackling gender equality, Hollywood always seems to drag its feet and leave it beyond as women helped make the face of Hollywood we see today. It was a woman that helped create the directors vision with her co-founder of united artists.  It is sad the studio system today is a male world mostly driven by men now. It is a fact that we lose that this fact was not always this way in Hollywood yet we lost it with the invention of sound and the birth of studio system.

Women were in the movie game from the very start. The early directors of flim had both males and females both directing flims. The first woman to direct a film was almost certainly Alice Guy-Blaché, who worked for Gaumont in Paris. She began to make films in 1896 with her husband as she was also the biggest producer of her age for years. Women produced, wrote and edited films in vast numbers as they often played flappers and other images on the screen. Mary Pickford is the best example as she was making her own movies and producing as even co-founded united artists. Film historian Anthony Slide has rediscovered an early feminist film company, too. Entirely financed by women, the American Woman Film Company was founded in 1916 to “to produce motion pictures of the highest moral and artistic tone. In the silent era, distinctions between jobs were often blurrier than they are today as today we see the titles of jobs are more set in stone as Producing or editing merged into directing we seen crews start making costumes more or less and the studios became more formal and bigger it became where women lost that playing field as one Lois Weber’s advice to young women considering a career as a director was starkly prescient. “Don’t try it,” she said. You will never get away with it. it was not until 1982 when studios began fully crediting women fully. It’s a shame in a heartbeat as the one that helped make the tramp today was a female she was why he managed to become huge. It was females that began the modern idea of directors being the vision of movies in a way with Mary Pickford. We had women play big roles as stunt women and other roles in early days in which today we do not see that image. The face of modern Hollywood is still needing many changes as we cannot overlook the truth that women made the studio system without them we wouldn’t have it today. Last year one of biggest movies was wonder woman it shows why we need change.

Today Hollywood is worst for women in the cores of the Hollywood studio system.  It is better on the TV front as they see more women watch it and allow it more. I do see often many screaming how Hollywood is still a male’s world it is truly that even today and now as we seen last night at golden globes we still have to fight for women to get more a voice in every manner of Hollywood. the time is up for the boys club to rule over things. I am hoping this does bring some details on the past how we can embrace a change for future.

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

MUSICAL STORYTELLING part 3:Silly Symphonies

MUSICAL STORYTELLING part 3

Today for part III i begin where i left off on the Disney classics.  It is the nature of Disney movies to seem to find a way to tell us a story that makes feel like a kid again.  It is the pure Disney magic and charm that has kept it alive for such a long time as i talk about the connections of music in Disney animated classics today which strikes me that truly connects you by its music alone so much so that Walt Disney called the directors room  the music room as you never did story-point without it as music is the language that goes beyond the spoken word in classic Disney animated movies and animated shorts. So today i talk aobut the roots of Disney animated classics with Silly Symphonies. Its all the roots today as i go into a new dive for part III of these animated classics and Disney classics.

MUSICAL STORYTELLING part 3:Silly Symphonies

THe Skeleton Dance

 A Walt Disney SILLY SYMPHONY Cartoon Short. The powers of darkness are abroad one dark & stormy night. In a lonely churchyard as graves open up as Skeletons Dance is performed by four Skeletons who exhibit terpsichorean skills. It was 1928 when this short was released when sound entered the door as this short little delightful gem. The choreography of the Skeleton dance is very funny and delightful as one gets the feeling that this group of young animators was truly having fun when making this little film. It’s a delightful start to the range of ten years of magic to come from Walt Disney for The SILLY SYMPHONIES shorts.

Flowers and Trees

The first Silly Symphony to to be made in Technicolour, Flowers and Trees remains ever timeless among the classics of The SILLY SYMPHONIES shorts as its the frist to win an Oscar for best animated short. It is still a marvel to behold as its the frist of these animated shorts in color. Disney’s first Silly Symphonies cartoon made with three-strip Technicolor was a wonder at its time as the flowers and trees and birds and nature all sing a tone as its simply a fun little short gem.
Music Land (1935)

The story of Music Land is that of when Princess Violin and Prince Sax fall in love with each other, but they belong to two feuding kingdoms the land of symphony and the Isle of Jazz. It is loosely based on Romeo and Juliet with a happy ending. It is a sweet musical treat for those who are fans of classical and jazz music as both are heavy in the short. It’s a fun little short that may be one fun little musical gem.

The Night Before Christmas(1933)

“The Night before Christmas continues the story of the story of Santa’s Workshop but this time jolly old Saint Nicholas is leaving presents. This is a nostalgic cartoon short is one of the best Christmas themed animated shorts all time as it’s such a charming little short. Santa Claus sneaking into a house full of little sleeping children and begins to work by decorating the Christmas tree, using the toys he brought to life from his bag as each toy moves around and comes to life. The Night before Christmas is a sweet Silly Symphony based on the humorous, charming poem that you will simply enjoy to watch.

Mother Goose Goes Hollywood (1938)

This was a wonderful idea for a Disney (or non-Disney) cartoon. It was very creative to portray the latest Hollywood stars as characters from the classic nursery rhymes as this fun little twist really on these classic tales. Movie mavens will love spotting & naming each animated celebrity as it has so many wonderful legends of this period and era. for the record is a listing of the celebrity spoofs: Katharine Hepburn as Little Bo Peep; Hugh Herbert as Old King Cole; Groucho, Chico & Harpo Marx as the Fiddlers Three; Ned Sparks as the King’s Jester; Joe Penner as the King’s Servant; Donald Duck as himself; Charles Laughton, Spencer Tracy & Freddie Bartholomew as the 3 Men In A Tub; W. C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty; Charlie McCarthy as himself; Stan Laurel as Simple Simon; Oliver Hardy as the Pieman; Edward G. Robinson & Greta Garbo in See Saw Margery Daw; Wallace Beery as Little Boy Blue; Edna May Oliver, Mae West & ZaSu Pitts as the trumpeters; Clark Gable as the flautist; George Arliss as the saxophonist; Joe E. Brown & Martha Raye as the jitterbug dancers. Apparently, unedited versions of the cartoon also feature ‘appearances’ by Fred Astaire, Cab Calloway, Eddie Cantor, Stepin Fetchit & Fats Waller as all these cameos are simply put into the tale in a wonderful way. The premise is a series of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes acted out by popular Hollywood celebrities of the 1930’s is one of the most different of Disney animated shorts. Its simply a marvelous little gem of an animated classic.

Today i talk about the third part of this series as today i break-down four of the Silly Symphonies was a series of animated short films produced by Walt Disney Productions from 1929 to 1939 as unlike the Mickey mouse shorts these shorts were Silly  did not have recurring characters and each one was depicted as a standalone productions with stories based on classic books. It’s simply a marvelous series of shorts. I talked for three parts Disney’s epic musical story-telling wonders and gems of Disney animation. This today ends our adventure as we end where the story began for them all.  I feel to explore the magic of Disney in the future i may return the worlds of Disney in the future until next time into the movie magic.

MUSICAL STORYTELLING part 2

MUSICAL STORYTELLING part 2

Today for part II i begin where i left off on the Disney classics.  It is the nature of Disney movies to seem to find a way to tell us a story that makes feel like a kid again.  It is the pure Disney magic and charm that has kept it alive for such a long time as i talk about the connections of music in Disney animated classics today which strikes me that truly connects you by its music alone so much so that Walt Disney called the directors room the music room as you never did story-point without it as music is the language that goes beyond the spoken word in classic Disney animated movies and animated shorts.   So i hope you enjoy my talk about it today for the second chapter as i dive further into the  musical story-telling of Disney classics for its second chapter you will see further how Disney made music key to the movie and short i hope you enjoy this look.

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Dumbo

Dumbo is a favorite among 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 the shortest feature films Disney produced it arguably possesses more memorable moments than any of their other movies. From the stork delivering newborn babies which we see baby mine song playing as you feel for dumbo and its mother as both suffer so much.  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 as i do see this score has many diffrent tones that all stand out.  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.

Bambi

Bambi stands among the best of animated flims all time. Its opening scene where the  multi-plane camera glides through a quiet forest until the stirring forest fire climax. Walt Disney’s Bambi is a jewel of a movie that touches upon nature in the circle of life. Its the shortest of animated flims. It has a wonderful musical score with four musical songs. love is a song opens up the movie as its an enjoyable little song. Little April Shower is a song that feels most repeatable of its songs. Let’s Sing a Gay Little Spring Song is its spring song which plays for spring its a very charming little song.  Looking For Romance is another charming song about love in the movie. Bambi is a simply marvelous little classic gem.

Cinderella

Walt Disney’s CINDERELLA takes the fairy-tale classic with humor and suspense while retaining the tale’s essential charm of the fairy-tale. The  songs  of the movie which are Bibbidy-Bobbidy-Boo” and “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes among its the work song all make such simple joy and CINDERELLA song is such a wonderfully repeated often song in this classic gem. “Cinderella” is one of the classics produced by Disney that belongs not only to my childhood as simply its a fun little gem of a movie.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland is, without a doubt one of the most original, distinctive, imaginative and creative movies Disney ever made as its simply one of my favorite animated movies all time. This version on Alice in Wonderland is one of the best takes of the classic book. In an effort to retain some of Carroll’s imaginative verses and poems, Disney commissioned top songwriters to compose songs built around them for use in the film. A record number of potential songs were written for the film based on Carroll’s verses as each song is done with the verses in mind they are fun songs that are fresh and different. The cast of voice actors all give out such wonderful performances. Alice in Wonderland is, by far, the most inventive and original of all the Disney animated classics as it’s simply a marvelous classic.

Peter Pan

Peter Pan is undoubtedly one of the best of Disney’s films. Peter Pan has its virtues as its a return to form Alice in wonderland driven by thought provoking ideas, some appealing characters, and memorable music with charming songs that all match the charm of many other Disney classics.  Peter Pan is truly one of the best of Disney classics all time as simply its a marvelous must see movie all time.

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Today i talk about the second part of a big epic break-down of Disney classics. I will go into a diffrent trait next part as i simply find the many beats to connect to the next set of Disney animated classics. I hope you enjoyed part one as i simply tried my best do something new on my blog for this feature artcle as next time i am gone into the worlds of silly symphony for part 3.Its time for another adventure into Disney magic next time.

Eugene Pallette:WHAT A CHARACTER

Eugene Paulette:WHAT  A CHARACTER

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So today I talk about  Eugene Paulette for What A Character! blogathon hosted by Once Upon a ScreenOutspoken and Freckled, and Paula’s Cinema Club. This post is written in conjunction with the What a Character! blogathon for it to honor the wonderful Character actor Eugene Paulette i talk about him for my tribute today.  If you want to check out others form event please do so. Once Upon a ScreenOutspoken and Freckled, and Paula’s Cinema Club.  So let’s begin to honor this wonderful Character actor.

The Adventures of Robin Hood  

The adventures of robin hood is one of greatest most colorful costume dramas, swashbucklers, and romantically-tinged adventure films in film history. Its slash-bucking tale can be said to one of the most fun movies you can watch ever.

Errol Flynn shines as robin hood as he plays the definitive Robin Hood. It expertly tells the story of the heroic Robin and his Sherwood Forest followers, who saved England from royal treachery by scheming nobles during the absence of the crusading and captured-ransomed King Richard the Lion-Hearted. And it tells the fairy-tale romance with nostalgic chivalry, colorful pageantry, simple righteousness triumphant over villainous and evil might, and spectacular action. The film would not be a masterpiece without the casting–not just of Flynn and de Havilland, who are indispensable, but also of such dependable Warners’ supporting stars as Claude Rains, as the effete Prince John; Basil Rathbone, as the snaky Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and Patric Knowles, Eugene Pallette plays little john in one of his fine roles.  It has fine acting by everyone in its cast.

Unlike modern films where superstars dominate every scene, the Hollywood films of the golden era have depth in writing and casting, so the story can resonate with more than one tone. The movie was initially directed by William Keighley (“Each Dawn I Die”), but Hal Wallis at Warner Bros thought the Sherwood scenes, filmed on location in Chico, California, lacked vitality, and they replaced him with Michael Curtiz (“Angels with Dirty Faces”; “Casablanca”), who added just that. He filmed additional scenes of the merry men preparing for and then attacking the caravan, and all of that climbing, running and jumping, sometimes directly at the camera, feel like primers for the masculine energy of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. It is one of those charming classic gems that anyone can enjoy.

The Lady Eve (1941)

It’s no accident when wealthy Charles (Henry Fonda) falls for Jean (Barbara Stanwyck). Jean is a con artist with her sights set on Charles’ fortune. Matters complicate when Jean starts falling for her mark. When Charles suspects Jean is a gold digger, he dumps her. Jean, fixated on revenge and still pining for the millionaire, devises a plan to get back in Charles’ life. With love and payback on her mind, she reintroduces herself to Charles, this time as an aristocrat named Lady Eve Sidwich.

The Lady Eve is one of my favorite movies of the 1940’s. It is one of the best movies that Barbara Stanwyck starred in too. This comedy treat truly always delights me. Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck truly shine together as a duo as both acting legends give us their finest performances all time.  brilliant writing and direction provided by Preston Sturges.Mr. Sturges  Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda make the ideal players for Jean Harrington aka Lady Eve Sidwish, and Charles Pike. Eugene Pallette plays mr pike whom is a another wonderful role for him.  The saying that opposites attract is well demonstrated in the film when we watch these two different characters fall for one another. Ms. Stanwyck shows in this film her great timing. The tight direction of  Preston Sturges. It is a comedy treat you must see today.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 

Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is another quality product from the notable filmmaker that skilfully presents its support of democracy & is now counted amongst the great American films of its era. This movie is wonderfully acted by everyone in its cast. James Stewart’s brilliant performance is perhaps among his best performances ever on the screen.  Claude Rains as the Senator Joseph Paine and Edward Arnold as Jim Taylor both are truly wonderful in their roles. Jean Arthur plays the educated and cultured female figure of the nation, and her performance is extraordinary, among the most complete female performances of cinema. Eugene Pallette  plays Chick McGann in one of his wonderful roles. Its cast all give out such wonderful performances.  Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a classic that you must see today.

The wonderful Character actor Eugene Paulette whom i talk about some of his classic roles out the many wonderful roles he played as he simply was a marvelous actor in any role in his many roles he played always managed stand out among its cast of legends each role. I hope you enjoyed this tribute to this wonderful legend.

Musical Storytelling

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To begin my story. It begins as me as a boy. I went to Wal-Mart i seen the tape of The little mermaid. I was wanting to see this movie so bad. It was just something about that drew me to this movie. I put on at my grandmother’s house as i sat back and watched it. I never seen it  such a magically charming movie like that as it was just pure and simple story that was purely magical to watch. I recall afterward often as a boy going to the store to buy a new Disney movie. It is the nature of Disney movies to seem to find a way to tell us a story that makes feel like a kid again.  It is the pure Disney magic and charm that has kept it alive for such a long time as i talk about the connections of music in Disney animated classics today which strikes me that truly connects you by its music alone so much so that Walt Disney called the directors room the music room as you never did story-point without it as music is the language that goes beyond the spoken word in classic Disney animated movies.  So i hope you enjoy my talk about it today.

Musical Storytelling

snow white and seven dwarfs(plot details form the wiki but its taking to bring context to article and moments of the song beats.

snow white and seven dwarfs begins everything of Disney traits to come even its musical connections to a bigger scale. Its where everything started for Disney animated classics.  Snow white starts with its title music which is a storybook theme to a book as we intro to its world.  Its storybook to where see the world of snow white open up to the castle with the the wicked queen. The queen is told about snow white being fairest in the land.

Snow white is doing here chores as normal for her as we begin to see her. She is singing somewhat as we intro to her. Its the frist song of movie which is a very simple fun song that bridges us into her. Its a simply fun little charming song as she sings to the birds.  The Prince, riding by the castle, hears her voice and is enchanted by it. He climbs over the castle wall. unseen by Snow White, who is singing to her reflection at the bottom of a well. The Prince joins in the singing, which startles and surprises Snow White; she runs indoors, but when he pleads for her to return she comes to the balcony and listens as he sings “One Song” to her. Unseen by both, the Queen watches from her window high above. Its simply a marvelous intro to it.

The Queen summons the Huntsman, whom she orders to take Snow White far into the forest, and kill her; she demands the girl’s heart as proof. The Huntsman is reluctant to do so, but is bound by his orders; he takes Snow White deep into the forest, where he lets her gather flowers as he refuses to kill her as he takes pig heart to bring to the queen. Its score here really does make you have many diffrent feelings.

we see her run trough the forest the soundtrack roars into bigger epic score.  Its a tension filled score and moments as she runs trough forest in fright.   she is met by the creatures of forest.

snow white sings to them a smile and song as we see the little birds and other creatures of forest.  she was ashamed of the fear she showed. the birds remind her they sing a song. its brightens the picture up form the darkness moments.  she sings “With a Smile and a Song” and asks them if they know of a place where she can stay they lead her to the cabin. This song is a very fun song that brings cheer after the gloom.

snow white sings whistle while you work as she sings as she cleans up the cabin of the the Seven Dwarfs as we then see one of the softest songs of movie as i feel its really a charming song that makes you happy and cheerful for snow white.  we next see in next scene the  the Seven Dwarfs whom are singing , singing “Heigh-Ho as they work then return home to find snow white.

they find snow white in their home as they are uneasy with her. we feel for her again but they are not so mean as they seem they welcome her. they are told to clean up by her for dinner as they do even grumpy whom is bit less willing to her then the others. they all are happy afterward but grumpy singing the silly song.

She then sings “Some Day My Prince Will Come” (referring to her romance with the Prince) before sending them up to bed for the night. Its another wishful and cheerful moment.

Queen prepares the poisoned apple and, dismissing the possibility that Snow White may be revived by ‘love’s first kiss as she walks into forest towards snow white. Its dark tone of its musical beats.

After the dwarfs have left the cottage, the Queen in disguise goes to Snow White and offers her the poisoned apple in which she tells is a magic wishing apple as she takes a bite.It turns the music darker as we see the scene unfold it really makes us weep.

we intro to the moments where snow white is sleeping in the casket as all animals see her sleeping. its the moments where we feel really sad for snow white as we feel all hope is lost. It was moment many stars cried out as they felt so sad when it first was shown on screens. we cut to prince kissing her as they save her the movie ends as she lives happy ever-after. It is where we all cheer as she lives happy at the end.

Pinocchio

The film opens with Jiminy Cricket singing When You Wish Upon A Star as he sits on a bookshelf, on which can be found various literary classics, such as Peter PanAlice in Wonderland and Pinocchio, which is given a place of prominence.  It makes us see frist song of this wonderful classic as we see the award winning when you wish upon a star.
The little fun musical beats of the Little Wooden Head  we meet Gepetto whom is a very happy old man having fun with his puppet. Its the frist see of Pinocchio before. He says its time for bed as we see the wish upon star happen for him be a real boy.

The wishing star glows brighter as we see the blue fairy come into the workshop. She brings She approaches Pinocchio and brings the puppet to life with a tap of her wand, and his strings vanish without a trace. Pinocchio is delighted and surprised at his ability to move and talk as he is told he is not yet a real boy as he must prove self worthy by must proving himself brave, truthful, and unselfish in order to become one and learn the difference between right and wrong. After Jimmy hops in to explain to Pinocchio, the Blue Fairy decides to dub the cricket Pinocchio’s conscience and leaves, telling Pinocchio to always let his conscience be his guide. It’s where we start next beat of movie. Jimmy then sings Give A Little Whistle which is a very charming little song

The next day we see him going off to school as we meet the fox whom he says his name is honest john wanting to be an actor as he says to boy he never heard of being an actor as he sings an actor’s life for me another fun little beat of this wonderful gem. Honest John takes Pinocchio to Stromboli’s Caravan, where puppet master Stromboli buys the wooden boy and makes him his star attraction.  Its where we cut to Geppetto looking sadly for him. He tries to escape but captures by Stromboli whom tosses him back in cage as he says to boy once done ill turn you into fire wood.  He performs i got no strings for me which is often considered the classic Disney song.

It is next day as Geppetto still looking passes the the caravan, but his calls for Pinocchio are not heard over the rain and thunder that day. The blue fairy shows up as she asks why did he not go to school as he lies about it. She tells him each lie his nose will grow bigger. Pinocchio promises to never lie again, and his nose returns to its normal size. The Fairy then frees Pinocchio from the cage and vanishes, saying that this will be the last time she will help them as she says its last time she will help them ever. It has many musical cues that hint to the different moments such as the beats for the rain and the other for the blue fairy and the escape. It’s all very wonderfully crafted along with the scenes to make you feel something.

Meanwhile, the fox and cat are celebrating at the Red Lobster Inn as they are talking to each other. Seated opposite them is the Coachman, who listens to their story and decides to catch their attention with a huge bag of money telling them to bring stupid little boys to Pleasure Island as are afraid being caught but told they never return as boys. The fox and cat find Pinocchio racing Jimmy Cricket home, and pretend to be doctors, stating that he is ‘allergic’ and must go to Pleasure Island to get better as jimmy chases him down again which ends up to pleasure island which begins one of the biggest beats of movie in some ways in short period we see jimmy give up a bit then see the donkeys being the boys becoming slaves to save Pinocchio as they escape. The Geppetto’s workshop empty as get note form the blue fairy to look for Monstro. This scene beat has many wonderful musical cues from the score such as the sad moments to the tension beats. It all ends up being such a wonderful beat of this movie.

we see them finding  Monstro as we next meet  Geppetto and his cat friend they all end up in Monstro as they start fire to escape they end up on shore at end as Pinocchio dies on the shore he is taking back to the workshop as we see  Geppetto  crying over him. The scenes in water are very much given musical cues to the many moments to come that bring us to the moments where he ends up on shore.  The brave little boy has proven worthy.  The blue fairy brings him back to life as he becomes a real boy.  The ending is cheerful and happy as we see them all happy even the kitty and fish with blue fairy leaving jimmy to guide others. It ends our tale with many different beats to its score such as the tension filled beat to get free of the whale to the sad moments we see the Pinocchio dead to the moment where blue fairy brings him back to life as they all have a cheerful and glee to themselves.  Pinocchio has such a wonderful score that does make each mood connect to its score. It’s simply a classic you should see

Fantasia 

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Fantasia is one of those movies that is something truly special in the annals of movies. After over seventy years, Walt Disney’s Fantasia remains one of most shining examples of animation and music ever committed to film. So today my review of this classic movie which remains one of the best examples of a fine animated gem as its all song its basically one of the easier movies to break down for its songs.

Fantasia was released in Released in 1940 in the middle of World War II,Fantasia” was initially envisioned as a short film to reinvigorate the sagging popularity of Mickey Mickey Mouse as the war really was impacting hard upon Disney. Fantasia was a critical and popular failure in its own day but with the passage of time it has become a beloved classic to many today. This Disney production was an ambitious experiment to try to popularize classical music Fantasia has eight finely animated shorts to music which each is very different form the other but it connected together through the art of classical music.

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor intros into the movie as it shows a section that shows various abstract imagery to the beat of “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor which has Live-action shots of the orchestra illuminated in blue and gold, backed by superimposed shadows, fade into abstract patterns. Animated lines, shapes and cloud formations reflect the sound and rhythms of the music as its very enjoyable to listen to it any time along with Nutcracker Suite scene has many different changes to its scene that goes form images of dancing fairies flowers and more as it goes along with the seasons this scene is a richly deep scene with such magical animated wonders to behold as each change in the tone of it really reflects the musical cues of the music at that moment of the scene. It’s really one marvelous gem of a scene that has such its mesmerizing cinematography.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is probably the most famous short of all of the shorts of Fantasia based upon The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (German: Der Zauberlehrling) is a poem by Goethe written in 1797 which is what that part was based upon. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas tells the story of . Mickey Mouse, the young apprentice of the sorcerer Yen Sid, attempts some of his master’s magic tricks but does not know how to control them as it is one of the most beloved parts of this classic movie it is such a fun little gem of animation that really has such marvelous cinematography along with a rich soundtrack to boot for it.

Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky. A visual history of the Earth’s beginnings is depicted to selected sections of the ballet score. The sequence progresses from the planet’s formation to the first living creatures, followed by the reign and extinction of the dinosaurs as it’s one of the longest parts of the movie but it is such a richly animated scene that has such marvelous wonders to behold. I would say it has some of the finest animated dinosaurs ever put to the screen. The Pastoral Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven. A mythical Greco-Roman world of colorful centaurs & centaurettes”, cupids, fauns and other figures from classical mythology is portrayed to Beethoven’s music. This scene sparked an interest in classical mythology for me as it’s such a marvelous treasure trove of mythology characters form the classical mythology it does have such a rich depth to its animation that goes along to the music perfectly as ever.

Dance of the Hours by Amilcare Ponchielli. A comic ballet in four sections that has many creatures dancing alongside to music as this charming gem of a scene really flows along well to the beat of the music it’s such a charming and fun scene to watch with its charming and comical nature along with its great music and rich cinematography. Night on Bald Mountain depicts a demon on top of a mountain summoning the dead and damned to dance and party around him atop his mountain. Absolutely terrifying cacodemonic animation coupled with Mussorgsky’s dramatic, intimidating score along with it. Vladimir Tytla is the only man who could possibly have pulled off this dramatic, spell bindingly horrific sequence that is one of the finest pieces of animation ever put to the screen.

Fantasia is truly a film that was way ahead of its time in almost every aspect imaginable. From outstanding segments like The Rite of Spring and Night on Bald Mountain to the excellent orchestration of the classical music by Leopold Stokowski and his orchestra, to the tremendous craft of the animation and it’s wonderful cinematography and music that makes it one of the finest animated movies so see Fantasia because you truly will love this marvelous gem.’

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Today i talk about the frist part of a big epic break-down of Disney classics. I will go into a diffrent trait next part as i simply find the many beats to connect to the next set of Disney animated classics. I hope you enjoyed part one as i simply tried my best do something new on my blog for this feature artcle.