I walked with a zombie

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I Walked With A Zombie is a brilliant bit of film making based upon the book of Jane Eyre. It takes to Caribbean island mansion. Its Jacques Tourneur and producer Val Lewton’s second horror/thriller collaboration as they craft out one fine poetic flim.   Its Undoubtedly the most atmospheric of the Lawton/Tourneur film collaborations  as its told in flashbacks by y nurse Betsy Connell, Frances Dee. The horror aspects of i walked with a zombie is very minor in regard to its overall story. I walked with a zombie takes a diffrent way of horror then most of the horror of universal horror of its day as it more what you dont see that scares you in this flim then what is seen by you. It does harken back to classic universal horror of the 1930’s its dreamlike approach to cinematic storytelling. Lyrical and atmospheric story-telling that this flim uses very heavy use of that classic trait of story-telling. Walked with a Zombie” recounts the story  of Canadian nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island.

A rehash of the Charlotte Bronte classic Jean Eyre in a classic sense under the supernatural and unknown in the form of the Island’s natives belief in Voodoo was shown in a way as how one can be put under its spell as its the original sense of zombies. Eerie, poetic horror film with such rich black and white camera work that captures it in a richly psychological way as its more about what the eyes do not see but it’s so lovely and enchanting looking this lovely film. I would say its acting is really wonderful too as everyone does wonderful work in their roles.

Director Jacques Tourneur perfectly in tune with his producer to unhinge the audience by way of an approaching dread we can’t see as it’s so wonderful and haunting elegiac sequences linger long in the memory, rustling wind blows as characters are appearing to float thru sugar cane fields, the distant rumble of ceremonial drums luring them forward with mystical powers. A voodoo zombie shuffling on a mission to fetch poor Jessica from the plantation home is not horrifying; its damn near gorgeous, soft and near silent in its execution, the whole film is simply full of memorable moments. This film was written by Curt Siodmak, the concept for the piece came about by way of a number of newspaper articles that were telling of voodoo and witchcraft in Haiti as its truly a classic that may be one of the finest horror movies ever made for the screen.

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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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ball of fire

I am a very huge fan of screwball comedies. I often review more screwball comedies on my blog often also i review many noir classics and talk about Hitchcock often. I would say they are my three favorite movie areas to talk about. I love fondly screwball comedies.  Films definitive of the genre usually feature farcical situations, a combination of slapstick with fast-paced repartee and show the struggle between economic classes. Films definitive of the genre usually feature farcical situations, a combination of slapstick with fast-paced repartee and show the struggle between economic classes. They also generally feature a self-confident and often stubborn central female protagonist and a plot involving courtship and marriage or remarriage or cross-dressing. Some comic plays are screwball in nature. It was a genre that was made in movies until 1942. Many flims of the 1950’s also have traits of screwball comedies.  Its time to talk these classics again for this month’s theme as my next review is the screwball classic ball of fire which is a reverse snow white type tale that is very much one of the most funny comedy classics ever. Its time to review this classic comedy classic.

Ball of fire review

Howard Hawks Ball of Fire is an urban update of the Snow-White fairy tale as as well as an effervescent look at the fertile potential of clashing cultures. It was written by Billy Wilder with Howard hawks directing ball of fire which remains one of finest screwball comedies ever crafted for the screen.

Ball of fire remains one of my favorite screwball comedies all time with such wonderful acting by Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper. The ever wonderful Barbara Stanwyck really leads the show as Sugarpuss O’Shea who hides with them for her gangster boyfriend. She plays the role in a very wonderful way as she is so witty and charming in this role yet she makes this wonderful performance a warm up to her later roles as you see how amazing her skill as an A warm up for Stanwyck’s most sensual performance on film in Double Indemnity(1944). Gary Cooper gives us one amazing performance as he plays Bertram Potts with such amazing charm and skill of acting.

The group of professors are all very good supporting actors as Oskar Homolka and Henry Travers and S.Z. Sakall and Tully Marshall and Leonid Kinskey and Richard Haydn and Aubrey Mather. I would say Henry Travers is among cast of the stand out character actors as he played the angel It’s Wonderful Life this may be one of his finest roles. I would say each of these professors are played by very wonderful character actors that each give out wonderful performances that stand out. Allen Jenkins is a garbage man seeking knowledge for pecuniary gain as he gives a very good performance in his role.

Dana Andrews plays against type as a gangster in one very good role for him as the gangster boyfriend of Sugarpuss O’Shea.   Mary Field as Miss Totten, the daughter of the wealthy inventor who created the foundation really gives a good performance in her role. The whole of supporting cast of many great acting legends all give such wonderful performances.

Ball of Fire (1941) comprises of some fine cinematography by Gregg Toland. Ball of Fire (1941) is directed by Howard Hawks. It’s such a wonderfully charming comedy classic that truly may be one of finest screwball comedies ever made for the screen. It’s a classic you should see today.

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Trouble in Paradise

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

Trouble in Paradise (1932) review

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

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

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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So today I talk about Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for The 3rd Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon! a classic MGM horror movie that remains timeless today.  I hope you check out other posts form the The 3rd Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon! hosted by my dear friend  frorm The Wonderful World of Cinema known as Virginie Pronovost. Thanks to the wonderful host of this event if you want to check out others form event please do so. So now to present my review.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde review

Unlike Universal, MGM was never a studio associated much with out-and-out horror films (A notable exception: 1932’s great The Mask of Fu  which is another classic movie by this classic studio. This version of the classic “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” story is more slow-moving and psychological than most of the versions of this classic tale on the screen. It relies on a good cast to bring out the ways that the characters and their relationships are affected by the doctor’s weird experiment as its not a version to watch if you want horror but you will love it if you dont mind  a psychological approach. 

Spencer Tracy plays the dual leading role giving it a good job of creating both personas. This movie is a perfect encapsulation of Stevenson’s original vision as Spencer Tracy gives us a more closer to the book version of this evil side unleashed. Tracy’s makeup is far less monstrous than that created for Fredric March ten years earlier. Director Victor Fleming goes for exaggerations of Tracy’s features and the playing up of the psychological differences between Jekyll and Hyde. The first couple of transformations are played as dream sequences involving good girl Lana Turner and bad girl Ingrid Bergman. We don’t see the actual transformation until well on into the movie. so have big actresses like Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner in supporting roles as both give us wonderful performances.

It is a  literary-based horror/drama that has such good acting and direction that feels closer to the original book in many ways.  Joseph Ruttenberg’s cinematography with Cedric Gibbons’ Art Direction and Edwin B. Willis Set Direction  all recreate foggy Victorian London and Franz Waxman’s musical score all come together to create a gem.  Victor Fleming directed Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman in this very marvelous classic that one should see today. It’s simply a classic Gothic based novel movie that you will simply enjoy anytime.

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The Bride’s Play

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My Silents are golden theme continues with another look upon another classic silent movie classic as i continue to explore the many facets of silent movies as this era has such vast richness and depth to its storytelling. Today’s review is The Bride’s Play (1922)  Cosmopolitan Davies pictures leads up its follow up to her breakthrough role in the star-making When Knighthood Was In Flower. This lush romantic drama is presented in a review today.

Marion Davies stars as a Bride at an Irish wedding. According to custom, she asks each man if he is the one she loves best, but when the man she truly loves appears everyone is in for a big surprise.The Bride’s Play review

The Bride’s Play refers to an odd custom probably fictional where an Irish bride circulates among the men in the wedding party and asks them if any one of them is her true love. Marion Davies stars in this role as she plays an Irish lass pursued by an older man (Wyndham Standing) and a rakish poet(Carl Miller) as she simply plays a wonderful role. As with many Davies films this one has a fantasy sequence which shows Davies as a 12th Century woman named Enid who enacts the bride’s play but runs off with her true love when she asks if he is the one she loves best.

Marion Davies had beauty and personality as both emphasized in this wonderful film. Marion Davies is elaborately gowned in both the medieval and the modern wedding sequences. Many of Davies films featured her in elegant costumes due to the wishes of William Randolph Hearst, the producer of her films and her lover the producer of the film. The most interesting aspect of the film is the beautiful cinematography of the film’s setting supposedly Ireland but actually the rugged coast near Carmel, California.

The actors are framed against a background of the picturesque pines and cypress that overhang the cliffs and beaches of the coast. The cinematographer Ira H. Morgan photographed several of Davies’s films in the 1920s including Beauty’s Worth (1922) her next film that also has outstanding photography of the Carmel coast.  Undercrank releasing this wonderful movie in a near pristine gorgeous print really shines as Marion Davies shines throughout. The costumes in the last quarter of the film are exquisitely wild and the final scenes featuring ‘the Bride’s play’ provide a great twist as the soundtrack is simply wonderful. This film is visual treat that will be watched again and again by me often. This is simply a marvelous  classic to watch anytime.

The Bride’s Play (1922) starring Marion Davies(buy it here folks)

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women-in-peril golden age classics 

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damsel in distress or persecuted maiden is a classic theme in world literature,art,film and video games. The trope involves a beautiful or innocent woman placed in danger by a villain or monster that requires a knight or hero to rescue her. In movies it has become common trope in storytelling. The golden age of movies turned this trope into a different light by turning it into women-in-peril sub genre of movies that started out in 1940’s as they were a sub genre for horror and thrillers that follows a female protagonist who is subjected to prolonged physical and emotional torture. These tortures are aimed at womanhood or what it means to be a woman. Women portrayed as victims is fertile ground for movies today I talk about movies of this sub genre that are a classics of the golden age of cinema as I talk about these Gothic melodramas or thrillers of the golden age of movies So let’s begin this talk about it.

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So I begin with a review of gaslight(1944) which is a mystery thriller based upon a play that tells a story about a woman whose husband slowly manipulates her into believing she is insane.

Patrick Hamilton’s Angel Street an American stage classic was turned into a classic Gothic melodrama on the screen in 1944 as gaslight. This Gothic melodrama about a woman being driven out of her mind was directed by George Cukor. This film is beloved by film fans all over the world because it holds the viewer interested in watching the psychological drama with echoes of Gothic overtone unfold on the screen. 

Ingrid Bergman plays a wonderful role as  Paula as she  born to play this troubled woman as she truly captures the raw depths of this person perfectly. The movie starts with her as a young girl at the begining of the flim to a blooming woman that is affaid of her own shadow. One look at Ingrid Bergman  you get sense what is in her mind each moment of the movie as she truly gives us one amazing performance. Charles Boyer also makes a great Gregory Anton as he plays the perfect villain as he truly is sly and  duplicitous with a hidden agenda to get whatever he can out of poor Paula. Gregory Anton is an evil man that will go to any lengths to get what he wants.  Its truly a wonderful role. The supporting cast all give out such amazing performances as young  Angela Lansbury stands out among them as a maid. Joseph Cotten gives a good performance.  Dame May Witty truly is a good actress giving us an amazing performance. Gaslight is an excellent Gothic melodrama that you should see today.

House of wax review

Wax sculptor Henry (Vincent Price) is horrified to learn that his business partner, Matthew (Roy Roberts), plans on torching their wax museum to collect on the insurance policy. Henry miraculously survives a fiery confrontation with Matthew and re-emerges some years hence with a museum of his own. But when the appearance of Henry’s new wax sculptures occurs at the same time that a number of corpses vanish from the city morgue, art student Sue Allen (Phyllis Kirk) begins suspecting wrongdoing.
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Vincent Price was a known caracter actor by time he played Wax sculptor Henry. House of wax. House of Wax was one of the few films made in 3D which was a huge success. It really is likely because of the movies strong acting by its cast.  Vincent Price plays one of his finest villain roles that he gives all his charm as as an actor to the role of  Henry Jarrod, a sweet and dedicated artist who creates lifelike mannequins for a wax museum. He crates wax figures of many people whom he loves like his kids. is partner sets the museum on fire, hoping to collect a tidy sum in insurance money. Henry supposedly perishes in the flames, trying in vain to rescue his beloved wax friends in a scene which is truly heartbreaking as you see him try to save them to be almost burned alive.
Henry reappears, wheelchair bound and just a tad bitter. He has opened a new wax museum which features realistic scenes of murder and horror, many of them taken from current headlines. Unfortunately, some of them are just a little TOO realistic: one looks like Henry’s ex-partner, who was found hanging in an elevator shaft. It really is a very great shift in his persona as this guy now is a wicked villain of charm. Vincent Price played up this role as he really gives out charm in this role.
This is a wonderful, creepy scare-fest with great sets, beautiful colors and strong performances. Vincent Price as Henry Jarrod really is lovable and and horrifying as the kind man driven mad. Charles Bronson, in a very early role, is super freaky as Henry’s mute and morbid assistant. Carolyn Jones. it is really price that steals the show as many scenes he plays up to the camera which was used the 3d effect such as him playing ping pong to the camera that scene you see price’s great charm as an actor come out. Phyllis Kirk is the sensible Sue a slightly uptight but genuinely believable victim that has such charm in her role too.  Vincent Price seems to enjoy playing the villain as he seems to just make it seem like such a joy as he plays it with glee like a school boy. He really loved to play villains he often said as he could have such fun in playing evil. I would love talk about how the wax figures he creates of horror really can creep you out. House of wax is a horror gem that you must see today.

 Black cat reviewca75bfe0b446b1c7e75b4f3208772409Edgar G. Ulmer’s The Black Cat was released in 1934; it was the first feature film to famed Universal horror actors Bella Lugosi (“Dracula”) and Boris Karloff (“Frankenstein”) in the same film together which may explain why it is one of the beloved cult classics.

Bella Lugosi plays the good guy in this movie.  The role of Dr. Vitus Werdegast is among the finest ever played by Bella Lugosi. it is so much of a departure from many of his other roles it does stand out among his roles.Boris Karloff plays Hjalmar Poelzig, a Satanic architect whom is among one of his finest roles on the screen as he plays a wonderfully creepy role. He plays a devil worshiper that holds black masses and a penchant for the ladies only when they are put to the  devil’s business. He plays it so dark and twisted as this evil devil worshiping priest. He was once friends to Dr. Vitus Werdegast whom he betrayed during the war which led to a long imprisonment.  This bond really plays off well in parts you see shades of the friendship yet you know truth that both men don’t like each other. They play both together in a horror classic in a fine manner as both of the duo really lights up the screen.

Peter Alison (David Manners), a pulp mystery writer, and his newlywed bride, Joan (Julie Bishop,) both plays both roles finely i may add as both really are good at playing off this couple stuck in middle of this game between both men. Julie Bishop of course plays Joan the victim in the middle of it all.She is used as a pawn in Hjalmar Poelzig’s rituals. Both of the couple really stands out as both give out wonderful performances. The Black Cat contains some of the most unsettling scenes of any classic Universal horror film. It is the darkest of them all. I just wonder how it was viewed by audiences in 1934. Two scenes that immediately come to mind are the black mass performed by Karloff and the torture scene at the end of the film. These scenes are not typical of the Universal classics as this is darker than normal universal horror movies.  I adore the darker elements that make this movie really stand out among horror movies of that era. The setting of this movie is different than other universal horror movies as its futuristic house really stands out among universal horror movie movies.  It’s wonderful set design and cinematography and lighting really shines that makes it stand out along with its wonderful acting and makeup work and direction makes this universal classic stand out. This is one classic movie you should see today.

The Canterville Ghost review

The Canterville Ghost is loosely based upon the  a short story by Oscar Wilde starring  Robert Young and  Margaret O’Brien with Charles Laughton as the ghost whom he plays with a delightful charm to the role. It’s a very charming little gem that will make you smile as it’s a very delightful and charming ghost story for the whole family that you will laugh and adore. It’s a classic charming ghost story that is timeless as ever that you should see today.

Gothic Melodrama is a very special brand of the ever popular Melodrama style that emerged in the late 30’s and that featured not only old Gothic mansions, dozens of burning candles, foggy streets illuminated by gaslight, mysteries and haunting family secrets, Victorian ladies walking through dark corridors, Byronic heroes like Orson Welles or James Mason, tall dark villains like Vincent Price and tragic ghost stories. I showed some of these stories today that present as many classics exist in this area you can enjoy many times over and over again i hope you enjoyed my look upon this area today.

modern times

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

Modern times review

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

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

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

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

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So today I talk about et the extra terrestrial for THE THIRD ANNUAL BARRYMORE TRILOGY BLOGATHON  as today i review E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for this event hosted by my dear friend’s event today. I am very happy talk about this classic movie for today’s event.  I hope you check out other posts form THE THIRD ANNUAL BARRYMORE TRILOGY BLOGATHON too thank you now to review this classic movie.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial review

When I first saw ET as a boy i was very young as i recall being very much in love with this tale about this alien trying find his way back home. E.T. is one of my all time favorite movies as it really had a very strong impact upon me as a child as I really loved the sense of wonder the movie shows us about ET as he sees world with wonder and charm of a child.

This is Spielberg at his best as its wonderful score by John William to its very elements about family and friendship and loyalty and its most of all about love. Steven Spielberg pulls off some legendary shots and the acting from the children is excellent as it makes the movie click with us so much as Henry Thomas as Elliot is wonderful as give us one amazing performance as an actor.  Drew Barrymore is so cute throughout the whole film and she captures the audience every time she appears on screen as also gives us a very amazing performance too.

The relationship between E.T. and Elliot can be marked as one of the greatest friendships in Hollywood history as they are friends yet the boy really does suffer due to this friendship which can hurt your heart at times. I truly adore the elements about the idea he truly is alien to our world discovering it with such glee that makes the magic of the moments he finds out things in the movie even more magical. Its one of those very good classics with a heartfelt portrait of childhood exploring the friendship between Elliot that is what makes the movie truly magical.

ET truly is a wonderful classic you should see today as you will adore this classic gem with its wonderful acting to direction to its wonderful score all make it one of the best classics all time ever made for the screen.. This is one of the best Steven Spielberg films ever made simply that you should see today.

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