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Cinematography of the third man

Cinematography of the third man

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TODAY i talk about The Cinematography of the third man with an in-depth review that breaks down this classic gem for 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon as today for the crafts part of 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon as Its Oscars talk time again. Today as part of 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon which is hosted by Once Upon a Screen,Outspoken and Freckled and Paula’s Cinema Club. Thanks to the wonderful hosts for today’s event and check out others form this event.

The Third Man (1949) Opening shots. 

Similar to other international noir genres, British film noir hardly fits the rigid categorical definition of noir based on Hollywood films. It does, however, contain many of the conventions and traits of Hollywood film noir such as a focus on the underworld of society, base emotions, and melodramatic events that portray an unjust and often cruel world. Carol Reed’s The Third Man (1949) may be stand among the greatest movies ever made and it does rank almost among top British films ever made.

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The third man follows  an idealistic American writer of Westerns as he arrives in the corrupted, disparaged city of post-WWII Vienna, Austria, which has been divvied into four sections: French, Russian, British, and American.  Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) is an innocent, in some ways a clod, as he blindly follows a mystery, however dangerous, until its ultimate conclusion at the end. 

The third man has many key layers that it shares with american noir that may be a common thread of both ends of the great pond as its use of shadows and lighting really does also play a huge role into the movie.  A focus on the underworld of society of  Vienna, Austria. The base emotions, and melodramatic events that portray an unjust and often cruel world of post war  Vienna, Austria which is divided after the second world war into four zones French, Russian, British, and American.  Plot:Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

The third man is probably the greatest British thriller of the postwar by director Carol Reed and screenwriter Graham Greene set a fable of moral corruption in a world of near-Byzantine visual complexity: the streets and ruins of occupied Vienna which is far removed from the image of the rollicking erotic’s of Ernst Lubitsch or the wistful elegance and melancholy beauty of Max Ophüls. This Vienna is a movie milieu that really is vastly different form Curtiz’s Casablanca or Sternberg’s Morocco as it is unlike them, it is primarily the real Vienna, It is the real raw streets of the rubble and look of the bleak city after the second world war. The third man is shot by Reed and cameraman Robert Krasker in such a striking style which captures the city of Vienna. The camera work of Robert Krasker shot the movie in off-angle compositions and wide-angle lens distortions along that really does give some shots that really does feel striking to see unfold on the screen.

As you see in this scene above you see One of the many great Dutch-angled shots in The Third Man (1949) as truly it is giving you an oddball look at the city in a striking style.These striking camera shots really work to capture the raw city. The macabre landscape with the outstanding camerawork captures the city with  Anton Karas’ legendary zither score as the tale unwinds on the screen.

Two symbolic settings of the movie is a Ferris wheel towering above the city, and the shadowy chaos of the sewers. Holly comes face to face with the supreme evil, the supreme betrayal: both Harry’s and his own. The two settings play key part into that ultimate end. This is one element of the third man that vastly does tell you about how the raw core of the depths that harry faces into what some call his trip down a rabbit hole. Its two settings tell the viewer this idea as key part of its shots. This what the symbolic settings tell us all about the journey of the movie to its end.

Which ends as Anna walks down road as he looks upon her as farewell to her as he knows she is still in love with a killer and he must follow her down into that place as her love is misplaced and misguided. It’s her way as she must find her back to the light. The symbolic nature of the ending and the movie really does bring to light the nature of what we feel as descend into our chaotic worlds often.

Don’t be so gloomy. After all it’s not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long Holly.

 

Harry Lime: Nobody thinks in terms of human beings. Governments don’t. Why should we? They talk about the people and the proletariat, I talk about the suckers and the mugs – it’s the same thing. They have their five-year plans, so have I.
Martins: You used to believe in God. Harry Lime: Oh, I still do believe in God, old man. I believe in God and Mercy and all that. But the dead are happier dead. They don’t miss much here, poor devils.

Both these great quotes by Orson Welles really address the nature of our world in a collective darkness about how we think about governments in truth and how we believe in a god. It’s a collective reflection that really does feel at home in the third man as the city of Vienna afterwards of world war II. As quoted often noir is a reflection of how America and the world felt afterward of the second world war. So we see this collective expressions of its scenes and many quotes in this wonderful gem of a movie.

Joseph Cotten was not  carol Reed’s first choice for Martins; the director preferred Cary Grant, or even Jimmy Stewart but he ended up with Joseph Cotten. Joseph Cotten really gives us one fine performance as we see him really play wonderfully as he gives Martins the necessary dumfounded ignorance toward Vienna the role requires to really give us a caracter that is taking into this wild trip down a rabbit hole. He truly nails home this performance.

Orson Welles plays the elusive Harry Lime whom is one of the best villains ever put to the screen even for his limited time on screen as he plays one very convincing villain. Orson Welles was considered to be overshadowing the production of the third man. He kinda does even overshadow the director in many ways as many more recall him then carol reed. Its truly one amazing performance.

Alida Valli gives us a very convincing performance as Anna Schmidt. Its her very subtitle performance as the girlfriend. She really has a very key role into comforting holly Martin but she ends up in the twisted web herself as she has many secrets hidden away about herself. She wonderfully plays the role in a very wonderful performance that really nails home another outstanding role for this movie.

Trevor Howard wonderfully plays the role of Maj. Calloway. He leads down the chase as we see him and the other cops chasing down holly martin in one of the most infamous scenes of the movie.  We truly see him give such an amazing performance in this wonderfully crafted role.

Bernard Lee as Sgt. Paine really gives us one wonderfully outstanding role as we see him really play this role wonderfully as this wonderful actor of range gives us such a good role on the screen. Everyone else in the cast gives us such outstanding role even the smaller and lesser role as each give us such raw depth to their performances making them really all work to bring to life this world  on the screen. 

Carol Reed and his Academy Award-winning cinematographer, Robert Kraske devised an outstanding cinematography. It shows a world out of joint in chaos that creates unforgettable visual style.   fantastic oblique angles. Wide-angle lenses distort faces and locations. And the bizarre lighting makes the city into an expressionist nightmare. During a stakeout for Lime, a little balloon man wanders onto the scene, and his shadow is a monster as he towers over others as we really believe he is towering and overshadowing everyone. Vienna in “The Third Man is unforgettable as they come as its striking and contrasted form the lovely image we normally see of cities in movies.  This is a striking and wonderfully crafted movie form reel one to its end.

Carol Reed’s tight direction really does come to life with Academy Award-winning cinematographer, Robert Kraske as both of them craft out such a layered expressionist nightmare with such wonderful writing by Graham Greene with each cast member bringing home the lines of the screenplay in its depth and raw and giving more to each performance. We have a very wonderful performance by orison Welles whom overshadows the cast in light. We have a wonderfully rich acting job by Joseph Cotten whom gives us one amazing performance. We have a wonderful roles by Alida Valli and Bernard Lee and Trevor Howard each of whom give us first class acting. Its acting as directed by the wonderfully pitch director carol reed really brings out such rich and complex roles for the cast as we see them all nailing home such wonderful performances with wonderful music by Anton Karas as who can forget the theme of the third man. Its truly an artwork of direction and craft by carol reed.

Of the many movies this one most completely embodies the romance of going to the movies. I saw first form a Blu-ray copy at home as it really captured me truly form the first moment of the movie to its end.  It told a story of existential loss and betrayal. It was weary and knowing, and its glorious style was an act of defiance against the corrupt world it pictured. The Third Man remains one of the finest movies ever crafted to the screen form its wonderful direction to its very wonderful screenplay to its rich and striking  cinematography to its wonderful acting. It’s truly a milestone of movies that hails among the best movies ever made for the screen. It ranks among top British films all time and among the best lists of movies by many lovers of movies worldwide. This is one outstanding classic you should see today.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

Mysterious Gems

Mysterious gems

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The 1930’s had many classic mystery movies that had such a wonderful depth to them. So today i am talking about them. Many of them had the traits of noir to come in the future in a slight way. So what movies do are the mystery gems that captured the decade of the 1930’s.

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Ginger Rogers whom later would be headlines one of the mystery classics of the 1930’s as she starred in The Thirteenth Guest which was a very early role for her as she wasn’t yet the key name of Hollywood. The Thirteenth Guest was directed by y Albert Ray, from the novel by Armitage Trail. It’s a very fun little mystery gem that was a poverty row thriller that had many of the traits of the The Cat and the Canary an earlier film. It was pre-code as many scenes are very much pre-code era in its tone. It is A good mystery movie with a good supporting cast of James Eagles as Bud Morgan, Marie’s brother; Erville Alderson as Uncle John Adams; Frances Rich as Marjorie Thornton; Ethel Wales as Joan Thornton; William B. Davidson as Captain Browne; Eddie Phillips as Thor Jensen; and Phillips Smalley as Dick Thornton and an early ginger Rogers. It’s very much a fun little gem you can enjoy anytime.

Its the stuff that dreams are made of. This is not the famous version of the movie. Its the early pre-code crime flim which is based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett. This is a fascinating version of the story definitively filmed ten years later by John Huston, because of the ways in which it comes close to capturing the Hammett novel but doesnt come close to the the classic version we hold dear. It stars Bebe Daniels in likely one of her very wonderful roles as she really does bring home this role. Ricardo Cortez gives us a very good role. Thelma Todd is another fine actress that does give a good job in her role. Dwight Frye gives us a good role that isn’t universal horror as he does a good job here. Una Merkel really gives such a good role. Its acting is very good. Both the 1931 and 1941 films lifted great chunks of dialogue from Hammett’s novel, and very often the dialogue is line-for-line the same. But two more completely different films could scarcely be imagined. Where the 1931 film strives for an urbane quality which the 1941 inspires to be gritty. Its the orginal version of the tale which really is a good mystery classic of the 1930’s

In the 1920s and 1930s Philo Vance became a household name with publication of the wildly popular S.S. Van Dine (alias for Willard Huntington Wright) novels featuring the patrician amateur detective. This movie based upon one of the novels of this series stars William Powell and mary astor. I would say this is one of the better movies based upon the novels. William Powell really gives us a fine role as the lead directive in which he really gives us one charming role which would later shape his thin man role to come. It is fine acting by mary astor.  I would point out rest of cast give us good roles. As far as murder mystery films go, it just doesn’t get any better than this one. Populated with suspicious characters, all connected to a dog show and all having very good reason to murder the apparent suicide victim Archer Coe as this mystery is one juicy movie that really does give us a tale that really is among the classics of the 1930’s. Its a fun little gem that you can enjoy to watch sometimes.

“The Thin Man a deliciously superb mix that keeps getting better with every single viewing. The first time I missed a bit of the murder plot, but repeated viewings just enhance the movie as very few movies can i just repeat on same day and yet still love it dearly as this movie. W.S. Van Dyke’s 1934 film “The Thin Man stars Myrna Loy and William Powell as Nora and Nick Charles, upper class sleuths who unwittingly become caught up in the case of a missing friend and former client. William Powell may be one very amazing actor in this movie as he really is not bogat level cool but he really embodies the family man. He gives likely one of his finest roles on the screen here which would later mark a series of thin man movies which each movie is very charming in their own way.  Myrna Loy Really shines in her break out role in my eyes of that era as really embodies the housewife that gets caught up in a mystery to only play part in one. She truly is one amazing actress that i adore highly this is likely among this movie and her later movies that really made me adore this actress highly.  “The Thin Man is a great detective story that is enhanced by its humor and wit in which William Powell may be the funniest man of the pair. They both bring class and wit and humor to the mix. All of the characters are made believable by the wonderful actors and its direction is just amazing as ever. Its a true classic of the golden age of movies.

As I wrap up my talk today i choose one last gem to talk about which is The Hound of the Baskervilles made in the great year of 1939. Its stars thee the duo of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Sherlock and Holmes. 1939 was a great year for Basil Rathbone. Not only did he star in Son of Frankenstein, but he began his string of Sherlock Holmes flicks that even now are as popular as ever. This version of the classic The Hound of the Baskervilles stands among the classics. Sidney Lanfield directs a fine mystery tale that really does a great job of bringing the moors to the screen. Basil Rathbone shines as Sherlock Holmes in a fine role that may be among his finest roles. Nigel Bruce shines in his role as Holmes. Richard Greene plays a very amazing role as another hero of the picture. The rest of the cast is also wonderful as they give such wonderful supporting roles. The Hound of the Baskervilles may be among one of the classics of the era of the 1930’s and also among the classics. It’s a fine gem that one can watch anytime. So today i talked about some of the notable mystery classics of the 1930’s i would suggest look into the era deeper you may find many other gems i did not talk about as this era is one of the defining eras of movies. So enjoy movie magic each day.

 

overlooked Halloween gems

overlooked Halloween gems

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Many people have beloved horror classics they love such as nightmare on elm street and the many universal horror movies and the very well loved horror classics as Its a vastly wide wide world of horror classics you are overlooking by watching them often. So i begin with a classic movie that really does kinda make this list of vastly overlooked as a horror movies go.

Many people have beloved horror classics they love such as nightmare on elm street and the many universal horror movies and the very well loved horror classics as Its a vastly wide wide world of horror classics you are overlooking by watching them often. So i begin with a classic movie that really does kinda make this list of vastly overlooked as a horror movies go.

Diabolique quick review. 

Hitchcock must have forever wondered how he managed to allow this story to slip out of his hands as this horror classic was really one of Hitchcock’s lost stories he wanted to direct. If he did it there wouldn’t be a vertigo at all. I often watch this every Halloween time if I can. It’s one of those classics that i feel i can watch. It’s truly one of the tightest pure suspense movies ever crafted. It starts out really slow but once it kicks into high gear it becomes so thrilling to watch. The plot revolves around two women, Christina (Vera Clouzot) and Nicole (Simone Signoret) who conspire to murder the brutish man who is Christina’s husband and Nicole’s lover Michel, played by the delightfully sullen Paul Meurisse. He is the principal of a boarding school for boys who relies on Vera’s money to support his excesses, and the two women are both teachers at the school. Its acting is one of those wonders too as Simone Signoret gives us one of her finest roles on the screen. The wonderful dialogues and the acting of its cast. I would say something truly is special about this classic movie as its just one of those overlooked classics.

Les Diaboliques is a classic murder mystery that has earned a well-deserved reputation for setting the standard for cinematic suspense in thrillers as it’s what set the bar even Hitchcock adored it in the end. It’s one of those wonderful classics. you should watch today.

Eyes without a face quick review

Georges Franju’s horror classic has inspired so many movies and artists. It had even inspired the song eyes without a face by Billy idol.  Without a Face is a tale is a compelling tale of sadism that has an astute tenderness at same time.  Georges Franju took many cues from classic horror movies such as Frankenstein’ and constructed a dream like surrealistic fantasy that has inspired legions of filmmakers and artists since it came out.  Its a wonder so many overlook this classic horror movie. I would say its villain is one of the finest horror villains all time as he truly is a real man that Unlike many mad scientists since, the doctor here is firmly placed within reality which makes his motivations easy to believe and therefore the horror all the more fascinating as he truly believes in all these experiments to save her face. It makes him somewhat more interesting to watch on screen. He is supported by his assistant, Louise; a fellow web of intrigue. Louise is likely very dark as assistants go as she is a predator that finds the prey for her good doctor.  The real masterpiece of all characters of this movie goes to the central character; the disfigured tragedy herself, Christiane as she truly always wears that mask. , Christiane represents both life and death as she is doll-like and lifeless but she does make you feel for her plight as you feel like this girl is trying to find her place in the world. She is no monster at all but a tragic figure of horror. This film is a rare treat in that it’s actually frightening. Eyes Without a Face taps into the viewer’s fears by presenting us with a situation that is terrifying because it involves a central character living with horror. Eugen Shuftan’s magnificent cinematography and the wonderful acting. Georges Franju’s direction keeps the horror in focus as its truly a surreal classic that should not be overlooked at all. so watch this horror classic today.

Suspiria (1977) quick review

Dario Argento’s horror classic is  the most beautiful horror film ever made. . Every single frame of this film is expertly lit and colorful. With this technique Argento manages to create an almost unbearable amount of tension and the extremely brutal and bloody murder sequences look so good one can only admire their beauty. It’s one of those few horror classics that is so lovely to look upon. This horror classic inspired so many horror classics today and horror filmmakers such as wes craven and many other horror directors to come. The acting is good but its horror makes it a must see as its truly one of those wonderful horror classics. definitely earns its place as one the finest horror movies ever so watch it today.

Black Christmas (1974) quick review  Released and ignored in 1973, “Black Christmas” became a forgotten classic by so many people. Its shameful so many do not watch this horror classic. It was also called silent night. The original and maybe even the best, ‘Black Christmas’ set the ball rolling for the slasher genre as it inspired Halloween and so many slasher movies to come. What set this apart from Halloween is that the killer is less human than Michael Myers as he truly is a monster that just seems to kill and laugh without no care. Its a simple tale but very fun to watch. Black Christmas is one of the most shamefully over-looked films in the slasher film genre, it’s also been one of the most inspiring films of the genre. So watch this horror classic today.

Kuroneko quick review

Shindo’s Kuroneko’s classic ghost story.  Very much in the style of Kwaidan and other Japanese supernatural films of the 1960’s. where ghosts and evil spirits inhabit a world of logic alien to the real world. Western ghosts stories usually have the spirits think as living people do. Japanese spirits behave in bizarre ways that are much more disturbing.  The stylized nature of the film creates the feeling of haunting that few films match this movie.  It is at times reminiscent of Mario Bava’s excellent Gothic horror films. It’s truly a horror classic that one should watch today.

Blood and Black Lace (1964) quick review

One of the most chillingly sadistic gialli of all times, this 1964 masterpiece has lost none of its power. Director Mario Bava, the king of Italian horror. It’s truly one of those horror classics that I would say makes him the king of horror in some ways. Blood & Black Lace(1964) offered audiences in early 1960s a candy coding spectacle of death and violence which mixes some elements that would inspire slasher movies to come.  A positive is the lack of a moral preaching which is a major weakness of the American Slasher film. Adult orientated horror film which thankfully lacks the basic elements of a Teenage Slasher film. Mario Bava paints many scenes in gorgeous Technicolor process some chilling horror that is some of the best ever put to flim. Luciano Pigozzi earns the title of Italian Peter Lorre with Lorrish and sinister presence. It’s very good acting by its cast. The movie belongs to Italian Giallo genre of horror classics. It’s truly a horror classic that really is so lovely and chilling at the same time. There are interesting allusions to Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity(1944) during second half of the movie which is very odd for a horror movie but it’s so very noir like in some ways. It’s a tightly directed horror classic with a jazzy score by Carlos Rustichelli. It’s one of those very horror classics one should watch today.

So today i talked about some overlooked horror classics. Its a shame that so many of them are so vastly overlooked today.  So do yourself a favor and watch some wonderful horror classics today.

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

 

House of wax

A great villain blogathon review.

Today’s review of House of wax is done for this year’s great villain    Great Villain blogathon. This post is part of the Great Villain blogathon, hosted by Speakeasy, Silver Screenings and Shadows and Satin. Be sure to check out other entries form this event.

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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 loveable 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.
The ruth rating:five bette's

5 MOVIES ON AN ISLAND to watch.

Happy National Classic Movie Day! 

Yes it is a thing. It is day to honor many honor classics which happen to be one of my favorite things to watch is the classics. So i choose to honor five noir classics i love.Five noir classics i feel i could watch on stranded on a deserted island that i feel i could love anytime.

For Classic Film and TV Cafe’s 5 Movies on an Island Blogathon, the task is to write about the five classic movies we’d want to have if stranded on a deserted island. (Happily and absurdly, we are allowed to assume we have electricity, a projector, big screen, and popcorn.) We are asked to identify our criteria as well as our choices and, because this celebrates National Classic Movie Day, we are to list classic films only.

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Five noir classics i feel i could watch on stranded on a deserted island.

Five Movies BlogathonSunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950)(number one)

Sunset Boulevard is a brilliant movie that works on every level as everything comes together to craft something of a landmark in film as the writing is top notch, the production is top notch, the acting is amazing, the score is just amazing as its acting as its music can be considered Oscar worthy, it’s a timeless classic that works on every level a must see for anyone that loves film on any level. This is my frist movie on list of five movies as it’s a gem worth watching.

The Third Man(Carol Reed,1950)(number two)

The Third Man is directed by Carol Reed and written by Graham Greene. It stars Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard and Orson Welles. Music is by Anton Karas and cinematography by Robert Krasker.

The third man looks and feels unlike anything else at time. Its more like a neo-noir of later eras. This wonderful example of classic noir is one of the all time greatest films. It combines amazing visuals, sounds, dialogue, and acting to tell a thrilling story and comment about the atmosphere after WWII.

Its stars Joseph Cotton who is always wonderful but this time around he is more than wonderful as American author Holly Martins as also Alida Valli is very wonderful in her role as second lead to the ever wonderful Joseph cotton. Trevor Howard and Orson Welles are great supporting players in the cast in this ever wonderful classic. Its acting is one of the great things about this classic.

The character of Harry Lime alive or dead on-screen or not is one of cinema’s most fascinating villains as he is charming and deadly as ever. He is very rotten and evil as ever even if not on screen much his evil is felt so much throughout this classic. He is just so darn evil.

Robert Krasker’s cinematography is a finished product with an amazing level of details of the city and its dark shadows by stunning camera angles and back-lighting. The eerie shadows around the deserted streets and of course the unforgettable first glimpse of Harry Lime played by Orson Welles. Its eerie streets and look is unforgettable as ever with such dramatic details to many parts of this classic as the cinematography shines.

The screenplay is faithful to the original novel. Orson Welles has perhaps the best part, even though his time before the camera is short. This must have been one of the best roles in which Welles appeared. Of course, there are so many others, but his Harry Lime is an original and could have fitted perfectly in one of his own films as he is truly very evil and wicked and charming as ever.

The Third Man is an amazing film with cinematography that is first-rate and acting too and amazing villain that’s dark as ever and its screenplay is very wonderful too as all the elements come together to craft out one of the finest films ever to grace the screen.

Odd Man Out(movie three)

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In Odd Man Out Carol Reed blends noir with poetic realism. It exists between realism and expressionism as it’s an almost documentary level exploring of a perceived real world and an emphatic, stylized one. The 1947 release is one of Carol Reed’s earliest masterpieces. James Mason plays Johnny McQueen, an IRA rebel wounded and held up and on the run from the law. This deep psychological drama truly has many layers that could be taking many ways by its themes. The idea that Johnny is more a symbol to his pursuers then A man. Its themes about the ira which is Irish Republican Army as it’s called the organization in the movie which is strongly hinting at the problems of northern Ireland at the time of the post war. By this time in 1947 carol reed had made 16 films at this time most of them simple genre pieces and studio productions, including Bank Holiday (1938), Night Train to Munich (1940), The Way Ahead (1944), and the propaganda documentary The True Glory (1945). His success gave him freedom to work on whatever he felt on working on at the time. He selected odd man out based upon a novel by author F.L. Green which he had just read. He resolved to purchase the rights and shoot the film on his own terms, beginning a brief period in his career that produced a string of Reed’s technically virtuoso, thematically rich passion projects. Although Odd Man Out was the first, he followed it with The Fallen Idol (1948), The Third Man (1949), and Our Man in Havana (1959). Rather deeply personal films

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Carol reed felt to convey much of the ideas of the novel into the movie as he could on screen as he wanted it to be true to what the author had in mind. With this in mind, he sought out Green to assist in the book’s film adaptation while the book is third person the reed treatment explores it from Johnny’s point of view which takes us inside of the plight of Johnny as it also explores the lives of others around Johnny too as it creates an expressive cinematic prose. Carol Reed Working alongside cinematographer Robert Krasker who was trained in German expressionism crafted a style that would be used for his next movies to come that is expressionism at its finest to my eyes. Its visual language would shape carol reed movies to come. Its opening shots hovers over the town as it zooms into the town very inventive opening shot. Carol Reed used real streets instead of sets for many shots in this movie and extras that were not professional as they represented the working class. As the robbery went wrong the movie really changes cues fast and becomes very interesting and dramatic as they come.

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Its Johnny’s plight you feel about truly throughout the entire movie as we see others around him affected by his plight as others he comes in contact with have to come to terms with what they feel best to do based upon their moral ideals. Its Johnny’s inner conflict and struggle that has many points in this movie. Fate plays a key part in this movie too as you have the struggle of Johnny and his role in the organization tied together throughout this movie. This movie hails with many themes that seem to layer this movie into a deep almost documentary like world for its characters. To sum it’s this movie draw to make us feel for the plight of the character and his struggle as we see him struggle with the inner conflict it adds to the nature of this deep movie. It’s one of those masterpieces with so many layers that one could talk all day about them.

Carol Reed was a casting mastermind when comes to talent as he always had eye for some of the best talent in each movie this movie is no different.  james-mason-james-mason-30555980-360-450

James Mason leads the cast as he does an outstanding job really nailing home many layers to Johnny. We see him act out the struggle and plight of Johnny and inner conflict of Johnny to such amazing levels that one could say this role made him a star. It was the movie that Hollywood took notice of his talent and you can see why as he is just amazing in this role as he does give us one of the best acting roles ever crafted on film. It’s all of the cast giving some wonderful acting here. Kathleen Ryan Is another stand out in this movie to my eye she really brings home the role of Kathleen Sullivan as she does in a down to earth way which could be said she is downplaying the role but it’s the soft mannerism and way she brings heart to the feelings the character feels that really brings it home for me. W.G. Fay as Father Tom is a third stand out as he feels like a character trying to bring about peace for all sides as he is trying hard to just look after his flock as any good priest would do, it’s a good acting by W.G. Fay that makes this role stand out. Robert newton as lukey is fun little role too. The acting is top notch by everyone in the cast as it’s one of the best acted movies I ever watched.

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Robert Krasker cinematography really is something great in this movie as its own right. He crafted a cinematic style that really seems very highly detailed and fleshes out the movie greatly. Its cinematography is very much expressionism by nature as its darker cues lend more toward noir and German expressionism. Its layered with details that really bring to life its rich world in detailed shots that capture the plight of the lead character and the world around him. Its top notch style that would be used in future carol reed movies each to greater effect. It’s an outstanding cinematography.

The musical score by William Alwyn is another element that really seems so amazing in its own right too. William Alwyn’s score is very dramatic and moving as each piece adds layers to the plight as each beat feels connected to the story at that point as you feel for the plight deeper as the score helps convey that feeling to the viewer deeper as its one outstanding score from start to the end of this movie. It’s one of the best film scores I ever heard in a movie.

Odd Man Out is a masterpiece of acting,directing,editing,cinematography,music,all coming together to convey a movie by nature that has so many deep layers to it. Carol reed directed a masterpiece that started him on a wild ride that has him becoming able to direct many more classics to come. It’s Third movie of the five noirs to watch on an island that is one outstanding classic worthy to watch anytime if I were you I would watch it today.

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Shadow of doubt(four)

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Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Newton is bored with her quiet life at home with her parents and her younger sister. She wishes something exciting would happen and knows exactly what they need: a visit from her sophisticated and much traveled uncle Charlie Oakley, her mother’s younger brother. Imagine her delight when, out of the blue, they receive a telegram from uncle Charlie announcing that he is coming to visit them for awhile. Charlie Oakley creates quite a stir and charms the ladies club as well as the bank president where his brother-in-law works. Young Charlie begins to notice some odd behavior on his part, such as cutting out a story in the local paper about a man who marries and then murders rich widows. When two strangers appear asking questions about him, she begins to imagine the worse about her dearly beloved uncle Charlie.

Shadow of doubts is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most brilliant and most carefully-constructed films ever as also one of his finest ever of the 1940’s for Hitchcock. As always Hitchcock crafted another gem of a movie. The cynical, film-noirish, war-time film was shot on location in the small, story-book town of Santa Rosa, California – a representative place of sacred, wholesome, middle-American values where dark corruption is hidden within a family. The film mixes elements of its a wonderful life with its small feeling with little red riding hood.

Dimitri Tiomkin’s original musical score, including the haunting Merry Widow waltz, adds a degree of mystery to the tale about Uncle Charlie, a psychotic killer whose namesake niece, an adoring teenager-heroine named Charlie is excited about as she soon changes her tune as she probes deeper into her sweet uncle. Incredibly the movie never won an Oscar at all but was nominated for best original story. The dualities of good and evil in the film are exemplified by numerous pairs or doubles.

This movie has marvelous acting by its cast which is led by Joseph Cotten plays against type as he plays a villain role to brilliant turn in that role as he is very outstanding in every manner of the word. His portrayal is picture perfect; he carries with him an atmosphere of dread and morbidity throughout, even when he’s not doing anything wrong. A role of this sort is difficult to get right, as it’s all too easy to underplay it so it isn’t effective, or to overstate it so it becomes ridiculous; but Cotten gets the performance spot on in every way. Teresa Wright, who stars alongside Cotton in the role of the other Charlie also does well and delivers a mature and assured performance that fits her character brilliantly as she shines in the role of Charlie a sweet girl trusting of her uncle until she becomes fishy of him as she plays it so good. As always even the supporting cast of the many others in the cast are outstanding as always as they all seem to do good jobs in their respective roles.

Dimitri Tiomkin’s original musical score is very outstanding as its very great to the many cues that this wonderful gem of a movie gives it to handle. It’s one outstanding musical score. Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine is very good and fitting to this tone as it takes cues to the tone that hitch plays here greatly as its one great thing here too. Hitchcock’s direction is very outstanding as he remarked many times this was one of his favorites he ever did as it stands as something special and great.

The script and production is clean, concise, sharp and economic, and “Shadow of a Doubt” remains one of Hitch’s greatest cinematic achievements as its direction,acting,score,screenplay,Cinematography all make it such a great landmark for Hitchcock.

As today is classic movie day. This gem of a movie is my fourth choice for deserted island getaway. Its a gem you should watch today.

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out of past(five)

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There was Siodmax’ “The Killers” in 1946! There was Huston’s “The Asphalt Jungle” in 1950 and in between was RKO’s OUT OF THE PAST in 1947. Together these three films represent the very best film noirs that ever was to come out of Hollywood or ever would again. Of the three however OUT OF THE PAST arguably stands a toe in front of the others as one of my favorites as they are all wonderful classics,i love all three flims,out of past is one of the best noir flims ever.

Kathie Moffat is the greatest of all femmes fatales, because she’s the least caricatured. She’s not a scheming black widow, just a totally selfish, cowardly woman who feels no remorse for anything she does, and who happens to be beautiful and alluring enough that we can believe any man, even a smart and tough one, would fall for her. Jeff and Kathie’s romance is genuinely rhapsodic, nothing like the usual mating of temptress and chump; they’re both so sexy and smart and wised-up, always getting the joke together.

The disillusionment wouldn’t be so compelling if the illusion weren’t so lovely. When Kathie shoots Jeff’s partner, Mitchum—in a reaction shot lasting all of two seconds—shows Jeff realizing, and instantaneously coming to terms with, the fact that the best thing that ever happened to him is also the worst thing that ever happened to him. He looks simultaneously shocked to the core, and as though he’d expected it all along.

Performances are superb throughout. Here the dozy eyed Mitchum – in his first starring role – solidifies his playing of the private eye. But he also shows he could cut a wholly acceptable romantic lead helped along by his mellifluous and soft voiced atmospheric narration. One scene in particular is very effective where he is waiting for her on the beach at night and when she arrives Mitchum’s voice is heard gently on the soundtrack ….”Then she’d come along…..just like school was out and everything else was just a stone by the sea”. The wonderful Jane Greer is the quintessential femme fatale. Her gentle saintly beauty belying her treacherous, underhanded and calculating evil. And a young Kirk Douglas – here just feeling his way in movies – is fine as the courtly but odious villain. Adding greatly to the whole thing is the marvellous score by RKO resident composer Roy Webb which features a memorable and lingering main cue that becomes a tender love theme for the love scenes and is transformed into an exciting big band jazz number for the black nightclub sequence.

OUT OF THE PAST is the archetypal film noir! An outstanding document of what Hollywood could achieve in their golden past as its cast is just wonderful,great story,wonderful direction,everything is top grade in every way,it’s a classic that you should watch anytime as it would be perfect to watch on a deserted island.

These are my five movies i choose to watch on a deserted island. It is noir classics you can enjoy today. Five is a small number but it is a few of the many noir classics.  So thanks to host for this event.

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Hitchcock is having a snack break at the moment. He will be shooting his next movie. It is called cutting through the classics today. Today i talk about the hitchcock noir traits which frankly makes up many of his classic movies.

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Alfred Hitchcock, the most renowned director of thrillers. Hitchcock is not commonly known to direct noir classics but his movies have so much in common with noir. Its set pieces are common place for hitchcock movies also is common for noir movies.  

“Spellbound” is one of Hitchcock’s hardest films to evaluate, because its plot and credibility are so heavily dependent on theories of psychoanalysis but its also has many noir traits. Its very heart is about the doors of one’s mind.

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.

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. I would call many of the traits of psychoanalysis playing cue to noir 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,

What gives Notorious its singularity amongst the pantheon of Hitchcock’s masterpieces is the highly symbolic, literate, and penetrating script by Hecht. Nominally, the film is about the OSS (the pre-natal version of the CIA) using a compromised young daughter of a condemned, unrepentant Nazi to infiltrate a cell of German expatriates in Rio de Janeiro just after the close of the Second World War. The plot hinges on some nonsense involving “uranium ore” stuffed in wine bottles in the cellar of Claude Rains’ mansion. In actuality, the film is nothing less than a dark fugue on alcoholism, and secondarily (and of most interest to the director), invasion of privacy. Thirdly, we are treated to some more of the Master’s endless fascination with Freudian slop: yet again, we get the Oedipus Complex in all its ardor, with a domineering old bat wielding the motherly whip-hand on Rains’ cuckolded, castrated, romantic ex-pat Nazi. Its nazi traits also had cues to its noir elements which bring shades of darkness to the tale. This is an amazingly daring film in terms of female sexuality as it does have more openness.  Notorious may not be one the greatest hitchcock movie all time.It stars cary grant and Ingrid Bergman as both give great acting in this movie. Claude Rains plays a great role as the  Alexander Sebastian a Nazi hiding out in Brazil.  Its timeless hitchcock with a great direction and  cinematography and acting. Its one gem of a classic movie.

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In Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s thriller, tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) is enraged by his trampy wife’s refusal to finalize their divorce so he can wed senator’s daughter Anne (Ruth Roman). He strikes up a conversation with a stranger, Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker), and unwittingly sets in motion a deadly chain of events. Psychopathic Bruno kills Guy’s wife, then urges Guy to reciprocate by killing Bruno’s father. Meanwhile, Guy is murder suspect number one.

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Strangers on a train is a noir thriller but with plenty of humor. Its hitchcock’s surprising choice of casting Robert walker in a role. Robert walker really is an amazing actor and gives us his finest hour on film in this movie. Robert walker is an amazing actor beside this movie but he surely amazes you even more in this movie. He is acting with such range and depth to his role as he gives us such a deep and wonderful performance. Farley Granger gives us one fine performance. Ruth Roman really shines in this movie as she plays anne so wonderfully enchanting and magical in her role. Those three leed the cast as many other great supporting actors give us such wonderful and deep performances as the acting is top notch as ever.

The Musical score by Dimitri Tiomkin really brings to life this movie as his score is just as key as any actor as its so great in this movie. Cinematography by Robert Burks really is amazing as ever as he gives a richly deep Cinematography that really soaks up many of the layers of the story and brings to life the finer details of this wonderful movie. Strangers on a train is directed very wonderfully by hitchcock who crafted out one masterpiece with this gem of a movie.

Strangers on a train is a movie i would watch anytime. Its great acting has some of the best acting of the golden age. Its richly deep Cinematography really brings to life the movie’s world.  Robert walker is the best of everything as he gives us something of a role of a lifetime.

There is a reason that Hitchcock is often cited as the greatest director of all time, and the reason for that is that he doesn’t only use the script to tell the film’s story, but he also uses to camera to do so as well. Strangers on a Train is one of the greatest thrillers ever made. Its story is both intriguing and thought provoking, and is sure to delight any fan of cinema. A masterpiece.

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Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Newton is bored with her quiet life at home with her parents and her younger sister. She wishes something exciting would happen and knows exactly what they need: a visit from her sophisticated and much traveled uncle Charlie Oakley, her mother’s younger brother. Imagine her delight when, out of the blue, they receive a telegram from uncle Charlie announcing that he is coming to visit them for awhile. Charlie Oakley creates quite a stir and charms the ladies club as well as the bank president where his brother-in-law works. Young Charlie begins to notice some odd behavior on his part, such as cutting out a story in the local paper about a man who marries and then murders rich widows. When two strangers appear asking questions about him, she begins to imagine the worse about her dearly beloved uncle Charlie.

Shadow of doubts is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most brilliant and most carefully-constructed films ever as also one of his finest ever of the 1940’s for Hitchcock. As always Hitchcock crafted another gem of a movie. The cynical, film-noirish, war-time film was shot on location in the small, story-book town of Santa Rosa, California – a representative place of sacred, wholesome, middle-American values where dark corruption is hidden within a family. The film mixes elements of its a wonderful life with its small feeling with little red riding hood.

Dimitri Tiomkin’s original musical score, including the haunting Merry Widow waltz, adds a degree of mystery to the tale about Uncle Charlie, a psychotic killer whose namesake niece, an adoring teenager-heroine named Charlie is excited about as she soon changes her tune as she probes deeper into her sweet uncle. Incredibly the movie never won an Oscar at all but was nominated for best original story. The dualities of good and evil in the film are exemplified by numerous pairs or doubles.

This movie has marvelous acting by its cast which is led by Joseph Cotten plays against type as he plays a villain role to brilliant turn in that role as he is very outstanding in every manner of the word. His portrayal is picture perfect; he carries with him an atmosphere of dread and morbidity throughout, even when he’s not doing anything wrong. A role of this sort is difficult to get right, as it’s all too easy to underplay it so it isn’t effective, or to overstate it so it becomes ridiculous; but Cotten gets the performance spot on in every way. Teresa Wright, who stars alongside Cotton in the role of the other Charlie also does well and delivers a mature and assured performance that fits her character brilliantly as she shines in the role of Charlie a sweet girl trusting of her uncle until she becomes fishy of him as she plays it so good. As always even the supporting cast of the many others in the cast are outstanding as always as they all seem to do good jobs in their respective roles.

Dimitri Tiomkin’s original musical score is very outstanding as its very great to the many cues that this wonderful gem of a movie gives it to handle. It’s one outstanding musical score. Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine is very good and fitting to this tone as it takes cues to the tone that hitch plays here greatly as its one great thing here too. Hitchcock’s direction is very outstanding as he remarked many times this was one of his favorites he ever did as it stands as something special and great.

The script and production is clean, concise, sharp and economic, and “Shadow of a Doubt” remains one of Hitch’s greatest cinematic achievements as its direction,acting,score,screenplay,Cinematography all make it such a great landmark for Hitchcock. This classic gem is a testament to the great Hitchcock for crafting masterpieces. One of the finest movies ever by hollywood period,enjoy this classic today.

Hitchcock and noir

Above I gave reviews into many of his classics. I would point out murder is a common theme of many Hitchcock tales which also is a common trait of noir. Hitchcock had a love for set pieces which is also a common thing in noir as many noirs use such set pieces to help tell a story. In strangers on the train some of the memorable high points include a murder reflected through the victim’s glasses, Griffith-like cross-cutting between a tennis match and the killer’s frantic efforts to retrieve a lighter from a drainpipe, and a merry-go-round that whirls crazily out of control. In Psycho, the brilliantly edited shower scene, an explosion of Eisensteinian montage, the vertiginous angle as Norman Bates carries his mother down to the cellar, the cross-cutting between the sister’s search through the Gothic house for Mrs. Bates and the tense confrontation in the motel office between Norman and the murdered victim’s fiance. All of these passages involve a rigorous and self-conscious use of editing, camera movement, and camera placement that demonstrates Hitchcock’s virtuosity. Just as he controls his actors and his audience, the Master loves to play with film, molding its properties to suit his own ends. Hitchcock is often cited to be the greatest director for a reason because he had such a high level of craft to his art. Like many other great directors what made Hitchcock work is his skill with actors and the camera and his masterful crafting of a movie to a fine gem. So today i would consider you look at a Hitchcock classic in light of noir.