The Shop Around the Corner

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

The Shop Around the Corner review

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

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

The Ruth rating:five bette's

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

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His girl Friday

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

His girl Friday review

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

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

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

The Ruth rating:five bette's

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

 

Camille

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So today I talk about Camille which i review for my friend Crystal’s blog for THE Greta Garbo Blogathon. No one quite lights up the screen in the way Garbo does. This should be just a straight melodrama but is taken to another plane by the divine Greta Garbo as this classic lights it as i talk about this wonderful classic movie and Greta  Garbo for this BLOGATHON today. Be sure check out others form event.

Camille review 

Of all the love stories no one does it as a well as Garbo does as i truly cried with this classic gem as It’s all about the unquestionable love from a lady that has played many men and that has been played many times over when she meets a younger man she finds love to be the happiest girl on earth as she gets sick it truly is one sad thing to see her lose that love.

Greta Garbo channels the soul of this damaged soul so perfectly in her performance to channel the emotions to pull at your heart-strings as this may be her finest performance. Robert Taylor plays one wonderful role in the movie. This movie shows you why Garbo was such an amazing legend. MGM has lavishly produced the film. The cinematography, art direction and costume design are lavish and exceptionally beautiful. The supporting performances are all wonderful. George Cukor crafted out one of his finest classics all time. The performances were exceptional by everyone starring in this classic movie. The costumes are gorgeous as an example of French extravagance despite the fact that Camille was made in the 30s. Garbo earned an Academy Award nomination and the New York Film Critics Best Actress Award for her memorable work in which you can see why in this movie. It’s truly one classic that i adore as its simply such a moving tale to watch on the screen.

Camille is a film that will live on forever in our hearts as its truly a wonderful classic with wonderful acting by everyone and wonderfully crafted by George Cukor. Its a classic you simply will adore to see anytime.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

I hope you enjoyed my talk about Camille today which stars Greta Garbo in what may be one of her finest hours on the screen for THE GRETA GARBO BLOGATHON as i truly enjoyed talking about one of my favorite movies all time that really is one of the finest hours you can watch off movies. I hope you enjoyed it as much I enjoyed talking it today to you. See you next time for another classic review soon.

Portrait of jenny

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So today I talk about Portrait of jenny which was a beguiling fantasy that was a David O. Selznick production that truly shines in every way as its a poetic and lyrical tale that may be one of the screen’s finest gems ever put to the screen as this ethereal, inspiring fantasy-romance in the vein of The Ghost and Mrs Muir, Somewhere in Time and The Time Traveller’s Wife really is one of those tales you can watch anytime. I will tell you why in my review.

Portrait of jenny review

Robert Nathan’s book truly is one marvelous book that is lyrical the flim captures it perfectly.  Portrait Of Jennie is a romance/drama/fantasy was produced by David Selznick, who produced most of Jennifer Jones film whom was her husband as he is best remembered for producing gone with wind.  It’s the middle of the Depression, 1934, and struggling artist Joseph Cotten can’t seem to find his muse but he finds one day inspiration by meeting an enchanting girl while in Central Park. He resolves right then and there to paint a Portrait of Jennie.

This is one of my favorite movies of all times and especially because of the performance of Jennifer Jones as truly she is so lovely and enchanting to watch on screen as I think this movie and song of Bernadette both show how truly amazing her talent as an actress. It’s her role in this movie I feel is one of her finest ever as an actress. Joseph Cotton gives us one of his finest hours as he tries find out more about this girl to be inspired paint one amazing painting of her. , Ethel Barrymore plays Miss Spinney as she plays this old woman whom often buys the paintings as she plays such a remarkable role. Lillian Gish plays a remarkable role. It has amazing acting by everyone in its cast.

This film has a very haunting theme with black and white and then a color background as it’s truly a wonderful film to watch unfold. The last shot in Technicolor is breathtaking to watch on screen. I love the special effects, especially the opening with the canvas effect to the filming it deservedly won the Oscar for special effects that year as it does show how amazing it is in that department. Its simply one of best special effect driven classics of that era.

Dmitri Tiomkin’s lush score is truly one of the best scores of classic era of movies as also with its wonderful seductive visuals. It has wonderful performances from one of the finest classics of that era with memorable supporting roles for Lillian Gish, David Wayne and especially Ethel Barrymore and wonderful acting of Joseph Cotton and Jennifer Jones as this kind of grand sweeping romance is only found in books and movies that simply is a marvelous classic that is one of finest classics of any age making it this classic a must see classic.

The ruth rating:five bette's

 

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.

Trouble in Paradise

Screwball gems INTRODUCTION 

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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.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

WHEN KNIGHTHOOD WAS IN FLOWER

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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 WHEN KNIGHTHOOD WAS IN FLOWER in which is her debut movie. Its end of my themed month i hope you enjoyed theme.

WHEN KNIGHTHOOD WAS IN FLOWER review

This 1922 production (now restored) was at the time the most expensive picture ever made. It was also a major box-office hit. Marion Davies plays Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII and intended bride of old Louis of France. But she’s in love with the dashing Charles Brandon (Forrest Stanley). After Brandon is framed for murder, Mary agrees to bargain with Henry: he’ll spare Brandon’s life if she willingly marries old Louis. She counters that she will agree if she can choose her second husband. Henry agrees.

The breathtaking restoration on this film with the original tinting scheme and digital hand-coloring restored is one very wonderful thing to look upon. Marion Davies does give a wonderful performance. I really love her comedies which stand among some of best of silent era as good example the patsy and Show People.She did a very good job in a dramatic role here. There are also glimpses of her comedic talent in several scenes such as when she’s buttering up her older brother to get something that she wants, and when she’s being obstinate and refuses to get out of bed to meet King Louis’ envoy.

What makes this movie is that Marion Davies is no heavyweight in the dramatic apartment and she’s the one always in focus. Davies is a comedienne and barely get to do anything to suit her trait apart from pull a few goofy faces which does come off as a shame but still a very good role and acting by her. She is supported by her frequent co-star Forrest Stanley whom gives a very good role here. William Powell, who mostly played villainous characters during the silent period, has a small role in which he does a good job in his role. This movie is simply a very good classic gem that should please any fans of Marion Davies, Hollywood epics and/or English history should find a lot to love as its simply a classic silent movie that is another marvelous classic you should see anytime.

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