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The Damned Don’t Cry!

Today I talk about Joan Crawford in a review of the damned don’t cry whom went  Form silent movie legend to camp queen. Joan Crawford and her astonishing 45-year film career is the stuff of a Gatsby-esque legend of survival and reinvention. Simultaneously glorious, tragic, tawdry, and hype-filled, her story is the very embodiment of the real version of the American Dream. She is without a doubt one of the legends of the silver screen. so to review this classic movie today that may be one of her best movies all time.

The Damned Don’t Cry! review

Joan Crawford scores again in the role of weary housewife living at the edge of the Texas oil fields. When her young son is killed in a bicycle accident, she leaves her laborer husband Roy (Richard Egan) for the big city. In this Warner bros noir classic Joan Crawford shines in her role that is one of her movies under their banner.

The Damned Don’t Cry” is directed by Vincent Sherman whom crafts out a noir that is a tale of ambition, murder and betrayal in which Joan Crawford plays the the role of an ambitious woman from the working class that finds social ascension in the men’s world using her glamour and different lovers. The dammed dont cry is  based upon the story of  the mysterious Virginia Hill that belonged to the upper-class and her lover Bugsy Segall whom was one of the most infamous gangsters of the 1940’s.

This noir classic was very intelligently written and deserves more attention as one of the better Film Noir classics with Vincent Sherman directing and crafting out a very amazing noir classic that tells such a very layered story of life’s twists and turns with such rich and sappy  dialog and betrayals instantly turn this noir classic into a must see for any lover of noir.

Joan Crawford gives us a very amazing character that truly is a rich and complex woman that feels layered and deep with many scars and personal goals of her own. Joan Crawford delivers one of her best roles on the screen in my eyes as you see her not play this role sappy but very raw and deep with many sharp lines of dialog in her performance as one of her finest on the screen. David Brian and Kent Smith both give us such fine acting that makes them feel right at home with the tough Joan. Morris Ankrum truly gives us one amazing performance as the father of her. It’s really such wonderful acting by everyone.

This is a slick, fast-moving noir with a strong cast that gives out remarkable acting and a very wonderful direction by  Vincent Sherman and will keep the viewer involved and thrill you throughout this classic noir gem.

The ruth rating:

Kurosawa noir

Kurosawa noir

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Today I talk about Akira Kurosawa again in my third follow up article to my throne of blood review. Akira Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. In the third part of this collective series of tributes about Akira Kurosawa I talk about the noir classics of Akira Kurosawa. so to end my tribute series to this master by talking these wonderful classics.

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The chaotic worlds of the Japanese Mafia (Yakuza) and an alcoholic doctor collide in this film noir classic from Akira Kurosawa. Gangster Toshiro Mifune visits doctor Takashi Shimura, after an unfortunate incident with a bullet. The doctor, who despises the Yakuza, discovers the young man is suffering from tuberculosis, a disease symbolic of what is happening to the doctor and the community he serves. Facing his own anger and fear, the doctor aligns himself with the gangster’s world.(goggle plot)

Drunken Angel is one of the most important of Kurosawa’s films for several reasons. It was the first film that Kurosawa had complete control over the movie form start to finish. Toshiro Mifune starts his work with Kurosawa here as he gives us such a powerful performance as Doctor Takashi Shimura whom has do work for the Yakuza whom he hates. Drunken Angel is essentially a lament for the state of post-war Japanese society It’s a very wonderful noir classic that does really deal with the darker end of Japanese society its mob world along with such powerful acting by the cast and a wonderful direction by Kurosawa it is a really a moving and gripping noir classic you should see today.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

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High and Low was adapted from the American novel King’s Ransom by Ed McBain. Kurosawa takes this classic tale reworks to Japan. It is an outstanding detective film. The film is a fascinating portrait of ’60’s Japan. Kurosawa makes it into a meditation on honor and decency how one’s traits can take you to heaven or hell. Toshirô Mifune plays one of his most outstanding performances all time. The wonderful acting by everyone in the cast really makes this movie something truly that works on so many levels. High And Low particularly stands out from the others of his many works as its truly a wonderful drama with such wonderfully shot camera work. High And Low is truly an outstanding classic.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

The bad sleep well review

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In this loose adaptation of “Hamlet,” illegitimate son Kôichi Nishi (Toshirô Mifune) climbs to a high position within a Japanese corporation and marries the crippled daughter (Kyôko Kagawa) of company vice president Iwabuchi (Masayuki Mori). At the reception, the wedding cake is a replica of their corporate headquarters, but an aspect of the design reminds the party of the hushed-up death of Nishi’s father. It is then that Nishi unleashes his plan to avenge his father’s death.(goggle plot)

Seven Sumarai and Rashomon are wonderful Kurasawa flicks too few people know of his other outstanding works. One of the best examples of this is this movie. The Bad Sleep Well is extremely well-written and acted by everyone in the cast. The bad sleep well is the forgotten gem of the master as its truly a gem with wonderful rich acting and direction and camera work. It’s a masterpiece that you should see today.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Stray Dog review

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Stray Dog is a 1949 Japanese police procedural film noir directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura. The film is considered a precursor to the contemporary police procedural and buddy cop film genres. (goggle info)

STRAY DOG stands as one of Akira Kurosawa’s masterpieces. Noteworthy for two reasons the rich American noir style with such rich b&w atmosphere that really feels at home in American noir enhanced with a touch of Italian neo-realism. It also stars a young Toshiro Mifune whom gives out such a fine performance. The acting of everyone is outstanding with wonderful direction and a wonderful story makes this a true classic noir gem. The meeting of American noir with Japan culture really does work great in this classic. Stray Dog is a masterpiece of noir that truly stands among the classics of the genre that one should see today.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

 I hope you enjoyed my three tribute articles honoring Akira Kurosawa. He remains one of the finest directors that ever graced the screen. So thanks for joining again for another article honoring this master. He truly remains one of my favorite directors of movies. I truly adore the works of Akira Kurosawa. Thanks for joining in honoring this master.

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

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.

Gene Wilder:The mad Mad Hatter of comedy

Gene Wilder:The mad Mad Hatter of comedy

https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest-Gene-gene-wilder-31438119-1200-1200 (1)It’s so hard and heartbreaking to think that we lost this amazing man of comedy. He turned Off-Screen Neurosis Into Comedy Gold as often he also would do same on screen. Gene Wilder was one of a kind in comedy as he was a mad-hatter of comedy. It would be often said that gene was truly a gifted actor that could make any role magical. It was because he starred in some movies they became classics as he could turn any movie into pure magic. I re I recall when I first saw him in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971),it was purely magical as I adored this classic movie so much. I recall often watching him on VHS tapes of his movies I started to adore this man as he would make me crack up each time in his comedy classics such as Blazing Saddles and See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Stir Crazy and The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother and Young Frankenstein they always made me crack up so much. I always found his movies to make me laugh and smile as he always brought you joy then pure magic. What made him magical was he way of bringing such wonderful characters to the screen.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory quick reviewWilly Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a a truly magnificent piece of film-making and remains one of the most fascinating fantasies ever made. It’s one of those wonderful classics that was truly timeless that would be able to be made any period of time. It’s an imaginative family movie that truly has such wonderful charm to it. I think next to wizard of oz it was one of my favorites that i watched often as a child. I truly adore Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory as it stands among the classics in my eyes.

One of the best elements of this film is its wonderful screenplay that captured many great elements of a fantasy classic book to the screen. It has some of the best songs ever that came to the screen even rivaling Disney movies. I would say many songs can lift up your spirit as many of the songs really stand out.

Its acting and dialogue contains some of the most interesting little tidbits in the entire movie. Gene Wilder truly nails home one of the finest roles he ever played on the screen as its a whimsical performance with such infectious joy as its one fine acting performance. Jack Albertson gives one fine performance as the grandfather as its one of those fine performances on the screen. Peter Ostrum gives out one fine performance as Charlie as he plays this poor boy that has big dreams that truly you wish will come true for him as he truly is a good boy in one fine performance.

The acting of everyone else in cast give such wonderfully charming performances. This movie’s great sets truly captures the magic of the book to screen in such a wonderful way. The Cinematography stands out truly too as its finely crafted out. Its direction is truly fine too that really crafts out many of the books elements to screen with such charming magic. This truly is one magical fantasy movie that is a family classic for all ages even adults so it’s truly a must see classic movie.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Blazing Saddles quick review

Blazing Saddles is one of the funniest movies to ever come to the screen as its among of Mel brooks finest comedies ever to the screen. Its movie that deconstructs the traditional western by pointing out its racism. It also has such over the top characters that really are some of the funniest ever put on the screen. It’s a funny spoof comedy of westerns that stands as one of the finest of its type as it’s a Mel brooks classic.

Mel Brooks broke new ground with this spoof of westerns that really was something boldly daring for its time. Blazing saddles really courted a film courted controversy like no other major-release film of its time along with it breaking ground for the comedy spoofs to come. Cleavon Little playing the role of Sheriff of Rock Ridge really did bring us such charm to that role as its truly such a good performance of an actor.

Gene Wilder is brilliant as the “Deputy Spade as he brings such a great charm to the role as he truly makes it his own and its truly a fine performance. The acting of everyone else is top notch too. The dark humor in this movie is very smartly crafted and acted out by the cast which give it such wit and charm yet it’s so funny as it leaves no one beyond by its humor. This is Mel’s brooks comedy at its finest as it’s such a fine comedy that really will leave you laughing your ass off anytime you see it.
Blazing Saddles is such a great comedy classic is one of the finest ever crafted out spoof movies as its truly one funny classic for the ages.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Young Frankenstein quick review               

Mel Brooks’ tribute to the Frankenstein movies of universal’s golden age of horror is such a joy as its truly such a funny comedy classic that stands among the best of comedy.

Gene Wilder truly shines as Dr. Frankenstein as its one of his funniest roles he ever did on the screen as he truly hams it up and makes the character a parody of the mad doctor in a nutshell as its truly so funny to watch him do it with such wit and charm. It’s such a joy to watch him in this wonderful performance. Peter Boyle really is amazing as The monster as he truly makes it this monster such a joy to watch on screen as it’s such a wonderful performance. Marty Feldman truly is such a comic joy to watch on screen as its one of those oddball character actors that nails home such a fun role on the screen as he gives such a great performance on screen. Madeline Kahn truly nails home such a fine performance in her role as Elizabeth. Its acting is truly top notch by everyone in the cast as they give such fine performances.

The cast is beyond superb. e late, wonderful British comedian Marty Feldman (Igor), who turned his congenital wandering eyes into comedic foils, never misses a beat as second banana to Gene Wilder, who plays the distraught Dr. Frankenstein to the hilt and beyond. the marvelous Madeline Kahn, who gave a bravura performance as the doctor’s fiancée. The late comedienne’s burst into operatic ecstasy during her rape by the monster is simply inspired as its one of the most inspired moments of the movie it’s a shame we lost her so soon. This movie stands among the classics as its one of the finest comedy classics ever to the screen.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Silver Streak quick review

The first film to team legendary funny men Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, Silver Streak is a respectful Hitchcock homage to Hitchcock classics with such humor and wit to match to those movies.

Gene Wilder plays a normal man of sorts as a book publisher as it’s a nod to the normal man of Hitchcock movies whom is wrongfully accused of a crime he didn’t commit sounds like a Hitchcock movie you know? Well it is a comedy spoof of north By Northwest. He plays this role so wonderfully skilled as it would even make the master of movies pride as he nails home such humor and charm as this is one of his finest performances. Richard Pryor’s casting was a mark of steer inspiration as this gave birth to one of the greatest comic duos on the screen. Richard Pryor really plays such a wonderful Character in Glover a very good and wonderful performance. It is known that both gene and Richard didn’t really click off screen as much as they were not the best of friends but on screen the duo is one of the finest of comedy ever as they both give us such wonderful performances together on screen. Jill Clayburgh also plays a fine role. Its good acting that makes this comedy classic really last for ages as its the wit of all the cast as they play off the types of a Hitchcock movie. Silver Streak is truly a fine classic comedy.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Stir Crazy quick review

A Gene Wilder-Richard Pryor comedy classic as combining these two legends of comedy really works as they truly are so funny on screen together. Stir Crazy” once again brings together the comedic talents of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor as they play  Skip and Harry two slackers as both of them give us such comic gold to their roles. Its them leading the show as this is a duo comedy at its finest. It’s a funny classic that is a joy to watch just not so much of a masterpiece as silver streak.

The Ruth rating:three and half bettes

Gene wilder’s gene_wilder_split_featuredGene wilder passing away  two days ago hit me hard as i truly loved him in so many movies even his lesser movies such as stir crazy and see no evil which is fun movies yet not his best of his roles and range as an actor. It’s truly a sad day to lose such a legend. He truly was one of a kind. I always found his movies to make me laugh and smile as he always brought you joy then pure magic. What made him magical was he way of bringing such wonderful characters to the screen. He was a kind and gentle soul that really wanted to make the world laugh and smile as he truly was one of the greatest comedy legends all time. Come with me you will be with you will go into pure imagination as gene took us into the madness in a way that was a journey that was one of a kind for the medium of film.  I think there will never be anyone like him again to grace our screen.

Vertigo:A tale of obsession

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

 

THE PROWLER

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

The Ruth Rating:five bette's