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Conformist The (1970)

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Conformist The (1970) aka Il Conformista (1970) Director Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor (1987)) earned his first Oscar nomination for his screenplay adaptation of Alberto Moravia’s bizarre story about a young Italian man (Jean-Louis Trintignant) with a conflicted sexual history who’s about to be married (to Stefania Sandrelli’s character) that’s also just joined Mussolini’s secret police such that he must now murder [...]

Love (1927)

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Love (1927) One of many films based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina this silent is one of two versions featuring Greta Garbo in the title role (the other is a “talkie” Anna Karenina (1935)). Directed by Edmund Goulding with continuity assistance provided by the great Frances Marion this slightly above average drama also features Garbo’s frequent leading man John Gilbert as Captain Alexei Vronsky and Brandon Hurst as [...]

Courtroom Dramas

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Courtroom Dramas Films which feature an ending trial or contain one within are too numerous to list; plus I’ve intentionally left out court-martial trials and other forms of military justice (perhaps I’ll explore this topic in a future essay). I’ve also decided to exclude (e.g. biographical) stories about lawyers and judges and I’ve excluded 12 Angry Men (1957) because it’s about jury deliberations. Instead [...]

MacKintosh Man The (1973)

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MacKintosh Man The (1973) Directed by John Huston with a screenplay by Walter Hill that was based on The Freedom Trap by Desmond Bagley this confusing (until the end) Cold War spy thriller features Paul Newman in the title role as Joseph Rearden who’s hired by Mackintosh (Harry Andrews) to infiltrate a prison escape organization that’s being used by an aristocratic member of Britain’s parliament Sir George Wheeler (James Mason) [...]

Vertigo (1958)

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Vertigo (1958) The title means dizziness or describes a confused state of mind this is a film about that and obsessive love which many critics say was director Alfred Hitchcock’s best though only in retrospect since it wasn’t initially very well received. It was the last of the four collaborations between "Hitch" and James Stewart. The blonde this time was played by Kim Novak (because Vera Miles was pregnant and [...]

Paul Muni

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Paul Muni Paul Muni was born Meshilem Meier Weisenfreund on September 22 1895) in Lemberg Austria-Hungary (now known as Lviv Ukraine). His parents were Jewish actors that immigrated to the United States in 1902. He started working on the stage at 12 years of age when he was known by a Yiddish nickname Moonie but didn’t make it to Broadway until he was nearly thirty. His first Hollywood role came five years later in The Valiant (1929) for which [...]

Citizen Kane (1941)

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Citizen Kane (1941) Orson Welles’s masterpiece film is somewhat of an unauthorized biography of publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst (but don’t believe how he portrays Marion Davies’s character!) including his politics. It stars Welles in the title role Dorothy Comingore Joseph Cotten Agnes Moorehead Ruth Warrick Ray Collins Everett Sloane George Coulouris and Paul Stewart (among others). Herman J. Mankiewicz and Welles [...]

Song of Bernadette The (1943)

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Song of Bernadette The (1943) Jennifer Jones’ Oscar winning performance (the film won three other Oscars) and Best Picture nominated (and eight other nominations including Best Actor for Charles Bickford and Best Supporting Actress for both Gladys Cooper and Ann Revere. Director Henry King was also nominated. I think you have to be a "believer" to get much out of it. The cast also includes William Eythe Vincent Price and Lee J. Cobb. [...]

One Two Three (1961)

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One Two Three (1961) An hilarious Billy Wilder film. East meets West capitalism and communism explained and some fast talking by the film’s star James Cagney. A must see! Cagney plays a Coca Cola executive in West Germany near the wall (that used to be). He and his wife (Arlene Francis) "babysit" Cagney’s boss’s (Howard St. John) daughter (Pamela Tiffin) who behaves irresponsibly and falls in love with East German [...]

Movies about the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)

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Movies about the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) Ever since the release of legendary director D.W. Griffith’s controversial epic The Birth of the Nation (1915) based on Thomas F. Dixon Jr.’s (play and) novel titled The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan and featuring silent star Lillian Gish and future Oscar winner Donald Crisp (among others) classic Hollywood seems to have avoided taking on the KKK to expose its wicked acts or its [...]
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