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Stranger The (1946)

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Stranger The (1946) This Victor Trivas original story was nominated for an Oscar the film was directed by Orson Welles who also plays the title role a former Nazi that’s hiding out in a small town in Connecticut. In a part which may remind you of his similar one in Double Indemnity (1944) Edward G. Robinson plays an investigator that’s trying to locate the mysterious war criminal using his obsession with clocks to advantage. [...]

Anna Karenina (1935)

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Anna Karenina (1935) A great (Greta) Garbo vehicle an adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic tale; just the kind of film she excelled in. A remake for her given the earlier silent entitled Love (1927) that she did with John Gilbert. This time Fredric March plays her military lover Vronsky Basil Rathbone her wronged husband (Alexei) Karenin and Freddie Bartholomew her son. Maureen O’Sullivan May Robson and Reginald Owen are also featured. [...]

Raging Bull (1980)

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Raging Bull (1980) Perhaps director Martin Scorsese’s best film and another great boxing movie this one is a biography of Jake La Motta a middle weight boxing champion with a violent and (overall a) pretty messed up life convincingly played by Robert De Niro who won the Best Actor Academy Award. It’s based on LaMotta’s book written with Joseph Carter and Peter Savage that was scripted by Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin. Cathy [...]

Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)

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Week-End at the Waldorf (1945) This lavish overlong version of Vicki Baum’s play which had previously won the Academy Award for Best Picture as Grand Hotel (1932) is at its best when Ginger Rogers and Walter Pidgeon (in the Greta Garbo-John Barrymore roles) are on the screen. Rogers plays Irene Malvern a lonely career actress who’s in New York for a childhood friend’s wedding and the premiere of her latest movie and Pidgeon plays [...]

Idiot’s Delight (1939)

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Idiot’s Delight (1939) Directed by Clarence Brown and written by Robert Sherwood this average “musical” comedy features Clark Gable and Norma Shearer Edward Arnold Charles Coburn Joseph Schildkraut Burgess Meredith and Virginia Grey (among others). Gable (as Harry Van) returns from World War I a song and dance man unemployed. He works job to job until he lands with a traveling group running a mind reading gag with Madame [...]

If Winter Comes (1947)

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If Winter Comes (1947) Directed by (twice Oscar nominated producer) Victor Saville this A.S.M. Hutchinson novel was adapted by Marguerite Roberts and Arthur Wimperis (Mrs. Miniver (1942)) into an average drama about a kind man whose actions are misinterpreted in his small conservative English town at the beginning of World War II. This man is a writer whose outspoken patriotic views earn him a great deal of respect in his community before [...]

World of Henry Orient The (1964)

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World of Henry Orient The (1964) This is a delightful little comedy about two young urban private school girls Gil (Merrie Spaeth) & Val (Tippy Walker) who torment a piano playing playboy Peter Sellers and especially one of his potential married liaisons (Paula Prentiss). Though playing the title role and receiving top billing Sellers is hardly the lead character of the film whose story is really focused on the two young adolescent misfits [...]

May 2005 – Orson Welles

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May 2005 – Orson Welles Sunday May 1 – Based on Lillian Hellman 8:00 AM Dark Victory (1939) – newly updated capsule review! 10:00 AM Les Girls (1957) – all new capsule review! 12:00 PM Walk Don’t Run (1966) – Cary Grant’s last film a remake of The More The Merrier (1943) 2:00 PM Bell Book and Candle (1959) – the inspiration for TV’s Bewitched series? A publisher played by James Stewart is [...]

Summer Place A (1969) – full review!

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Summer Place A (1969) – full review! Any cinephile who watches this movie without reading the opening credits or doesn’t notice its director and the date it was released will swear that it’s an early Douglas Sirk-Ross Hunter soap opera. Though perhaps not quite as fine tuned nor polished it features the same melodramatic characters and storylines in crisp clean Technicolor as the director-producer duo was famous for making in [...]

Smiling Lieutenant The (1931)

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Smiling Lieutenant The (1931) An excellent Best Picture Oscar nominated film by director Ernst Lubitsch with Maurice Chevalier in the title role. Charles Ruggles plays Max who is in love with biergarten violinist Franzi played by Claudette Colbert. Unfortunately Max “introduces” his friend (Chevalier) to Franzi and loses her. Shortly thereafter the smiling Chevalier is winking at her while on duty as a visiting king and his daughter [...]
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