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La Strada (1954)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

La Strada (1954) A great drama from director Federico Fellini which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film; it’s screenplay co-written by the director and Tullio Pinelli (his first nomination) was also Oscar nominated (Ennio Flaiano also contributed). It stars Anthony Quinn (Viva Zapata! (1952)) as a gruff circus performer a strongman who travels the Italian countryside giving shows. He “buys” a girl (Giulietta [...]

High Sierra (1941)

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High Sierra (1941) Directed by Raoul Walsh with a screenplay co-written by John Huston this film features the stereotypical aging ex-con Humphrey Bogart as Roy "Mad Dog" Earle who’s planning to pull one more big heist. Arthur Kennedy is part of the new gang; the beautiful Ida Lupino is also a co-conspirator who falls for Bogie. Along the way Bogart meets a young girl (Joan Leslie) who needs an operation also meeting her guardian [...]

Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) – full review!

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Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) – full review! Directed by George B. Seitz with a screenplay by William Ludwig (Interrupted Melody (1955)) this slightly above average family comedy-drama sprinkled with innocent teenage romance marks the fourth in the (Andy Hardy) series based on Aurania Rouverol’s play (Skidding) which began with A Family Affair (1937). It’s good enough to have been added to the National Film Registry in 2000. Mickey [...]

By Year

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Essential Films By Year  |  Alphabetically 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959  1960 1961 1962  1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968  1969 1970 1971  1972 1973  1974 1975 19761977 1978  1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 [...]

Objective Burma! (1945)

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Objective Burma! (1945) An entertaining action adventure film World War II drama from director Raoul Walsh starring Errol Flynn (who else?) as the leader of a platoon who parachutes behind enemy lines to achieve a military objective. They then find themselves trapped and unable to be recovered for various reasons. So officer Flynn must find some high ground where his men can hideout until reinforcements can be arranged. Several familiar faces in [...]

Come and Get It (1936) – full review!

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Come and Get It (1936) – full review! Noteworthy for earning character actor Walter Brennan the first of his three Supporting Actor Oscars the first year the Academy bestowed the award this average drama also earned Edward Curtiss his only nomination for Editing. Samuel Goldwyn produced this screen version of the Edna Ferber novel which was adapted by Jules Furthman (Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)) and Jane Murfin (What Price Hollywood? [...]

Gunga Din (1939)

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Gunga Din (1939) Based on a Rudyard Kipling poem this is a very entertaining adventure film with an excellent cast including Cary Grant Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Victor McLaglen Sam Jaffe (in the title role) Eduardo Ciannelli and Joan Fontaine. Directed by George Stevens after Howard Hawks was removed when Bringing Up Baby (1938) bombed at the box office; it was added to the National Film Registry in 1999. Oscar nominated for its Cinematography (the [...]

Viva Villa! (1934)

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Viva Villa! (1934) This film won John Waters a Best Assistant Director Oscar on his second and last nomination; it was also nominated for Best Picture & Sound Recording as was Ben Hecht’s adaptation of the material. It stars Wallace Beery (The Champ (1931)) as a fictionalized version of the titled character (Pancho Villa) who fought on behalf of the peons (landless poor people) and Francisco Madero (played in the film by Henry Walthall) [...]

Battle of the Sexes The (1928)

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Battle of the Sexes The (1928) Produced & directed by D.W. Griffith this average silent is actually a remake of the director’s 1914 version. It stars Jean Hersholt as a successful businessman that’s pursued by a gold digger to the point that he forgets his family. When he later catches his daughter in the arms of another man he accuses her of embarrassing the family something she reminds him he’s done already. His [...]

Kiss Me Kate (1953)

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Kiss Me Kate (1953) A musical version of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” and the play co-written by Sam & Bella Spewack (My Favorite Wife (1940)) this Dorothy Kingsley (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)) screenplay was directed by George Sidney. Multiple Oscar winners Andre Previn and Saul Chaplin received merely an Academy Award nomination for this movie’s Score. Howard Keel plays Fred Graham an [...]
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