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Chicago (2002)

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Chicago (2002) Best choice in a weak year? An Oscar winning Best Picture. The best thing I can say about this film is that in lieu of just filming a popular stage musical with more elaborate sets the (Oscar nominated) director Rob Marshall (his directorial debut) and editor (Martin Walsh won the Oscar too) for this film really used the medium well to tell the story with the action of its stars (in lieu of doubles) e.g. by utilizing “quick [...]

The Searchers (1956)

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The Searchers (1956) This John Ford Western – one of the director’s best – inexplicably did not receive a single Academy Award nomination despite the fact that it features one of John Wayne’s best lead acting performances a compelling relevant story (Frank Nugent wrote the screenplay from Alan Le May’s novel) and beautiful Technicolor vistas of Monument Valley by 3-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Winston Hoch; it was however added [...]

Gaslight (1940) – full review!

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Gaslight (1940) – full review! aka The Murder in Thornton Square (1940) or Angel Street Directed by Thorold Dickinson with a screenplay by A.R. Rawlinson and Bridget Boland that was based on the play by Patrick Hamilton this above average British thriller is tighter (half an hour shorter) than the Academy Award nominated American remake which earned Ingrid Bergman her first Oscar four years later. Anton Walbrook plays the role of the [...]

Interrupted Melody (1955)

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Interrupted Melody (1955) This biographical drama won the Best Writing (Story and Screenplay) Academy Award and earned its star Eleanor Parker the last of her three Best Actress Oscar nominations. It’s the true “rags to riches” story of Australian opera singing soprano Marjorie Lawrence who was later stricken with polio and before mounting a comeback. Glenn Ford plays a pediatrician who’s her love interest come husband in [...]

Directing Musicals

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Directing Musicals Not every great Hollywood director attempted to direct a musical during their career but many of them gave the genre at least one chance never to return to it. Though Hitchcock never tried Capra Hawks Huston Mankiewicz Wilder Wyler and Zinnemann did … while Ford aborted most of what was to be his only offering. Not so surprisingly their efforts were above average. When thinking about the Hollywood studio era and the many [...]

Wedding Night The (1935)

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Wedding Night The (1935) Directed by King Vidor with a screenplay by Edith Fitzgerald that was based on an Edwin Knopf story this average romantic drama was producer Samuel Goldwyn’s third and last attempt to make a Greta Garbo-like actress out of Anna Sten. However even starring her opposite (his one-time leading contract actor) Gary Cooper didn’t succeed and she soon left Hollywood. This film isn’t bad but it’s also not [...]

Topper Returns (1941) – full review!

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Topper Returns (1941) – full review! Less than an hour into this movie the character played by Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson (whose mildly racist part as the stereotypical scared Negro chauffeur; I guess Willie Best was unavailable) utters something like “this is getting pretty monotonous” which accurately sums up this third and last of the Topper comedy films. Without Cary Grant (only in the original Topper (1937)) [...]

Rose Tattoo The (1955)

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Rose Tattoo The (1955) A powerful performance by the woman this story was written for Anna Magnani who won the Academy Award for Best Actress in it. It also has Burt Lancaster who plays a rather exuberant character. Nominated for a total of 8 Oscars including Best Picture it won three. Based on the Tennessee Williams play. Magnani plays a woman who smothers her husband so much he has an affair. Then he is killed caught smuggling. So she [...]

The Good The Bad and the Ugly (1966)

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The Good The Bad and the Ugly (1966) aka Il buono il brutto il cattivo (1966) The best of director Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns (although Once Upon a Time in the West (1969) is a close second) and easily one of the top 10 of the genre it features Clint Eastwood Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach (respectively) in the title roles. The story by Leone and Luciano Vincenzoni (both also adapted it with Agenore Incrocci and Furio Scarpelli) isn’t [...]

Dangerous (1935) – full review!

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Dangerous (1935) – full review! Directed by Alfred Green and written by Laird Doyle this slightly above average drama features Bette Davis’s first Academy Award winning Best Actress performance on her second consecutive Oscar nomination. Franchot Tone plays Don Bellows an architect that has everything going for him. He has a beautiful fiancé Gail (Margaret Lindsay) and he’s about to begin a landmark project that will give his [...]
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