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Germania anno zero (1948)

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Germania anno zero (1948) aka Germany Year Zero – a foreign language film with subtitles In post World War II Germany the cities are in shambles and their people are barely surviving on food stamps. Each family gets an allocation based on the number of males in the family provided they’re of age else they must find work. The story is told through a family who’s patriarch is too ill and old to work; another in the household [...]

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. [...]

Crowd Roars The (1938)

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Crowd Roars The (1938) Not to be confused with the 1932 film (starring James Cagney as a race car driver) of the same name. Quick summary – a boxing movie about a young boy with a deadbeat father that under the tutelage of a boxing champion becomes a successful boxer himself until he kills his former mentor (trying to make a comeback for financial reasons) in the ring. He then tries to give up the game but is lured back into it by [...]

Politics (1931)

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Politics (1931) Directed by Charles Reisner this Robert Hopkins (San Francisco (1936)) story stars Marie Dressler (Min and Bill (1930)) as a woman whose outspoken views on cleaning up her city’s crime problem leads to her becoming a candidate for office against the incumbent. This comedy features a battle of the sexes political campaign as the wives in the community attempt to exert their influence on their husbands’ votes. One of the [...]

Divine Lady The (1929)

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Divine Lady The (1929) This acclaimed silent features great naval battle sequences especially for the time and won Frank Lloyd (Cavalcade (1933)) his first of two Best Director Academy Awards. The film’s Cinematography and Corinne Griffith’s performance also received nominations (her only). There are four songs (sung by Griffith presumably) in the film which we hear making this a silent hybrid. Joan Bennett and Grant Withers are evidently [...]

Welcome Danger (1929)

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Welcome Danger (1929) Originally directed by as a silent film by Malcom St. Clair this “talkie” was largely re-shot by director Clyde Bruckman who also shares the story writing credit with Felix Adler & Lex Neal and Paul Girard Smith (dialogue). It features one of the “big three” silent comedians Harold Lloyd with plenty of gags. The sound quality is quite poor though it’s better at some times than others. [...]

Macario (1960)

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Macario (1960) Directed by Roberto Gavaldón who also co-wrote the screenplay this foreign fantasy drama tells the story of a poor Mexican woodcutter who is unable to provide enough food to feed his family such that they are slowly starving to death. His wife and mother to his many children washes clothes in a futile effort to help make ends meet. When her self sacrificing husband says that he will no longer eat until he can afford an entire [...]

Face In The Crowd A (1957)

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Face In The Crowd A (1957) Always a timely film a story about demagoguery. Featuring a performance you won’t believe nor soon forget by Mayberry‘s Andy Griffith. Patricia Neal and Walter Matthau provide great support as well in this Elia Kazan directed film. Also see Anthony Franciosa and Lee Remick. Added to the National Film Registry in 2008. Purchase this DVD now [...]

One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937) – full review!

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One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937) – full review! Directed by Henry Koster (who would receive his only Academy recognition for directing The Bishop’s Wife (1947)) this Hanns Kräly (The Patriot (1928)) story was adapted by Charles Kenyon Bruce Manning & James Mulhauser into a successful Deanna Durbin musical comedy that was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar and won the Academy Award for its Score. Kräly’s Original Story the [...]

1950

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1950 1950 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture All About Eve (1950) Born Yesterday (1950) Father of the Bride (1950) King Solomon’s Mines Sunset Blvd. (1950) Best Actor in a Leading Role José Ferrer Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) Spencer Tracy Father of the Bride (1950) James Stewart Harvey (1950) Louis Calhern The Magnificent Yankee (1950) William Holden Sunset Blvd. (1950) Best Actress [...]
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