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Rebecca (1940)

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Rebecca (1940) Manderlay’s housekeeper Mrs. Danvers is 31st on AFI’s Top Villain list in this movie about expectations & disillusionment. It was the first film Alfred Hitchcock made in Hollywood his only one to win Best Picture; he never won a Best Director Oscar! David O. Selznick’s second straight BP Oscar and the first of only THREE Hitchcock films he produced after initially luring him to Hollywood with a FOUR picture [...]

Last Angry Man The (1959)

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Last Angry Man The (1959) Paul Muni received a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for this his final film role; the film’s B&W Art Direction-Set Decoration was also Oscar nominated. Directed by Daniel Mann and based on the novel by Gerald Green it was adapted by Richard Murphy (The Desert Rats (1953)). The drama also marks the screen debut of Billy Dee Williams. Muni plays Dr. Sam Abelman an aged cantankerous Jewish doctor that lives [...]

Robin Hood (1973)

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Robin Hood (1973) This Disney animated version of the classic titled legend that “robs from the rich to give to the poor” was directed by Wolfgang Reitherman. The narrative assumes that you know the essence of the back story while it highlights – indeed exaggerates – some of the plot’s more tried-and-true elements for comic effect. One examples is an archery contest which is staged to lure Robin from Sherwood [...]

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Produced and directed by Frank Capra with a story by Lewis R. Foster and a screenplay by Sidney Buchman this essential political comedy drama features James Stewart in the title role as Jefferson Smith (AFI’s #11 hero) who’s appointed to the Senate by his state’s Governor Hubert ‘Happy’ Hopper (Guy Kibbee) on the advice of his children (the Watson brothers) when one of their Senators dies. [...]

Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)

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Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935) While Busby Berkeley provided only the choreography for the Mervyn LeRoy directed Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) he directed this Musical and provided its dance direction which earned him his first Academy Award nomination; his “Lullaby of Broadway” number which includes the Harry Warren-Al Dubin Oscar winning Song performed by Winifred Shaw is a spectacle featuring dozens of choreographed pianos! The story [...]

American Beauty (1999)

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American Beauty (1999) I had to finally rent this after all the hullabaloo I’d heard about it. It was very good for me primarily because I identify so much with the Kevin Spacey’s Oscar winning characterization of a man who quits his job. A story about life in the suburbs that is if you live on the Left Coast! Won the Best Picture Best Director (Sam Mendes his film debut) Cinematography and Screenplay Writing Oscars. Annette [...]

Lady Eve The (1941)

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Lady Eve The (1941) Directed by Preston Sturges the whole cast is terrific and includes (many from Sturges’ other great films): Henry Fonda Barbara Stanwyck Charles Coburn Eugene Pallette William Demarest Eric Blore and Al Bridge (uncredited). The script was Oscar nominated. Added to the National Film Registry in 1994. #55 on AFI’s 100 Funniest Movies list. #26 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Love Stories list. Fonda is a wealthy naive [...]

Set-Up The (1949)

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Set-Up The (1949) Directed by Robert Wise this highly thought of relatively short boxing film (which plays out in real time) stars Robert Ryan as an aging boxer (‘Stoker’) whose wife played by Audrey Totter hopes she can convince him to quit before he’s badly beaten again. She can no longer stomach watching his being battered. Against her pleadings Stoker thinks he can win another fight to relive that thrill at least one more time. [...]

Red-Headed Woman (1932) – full review!

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Red-Headed Woman (1932) – full review! What was probably a scandalous sensation in its day is now rather flat and dated. This pre-code drama directed by Jack Conway and written by Anita Loos from a Katharine Brush novel features Jean Harlow in the title role as Lillian ‘Red’ Andrews a girl from the other side of the tracks that uses her physical beauty and sexuality to ensnare men to get what she wants (the things money can [...]

Icons of Screwball Comedy Volume Two

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Icons of Screwball Comedy Volume Two Purchase this DVD Collection now at Theodora Goes Wild (1936) – full review! Together Again (1944) – sure enough Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne are ‘together again’ for the third time actually (though even most cinephiles probably haven’t heard of When Tomorrow Comes (1939)); the first time was in the hit Best Picture nominee Love Affair (1939). Though the two are romantically linked yet [...]
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