Just to keep things interesting, this week I'm talking about Film Noir. It's a really misunderstood movement in film, so in this video I talk about the history, whether it's a genre or a movement, what you can expect to see in a classic film noir and more. I also end with some recommendations of… Continue reading Cinema History: What is Film Noir?
Starring: Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier, Director: Alfred Hitchcock A naive girl finds she's bitten off more than she can chew when she marries a man whose previous wife died under mysterious circumstances. It seems that no one can forget the beautiful Rebecca... One of Hitchcock's best and his first Hollywood film, watch below for the… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Rebecca (1940)
Starring: Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Mady Christians Director: Max Ophuls Vienna 1900, a young girl (Joan Fontaine) falls in love with an older man when she hears his beautiful music, but while the course of her life is changed forever by her love, he will barely know she's alive. The film opens with Stefan (Louis… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Letter From An Unknown Woman (1948)
Starring: Roger Livesy, Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook Director: Powell and Pressburger An epic of war, friendship, romance and historical upheaval. The Life and Death Of Colonel Blimp is a 40's era saga of a British general who has outlived his usefulness, when there is no longer honour in war. Full review below https://youtu.be/Cjx4vCKIdLA
Starring: Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley Director: Edward Dmytryk Dick Powell stars as the classic hard-boiled detective Phillip Marlowe, adapted from Raymond Chandlers story Farewell My Lovely. This time, the detective gets in over his head when he's approached by an ex-con who wants to find his old flame, but finds a platinum blonde… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Murder, My Sweet (1944)
Starring: Jean Marais, Josette Day Director: Jean Cocteau, Rene Clement https://youtu.be/Z-7oesSsZ_w Jean Cocteau's magical classic fairytale is beautiful and strange, and definitely ahead of it's time. Lavish and surreal, it's an art film that's also accessible to the everyman, and one that has influenced many film makers since. Watch the video above for my thoughts.
Starring: Orson Welles, Edward G Robinson, Loretta Young Director: Orson Welles https://youtu.be/2otqWnuYFHY Orson Welles is the handsome stranger in small town Connecticut when his past starts to catch up with him. As he marries the daughter of a judge (Loretta Young), a War Crimes Commission man (Edward G Robinson) is closing in on him for… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Stranger (1946)
Starring: Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor, Rudy Vallee Director: Preston Sturges https://youtu.be/CCHPykiJdm0 Preston Sturges was a masterful writer/director in the romentic comedy, screwball form. Teamed up with excellent performances and crazy antics, this is a comedy that's still mad cap and entertaining today. Watch the video above for my review, and as always, love… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Palm Beach Story (1942)
Starring: Jane Russell, Bob Hope, Robert Armstrong Director: Norman Z McLeod In exchange for a pardon, Calamity Jane (Russell) agrees to find out who is selling arms to the Indians and stop them. But Jane has enemies, and while travelling undercover her partner is killed. She recruits Painless Peter Potter (Hope) a dentist and total… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Paleface (1948)
Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Donald Crisp, Anna Lee, Roddy McDowall Director: John Ford It's the turn of the Century, and in a small village in Wales, mining is a way of life. It's hard and dangerous job, thoug it's honest work, but they hope that youngest son Huw will break the mold and do… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: How Green Was My Valley (1941)