The Searchers

Today I talk about The Searchers which in terms of classical westerns really outshines many others of the genre. John Ford’s most compelling Western avoids  association with the genre’s established precepts. Its one of the best movies ever made for the screen as my review today looks upon this classic movie as i define this classic gem.

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In terms of classical storytelling The Searchers John Ford’s most compelling Western avoids many of the genre’s older traits. The film stars John Wayne, an actor eternally linked to Westerns, perhaps giving his best performance in any Ford film as he plays a very racist man that hates Indians with a passion in many ways you shouldn’t connect to this hero yet he is an interesting hero that is deeply flawed with so many diffrent sides to this man.

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By 1955 when production began on when production began, The Searchers would be Ford’s first Western in five years a personal risk after a number of commercial failures and artistic missteps caused him to contemplate retirement as he filmed what would be one of the finest westerns ever made. The Searchers comes naturally, as beyond its unequivocal beauty and dramatic intensity, there exists what appear to be incompatible narrative developments, symbolism, and thematic undercurrents signifying the end product that is something so profound upon the screen with amazing shots and an interesting character and story that unfolds upon the screen. When Edwards (John Wayne) returns home to Texas after the Civil War.

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When members of his brother’s family are killed or abducted by Comanches, he vows to track down his surviving relatives and bring them home. Eventually, Edwards gets word that his niece Debbie (Natalie Wood) is alive, and, along with her adopted brother, Martin Pawley (Jeffrey Hunter), he embarks on a dangerous mission to find her, journeying deep into Comanche territory.(plot form goggle) 

The Searchers sets up grim set of conditions, ranging from the landscape to individual character histories. The first iconic shot (mirrored by the film’s last iconic shot) of Martha opening the front door seems to frame the outer terrain like a photograph that shows us the vast landscape upon the screen. I would say many do hate this movie because its hatred towards Indians as the villain is common in many westerns.

A clue to Ethan’s hatred for Comanche Indians appears early in the film, when the younger Debbie goes to her hiding place before Scar first attacks in the film. He kneels down in the graveyard by a headstone, which, appearing for only a few frames, reads: “Here lies Mary Jane Edwards killed by Comanche’s May 12, 1852 A good wife and mother in her 41st year.” Sixteen years earlier, was Ethan’s own mother massacred by Comanche’s? He is a deeply flawed man on a quest to save a woman for years. It’s the quest of this man and his drive to save his family that really drives this hero to many points of rage that you see his hate come upon us and the dark humor used is often to tame down the ways of this dark hero characterizes the film’s fundamental struggle whether or not Ethan and Martin actually find Debbie is less the fear than what Ethan will do when he finds her.

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In the film’s most memorable scene, one of the greatest single moments of film, Ethan emerges from Scar’s tent on his horse and spots Debbie, who, dressed in full Comanche attire, runs in terror. Ethan chases her down a hill and corners her; Martin trailing behind yelling “No!” for Ethan not to do what he has intended to do from the outset. Ethan gets off his horse and picks Debbie up, raises her in the air like a child, the fear radiating from her. He lowers her into his arms, and says, “Let’s go home, Debbie. Ethan also is genuinely scary. His obsessiveness, his absolute hatred of Comanche’s and all Native Americans and his loneliness set him apart from any other characters Wayne played as its one of his finest with many layers to him making you wonder about him throughout the film.

John Ford was particularly proud of The Searchers, as was Wayne, who named his son Ethan after his character. The film’s initial critical reception, however, lacked passion, as did its box office receipts, and Ford was devastated by its apparent dismissal reputation at the time of its release.  The picture’s reputation would grow over time, earning recognition on top film lists as it is one of the finest movies made form this genre with marvelous acting by everyone in its cast and marvelous direction and the cinematography of The Searchers is one of films finest gems ever made upon the screen. It contains painterly images of majestic scenery, some of the most remarkable ever captured. Historians and film scholars attest to its supremacy and recognize its influence on the medium and the artists working therein. And yet, the motion picture Ford considered his own masterpiece confronts prior standards, meets issues of revenge and discrimination within a ponderous text, and revises the director’s Western model forevermore as its one of the finest movies ever crafted upon the screen. John Ford amends The Searchers from a traditional Hollywood Western into an uncommon human tragedy that makes this movie one of the finest classics you will ever see ever upon the screen that you should see today.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

NIGHT AND THE CITY

Today I talk about Night and the City. The night is tonight, tomorrow night…or any night. The city is London. Night and the City opens with an opening monologue with a voice talking about the city. The film’s opening narration, spoken by its director Jules Dassin in which i define as one of the finest noir classics all time.

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The night is tonight, tomorrow night…or any night. The city is London. Night and the City opens with a opening monologue with a voice talking about the city. The film’s opening narration, spoken by its director Jules Dassin, recalls how filmmaker Carol Reed opened his picture in the same way. The Third Man (1949) opened like this film in many ways. This will not be last comparison to reed’s flim as both titles suggest parallel themes of realism and expressionism, both go about in it in diffrent ways. The title night in the city is hard poetry as as Andrew Pulver observed in his volume for the British Film Institute. To be sure that Dassin’s cinematographer Max Greene shoots rich street photography recalling that of Weegee.

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The locations range from flophouses to seamy flats, dive bars to alleyways. The familiar setting of London becomes a strange and unseemly environment as transforms the city into a sordid, alternate backdrop was a common theme in film noir another connection between Night and the City and The Third Man, which takes place in Vienna. Likewise, both films also use the crumbled post-World War II setting. It captures the underworld of the city which echoes the common connection of both movies of its theme.

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Dassin and Reed each harnesses the post world war II setting of the underworld setting of the destroyed cities in aftermath of the war they harnesses the reality of exposing horrendous crimes as both also have been masterfully crafted with chiaroscuro shadows and off-kilter angles, accentuating the undercurrent of darkness beneath the settings of a world in its darkest place after the end of the war as our world struggled with our darkness and sin.

When Kersh’s novel was released in 1946, producer Charles K. Feldman paid $45,000 for the film rights and hired former police reporter Jo Eisinger to write the script. Feldman had negotiated with Jacques Tourneur (Out of the Past, 1947) to direct it yet it failed to go trough to production. The production, including the book-to-film rights and Eisinger’s script, was sold to Zanuck at Fox as he did it as favor for Jules Dassin remarked, “Zanuck pushed this book in my hand, and said, ‘You’re leaving, you’re getting out of here. You’re going to London and you’re going to make this film knowing the director was a member of the Communist Party since 1939 it was chance for him to do something boldly new for the studio. However, if given a choice, Dassin later claimed he would not have fled to avoid giving testimony. Nevertheless, Night and the City would be Dassin’s last film shot in the United States until Uptight in 1968.  It’s a bleak and very dark look upon the city of London. I feel this movie is the definitive noir classic. Night and the City: In the Labyrinth by By Paul Arthur  

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At the heart of Night and the City is a master trope: the urban labyrinth. Cities in film noir are not simply dangerous or bristling with iconographic menace—they are visualized as death traps, spaces from which there can be no escape. This common pattern finds summary expression in Dassin’s film. Nearly every setting is crammed with architectural grids, frames, cul-de-sacs, narrow stairways, perspectives that choke off the mobility and freedom of human subjects (this is quoted form Night and the City: In the Labyrinth by Paul Arthur on the movie. I put link above too so you can read the wonderful essay that talks this flim) its one of the best noir classics all time in my eyes. Dassin’s status as an artist forced into isolation may have gained him, and Night and the City, sympathy after the film’s release but its well earned in my eyes as it is simply a marvelous movie.

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NIGHT AND THE CITY review

Night and the City, adapted from Gerald Kersh’s novel, is the supreme example of London noir. Its one of the finest noir classics ever produced for the screen. The writer who came up with the orginal novel was Gerald Kersh, attached it to his third novel. Published in 1938, Night and the City is a high-minded pulp thriller containing a fantastically vivid creation about the dark underbelly of a city. The city has been mankind’s booming hub for ages snice man started with cities in ancient times. They are dark seedy worlds with many layers to them. I would call night in city the prime example of what fine noir does at its finest explores the underbelly and city in a very shadowed light.
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Dassin’s well documented run and gun approach to shooting Night and the City is fully evident as the streets of London pop and fizzle under Dassin’s eye with an energy and fever akin to its underworld story. Its one of his finer noir classics that he crafted with such fine direction and craft. Image result for night and the city

The cinematography of Night and the City is remarkable with such fine details crafted by Mutz Greenbaum whom crafts out dripping alleyways with neon signs, walk-up flats, sweaty basement dives, and atmospheric streets. Greene shot them all with a combination of expert chiaroscuro and the fast-paced, documentary-style realism that really makes this noir classic a gem to behold upon the screen.

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This is by far one of Richard Widmark’s best performances. He’s a live wire from start to finish. We never see Harry Fabian rest, not even once, as he’s trying to make his dreams of being a big shot a reality as he gives out one of his finest hours on the screen. It has wonderful acting by everyone in its cast. Night-and-the-City-3

 The film’s centerpiece is a brutal impromptu wrestling match in Harry’s gym between The Strangler and Gregorius. Nobody can separate these two giant men and all Harry can do is watch and hope as his dreams of melding the classical and circus-like worlds of wrestling are dashed with every kidney punch and death grip attempt in this seedy classic.  

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This is by far one of the best crime stories I’ve ever seen. Dassin does an amazing job of ratcheting up the tension in every scene that makes it one of the finest noir movies I ever watched on the screen. You simply should see this classic movie today.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

The lost art of screwball comedy

 Today I talk about The lost art of screwball comedy as i will give more in depth talk about the classic genre of screwball comedy which i consider a lost art by today’s time with its funny slapstick humor to its witty and charming lines to its wonderful love stories that have couples matching wits with each other. The screwball comedy was a genre that defined 1930’s and 1940’s in many ways as its what defined the comedies of its period. So lets begin this talk about them.

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In the 1930’s and 1940’s,We had movies had movies that began with  a fanciful message printed on screen, beginning “Once upon a time A hangover from the silent era but also an invitation to view a modern urban setting as somewhere romantic and faraway. The device was especially common in screwball comedy.

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Screwball comedy (the term was coined by a publicist in the mid-1930s) is one of those genres, like film noir that remains hard to define as what exactly is a screwball comedy or a comedy drama or comedy?  Originally, screwball films were those in which glamorous stars were persuaded to behave like clowns like in bringing up baby.

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A full-fledged screwball comedy is always a romance: the story of a man and a woman who remains at arm’s length yet manage to take the utmost delight in each other’s cleverness or foolery to try outwitting the other person. I would point out man of the genre many consider screwball do have these kinds of stories or slapstick humor which is another form of screwball comedy.  I would point out another fine example of the screwball is the battle of sexes comedies where both sexes battled wits with each other. I would say comedy of that would be better refined if we went back to that system of comedy which we be the movies that starred Kate Hepburn in the 1940’s which were comedies.

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The screwball also could be very risky subject matters such as the Lubitsch touch comedies which are Trouble in Paradise and Design for Living among other Ernst Lubitsch comedies which were broadly about sex and things you didn’t discuss in society at the time. It’s such a taboo yet a very fun outline that still defines comedy to our date now.

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Movies with most of the essential screwball ingredients started to show up on the screen in 1932, notably Trouble in Paradise which led to movies such as bombshell starring jean Harlow in the same year the thin man had another sub-genre of comedy show up the mystery comedy of the 1930’s which has some very delightful classics you should see today.

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Myrna Loy and William Powell, went on to make five more movies about Nick and Nora Charles as well as several very good non-mystery comedies, including I Love You Again and Libeled Lady as the duo would be one of the most iconic duos of comedy of any era. I simply adore the thin man movies as they are such classic gems. The powerful nature of the fast talking screwball comedy genre is such a charming one to watch on the screen anytime. You have such wonderful wit and humor and sharp writing and such great humor with wonderful acting to match them upon the screen. It’s time for some examples of this genre now.

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 screwball comedy reviews

His girl Friday review

His girl Friday is a classic comedy classic that is directed by Howard hawks. His girl Friday is one of my favorite movies all time to watch again and again. . Cary Grant plays a wonderful performance in his girl Friday. Rosalind Russell gives out an amazing performance in his girl Friday. Cart Grant and Rosalind Russell who make a great team together on the screen. Howard hawks compositions are layered with fore and background action and depth to each of its scenes. His girl Friday is about its dialogue more than its visuals elements on the screen. It comes so fast and sharp on the screen. This is a comedy classic that you will simply adore watching unfold as it’s just so much fun to watch it unfold on the screen.

My Girl Friday successfully combines screwball romantic comedy with biting satire that truly makes it the true comedy classic that you should see today.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

Trouble in Paradise (1932) review

This pre-code sophisticated comedy epitomizes the European attitude toward sex. It is more open in sex. It is pre-code in that nature toward how it plays sex. It is based on Laszlo Aladar’s play The Honest Finder which was the springboard for the movie. The sexual undertones are very frank. I would not call it as sexually open as Design for Living which is far more sexual in nature. This was a taste of what was to come for his works. Trouble in Paradise is a comedic counterpart to a melodrama.

Lubitsch was best known for what we call the Lubitsch touch is a subtitle way of referencing sexual shenanigans that his characters do upon the screen. Lubitsch’s Magnum Opus faced controversy three years after its initial release because of the conservatism of the Production Code. This pre-code sophisticated comedy epitomizes the European attitude toward sex which is more open in sex that feels modern. . The movie is tamer than his other film design for a living for its sexual tone on the screen. It’s a spellbinding comedy classic about a a suave jewel thief (Herbert Marshall) falling in love with his intended victim (luminous Kay Francis) much to the displeasure of his girlfriend (Miriam Hopkins) whom all give out wonderful performances in their respective roles for the screen. . Kay Francis steals this film as she truly shines in her wonderful role that is hard to do with Miriam Hopkins. She is exquisite and enchanting and absolutely charming. Miriam Hopkins gets the better comedic lines and the guy even if lesser then Kay she still gives out a marvelous performance. Herbert Marshall shows an unexpected flair for light comedy while Charlie Ruggles and the ubiquitous Edward Everett Horton provide their usual first class supporting roles that that truly shine in their performances on the screen. Ernst Lubitsch crafts out a masterpiece of early comedy that truly shines in every manner making it a must see comedy classic for all time.

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Ball of fire review

Howard Hawks Ball of Fire is an urban update of the Snow-White fairy-tale with an urban twist. Ball of fire was written by Billy Wilder with Howard hawks directing this movie. It remains one of the finest screwball comedies ever put to the screen.

Ball of fire remains one of my favorite screwball comedies all time. This movie has such wonderful acting by Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper. The ever wonderful Barbara Stanwyck really leads the show as Sugarpuss O’Shea who hides with them for her gangster boyfriend whom she becomes best friends to them in the end. She plays the role in a very wonderful way that really charms you to watch on the screen. Barbara Stanwyck is warming up in this movie for her acting skills are truly growing as it goes along to its ending. . Gary Cooper gives us one amazing performance for the screen.

The groups of professors are all very good supporting actors as Oskar Homolka and Henry Travers and S.Z. Sakall and Tully Marshall and Leonid Kinskey and Richard Haydn and Aubrey Mather whom I would say all give out such wonderful performances on the screen. I would say Henry Travers is among cast of the stand out character actors as he played the angel its Wonderful Life as he plays such an amazing role for this movie. I would say each of these professors are played by very wonderful character actors that each give out wonderful performances. Allen Jenkins is a garbage man seeking knowledge for pecuniary gain as he gives a very good acting   performance. The movie has very wonderful acting by everyone in its cast of talents.

Dana Andrews plays against type as a gangster in one very good performance for this amazing actor of the screen as he as the gangster boyfriend of Sugarpuss O’Shea for this movie. Mary Field as Miss Totten, the daughter of the wealthy inventor who created the foundation really gives a good performance in her role. The whole of supporting cast of many great acting legends all give such wonderful performances.

Ball of Fire is one amazing classic that you should see today.

The Lady Eve (1941)

It’s no accident when wealthy Charles (Henry Fonda) falls for Jean (Barbara Stanwyck). Jean is a con artist with her sights set on Charles’ fortune. Matters complicate when Jean starts falling for her mark. Jean is fixated on revenge and still pining for the millionaire, devises a plan to get back in Charles’ life. With love and payback on her mind, she reintroduces herself to Charles, this time as an aristocrat named Lady Eve Sidwich.

The Lady Eve is one of my favorite movies of the 1940’s. It is one of the best movies that Barbara Stanwyck ever on the screen. This comedy treat truly always delights me anytime I watch it on the screen. Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck truly shine together as a duo as both acting legends give us their finest performances all time on the screen. It has brilliant writing and direction provided by Preston Sturge whom crafts a wonderful comedy classic.

Screwball lost art closing thoughts.

I absolutely love the classic screwball comedies of the 30’s and 40’s. They are indeed fascinating… funny, frenzied and full of crazy antics, witty dialogue and numerous quirks and mishaps. Also starring some of the finest comedy actors and actresses of the era or any era of the screen as such wonderful legends.

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I talked about the lost art of screwball comedies today in some depth as i talked about many movies that dealt with this marvelous genre that had such broad and diffrent ranges in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Its such a fun genre that died out by end of 1940’s which should return to our screens today. I hope you enjoyed today’s talk about it and join me again for another talk in the future.

 Val Lewton:Shadows And Suspense

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Today I talk about In the early 1940’s rko was suffering a big failure following citizen Kane and other movies leaving the studio in ruins. it turned to its low budget b pictures . Val Lewton was the man put in charge of producing these flims with titles given to him by the studio. He found ways to make these movies into horror classics. Cat people was a huge hit so he was given free rein to do whatever he felt about for his movies. He came up idea of i walked with a zombie. Its his third The Leopard Man where he finally hit his mark fully in his ideas.  Val Lewton was a man that was able created many classic movies that do not follow the trends of its genre as his horror films are different then many horror films of its time. Val Lewton crafted out a group of movies that i call the Val Lewton touched classics that truly shine in their own right as they show ideas that was different and takes the movies to a different level. So today i talk about these classic movies now.

Cat-People-2 Val Lewton:Shadows And Suspense(https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest/)Cat People (1942) reviewImage result for Cat People (1942)Cat People is a movie less about real horror but subjective horrors such as fear of what you don’t see unfolding around you. Our male lead fears that he is losing his wife before he even really got her in the first place. Our female lead fears that her husband is falling in love with someone else. She fears a history that she can’t seem to escape it’s all really subjective as you don’t see any of these horrors unfold on the screen which by its nature is even scarier as it’s playing with your mind which is something truly real and true to life. You often hear noises at night but you don’t see anything unfold as you wonder what the noise was you heard unfold at night. Image result for Cat People (1942)

Simone Simon has the perfect mix of coiled power and haunted vulnerability to lodge us completely in her corner, Tourneur’s mise-en-scene is bursting with clever detail and Nicholas Musuraca’s shadowy cinematography that brings us into the story unfolding upon the screen.

Its use of footsteps as sounds to scare you and shadows makes you feel chills for things you dont see on the screen as is the horror real or its all in our minds it plays a trick upon you to bring fear into your life. I would say the human nature of fearing what we dont see is more scary then what we see unfold upon the screen.

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I Walked with a Zombie review
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I Walked With A Zombie is Based somewhat on the classic story of “Jane Eyre. It takes to Caribbean island mansion to explore the traditions of zombie culture of the Caribbean which is an interesting subject to apply his subjective horror ideals to it as he takes us upon one of the best takes of zombies on the screen.
 I Walked with a Zombie has the feel of a b movie its so much richer then its subject matter of island voodoo. The narrative weaves in some intense social issues, including the legacy of suffering left in the wake of slavery upon the islands.  A township marked by colonialism and a culture struggling to survive beneath it. It plays more like Gothic literature then anything else.the Canadian nurse’s (Frances Dee) visions of tropical enchantment are curtly dismissed by the death-scented plantation owner (Tom Conway) whom both lead this movie as i would say its acting is very good but its much more richer to watch what unfolds on the screen.
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 Jacques Tourneur helms the picture with a style that i truly adore even more in this movie then i do for cat people as its use of the subjective horror of what you dont see unfold upon the screen as the fears of what unfolds really does make you fear what is happening upon the screen. The black-and-white cinematography  of  I Walked with a Zombie makes use of shadows in a rich way that feels richer then many noir classics.
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I am sure some overlook I Walked with a Zombie because it seems like a low rent b movie at first glace but you shouldn’t do that at all as its a rich movie that really is something truly amazing to watch unfold on the screen.
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The Seventh Victim review
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The Seventh Victim illustrates better than any other film the amount of creative freedom Val Lewton’s B-picture department was given by the bosses at RKO. The Seventh Victim has a good cast of talents all giving out good performances. I adore all of Val Lewton’s B-picture’s my favorite would be curse of cat people.
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It’s a very effective thriller that deals with themes of the occult and Satanism as the movie explores these themes in very detail with its plot that really is very dark for its time. The film also appeared to influence Rosemary’s Baby, in that the cultists are not depicted as ghouls in hooded robes, but as normal people, old and slightly shabby. Screenwriter Charles O’Neil said he researched the story by visiting a cult headquarters in New York. The people, he said, were surprisingly normal. Some of the older ladies knitted as they chanted to cast a spell on Adolph Hitler. It’s one of those weird stories where the writers find more then hoped in the story to find out about their movie.

It was shot on a studio back-lot. The Greenwich Village created for The Seventh Victim feels realistic. It’s a bleak nightscape of failed poets, Italian restaurants, beauty salons and dark alleys, shady private eyes, psychiatrists who harbor secrets, theatrical troops, lesbians, and devil cults. It was into this odd world that Jacqueline disappeared really feels like the real place.

A number of scenes stand out in this classic movie that you will love to see happen upon the screen. The Seventh Victim also boasts one of the best ‘Lewton walks.’ When Jacqueline tries to walk home alone after being allowed to leave the Palladists’ meeting, she is stalked by a hit man who emerges from the darkness of a doorway she passes on an eerily deserted street. This scene echoes earlier Lewton walks such as when Irena stalks Alice through Central Park in Cat People or the some of the scenes of I walked with a zombie. It really stands out as it shows up on the screen.

The Seventh Victim is a very wonderfully acted thriller that inspired later classics that will stay with you for years to come that you should see today.
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The Curse of the Cat People review 
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The Curse of the Cat People remains among the strangest Hollywood sequels ever made. Following Cat People, RKO’s 1942 horror masterwork of shadow and atmosphere that also helped delay the studio’s financial ruin, the sequel resolves to occupy another genre entirely. I would call it one of my favorite movies all time as its story is quite lovely. Director Robert Wise, winner of Oscars for the musicals West Side Story and The Sound of Music among several other classic films directs this classic gem that I adore so much.

The Curse of the Cat People is rather a fairy tale in a way its very much a movie that feels more dreamlike like the classic fairy-tale classics. The magical tone of the movie is reminiscent of Rene Clair or similar fantastic directors of the era that feels so much more fun to watch unfold on the screen as it captures the childhood feel so great.

Ann Carter is astounding in the role of Amy, taking another otherworldly turn after playing Veronica Lake’s enchantress daughter in I Married a Witch as she gives out such a wonderful performance in her role. Simone Simon who literally plays the role of a good fairy/fairy princess as Irena She’s an angelic presence that, again, could be perceived as evil because she is so ethereal.

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By the nature of the movie’s story you are really in a fairy-tale that feels dreamlike and echoes many other childhood fairy-tale classics with its even Gothic touches that feel right out of a fairy-tale. I used adore to read old fairy-tales as a boy as had book collecting them this movie really captures that feeling of those classic tales upon the screen.
The Curse of the Cat People is hardly a horror story at all as its more a Gothic fairy-tale which really makes it one of a kind for movies of its time. This is a lovely, haunting film that you will simply enjoy to watch anytime.
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 Val Lewton:Shadows And Suspense thoughts
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The early 1940’s rko was suffering a big failure following citizen Kane and other movies leaving the studio in ruins. It turned to its low budget b pictures. Val Lewton was the man put in charge of producing these films with titles given to him by the studio that each of them stands out in their own as today i talked about some of his movies that really stands out that you will adore to see as each of them are different types of movies that all offer different types of tales. I hope you enjoyed my talk today about his movies i hope you join me again for another in the future

Flash Gordon

Today I talk about Flash Gordon for the Outer Space on Film blogathon today. I am paying tribute to Flash Gordon which is one of my favorite serials all time to watch and re-watch often as its inspired many movies including star wars. I really adore classic Science Fiction serials and classic movies of that genre that all shine so brightly on the screen.

I hope you enjoy this tribute to flash Gordon for the Flash Gordon for the Outer Space on Film blogathon as always do check out other posts form the event today. Let’s begin our adventure into space now.

Flash Gordon serials introduction talk 

Flash Gordon is often called one of the cheesiest shows all time by so many people that often dismiss the amazing levels of depth beyond this series. It is cheesy at times the series but the series is embracing pulp Science Fiction tales that shaped the genre of Science Fiction. Flash Gordon serials were based upon the Flash Gordon comic strip which was created to compete with the already established Buck Rogers adventure strip which happens to be another serial that inspired star wars. Flash Gordon is directly inspired by John Carter of Mars which was what they wanted originally to make the strip based upon but ended up with Flash Gordon. The Flash Gordon comic strip has been translated into a wide variety of media, including motion pictures, television and animated series as today I am talking about the serials it’s such a joy to talk the classic serial flash gordon today.

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Flash Gordon serials review

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Flash Gordon begins with the strange planet Mongo hurtling towards Earth on a collision course. People across the world, from London to darkest Africa, are panicking as their seemingly certain doom draws near. One of the doomed Earthlings, polo player and all-around athlete Flash Gordon as it begins its story(plot intro form web)

Flash Gordon is probably the most popular and certainly the best known of all movie serials all time. Flash Gordon has wonderful sets and performances and creatures and unabashedly emotional moments to make it one of the most enduring serials of all time.

The cinematography of Flash Gordon further augments the serial’s atmosphere with some strikingly stylish camera angles that capture the action as one example is  flash’s fight with the “monkey-men” in the first chapter. The cinematography of this serial really captures such marvelous moments of action upon the screen.  I would say some moments it captures is so much fun to watch unfold on the screen and wonderfully captured on the screen by Frederick Stephani whom crafted out remarkable moments upon the screen.

One should not forget that The director Stephani and the more experienced Basil Dickey, George Plympton, and Ella O’Neill all really deserves credit for the wonderful things in the serials dialogue. Its cheesy at times some of the lines for our time today but you can always enjoy them if taking in context of time period.

Many serials divide the villainy between a brain and villains and action heavy it features a heroic team that one could say the main hero that does most of the action of the series which i feel unfolds upon the screen with such marvelous action upon the screen.

Jean Rogers’ Dale Arden is a pleasure to watch; her stunning beauty has never been seen to better advantage as her acting is also excellent, particularly in her reactions to the bizarre terrors of Mongo; critics have always seemed compelled to make silly comments about her propensity to scream and faint in times of danger or emotional stress but she is marvelous to watch upon the screen. Priscilla Lawson is also very good as Ming’s daughter that gives out such a marvelous job upon the screen. Richard Alexander has one of the most unusual roles of his career as Prince Barin, the rightful heir to the throne of Mongo who allies with Flash against the usurping Ming handles his archetype so well. He is simply marvelous in his performances on the screen. I would say its acting is Flash Gordon’s strongest suit along with its action and other wonderful elements to make this classic serial really come to life upon the screen.

Flash Gordon represents a near-perfect convergence of superior production values, imaginative scripting, and strong acting make this serial one truly classic serial series that one should see today.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

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I would love to express my great joy today that I got to talk about Flash Gordon today. I am happy I got to talk about these marvelous serial classics. I felt such joy to talk this serial classic today for the Outer Space on Film blogathon.  I would love to thank everyone i hope you return next time for another magical review soon.

The Subtle Genius Of The Florida Project

The Subtle Genius Of ‘The Florida Project

Today I talk about The Florida Project that I feel is an inspiring film about life. It doesn’t complicate itself with unnecessary plot deviations and avoids throwing itself through hoops to beef up the structure as it’s a view of life trough a child living in poverty that dreams of more out of her life. She is growing up in the shadows of Disney world as I review this movie and talk about this amazing movie now.

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The Subtle Genius Of ‘The Florida Project'(The Florida Project’ review)

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We begin the movie with kids cursing and playing in the parking lot causing mischief as Moonee spends her days off summer without adults watching her play as we see the kids get into trouble again for causing trouble to tourists buying a room that they ask for a tip for helping them we see difference in the classes of both people of the movies. Six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Kimberly Prince) lives in the Magic Castle with her mother, Halley (Bria Vinaite), a dancer and chancer who makes ends meet any way she can as we see the story begin for this duo.

Moonee in particular is our lead heroine of this movie as she is played by Orlando local Brooklynn Prince as it’s her viewpoint the movie. This film impressed me so much more then i thought it would. Six-year-old Moonee lives with her young mother Halley in the Magic Castle, a motel in Kissimmee, Florida near Walt Disney World. It’s set in that outskirts of that magical world of dreams as you see the poor kids of area that many are not able ever really go to the magical place of Disney world. Moonee is one such child of that area that shows you this magical imagination of a child can take you away from that world of slums into a new world. Its context is that it blurs out the adults viewpoints of this world. Moonee is a brash, defiant troublemaker, the ringleader of a group of kids who amble around The Magic Castle and other nearby motels looking for ways to entertain themselves. We’re introduced to her as she screams obscene insults at another resident, but there’s not a lot of malice to Moonee as she is a sweet child that really is a good girl at heart that is basically living a life day to day that she has no choice about at all. Sean Baker always keeps Moonee at the center of his story, as though he’s transfixed by Prince’s astonishing performance is an absolute firecracker of charisma and kinetic charm that makes Moonee come to life with charm and heart as she plays off this human person that is a child that is basically a sweet girl that makes you feel for her even more than anything. The fun of the kids playing many games as they pretend they are on a safari or going into a magical castle or the haunted mansion it reminds us of the childhood innocence of kids even if they are very poor kids that cannot do such things they dream up about doing in their life. The magical takes tripping point of her friendship to other kids as she loses contract of one of her friends due to a condo burning down as they are playing game its one moment that shows you Moonee’s real sad outcomes to come in her life. Its ending is powerful as we feel the moments of her getting taking away from her mother.

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It’s the childhood like dream we see unfold of her going to the theme park she dreams of going with her friend as she reached out for help but in truth she was taking away from her mother by the state into foster-care. Moonee is finally broken at the end as we see her world shattered. Moonee is a touching character that really moves you completely by her childhood innocence and heart that carries the story.

The Florida Project is a triumphant exercise in cinematic empathy that also serves as a subversive societal challenge. I left the movie aching for Moonee, and wondering who else I’ve obliviously driven by on my way to the Magic Kingdom. Prince and Vinaite make charismatic leads that give out powerful acting performances for their first roles as it’s the seasoned support from Willem Dafoe, as the motel’s put upon caretaker, and indie stalwarts Caleb Landry-Jones and Macon Blair. The extraordinary often handheld, camerawork and Baker’s powerful sense of place that connects you to the feelings of the viewpoint of childhood innocence of the kids that draws you into the tale. It’s a powerful movie that you will love instantly to watch many times again and again.

The Florida Project is a triumphant exercise in cinematic empathy that also serves as a subversive societal challenge. I left the movie aching for Moonee, and wondering who else I’ve obliviously driven by on my way to the Magic Kingdom. Prince and Vinaite make charismatic leads that give out powerful acting performances for their first roles as it’s the seasoned support from Willem Dafoe, as the motel’s put upon caretaker, and indie stalwarts Caleb Landry-Jones and Macon Blair. The extraordinary often handheld, camerawork and Baker’s powerful sense of place that connects you to the feelings of the viewpoint of childhood innocence of the kids that draws you into the tale. It’s a powerful movie that you will love instantly to watch many times again and again.

Today I hope you enjoyed my review of The Florida Project as a triumphant exercise in cinematic empathy that also serves as a subversive societal challenge it’s a very amazing and bold movie that I feel does tell a tale that you will enjoy simply to watch often again and again. I hope you enjoyed my look upon this wonderful movie that is a classic in every sense of the word. I hope you join me again for another review soon in the future.

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Mr. Skeffington

Today I talk about my favorite actress all time whom is Bette Davis for The Third Annual Bette Davis Blogathon.  https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest

picmonkey_image-12I pay tribute to her today by reviewing Mr. Skeffington today for my friend’s Crystal Kalyana Pacey’s The Third Annual Bette Davis Blogathon today. I am so happy to review another classic movie starring this great legend today for her birthday today. Happy birthday to this wonderful legend of the screen. 

I hope you also check out the work of my friend Crystal Kalyana Pacey’s called IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS OF CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD as i would also suggest you also read other posts form The Third Annual Bette Davis Blogathon today.

Bette Davis remains my favorite actress all time as my top favorite actress all time. A wonderful actress that was one of the finest actresses to grace the screen, she was one that gave me such wonderful memories of her wonderful image on the screen of a powerful woman. She stood out from other actresses because of her audacity, it was how studios owned the stars, she defied Warner brothers, she was lifting the veil for women in film for their behavior and traits as she did what was right for the character as she was able melt into characters greatly, she was a short woman but always stood out among every-one in the room, she truly is my favorite actress all time I always admired highly Bette Davis. She is always my favorite to watch anytime. She remains one of the best actresses I ever watched on screen as far I am concerned she remains timeless to my eyes. I am happy to begin my review now to honor this legend whom is my favorite actress all time. Let’s begin to honor this legend.

Mr. Skeffington reviewMr. Skeffington is one of the great Hollywood melodramas has both Bette Davis and Claude Rains starring in one of her darkest melodramas. Bette Davis has the showy role in this epic story of a troubled relationship, but it’s Claude Rains as her Jewish husband who jerks the tears in this movie.

Mr. Skeffington is a rewarding Bette Davis vehicle. Bette Davis’s performance is decidedly affected as she plays this Fanny as a young girl, but the pure talent and visual power of this actress makes one believe that she is truly the beauty that she is supposed to be as one would notice how her movements and responsiveness reinforce the sense of someone almost 15 years younger than herself then she transforms from young to old in such a marvelous change of her role to the older fanny as many did not like the makeup of her i find it to be very fine as we see such a marvelous role unfold on the screen by Bette Davis as i would place this performance in Bette Davis’ top tier, along with “Now, Voyager”, “The Little Foxes”, and “All About Eve.

Claude Rains plays the title character with restraint, integrity, and great love for Fanny, but the sense of pathos that he communicates really helps to give the movie a lot of power to his performance that really does stand out as a remarkable performance on the screen. The other acting performances are uniformly excellent performances that all stand out on the screen. Franz Waxman’s score is simply marvelous in my eyes. This is easily Vincent Sherman’s best work as a director as he crafts out a marvelous classic that you should see today.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

I would love to express my great joy today that I got to talk about Bette Davis my favorite actress today by reviewing another classic gem that she starred upon the screen. I would love to thank everyone i hope you return next time for another magical review soon.