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To Thine Own Self Be True: “All That Heaven Allows” (1955)

The year before All That Heaven Allows was released, Joseph Breen left the position of head of the Hollywood motion picture censorship office. All That Heaven allows is not one of the films that truly marked the end of the code, films such as The Moon Is Blue, The Man With the Golden Arm and… Continue reading To Thine Own Self Be True: “All That Heaven Allows” (1955)

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Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Noir Or Never, Uncategorized

Rolling in the Deep: Katherine Hepburn in “Undercurrent” (1946)

Undercurrent (1947) is definitely not a film that many mention in connection with any of its three stars, which really is a shame, because it's a film that deserves more attention. I've read some reviews that have called it a Gaslight knock off, and while Undercurrent shares some elements with that film, it is decidedly different in others. For me, Undercurrent can… Continue reading Rolling in the Deep: Katherine Hepburn in “Undercurrent” (1946)

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Announcing The Magnificent Mia Farrow Blogathon

When I was younger, I was confused by my mother's love for Mia Farrow. But then I watched Rosemary's Baby when I was about eighteen and I saw it, something just clicked. I understood why my mom had always wanted to watch films that Mia was in, why she felt that she had had such an impact… Continue reading Announcing The Magnificent Mia Farrow Blogathon

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Seventies: Shelley Winters in ‘The Devil’s Daughter’ (1973)

The release of Rosemary's Baby in 1968 unleashed the full force of the audience's fascination with satanic panic, with such films as The Devil Rides Out, The Omen, The Exorcist, and To The Devil A Daughter being released. These films showed two groups who were perennially at risk: young women and children. In Polanski's seminal adaptation of Ira Levine's classic… Continue reading Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Seventies: Shelley Winters in ‘The Devil’s Daughter’ (1973)

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Period Dramas, Uncategorized

Christine, Christine: Phantom of the Opera (1943)

I became aware of Phantom of the Opera (1943) through the purchase of my two Universal Monster boxsets, both of which featured the second English language adaptation of Gaston Leroux's famous novel. I was quite delighted to discover that one of my favourite classic film actors, the great Claude Rains, who was no stranger to Universal, starred… Continue reading Christine, Christine: Phantom of the Opera (1943)

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The Phantom of the Opera Is Here: “Phantom of the Opera” (1925)

The Phantom of the Opera (1925) is considered one of the greatest silent films ever made. That may be a bold claim considering that the majority of silent films are lost, perhaps forever, but the film's compelling central performance by Lon Chaney, its technical mastery and its fascinating plot make an extremely valid case. But the… Continue reading The Phantom of the Opera Is Here: “Phantom of the Opera” (1925)

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Bone Collector: Ricardo Montalban in “Mystery Street” (1950)

Mystery Street (1950) is one of the best film noirs I have watched. Yes, a bold claim I know when you consider such faultless outings as Double Indemnity, The Blue Dahlia and The Big Sleep. But Mystery Street is another animal entirely. It is a noir that combines human drama with the police procedural and forensic investigation, which would have been quite… Continue reading Bone Collector: Ricardo Montalban in “Mystery Street” (1950)