Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Uncategorized

Many-a-melodrama: A Notorious Affair (1930)

It's difficult to say why I find A Notorious Affair so enjoyable. Basil Rathbone has an abysmal Italian (I think) accent, Billie Dove isn't terribly charismatic, and the characterisation isn't exactly hugely well rounded for anyone. Basil really could play the violin, even if he looks a trifle nervous in this screenshot But what I… Continue reading Many-a-melodrama: A Notorious Affair (1930)

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Period Dramas, Uncategorized

The Suave Swordsman has arrived!

I am thrilled to say that The Suave Swordsman: Basil Rathbone Blogathon has finally arrived! I am so excited to share this event with all of you and the wonderful bloggers (of which there are happily many) who have generously donated their swashbuckling time to writing entries! First up is Maddy, who shares her thoughts… Continue reading The Suave Swordsman has arrived!

Classic Film Discoveries, Uncategorized

Anatomy of Murder: Blood Simple (1984)

As human beings, we often fail to think about, or realise, how important the big picture is. We talk about "seeing" the big picture or how we need to look at the "big picture", but we very rarely do. A lot of the time, we make decisions, often crucial, life changing ones, based on assumption,… Continue reading Anatomy of Murder: Blood Simple (1984)

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Uncategorized

Paging Dr Death: Vincent Price in “Shock” (1946)

Like most people, my first exposure to Vincent Price was through horror films, and the only early film of his that I really knew was Dragonwyck. But over the years, as my appreciation for classic film has continued to grow and mature, I've sought out more films from his pre-horror career, such as the two other classics… Continue reading Paging Dr Death: Vincent Price in “Shock” (1946)

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Noir Or Never, Uncategorized

A Glowing Mist: Sherlock Holmes and The Scarlet Claw (1944)

A few months ago I undertook the task of watching all fourteen of the Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes movies. I am very glad to say that I was successful in my little quest. Like most classic film fans, my feelings about the series are mixed. I feel that the majority of the… Continue reading A Glowing Mist: Sherlock Holmes and The Scarlet Claw (1944)

Classic Film Discoveries, Period Dramas, Uncategorized

A Silver Discovery: How I became a classic film fan

When my mother was a child, her mother took she and my mother’s younger brother to the movies whenever she was able. The mother of four, my grandmother had little time for leisure activities, but books and movies were very important to her, and she passed her love for both onto her two youngest children.… Continue reading A Silver Discovery: How I became a classic film fan

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Uncategorized

Sailing Takes Me To Where The Evil Magician Wants To Be: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

Like most people born before the 2000s, I came into contact with classic films through two avenues: a video tape that my parents or some other adult bought and which was rewatched until it gave a dying jolt in the video machine, or through TV. Where I live, there's an open access channel which does… Continue reading Sailing Takes Me To Where The Evil Magician Wants To Be: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Uncategorized

The Class of Cluny Brown (1946)

Ernest Lubitsch is one of the finest directors of the Golden Age of Hollywood. I've waxed lyrical about him before in my post on To Be Or Not To Be,  but every time I watch one of his movies, I am dazzled by his sensational satire and his incredible ability to construct complex but relatable films. Cluny… Continue reading The Class of Cluny Brown (1946)

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Uncategorized

A Sightless Evil: Mia Farrow in “See No Evil” (1971)

In 1968, Mia Farrow showed that she could play a character that required both exhaustive physical and psychological realisation. In Rosemary's Baby, she played a young woman who has the unimaginable happen to her, and she was rightly nominated for a BAFTA and Academy Award for her efforts. A year before that, in 1967, Audrey Hepburn would… Continue reading A Sightless Evil: Mia Farrow in “See No Evil” (1971)

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Uncategorized

Shaking Up Shakespeare: Carole Lombard in “To Be or Not To Be” (1942)

Before my best friend suggested this film for our fortnightly movie night, I had never heard of it. I know, it's quite surprising, but like most people, I'd always associated Carole Lombard with My Man Godfrey and the other screwball comedies that she shone in. But the thing about To Be or Not To Be, is that it's like… Continue reading Shaking Up Shakespeare: Carole Lombard in “To Be or Not To Be” (1942)