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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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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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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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)