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)
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)
If you've been following my blog since last year, you'll know that The Proud Rebel is one of my favourite Alan films. I love it so much that I included it in my Top 15 Classic Film Discoveries of 2018, and so I could not miss the chance to write about it for my blogathon. When… Continue reading Come what may: The Proud Rebel (1958)
When I was a teenager, I watched the 1999 adaptation of Graham Greene's novel, and fell in love with it. It had such a wonderful balance of romance, tragedy and theological inquiry. Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore had such incredible chemistry and intensity as the doomed wartime and post war lovers. And so I felt… Continue reading God, can you hear me? Van Johnson in “The End of the Affair” (1955)
I am absolutely thrilled that the day my lovely co-host, Crystal, and I have been waiting for, has arrived! For the next two days we will be celebrating one of the greatest acting trios and most famous siblings to ever grace the sawdust stage and silver screen! So without further ado (yes, John, that includes… Continue reading Introducing Acting Royalty: The Fifth Annual Trilogy Barrymore Blogathon has cometh!
My grandfather's parents were Cornish immigrants. They worked hard, but they were considered very "working class". My grandfather decided that he would be cultured, he would ball dance like a dream, he would sing beautifully and be dashingly handsome. He would be a matinee idol of sorts. When I think of my grandfather I think… Continue reading Sweet Prince: A Tribute to John Barrymore
When I first watched Dead Reckoning (1947), I hadn't the faintest idea what it was about or who was in it. When I saw Bogie's name appear on the screen I thought "Well now we're in for a treat". I had no idea who Lizabeth Scott was either. I'm glad that I know now. As… Continue reading Either it’s real or it isn’t: Dead Reckoning (1947)
The Reckless Moment (1949) is a Christmas film as Batman Returns or Die Hard is. It takes place during the holidays, but this happy time is marred by strife and tragedy. A coal in one's stocking for sure. For Lucia Harper (played by Joan Bennett) the coal comes in the form of borderline child sexual… Continue reading Unlikely kindred spirits: Joan Bennett in “The Reckless Moment” (1949)
The women's pictures of the 1940s seemed to have been defined by mental illness. Women who could not carry on as they were, and broke psychologically, terribly unmoored in a world which seemed to provide them with little support. Often the source of these women's mental illness was the cruelty of men, such as in… Continue reading The Mental Kaleidoscope: Olivia de Havilland in The Snake Pit (1948)
And so The Calls of Cornwall: Daphne du Maurier Blogathon has come to an end. I would like to thank all of the bloggers who contributed. I cannot WAIT to go through everyone's posts and read all about du Maurier and her works. I would also like to ask the bloggers who participated, or bloggers… Continue reading Finn…or will she come back?