The Brontë Sisters are incredibly famous. I don’t think this point can be overstated. Their contribution to the English literary canon, especially Gothic literature, has influenced countless authors, filmmakers and musicians (I’m looking at you, Kate Bush.) They revolutionised a genre that had been seen as low brow, melodramatic trash for almost a century, and… Continue reading Jane, Jane: Timothy Dalton in Jane Eyre (1983)
The Comfort of Classics: Five Favourites
The human soul is naturally inclined towards seeking comfort, that lovely feeling of reassurance that the world holds hope and wonder, that things once broken can be mended, that not all that is lost, is lost forever. As a child, my comfort film was Gone with the Wind. It was a film that filled me with the… Continue reading The Comfort of Classics: Five Favourites
My Heart is A Haunted House: Crimson Peak (2015)
There are spoilers ahead, so put away the wax cylinders if you don't want to hear all of the secrets. Ghosts can be of the mind and they can be of the world. Crimson Peak shows this in incredible detail through its setting and character. This is a ghost story that is all about how ghosts are not… Continue reading My Heart is A Haunted House: Crimson Peak (2015)
Unlikely kindred spirits: Joan Bennett in “The Reckless Moment” (1949)
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)
Finn…or will she come back?
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?
The Death of Beauty: The Evil Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
How many cosmetic ads feature women looking into mirrors? And how do those women always look? Young, wide eyed, nubile, with perfect lips and unlined faces. That is the beauty standard for women right down the line: eternal youth and beauty. Some women rebel, but many spend most of their lives trying to live up… Continue reading The Death of Beauty: The Evil Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
The Perfect Joan Double Bill: The Unknown (1927) and Berserk! (1967)
Although Our Dancing Daughters (1928) is the film that is often cited as Joan's star making role, she herself said that it was her starring in The Unknown that really taught her to act. According to IMDB , Joan Crawford always considered The Unknown (1927) a big turning point for her. She said it wasn't until working with Lon… Continue reading The Perfect Joan Double Bill: The Unknown (1927) and Berserk! (1967)
The Poison of Thine Lips: Stewart Granger in Footsteps in the Fog (1955)
As with Love Story, I had never heard of Footsteps in the Fog. Perhaps this is because the film has been overshadowed by similar outings such as Gaslight (1944), The Lodger (1944) and Dragonwyck (1946). But this should not be so, as Footsteps in the Fog is just as impressive as its similarly gothic predecessors. It has the same paranoid, moody atmosphere, the same intensely psychological storyline,… Continue reading The Poison of Thine Lips: Stewart Granger in Footsteps in the Fog (1955)