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)
This post contains spoilers and graphic content. Please be advised that you may turn into a fly humanoid after reading this. You've been warned. Man's tendency to act like a god and try to control and obliterate nature's tenets has been explored many times, most famously in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. What Shelley explored and taught… Continue reading The Madness of Miracles: Jeff Goldblum in “The Fly” (1986)
As Classic Film Fans we often talk about the stars of classic cinema being great in the singular, as in Joan Crawford was spectacular or Myrna Loy's capacity for shade was untouchable. But what we often don't talk about is how fantastic it was when two classic film stars came together and made the perfect… Continue reading Lake and Ladd: The Perfect Pair
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)
Al Pacino, in my humble opinion, is one of the greatest actors to ever live. He has given us so many iconic performances from his incredible turn as Michael Corleone to Tony in Scarface and the Colonel in Scent of A Woman. Pacino was born in East Harlem to Italian American parents. His childhood and… Continue reading Announcing the All About Al Pacino Blogathon
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?