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RE: Noirs in houses, with Heat and Desire. - 13/1/2013 11:56:48 PM   
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I was given a boxed set called The Genius Of Buster Keaton for Christmas. There are four discs, containing 33 of Buster's short films from his early days with Fatty Arbuckle in 1917, through to 1923 by which time he was writing and directing his own films.
So far I've watched the first three discs, and they just confirm what I've always thought - that Buster was far and away the greatest of the silent comedians.

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RE: Noirs in houses, with Heat and Desire. - 18/1/2013 11:53:38 AM   
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RE: Noirs in houses, with Heat and Desire. - 28/1/2013 10:48:54 PM   
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Some Like It Hot (1959) 8/10

I'd rate it higher. It remains one of the greatest comedies of all time. One I never tire of watching.

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RE: Noirs in houses, with Heat and Desire. - 28/1/2013 10:53:51 PM   
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quote:

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quote:

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Some Like It Hot (1959) 8/10

I'd rate it higher. It remains one of the greatest comedies of all time. One I never tire of watching.


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RE: Noirs in houses, with Heat and Desire. - 29/1/2013 4:21:26 PM   
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RE: Noirs in houses, with Heat and Desire. - 30/1/2013 2:47:05 PM   
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RE: Noirs in houses, with Heat and Desire. - 4/2/2013 5:06:53 PM   
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RE: Noirs in houses, with Heat and Desire. - 4/2/2013 10:09:29 PM   
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Beautiful little drama by Douglas Sirk wich twelve years after Double Indemnity sees Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck reunited. He plays a toy bigshot stuck in everyday life and is considered to be selfevident by his family. Out of the blue, an old friend and co-worker is at his doorstep. He feels reborn, without any further meanings to it. Although his kids feel different about that.
Stanwyck and MacMurray are brilliant and once again make a great on-screen couple.
Beautiful, strong film.

7,8/10


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RE: Noirs in houses, with Heat and Desire. - 6/2/2013 3:34:08 PM   
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RE: Noirs in houses, with Heat and Desire. - 7/2/2013 6:09:35 PM   
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Not John Barrymore's finest hour.

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RE: Noirs in houses, with Heat and Desire. - 24/2/2013 5:40:42 PM   
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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 26/2/2013 1:02:53 PM   
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On the Waterfront
Elia Kazan`s most raw and realistisc film, about corruption in the harbour unions in New York and New Jersey.
As Martin Scorsese correctly says in one of the extra`s on the blu-ray: Kazan really takes you into the sad worker`s milieu, for almost two hours you really become a part of it.
Marlon Brando is brilliant as the young man who against his will becomes a part of the corrupt system and falls in love with the sister of the man he helped to get killed.
A fantastic, raw film that in Hollywood started a new era: the making of a new sort of film that was different from anything else we`ve seen before.

9,0/10

A Streetcar Named Desire
One of the many Tennessee Williams plays that Elia Kazan turned into a movie meant the breakthrough of Marlon Brando on the big screen.
It`s pretty clear that this first was a stage play (that Kazan made as well), it shows in the way the film is shot and staged. It looks like Kazan doesn`t wanna get rid of his stage setting. And let`s face it: he doesn`t really need to.

The film is almost entirely set in the small appartment of Stanley (Marlon Brando) and Stella Kowalski (Kim Hunter). Therefor he doesn`t have a lot of space but he really doesn`t need it to tell this story, either.
It creates a clautrophobic atmosphere, you feel a bit locked up inside the appartment.

Brando and Vivien Leigh (who plays Blanche DuBois, the mentally unstable sister of Stella) give amazing performances. The bring out the fireworks in this gripping drama, that luckily now (as opposed to when it was playing in cinema`s back in 1951) can be watched in the full uncensored version.
This way we can fully enjoy one of Brando`s very best roles.

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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 13/4/2013 8:05:47 PM   
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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 27/4/2013 2:57:04 PM   
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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 13/6/2013 9:02:56 PM   
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I think Dick Powell may be my favourite Marlowe.

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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 17/6/2013 1:12:55 PM   
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I think Dick Powell may be my favourite Marlowe.

Good shout, he's certainly mine. His other noirs are worth watching too, especially Cry Danger and Pitfall.

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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 13/7/2013 8:19:38 PM   
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Sam Spade is a dick.

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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 14/7/2013 7:53:58 PM   
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Finally saw "Top Hat" the other day.

I must say, I was surprised, not only by how funny the film was (for a film of it's age, it really stands up), but also, how well shot and plotted. Performances were top notch, too.




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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 23/8/2013 9:41:12 PM   
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One of the most famous of Harold Lloyd`s films has recently been released on blu-ray by Criterion. So this was a great oppurtunity to get familiar with his work. Really enjoyed it. Great humor, Lloyd is brilliant in the lead part and the camera work is amazing: it contains a lot of visual jokes in the front and in the background. It is the latter that are the best, to be honest. You almost don`t notice them unless your eye notices them by accident. Brilliantly executed.
The story itself is cliché, of course but thanks to the humour that is quickly forgotten.
Highly recommended!

8,2/10

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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 24/8/2013 9:40:21 PM   
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quote:

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Safety Last!
One of the most famous of Harold Lloyd`s films has recently been released on blu-ray by Criterion. So this was a great oppurtunity to get familiar with his work. Really enjoyed it. Great humor, Lloyd is brilliant in the lead part and the camera work is amazing: it contains a lot of visual jokes in the front and in the background. It is the latter that are the best, to be honest. You almost don`t notice them unless your eye notices them by accident. Brilliantly executed.
The story itself is cliché, of course but thanks to the humour that is quickly forgotten.
Highly recommended!

8,2/10


I have the complete Harold Lloyd collection and it is incredible to think he did such stunts as in Safety Last having with only half a right hand having blown most of his finger off with a small bomb during and earlier failed stunt.



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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 29/8/2013 9:13:00 PM   
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With regards otherwise unavailable William Powell films, Youtube is our friend.

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RE: Noirs in houses, with Heat and Desire. - 2/9/2013 10:27:34 PM   
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Douglas Sirk`s black-and-white melodrama, shot in Cinemascope, wasn`t that strong storywise. The real power lies in the film`s cinematography, the play with light and shadow is very good and makes you think of a film noir.
On the recently released Masters of Cinema blu-ray this shows really well.
Rock Hudson, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone (the trio also playing in Sirk`s Written in the wind) is excellent once again, especially Malone is great.
This won`t be my favorite Sirk film, even if I would see it more often, but this is a beautiful film.

7,0/10

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RE: Noirs in houses, with Heat and Desire. - 8/9/2013 6:49:51 PM   
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RE: Noirs in houses, with Heat and Desire. - 16/9/2013 6:36:09 PM   
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RE: Noirs in houses, with Heat and Desire. - 13/10/2013 10:45:17 AM   
sanchia


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I've decided it is an unpleasant rainy day so I am going to work my way through the box set again.

Is there a more charismatic actor from that era than William Powell?

I will say that picture was a lot smaller before I linked it.

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RE: Noirs in houses, with Heat and Desire. - 27/10/2013 11:27:59 AM   
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RE: Noirs in houses, with Heat and Desire. - 17/11/2013 12:18:57 AM   
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When I first saw one of Murnau`s best-known films for the first time about 5-6 years ago it didn`t really do anything for me at all.
This time that was different. Now that the Masters of Cinema blu-ray has been released it was the perfect chance to check it out again. Luckily that I did, because this time around I liked the film a whole lot better than I did back then.
A creepy atmosphere all around, there are enough scary moments that are especially strong because of Murnau`s wonderful play with light and shadow. The effects are great (considering it was made almost a century ago), the atmospherical original soundtrack (that has been restored for this blu-ray) and the wonderfull part that Max Schreck plays as Count Orlock make all of this into a wonderfull film that has some kind of creepy tension for the full 95 minutes.
For me, this isn`t Murnau`s best (it`s not even close to being as good as Sunrise) but at least this time I`ve appreciated it much more this time than that I did while watching it the first ime...


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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 21/11/2013 1:52:06 PM   
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Would you consider "the good,the bad and the ugly" as an oldie?
If so , it's by far the best classic of all times , at least in the westerns genre.
Anyone agrees?

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 15/12/2013 11:33:26 PM   
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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 8/1/2014 12:11:00 PM   
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The last classic film I watched was 12 Angry Men. What a group of actors you have in this film. The film rates in my top 10.

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