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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 25/1/2014 4:44:31 PM   
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Sunset Boulevard - 8/10

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 20/2/2014 4:34:53 AM   
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Written On The Wind 9/10 In my opinion, Douglas Sirk's finest achievement.

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 29/4/2014 8:57:55 AM   
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A Bout de Souffle

After reading about how this film was a milestone in cinema history I decided to check it out. But I just couldn't get into it. I believe that this is one of those films you can only enjoy if you saw it in the period it came out. It just seemed kind of messy and overacted to me at some points.

7/10

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 29/4/2014 8:47:32 PM   
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Not per se. I watched it for the first time about 8 years ago (the UK dvd at the time) and loved it right away. Was my first time I saw a Godard picture,loved his films ever since.

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 16/6/2014 12:21:06 PM   
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Was never too keen on A Bout de Souffle and I've seen the thing four times!

The Third Man 9.5/10 Gets better every time.

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 21/6/2014 7:16:04 AM   
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Orpheus 5/5

Manhattan (One of Woody Allen's finest achievements. Both funny and very touching.) 5/5

Nothing Sacred (Anything with the great Carole Lombard is worth a watch.) 4/5

The Most Dangerous Game (Apart from a rather over the top performance by Leslie Banks, still a terrifically suspenseful film. Criterion have done a marvellous restoration.) 4/5

Trouble In Paradise (The great Ernst Lubitsch at his best.) 5/5

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 22/6/2014 5:00:13 PM   
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Rebecca- Hitchcock again proves why he is the master of suspense. Although I think this film has one of the most overrated twist endings of all time but that is more the fault of the book. I'd give it a 7/10.

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 23/6/2014 1:16:47 PM   
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Plein soleil with Alain Delon - basically the first version of The Talented Mr Ripley. Delon's performance is terrific. And man, he was young then! Really liked it, so 9/10.

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 26/6/2014 5:33:07 AM   
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Plein soleil with Alain Delon - basically the first version of The Talented Mr Ripley. Delon's performance is terrific. And man, he was young then! Really liked it, so 9/10.

It was his first starring role, and I agree with you, it's an excellent film, far better in my opinion than Minghella's version, which I found slow, dull and completely lacking in tension.

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 29/6/2014 12:53:09 PM   
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The 39 Steps (1935)

Holds up well for its time but not as good as I remember it being and certainly not one of Hitch's finer efforts- 7/10

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 24/7/2014 2:40:27 AM   
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The Merry Widow (1934) Ernst Lubitsch's finest musical, with Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald at their sparkling best. Quite risqué for its time.

Island Of Lost Souls (1932) By far the best version of H. G. Wells' Island Of Doctor Moreau, with a chilling performance by Charles Laughton. Once again, Criterion have done a superb restoration job.

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 25/7/2014 7:32:49 AM   
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Casablanca - the 1942 classic film.
The story is set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War - II. An American expatriate meets a former lover, with subsequent unforeseen eventualities.

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 27/7/2014 8:20:16 PM   
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Casablanca - the 1942 classic film.
The story is set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War - II. An American expatriate meets a former lover, with subsequent unforeseen eventualities.

What did you think about the film?

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 29/7/2014 9:53:59 PM   
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Sommarnattens leende (Smiles of A Summer Night)
This film was Bergman`s big international break. After this succes, Svensk Filmindustri gave him carte blanche and so finally he could make his (possibly) best known film: The Seventh Seal.
Where the succes for this films comes from is pretty much a mystery to me. It`s a light film but it couldn`t really satisfy me. For some reason I just couldn`t get into it. The characters weren`t all that interesting, the story is too predictable and (most importantly) too long-winded.
Maybe I just wasn`t in the right mood, maybe it`ll grow on me with repeated viewings.
Whatever the case: for me this was Bergman`s least film I`ve seen so far.

6,5/10


Jungfrukällan (The Virgin Spring)
The tale of a young woman in medieval Sweden who needs to take on a journey through the woods to the church.
Without music and with a pretty simple story Bergman tells a story of faith,fate and revenge in an intense and gripping film that`s beautifully lit and shot. Bergman shows, without shying from anything, with some violent scenes to what Man (and religion?) is capable of.
They are images and scenes that makes you really want to look away but at the same time Bergman forces you to keep watching, images that will haunt you and stay with you long after the film is over.
And so it shows that not always a director`s best known films are his best.

8,8/10

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 5/8/2014 10:58:46 PM   
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Die 3 Groschen-Oper (The Threepenny Opera)
Fun and light film from G.W. Pabst with, of course, German actors that is set in Victorian London.
It being well acted and having a great story make this into a film that is an easy and entertaining watch. Nothing shocking but not bad at all.

6,8/10

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 14/8/2014 3:03:13 PM   
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Yesterday after I heard about Lauren Bacall's death, I watched at "Written on the Wind" (1956).

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 2/9/2014 3:08:54 AM   
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Far and away Douglas Sirk's best film. Reminds me, it's overdue for a re-watch.

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 3/10/2014 2:28:31 AM   
Peregrine Took

 

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I've just received today the Val Lewton Horror Collection. Nine classics:

The Cat People (1943) Dir. Jacques Tourneur
Curse Of The Cat People (1944) Dir. Robert Wise
I Walked With A Zombie (1943) Dir. Jacques Tourneur
The Body Snatcher (1945) Dir. Robert Wise
Isle Of The Dead (1945) Dir. Mark Robson
Bedlam (1946) Dir. Mark Robson
The Leopard Man (1943) Dir. Jacques Tourneur
The Ghost Ship (1943) Dir. Mark Robson
The Seventh Victim (1943) Dir. Mark Robson
The set also includes a feature length documentary - Shadows In The Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy.
Just finished watching The Cat People. If the rest of the films are up to that chilling standard, I'm in for a treat.

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 18/11/2014 12:43:12 AM   
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Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962) Sydney Lumet's film of Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize winning autobiographical play.
Totally faithful to the original, it's a marathon viewing, at times quite a harrowing experience.
However, the superb performances of Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards and Dean Stockwell are among the best you'll ever see on film. 5/5

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 6/12/2014 9:03:28 PM   
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Glen or Glenda
Ed Wood (who didn`t mind a bit travesty himself) tries to tell society about travesty and its views upon it. Working with the story of a transvestite who commited suicide he tries to explain what travesty is all about, how those people feel about it and (above all) how others look towards it.
That in itself is a good idea and some points are well made but all in all the acting, the dialogues and storylines are as bad as the dvd itself: awfull....

4,5/10

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 7/12/2014 3:02:21 PM   
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Bride Of The Monster
From the three movies that are included in the Ed Wood dvd box, this clearly is the "best" (or least bad maybe is a better way to put it) of the lot.
Obviously, it`s still a film of Ed Wood level so their`s a load of bad acting, editing and dialogues. The rubber octopus is good for some laughs and it`s great to see Bela Lugosi, although it`s too bad this part doesn`t do justice Lugosi`s legacy and what we`re used to see from him.

5,0/10

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 7/12/2014 3:03:10 PM   
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Bride Of The Monster
From the three movies that are included in the Ed Wood dvd box, this clearly is the "best" (or least bad maybe is a better way to put it) of the lot.
Obviously, it`s still a film of Ed Wood level so their`s a load of bad acting, editing and dialogues. The rubber octopus is good for some laughs and it`s great to see Bela Lugosi, although it`s too bad this part doesn`t do justice Lugosi`s legacy and what we`re used to see from him.

5,0/10

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 21/12/2014 3:45:03 PM   
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A Matter Of Life And Death 10/10.

Brilliant storytelling, sumptuous photography (B&W and colour). David Niven delivering his best performance with excellent support from the always watchable Roger Livesy and Daniel Massey, A true classic in every sense.

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 29/12/2014 6:04:38 PM   
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Hitchcock's 'Shadow of a Doubt' which was just tremendous. Hitch's favourite amongst his own films.

Think 'Notorious' is on BBC2 tonight.

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 29/3/2015 11:11:05 PM   
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The Apartment
In his long carreer Billy Wilder has made many great films and this is right up there at the top of the list of his best works. A very warm and charming film about an office clerque (Jack Lemmon) who rents out his apartment to his superiors when the want to have a cozy night with anybody but their own wives,something that he opposes more and more. Especially when he gets more than friendly feelings for his female colleague (Shirley MacLaine).
It`s a brilliant mix of comedy, romance and drama in 60s New York in wich especially MacLaine steals our hearts and Wilder clearly shows that the Production Code doesn`t have any influence on films any more. Adultery, dialogues about sex and extramarital relationships: until a few years prior it was unthinkable that films about those subjects were being made at all. And Wilder uses that to full effect, supported by a great cast.
A pearl of Hollywood cinema history that luckily doesn`t go for the obvious ending.

9,0/10

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 2/4/2015 10:58:15 PM   
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My Darling Clementine
One the best known versions about the shooting at the OK Corall. According to one of the extra`s on the Criterion blu-ray the film doesn`t follow the historical facts too good but even though it`s one of the most historical correct versions. John Ford shot in black and white and used the sun and shadow to create gorgeous images as well as a dark atmosphere. Especially in this blu-ray that shows real good.
Henry Fonda is great as ever in his portrayal of Wyatt Earp, who is shown here as a hero taking revenge for the death of his younger brother.
A true western classic.

8,5/10, DEBUG : ISO-8859-1:

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 19/4/2015 2:32:05 AM   
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quote:

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My Darling Clementine
One the best known versions about the shooting at the OK Corall. According to one of the extra`s on the Criterion blu-ray the film doesn`t follow the historical facts too good but even though it`s one of the most historical correct versions. John Ford shot in black and white and used the sun and shadow to create gorgeous images as well as a dark atmosphere. Especially in this blu-ray that shows real good.
Henry Fonda is great as ever in his portrayal of Wyatt Earp, who is shown here as a hero taking revenge for the death of his younger brother.
A true western classic.

8,5/10, DEBUG : ISO-8859-1:

The standout performance for me is Victor Mature as Doc Holliday. At his peak in such films as this and Kiss Of Death, he was a fine actor, and undeservedly underrated today.

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