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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 30/1/2006 12:54:05 PM   
Harry Lime


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A Farewell To Arms (1932) – Army ambulance driver Gary Cooper and nurse Helen Hayes both demonstrate their winning star power in this often over-zealous and over-wraught adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's passionate World War 1 romance. Directed by Frank Borzage. 3/5
 
Stazione Termini (1953) – Jennifer Jones puts in an powerful turn as the married woman whose resolve to return home to her family is shaken when young Italian (the ever superb Montgomery Clift) with whom she has embarked in a passionate and potentially shameful  affair arrives to beg her stay. A little too melodramatic in places but director Vittorio De Sica tackles the subject of infidelity with honesty and intelligence. 3/5

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 30/1/2006 1:59:55 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Harry Lime

A Farewell To Arms (1932) – Army ambulance driver Gary Cooper and nurse Helen Hayes both demonstrate their winning star power in this often over-zealous and over-wraught adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's passionate World War 1 romance. Directed by Frank Borzage. 3/5
 
Stazione Termini (1953) – Jennifer Jones puts in an powerful turn as the married woman whose resolve to return home to her family is shaken when young Italian (the ever superb Montgomery Clift) with whom she has embarked in a passionate and potentially shameful  affair arrives to beg her stay. A little too melodramatic in places but director Vittorio De Sica tackles the subject of infidelity with honesty and intelligence. 3/5

I find it genuinely upsetting that Borzage never figures in 'Best Director' polls, he was truly brilliant.  Though A Farewell to Arms is - as you suggest - a little breathless, his spectacular direction elevates it to another level.

I posted a review of Stazione Termini the other day.  You can find it here:

http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=244333

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 31/1/2006 7:48:56 AM   
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Psycho (1960) - Didn't know what to expect, just that someone was going to take a shower. I really enjoyed it and was totally surprised by the ending. The making of was also very interesting. I was also thinking of Busta Rhymes a lot...

Bringing up Baby (1938) - Not really my kind of comedy, but it was good fun nevertheless.

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 31/1/2006 1:17:38 PM   
Harry Lime


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Ghosts On The Loose - Spectacularly dire East Side Kids vehicle directed by William Beaudine. When the gang decide to suprise a honeymooning couple (Rick Vallin and Ava Gardner) by decorating their new home, they mistakenly enter the "haunted".house belonging to Nazi Bela Lugosi next door instead. Much sub-Scooby-Doo style "hilarity" ensues. Pure, unadulterated dross. 1/5

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 31/1/2006 8:34:43 PM   
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A bout de souffle (1960), the first Jean-Luc Godard I've seen. An, excellent film, I shall be seeking out more of his back catalogue.

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 1/2/2006 2:28:03 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Dignan

A bout de souffle (1960), the first Jean-Luc Godard I've seen. An, excellent film, I shall be seeking out more of his back catalogue.

I'd recommend Bande a part, which is even lighter than Souffle, and remains a charming technical wonder.

Extase (Gustav Machaty, 1933)

Hedi Lamarr found early notoriety in this lyrical Czech tale of sexual awakening, running around in the nip for a time, before shooting the first sex scene in non-pornographic film.  The film itself is a real jumble.  Much of it is dialogue-free, a lilting, achingly beautiful theme playing over the action as Lamarr's honeymoon turns into a nightmare of unfulfilled sexual yearning and unrequited affection, and returning later as her brief flirtation with happiness leads to tragedy.  Machaty's relentlessly inventive direction is sublime: overloading on the symbolism and cranking up the tension and desperation, as much in the stiflingly bleak opening sequence as in the melodramatic final third.  A shame then, about the dialogue scenes, which appear to have been tacked on later.  They are poorly scripted and dubbed, adding nothing to the film but time.  The leads are competent but uninspiring, Lamarr not yet into her stride.  As a historical curio it's a must, as a film it's frustrating but frequently dazzling.  A couple of questions: is Machaty the only director more aroused by horses than Klaus Kinski?  And what on earth was all that stuff about builders? (3)
 
Lover Come Back (Delbert Mann, 1961)
 
This was the second of three Doris Day/Rock Hudson films, 'chic', unpretentious romantic-comedies famously inspired by their '30s counterparts, Loy and Powell.  As with 1959's Pillow Talk, the set-up is this: Day and Hudson hate each other, but have never met.  Hudson pretends to be someone else, Day falls in love with him, the inevitable unmasking hanging over their relationship.  Here they're both advertising executives: Day the strait-laced hard-worker, Hudson the give-the-client-a-good-time heel.  It's great fun, with some nice - if too affectionate - barbs at the advertising business, a few big laughs and an excellent performance from Tony Randall as Hudson's spineless boss.  The only shortcomings are Hudson's character - rather too much of a bastard to side with 100% - and the rushed ending.  Recommended. (3.5)

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 2/2/2006 5:26:31 PM   
Dignan


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quote:

ORIGINAL: rick_7

quote:

ORIGINAL: Dignan

A bout de souffle (1960), the first Jean-Luc Godard I've seen. An, excellent film, I shall be seeking out more of his back catalogue.

I'd recommend Bande a part, which is even lighter than Souffle, and remains a charming technical wonder.


Just watched Bande a part (1964), it was great as well, particularly the interesting use of narration. Cheers for the reccomendation

Also recently watched Fritz Lang's M (1931), lived up to my expectations.

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 3/2/2006 11:20:45 PM   
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From: The Valley of the Dolls
Some Like It Hot
1959
Billy Wilder
1st viewing

****/****

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 5/2/2006 10:40:08 PM   
Dignan


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Psycho (1960) - 5/5

Double Indemnity (1944) - 5/5

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 5/2/2006 11:46:51 PM   
Dick Jones


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In a Lonely Place (1950)
 
Rather good Bogart movie. Interesting to see him play someone as pathetic and dislikeable as this chap (outside of his early villain roles). 3.5/5

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 6/2/2006 6:52:54 AM   
Geir

 

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Take the money and run (1969) - Woody Allens first real movie. Very funny!

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 6/2/2006 11:07:45 AM   
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EDIT :  Ignore this

< Message edited by DanielFullard -- 8/2/2006 2:03:40 PM >

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 6/2/2006 12:58:29 PM   
Harry Lime


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Way Down East (1920) - The peerless Lillian Gish gives a poetic central performance as a poor New England girl beset by tragedy in this visually gorgeous and sweeping romantic melodrama from director DW Griffith. Lowell Sherman is particularly dastardly as the lothario whose betrayal leaves Gish abandoned and shamed whilst Richard Barthelmess is perfect as the dashing squires son whose love offers her salvation. 4/5

Boudu Sauvé Des Eaux (1932) - Michel Simon puts in an outrageous and lusty performance as a free spirited tramp who is rescued from suicide by a middle class bookseller (Charles Granval) who then proceeds to bring anarchy to his home. A warmly humanist satire from director Jean Renoir.
4/5

Rocco e i suoi fratelli (1960) - Interweaving the lives, loves and moral corruptions of five brothers who have arrived in Milan in search of work, this is a beautiful and devastating masterclass in melodrama directed by the great Luchino Visconti. Alain Delon and Renato Salvatori are the standouts as the saintly Rocco and his brutish sibling Simone whilst Annie Giradot is superb as the tragic whore who comes between them. 5/5

Nothing Sacred (1937) - Superior screwball comedy from director William A. Wellman. Carole Lombard is wonderful as the small town girl who is brought to New York and turned into a celebrity by journalist Fredric March when she fools him into thinking she is dying of radium poisoning. Co-starring Walter Connolly and Charles Winninger. 4/5


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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 6/2/2006 4:18:34 PM   
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If it's not a silly question (or actually even if it is) how do you see all these films Harry? I really want to be able to see more but my bank account isn't so enthusiastic.

The Last Picture Show (1971)
I'm not going to be able to say anything about this film that hasn't been said a hundred times before more eloquently and coherently anyway, so I'll just keep this short. It's almost scary sitting down to watch a film that's been reccomended so highly as The Last Picture Show, the probability of it not living up to expectations is worryingly high. Thankfully in this case any worrying was utterly unnecessary. The Last Picture Show is as beautiful, bleak, moving, realistic, desolate and wonderful as any number of reviews have claimed. 10/10

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 8/2/2006 11:12:09 AM   
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Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
 
A compelling WW1 drama about a group of flyers running a dangerous mail route. The spectre of death overshadows almost every scene and the attitude of the men towards it is harsh and real, when seen through the eyes of New York Showgirl Bonnie Lee (Jean Arthur) A story of love, friendship, rivalry, and fear is set against a backdrop of terrifyingly dangerous flying and some spectacular plane crashes which give the film a tension and urgency that would otherwise have been lacking. With brilliant performances from all the main players, and skillfully atmospheric direction from Howard Hawks this is a fantastic, dark and grippingly entertaining film. 10/10

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 8/2/2006 2:03:12 PM   
DanielFullard


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Now I have Sky Movies I have the luxury of the Sky Cinema Channels as well as TCM (which you get on normal Sky anyway) so I forsee my ctaching up with a lot of classics Ive been missing

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 8/2/2006 2:04:30 PM   
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I love this film, I saw it in a film class I managed to blag my way into at uni!

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 8/2/2006 3:01:49 PM   
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Duck Soup (1933) - hilarious, 5/5, I'll be watching the rest of The Marx Brother's collection boxset soon.

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 8/2/2006 7:47:16 PM   
DanielFullard


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The Killing
Have it on DVD but it was just starting when I was flicking through Sky Movies so I watched it again. Superb film and a true classic.

5/5

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 8/2/2006 8:39:36 PM   
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Horse Feathers (1932) - not quite as good as Duck Soup but stll great - 5/5

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 8/2/2006 9:04:53 PM   
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I watched 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956) the other day. I quite enjoyed it although it reminded me a bit of Rear Window with the lead characters being disadvantaged being blind/ wheel chair bound, their girlfriends do the legwork and their curiosity drives them into the line of danger.

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 10/2/2006 3:15:56 PM   
DanielFullard


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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
 
Billy Wilder is one my favourite directors and this was a film I have been wanting to see in a long time. And on the whole I enjoyed it. It is far from his best work but it is an enjoyable way to spend two hours.

Basically, its a comic spin on the Holmes franchise that never descends into spoof and never gets too farcial...Well maybe a bit at the end. Robert Stephens is great as a theatrically camp Holmes and Colin Blakekly is superb as the ever-irate Watson.

Wilder seems to recreate the late nineteenth Century superbly and the sets and locations are gorgeous.

The script all ties together at the end and the film is very very accomplished. It is all very witty and damn hilarious. "She dided 24 hours before the wedding. Thats evidence Women are unreliable"

The ending seems to lack a punch at first but everything turns round and what we have is a superbly intriguing film that is well worth your time

7.5/10

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 11/2/2006 10:17:35 AM   
DanielFullard


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Kiss me, Stupid (1964)
A superb frantic, rather fast paced comedy which is funny in places but I always feel it doesn't quite sustain for two hours. Not one of Wilders best by any means but still a very enjoyable movie.

Ray Walston is superb as the jealous, frantic and energetic Orville Spooner who has great chemistry with the superb Felica Farr playign his wife. Kim Novak pulls of her role as a hooker well too. Im not the biggest fan of Dean Martin but he was decent in this but he was far from the centre of things.

The plot moves along nicely and as I said even though everything takes place in a few rooms of a few places the pace is incredibly fast and there are plent of suprises and twists and turns in there. The score is brilliant too

Overall another good Wilder movie that whilst not as good as his finest works is a good addition to his CV

7.5/10

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 11/2/2006 11:17:00 AM   
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Cry Danger (1951)

Masterful, hard-boiled gritty noir starring Dick Powell as Rocky Mulloy, a man let out of a five year stint in jail, disproven by a stranger.  Also starring Rhonda Fleming as Mulloy's best friend Danny's wife.

Utterly compelling, hard-hitting, entertaining and pure good time enjoyment.

4/4

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 12/2/2006 9:53:11 AM   
DanielFullard


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Take the Money and Run (1969)
Woody Allens directoral debut is for me one of his funniest movies. So darn funny in almost every scene, this movie really does crack me up every time I see it.

"The only Side effect was that Virgil temporarily became a Rabbi"

Full of Allens Usual wacky humour with an abundance of quoteable lines this is a movie well worth seeing 

8/10

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 13/2/2006 10:03:42 AM   
DanielFullard


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The Lady From Shanghai (1948)
A very complex and odd Orson Welles movie. The first odd thing is Welles Irish accent which sounds ridicoulous  But the plot is masterfully written and requires full attention to follow. There are some great moments and plenty of unpredicatble turns here and there and so much happens in the 84 minutes. Welles direction is as always beautiful and the hall of mirrors scene at the end is something I could watch over and over again. Very enjoyable as long as you pay attention

7.5/10
 

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 14/2/2006 2:24:19 PM   
DanielFullard


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Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
A Hawks movie I have seen countless times. Superb plane sequences from the masterful director and a stern performance from Cary Grant and a memorable role for Jean Arthurs makes this well worth your time

7.5/10

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 14/2/2006 4:40:27 PM   
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From: The Valley of the Dolls
The Lady from Shanghai
1947
Orson Welles
1st viewing

***1/2


Rebel Without a Cause
1955
Nicholas Ray
1st viewing

**

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 14/2/2006 7:12:23 PM   
DanielFullard


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What did you make of the Lady From Shanghai Leo? Ive posted my review above...We'll have a chat about it if you like in the Orson Welles thread I made

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 15/2/2006 3:08:19 PM   
DanielFullard


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The Clock (1945)
 
A sublime romatic drama directed set in New York with Judy Garland playing a city office worker who falls in love with a solider on leave played by Robert Walker. Garland is sensational, I much prefer her in non singing roles.

The films is simple but engaging and there are some great sequences. When they loose each other on the tube is particualry a joy.

New York is captured superbly by Vincente Minelli and it it just a wonderful, charmingingly Romantic film...They knew how to make Romance movies in those days

8/10

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