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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 15/2/2006 3:47:04 PM   
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ANIMAL CRACKERS (1930) Ignore the plot, supporting cast and musical number and watch the Marx Brothers go to town.

AFRICAN QUEEN (1951) Bogart and Hepburn go down a river in John Huston's entertaining action-romance. Plot is a little silly but who cares when two of Hollywood's best are on top form.

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 15/2/2006 9:34:02 PM   
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Metropolis (1927) - fantastic images, and you can really see it's influence, although sadly there's a blurb at the begining saying that a quarter of the film has been lost.

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 17/2/2006 10:20:17 PM   
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How green was my valley (1941) - Wow, this is one of the greatest movies I've ever seen. I, too, cried during the opening voice over when watching it the second time.

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 19/2/2006 10:31:35 PM   
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Rebel Without A Cause (1955) - 4/5

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 21/2/2006 4:23:28 PM   
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The King and I (1956)
 
I really enjoyed this, it was beautiful and almost entrancing to watch. The almost romance between Anna and the King was subtle and endearing and I confess to shedding a few tears towards the end of the film. The musical numbers were, as most Rodgers and Hammerstein ones are, brilliant. Shall We Dance in particular just makes me want to twirl around a room in a ballgown.  

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 22/2/2006 10:20:35 AM   
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A Bucket of Blood (1959)
Classic Roger Corman horror come balck comedy that satirises the 1950's Beat-Generation of Artists.  Very enjoyable and fun

7.5/10
 
The Brain Eaters (1959)
 
50's Sci Fi that is a bit like George A Romero half heartedly directing an episode of Doctor Who.

6.5/10

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 22/2/2006 11:24:40 AM   
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The original Cape Fear (1962) - 5/5

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 23/2/2006 12:34:49 PM   
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You Only Live Once (1937) - Henry Fonda stands out as the ex-convict whose desperate attempts to go straight are thwarted by the unforgiving nature of society. Directed by Fritz Lang. 3/5

Out Of The Past (1948) - Robert Mitchum is at his laconic best whilst Jane Greer is the perfect femme fatale in director Jack Tourneur's unbeatable noir masterpiece. 5/5


Fata Morgana (1971) - Part Mayan creation myth, part anthropological study, Werner Herzogs documentary of mirages in the Sahara Desert is infuriatingly abstract yet visually provocative. 3/5

Gentleman's Agreement (1947) - Investigative journalist Gregory Peck poses as a Jew in order to expose anti-semitism in this preachy and slightly dated Oscar winner from Elia Kazan. 3/5

 
And I've been in B-movie heaven these last few days!!!

The Lucky Texan (1934) - John Wayne and George Hayes star as the prospector who strike gold only to be cheated by some villainous townsfolk in this light-hearted western. 2/5

Great Guy (1936) - James Cagney oozes charisma as the crusading weights and measures investigator determined to bring down a seemingly respectable organised gang in this enjoyable caper.  3/5

Midnight (1934) - Creaky, convoluted but well intentioned drama. O.P Heggie plays a jury foreman whose questioning of a defendant ultimately leads to her death sentance but who is then forced to question is own moral convictions on the night of the execution when his own daughter (Sidney Fox) claims to have shot her gangster lover (Humphrey Bogart).  2/5


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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 23/2/2006 3:51:59 PM   
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Harry have you seen The Clock?

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 24/2/2006 2:13:45 AM   
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Just watched Jean Renoir's excellent La Regle du jeu (1939). The first Renoir film i've seen, should be seeing more soon though.

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 25/2/2006 1:42:41 PM   
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Sleeper  - See my Woody Allen thread in GO for a review. In short I think it is one of the funniest films ever made 5/5

Blazing Saddles
Now I have the same feelings about this movie every time I see it. The first half and hour - forty five minutes is some of the funniest spoof-comedy committed to film and I do laugh out loud every time. But for me the movie takes a drastic dip somehwere around this point and never gets back to the quality of the opening. Regardless it is still a good funny film that I have in my DVD collection

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 25/2/2006 5:55:48 PM   
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Il Gattopardo (1963) - Burt Lancaster puts in a gigantic performance as a Sicilian aristocrat observing the end of an era in Luchino Visconti's rich and lustrous historical epic. With Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale. 5/5

Pépé Le Moko (1937) - Jean Gabin puts in a memorable turn as an enigmatic fugitive hiding out in the Algiers casbah who falls in love with a beautiful Parisien tourist (Mireille Balin). Atmospheric crime thriller directed by Julien Duvivier. 4/5

Les Enfants Du Paradis (1945) - An aristocrat, an actor, a murderer and a mime all vie for the affections of the beautiful Garance (Arletty) in this lushly epic love tragedy directed by Marcel Carné. 5/5

Of Human Bondage (1934) - Painfully overwraught romantic melodrama in which a sensitive poet/doctor (Leslie Howard) falls in unrequited love with an uncouth cockney waitress (Bette Davis). 2/5

Ostre Sledované Vlaky (1967) - Set towards the end of World War II, Václav Neckár plays a naive apprentice railway signalman who yearns to come of age in this deceptively gentle drama that is both tinged with farce and tragedy and laced with sexual awakening. Directed by Jiri Menzel. 4/5


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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 27/2/2006 6:43:46 PM   
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Lost Horizon

This is directed by Frank Capra, but it's completely different to his other work.  I found it hard going and it wasn't helped by the fact that they had to replace some of the film with stills as some of the film had been lost.  None of the characters were particularly likeable either. 

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 28/2/2006 12:04:09 AM   
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Just watched Francois Truffaut's The 400 Blows

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 28/2/2006 3:06:14 PM   
Dignan


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Luis Bunuel & Salvador Dali's surrealist masterpieces Un Chien Andalou (1929) and L'Age D'or (1930). Of the two I preffered Un Chien Andalou even though it was a mere 16 minutes.

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 28/2/2006 3:13:50 PM   
DanielFullard


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Bananas
One of Woody Allens biggest misses. Hilarious at times but he gets too wound up in paying Homage ot Eisenstein and Chaplin etc and the films is a bit of a mess compared to his other works
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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 3/3/2006 12:23:18 AM   
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Seven Men from Now (Budd Boetticher, 1956)
 
Randolph Scott's collaborations with Western maverick Budd Boetticher are the stuff of movie legend.  Building on the complexity and moral ambiguity of the Mann/Stewart genre films, they fashioned masterful chamber Westerns: stirring, unforgettable tales with strong, weary loner heroes.  The four stand-outs were all scripted by Burt Kennedy: Ride Lonesome, The Tall T, Comanche Station and Seven Men from Now.  Unavailable for many years (and topping my "to-see" list for the last couple), it has now been restored and released on Region 1 DVD.  The disc includes a fine documentary profile of Boetticher.

Scott plays Ben Stride, a mysterious stranger who agrees to escort two Eastern newlyweds through Indian country.  In Ride Lonesome the revelation is a long time in coming.  Here we get it straight away.  Lee Marvin's greedy, sleazy Masters tells it.  A hold-up in the town of Silver Springs.  A gold theft, a getaway and a pretty corpse - Stride's wife.  It's the stand-out scene in a film packed with wonder.  Stride is hell-bent on revenge, and all the human kindness in the world isn't going to stop him.

Scott makes for a great troubled hero, his slow, steady delivery imbuing Kennedy's awesome dialogue with startling emotion.  It's a performance his detractors can't explain away.  Marvin blows him off the screen.  Six years before Valance, we see the making of the man.  Conceit and resentment colour him, but it's Masters' pride that lives on in the memory.  Kennedy's most audacious move is to run two climactic shoot-outs one after the other.  It's a stunning concept, and when the bad guys hit the ground first time around, the only ones left standing are two flawed heroes ... and one of them has to die.  Gail Russell takes the female lead, and does a fine job.  Don Barry is convincing in support.

I can't recall hyping a film up in my own mind to such a degree before watching it, but somehow it surpassed even those expectations.  Stunning, compelling, beautiful, offbeat and perfectly-paced, it's utterly devastating.  One of the best Westerns ever made. (4)

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 3/3/2006 3:00:54 PM   
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Love and Death
 
Enjoyable Woody Allen film. Ill add a review to my Allen thread shortly

8/10

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 4/3/2006 2:54:35 PM   
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From: The Valley of the Dolls
Midnight Cowboy
1969
Joh Schlesinger
1st viewing

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 4/3/2006 7:18:55 PM   
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Sisters (1973) - an underrated gem of a psychological thriller from Brian De Palma - 4/5

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 4/3/2006 10:59:56 PM   
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A Matter of Life and Death (1946) - Charming but very different to what I remembered.  If you can overlook the shmaltz then there is some solid acting and some very intiguing moments.

49th Parallel (1941) - An interesting film charting the escapades of six german soldiers as they try to escape Canada when they find themselves marooned there after their submarine is detroyed.  Perhaps a little overly long but full of interesting characters, some cracking British stiff upper lip dialogue and some triumphant moments.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) - Directed by the very talented Howard Hawkes this film is at worst an afront to women everywhere, and at best, good fun with some great musical numbers with the ever dazzling Marilyn Monroe.

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 9/3/2006 12:42:06 AM   
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Today I watched Das Cabinet Des Dr Caligari (1920)

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 11/3/2006 2:01:44 AM   
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Charade - 5/5

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 12/3/2006 4:49:25 PM   
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Double Indemnity: 8/10

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 12/3/2006 10:20:46 PM   
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Black Narcissus (1947) and The Philadelphia Story (1940). Watched both for the first time. Both very good indeed. For different reasons obviously. The colour cinematography in The Philadelphia Story was shit. And Black Narcissus wasn't much of a romantic comedy.

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 13/3/2006 5:36:54 PM   
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Well yesterday I did a Luis Bunuel triple bill of Tristana (1970), The Phantom of Liberty (1974), and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), all good, with the last being the best.

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 15/3/2006 1:34:42 PM   
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Yesterday I watched The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on my own in a dark room and then spent all night twitching in alarm when I heard noises as I tried to sleep.  I hadn't really expected it to get inside my head so much. I admit that for the first 10-15 minutes I was wondering how people had found it so creepy, but by the end I completely understood why the film had been so reccomended to me. It's a very absorbing film to watch and the gothic sets and dark and twisted atmosphere make it almost nightmarish in appearance and feeling. It was like nothing I've watched before, and I'm now looking forward to seeing more films of the same expressionist era.

I also watched High Society at the weekend and enjoyed it immensely.

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 15/3/2006 11:55:33 PM   
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Jean Renoir's La Grande Illusion (1937) - very good - 5/5

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 16/3/2006 9:45:19 PM   
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Pandora's Box I sky +ed this ages ago but only just watched it. It was well worth it.

Kind Hearts and Coronets I have the radio play version but this was the first time that I saw the film. I love that type of humour.

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RE: The return of the Golden Oldies - 16/3/2006 9:48:57 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Krazy_Beyootiful

Yesterday I watched The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on my own in a dark room and then spent all night twitching in alarm when I heard noises as I tried to sleep.  I hadn't really expected it to get inside my head so much. I admit that for the first 10-15 minutes I was wondering how people had found it so creepy, but by the end I completely understood why the film had been so reccomended to me. It's a very absorbing film to watch and the gothic sets and dark and twisted atmosphere make it almost nightmarish in appearance and feeling.



I read that that was why it end the way that it does. I think that it was Fritz Lang who changed when he was orginally going to direct. They made it so that Francis was one lunatics to explain the twisted landscape and scenary but it just made it more confusing.

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