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In an Orson Welles movie, you need actors who aren’t overshadowed by his charisma. Welles established himself as a legend before he came to Hollywood, a Man Of Vision who discarded convention, but was smart enough to cast actors who could push against him. This is crucial when playing Welles’ adversary. Look at his film noir, The Lady […]
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Frank Capra was one of the most successful Hollywood directors in the 1930s. By the time World War II began, he was a three-time Oscar winner. Shortly after America’s entry in the war, Capra went to Washington, D.C. to make Training (read: propaganda) films for the U.S. military. While other Hollywood directors, such as John […]
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Do you watch buddy films? If you’re not familiar with them, here’s a partial definition from Wikipedia: A buddy film portrays the pairing of two people, often the same sex, historically men. A friendship between the two people is the key relationship in a buddy film. The two people often come from different backgrounds or have […]
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Note: This film contains a disturbing plot development, of which we were unaware when we chose it for the Rock Hudson Blogathon. We’ll focus on the actors and characters, not the story. On the face of it, The Last Sunset (1961) appears to be a Run-Of-The-Mill western, and in some ways, it is. The story centres […]
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Well, if you’re going to make a movie about an invisible man, you’d better hire an actor with a captivating voice. Universal Studios made the right choice in 1933 when they (reluctantly) hired a British actor named Claude Rains for the title role in the sci-fi horror film, The Invisible Man. The film, based on […]
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Just weeks before the end of World War I, Charlie Chaplin released Shoulder Arms (1918). The film, a satire of the Great War, is often cited as the first feature film Chaplin directed, even though it’s only 45 minutes long*. Shoulder Arms pokes fun at army life, the drudgery of the trenches, and – naturally […]
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Who doesn’t love a film with layers of humour? We recently re-watched the 1937 screwball comedy, The Awful Truth, which, in our opinion, has some of the funniest scenes in classic film. We’re serious. You can’t watch this movie while those around you are trying to concentrate/sleep/be grumpy. It’s a movie that could make you […]
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Hedy Lamarr has never been accused of acting with too much depth. Take her performance in The Strange Woman (1946), where she plays a desperately poor woman who desires to be rich. Because the film is set in the 1820s, her character’s options for financial independence are limited, especially considering her father is a violent…
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“When I was a kid, I came to this theatre to watch cowboy movies.” An audience member mused about her childhood prior to a screening of the classic western, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). The film was shown last weekend at The Capitol Theatre in Port Hope, Ontario. The Capitol was the site of…
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