Archive for April 1st, 2017

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Eighth Wonder of the World

When a film (or its star) rises to the status of cultural icon, it’s easy to forget why it became a part of the social fabric. We may forget Fay Wray’s scream is almost primal in its intensity. We may forget the feverish pace at which the story unfolds once Kong appears. What we don’t […]

No Comments » - Posted in Cable, DVD, and Blu-ray by

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Sparkle and Shine

Seventy-four years after its release, how do we sort out the merits of a movie like Camille (1936)? Strictly in terms of Garbo’s performance, it may be her finest sound film. Yet with all her films (with the exception of Lubitsch’s atypical Ninotchka), there was always something that kept the whole from being better than […]

No Comments » - Posted in Cable and DVD by

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Individuals, Not Stereotypes

In the 1930s, just about everyone went to the movies. That didn’t mean every movie was targeted to the widest possible audience. In fact, many films were aimed at mature audiences seeking intelligent and restrained drama. Few films, however, dealt with the complexities of middle age and the day-to-day difficulties of maintaining a marriage. Dodsworth […]

No Comments » - Posted in Cable and DVD by

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Give ‘em the Dickens

The novels of Charles Dickens should be ripe for film adaptation. The plucky heroes, sentimental plots, and rich background characters would be instantly recognizable if translated to the screen properly. That’s the problem. What film could possibly live up to the novels, which often run a thousand pages or more? (Dickens was usually paid according […]

No Comments » - Posted in Cable and DVD by

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Golden Treasure

Greed and human nature — it’s a common theme in both movies and literature, but rarely has it been handled as expertly as in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). Following his service in World War II, director John Huston found the ideal project for his next film. It would be based on the […]

No Comments » - Posted in Cable, DVD, and Blu-ray by