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Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake in Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels

Joel McCrea plays a director in Sullivan’s Travels. He has carved out a career of churning out one comedy after another. He remains unfulfilled and longs to make a “serious” film, one that would allow him to leave his mark not only in the film industry but on the world. Successful, yet spoiled and naive,… Continue reading Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake in Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels

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Belmondo and Seberg captivate us in Breathless

In this classic 1960 French film, Jean-Paul Belmondo is a wandering criminal and Jean Seberg plays his American girlfriend. Jean-Luc Godard’s first feature-length work was Belmondo’s breakthrough film. I was in my teens when I discovered this on late night tv, my introduction to the French way of filmmaking, French New Wave. It is captivating!… Continue reading Belmondo and Seberg captivate us in Breathless

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Taylor and Burton are Simply Electrifying in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf takes a harrowing look at the volatile relationship between an aging professor and his embittered wife. Elizabeth Taylor proves once again what a truly magnificent actress she was in this Academy Award winning performance. Along with Richard Burton, the two actors give the performances of their lives. Try to take… Continue reading Taylor and Burton are Simply Electrifying in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

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The Best Years of Our Lives is a Timeless Classic That Still Resonates Today

The Best Years of our Lives is a classic. In this film, three WWII veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed, their old lives gone forever. Director William Wyler and scene-stealer Harold Russell both won Academy Awards for their work. Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Myrna… Continue reading The Best Years of Our Lives is a Timeless Classic That Still Resonates Today

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The Day the Earth Stood Still Has a Simple Message

As children, my brother, sister and I watched this film every time it came on. I find that the current crop of action films depend on special effects to draw their audience. I’ve never found it necessary. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) proves this and I find it has stood the test of… Continue reading The Day the Earth Stood Still Has a Simple Message

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Gripping Courtroom Drama Anatomy of a Murder is Based on a True Life Murder Case

Anatomy of a Murder is about the murder trial of Lieutenant Manion. This courtroom crime drama boasts a sensational cast and these superb actors will most certainly keep you glued to your screen. James Stewart and George C. Scott lead the cast. Otto Preminger directed this film which was adapted by Wendell Mayes from the… Continue reading Gripping Courtroom Drama Anatomy of a Murder is Based on a True Life Murder Case

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Gregory Peck and Outstanding Cast Star in the Remarkable Masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird

Directed by Robert Mulligan, To Kill A Mockingbird is a film about an attorney in a small southern town who is selected to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman. The story is told through the attorney’s young daughter, Scout. Gregory Peck stars with an amazing cast which includes Brock Peters as… Continue reading Gregory Peck and Outstanding Cast Star in the Remarkable Masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird

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Charles Laughton and wife Elsa Lanchester Steal the Scenes in Witness for the Prosecution

In director Billy Wilder’s film, Witness for the Prosecution, Charles Laughton steals the scenes along with his wife, the wonderful Elsa Lanchester. He is the barrister with a big heart and she is his shrill nurse trying to take care of him. Laughton defends Tyrone Power in the role of the accused man on trial… Continue reading Charles Laughton and wife Elsa Lanchester Steal the Scenes in Witness for the Prosecution

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12 Angry Men is a Brilliant Film with a Superb Cast, A Masterpiece in Filmmaking.

This film is on my All Time Top 10 List. 12 Angry Men was directed by Sidney Lumet. It is a drama about a young boy on trial for the murder of his father as the jurors deciding his fate face their own prejudices and emotions. This is a brilliant film with a superb cast.… Continue reading 12 Angry Men is a Brilliant Film with a Superb Cast, A Masterpiece in Filmmaking.