You know the saying, they sure don’t make them like this anymore …. they could well have been referring to White Heat, the king of gangster films, and the last to come from Warner Brothers. What a film!! White Heat was made in 1949, nearly 70 years ago, and I can honestly say that as… Continue reading James Cagney Loves his Mommie!
Barbara Stanwyck and Sterling Hayden star in Crime of Passion, a noir crime film from 1957. Stanwyck plays Kathy, a strong, intelligent, independent career woman who has foregone romance and marriage for a job as an advice columnist for the lovelorn with a San Francisco newspaper. Stanwyck falls in love with Hayden who plays Lieutenant… Continue reading An Interesting Look at Gender Stereotypes in Film-Noir Crime of Passion
Requiem for a Heavyweight is a powerful film, a searing masterpiece that takes a heartbreaking look at the seamy, corrupt world of professional low level boxing. This is a feature film version superbly realized by master writer Rod Serling from his remarkable 1956 Playhouse 90 teleplay. Rod Serling is best known for the Twilight Zone… Continue reading The End of the Road for a Fighter – Requiem for a Heavyweight
This week is the anniversary of the birth of one of my favourite filmmakers. Yasujiro Ozu is one Japan’s greatest and most influential directors. His films examined the basic struggles that we all face in life: the cycles of birth and death, the passage from childhood to adulthood, and the rhythms and tensions of a… Continue reading Yasujiro Ozu, Saluting a Master of Japanese Cinema.
Antoine Leiris’s wife, Hélène Muyal was killed in the Bataclan massacre. M. Leiris has written a defiant message to the gunmen and a touching tribute to his wife. “Friday night, you took an exceptional life – the love of my life, the mother of my son – but you will not have my hatred. I don’t know… Continue reading Husband writes defiant tribute to his wife killed in Bataclan massacre
I wasn’t certain what to write in this blog after the tragic events of last week. I knew that I wanted to write something that would tell how much we love this beautiful city and its incredible people. Paris, Je T’Aime debuted in 2006 and little wonder it has become somewhat of a modern French… Continue reading Paris Je T’Aime