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Philippe Noiret and Salvatore Cascio are Superb in Cinema Paradiso

Take a wistful glimpse at the early postwar years with filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso. This beautiful film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival and Foreign Language Film At the Academy Awards in 1990. There was a time when the local movie house was “the” gathering place of small towns.… Continue reading Philippe Noiret and Salvatore Cascio are Superb in Cinema Paradiso

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Stalag 17 is a Masterpiece

During his long and storied career, Wilder had an amazing knack for making films that were not only considered film classics but also model examples of their genre. Wilder defined the film noir genre with Double Indemnity. No one tackled the subject of Hollywood the way he did when he made Sunset Boulevard. With Stalag… Continue reading Stalag 17 is a Masterpiece

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Acting Extraordinaire from Signoret, Clouzot and Meurisse in Masterpiece Les Diaboliques

This is one of my favourite films! My best friend and I even performed a version of this in our French class. I had seen the film years before, when I was 10 or 11. They used to rerun these great films all the time, now PBS or Public Broadcasting Service, TVO, TCM and Silver… Continue reading Acting Extraordinaire from Signoret, Clouzot and Meurisse in Masterpiece Les Diaboliques

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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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Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot /M. Hulot’s Holiday Brings Back Summer Memories

Watching a well-executed masterpiece is pure pleasure. Summer’s over but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it just a little while longer. M. Hulot’s Holiday will remind you of what summers used to be like, with the camera as observer you will watch life and circumstance unfold  right in front of you. The gentle humour… Continue reading Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot /M. Hulot’s Holiday Brings Back Summer Memories

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Alain Delon Simmers in Simply Flawless Masterpiece Plein Soleil

There is a famous remake, now welcome to the original! Plein Soleil, otherwise called Purple Noon, is simply flawless … from the performances, to the direction, editing and cinematography. The screenplay was adapted from a brilliant suspense novel by Patricia Highsmith and directed by one of France’s leading directors at the time, René Clément. Clément… Continue reading Alain Delon Simmers in Simply Flawless Masterpiece Plein Soleil

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Lana Turner and John Garfield Simmer in The Postman Always Rings Twice

The Postman Always Rings Twice is an entertaining piece of vintage classic film noir. Lana Turner and her leading man John Garfield  generate sparks and they both turn in superb performances. There’s a key moment when the two meet that simply smoulders with desire and tension. Watch for Lana’s outfits and see if you can… Continue reading Lana Turner and John Garfield Simmer in The Postman Always Rings Twice