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Being There – Bonnie and Clyde – Chinatown

Back on the “great movies” trail, I watched three movies I watched way back when they were first released again: Being There, Bonnie and Clyde, and Chinatown. Being There is a visually gorgeous film – the locations are outstanding and … Continue reading

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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Aldrich, 1962)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane is a film with some great pieces that don’t quite come together for me. There are a lot of good pieces really. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford are both wonderful, although I wish Crawford … Continue reading

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The Battle of Algiers – 1966

Watching The Battle of Algiers is almost like reading yesterday’s New York Times – Arabs coming to terms with Western culture, and coming to terms with their own need for freedom and self-determination. Not reaching a final destination – if … Continue reading

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The Sweet Smell of Success – 1957

The Sweet Smell of Success features great performances by Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster. I’ve seen both actors in so many movies over the years, it was a surprise to see such incredibly rich performances in this movie. The dialog … Continue reading

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Cabiria – Pastrone (1914)

Cabiria is an awe-inspiring film. I don’t think it would be remade today without extensive use of CGI effects, and I don’t think it would be remade. The grand historical epic is not something that the movie-going public seems to … Continue reading

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Great Movies Journey: Cabiria – Maciste in Chains

Had to post this wonderfully-composed shot from Pastrone’s Cabiria. My reactions to the film as a whole after I finish watching it.

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Great Movie Journey: The Great Dictator – Chaplin

Chaplin’s first talkie – and his biggest grossing film – made quite an impression at the time. Not only was Chaplin ahead of the curve in terms of sizing up Hitler and Mussolini, but he left The Tramp behind forever … Continue reading

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Great Movies Journey: After Hours – Scorsese

I put off viewing this film because it is a Scorsese movie. I felt I had to be in the right mental frame of mind. I had to don my emotional armor and double-check for chinks between the joints. Then … Continue reading

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My Darling Clementine – 1946 – John Ford

My Darling Clementine – the title sounds like “let’s use a familiar folk tune as a hook for a crappy movie”. The scenery is absurd – it is Standard Cowboy Movie scenery: Monument Valley and a desert wherein there are … Continue reading

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Kiss Me Deadly

Robert Aldrich was a contemporary of Orson Welles – whose Touch of Evil I watched very recently – and the two directors are quite a contrast. Aldrich churned out stuff that was fairly pedestrian compared to Welles, but he touched … Continue reading

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