How do you follow up a run like It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Lost Horizon, You Can’t Take It with You and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington? Continue reading
“I was born when she kissed me.
I died when she left me.
I lived a few weeks while she loved me.”
Melodramatic stuff. Continue reading
That’s one of the first things said to Kirk Douglas’ character in The Bad and the Beautiful. 1952 was a long time ago. He would have been 35 for most of that year. Now he’s 100 and you have to delve into the extended cast (and those much younger) to find others who still live. It’s difficult to imagine a world where almost everyone alive right now is gone… and you’re still hanging in there. Continue reading
American Madness, like many Frank Capra films, is about a decent little guy going up against the overwhelming forces of cynicism. While the outcomes in these films can be a little far-fetched, especially where they depend on the kindness and honour of the general public, there is more worth in them than mere entertaining escapism. Continue reading
Sometimes entertaining is enough, sometimes it isn’t. Perhaps, then, it’s more diverting. If you don’t have any strong feelings either way about a film you can hardly recommend it… Continue reading
Foreign Correspondent is a spy story in which anything can happen. Similar to films like The Lady Vanishes and The 39 Steps you never know where such a plot that’s taken leave of its senses will lead next. It’s as mad as a bag of ferrets… but a lot more fun. Continue reading
Joan Fontaine is adorable as an awkward and shy lost puppy in Rebecca. She’s almost always out of place, sticking out like a sore thumb, but effective as our window into a world to which few of its viewers would belong. She’s one of us – uncomfortable, self-conscious, and vulnerable. Her sincerity and lack of pretence do her credit, however, as she catches the eye of a handsome and wealthy, but troubled widower Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier). He seems hung up on the tragic death of his wife, Rebecca, who was, by all accounts, the perfect woman. Can the new Mrs. De Winter escape the shadow cast by this terrible lady or will her insecurity get the better of her? Continue reading