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    Films Worth Viewing Year 2

    "In the Heat of the Night"-Norman Jewison-1967 This film was made over 50 years ago. Certain viewers find the black v white motif dated. I wonder if in our current situation they would feel the same. I think the the performances of the two central characters Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) and...
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    "Jackie"-Pablo Larrain-2016 With the exception of a brief re-creation of her White House CBS television tour, this film focuses on five days in the life of Jackie Kennedy. The film opens with a close-up of Jackie. It is memorable for the sense of pain she radiates. The she is confronted with...
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    "1917"-Sam Mendes-2019 Surprisingly, there are several options for free streaming. The extras on the DVD are excellent. They focus on how the film was made. They are essential for film nerds. No film was ever more carefully prepared. The film was very personal for the director. His...
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    "Beauty and the Beast:-Jeanne Cocteau-1946 Yarders who have taken film courses, or who see films in an arthouse setting, may well have seen this film. I own the Janus Film (early Criterion) DVD. This is the version available for free streaming. Criterion did another re-issue in 2010. This...
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    "People Get Ready" I woke up this morning with this song on my mind. "People get ready; there's a train a coming..." I needed some hope. I'm not an overtly religious person, but somewhere inside me there is a hope of a better tomorrow. So for those of you who need a little lift, let me...
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    "Raiders of the Lost Arc"-Steven Spielberg-1981 This film reminds me of the Jack Black comment at the Toronto Film Festival. He was appearing in a panel on "The School of Rock." The line "You're never too old to be young" is a perfect introduction to this film. Spielberg and Lucas were...
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    Movie Hindsight 2020

    "Official Secrets"-this 2019 British film stars Keira Knightley as Katherine Gunn a British intelligence operative released a secret memo from NSA which confirmed a joint British/American operation to gather incriminating intelligence about individuals who represented non permanent members of...
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    July 4th Films Several years ago I provided a short list of viewing selections for this holiday. I offer this list as a suggestion for holiday viewing. In no particular order: "Moscow on the Hudson" This is both a comedy and a picture about immigrants, "Sandlot" this is a classic about...
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    "The Remains of the Day"-James Ivory-1993 This comment will conclude our travels in the world of Merchant Ivory. Kazuo Ishiguro wrote this novel. Ruth Jahbvala wrote the script. The team has switched from Henry James to E,M, Forester. I've often wondered why they didn't beat David Lean to...
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    "The White Countess"-James Ivory-2005 This is the final film of the Merchant Ivory partnership. Ismail Merchant died just prior to its release from cancer. Merchant was a delightful human being, He was open to the press and public. He wrote several cookbooks. Try Ismail Merchant's...
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    OT: Movies you probably never heard of but ought to check out.

    A couple of horror films: "Let Me In" a Swedish tween vampire film. The American re-make "Let the Right One In" is also worth a look. "Ginger Snaps" a wild teen girl werewolf movie, solid very solid despite a tiny budget. ""The Dresser" Shakespearean and personal drama during the Blitz...
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    Sad News Carl Reiner passed away

    Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola and Nicholas Cage nephew and cousin respectively.
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    Once upon a time in the 20th Century there were three individuals who came together to make memorable films. They adapted novels and made some of the most beautiful , yet introspective films in the English language. The first of the three was a young German Jewish girl who escaped with her...
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    "Anastasia"-Anton Litvak-1956 Anton Litvak was one of the Hollywood directors of the classic studio era who made solid films for decades. His credits include: "Snake Pit," "Sorry Wrong Number," "Why We Fight," up to "The Night of the Generals." Arthur Laurents wrote the screenplay. His...
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    "The Adventures of Mark Twain"-Irving Rapper-1944 This is available for free streaming. Don't expect anything like an accurate biography. This is an enjoyable film, with solid performances by the principal cast. There are more than a few laughs. Fredrich March is exceptional as Mark Twain...
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    "Our Man in Havana"-Carol Reed-1959 This film was made in the short time between Castro's revolution in Cuba and his alliance with the Soviet Union. I'm not sure why he allowed the filming, but it probably had something to do with making him and the revolution look good. He was disappointed...
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    "The People vs. Leo Frank"-PBS-2009 This is a well made docudrama;it is available to stream free. As far as anyone knows, Leo Frank is the only Jew to be lynched in the US.. The lynch party had about 25 members. They drove by car from Marietta to Milledgeville state prison farm. In about 25...
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    "The Murder of Mary Phagan"-William Hale-1988 This an excellent very high level TV effort. It was originally a TV mini series shown in two parts with a run time of 221 minutes. What is available of Amazon Prime is 116 minutes. My assumption is that this is the second night of the production...
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    "Hard Times"-Walter Hill-1975 "Some men are born to fail, others have failure thrust upon them" so says Po (Strother Martin) an almost doctor whose life was derailed by a cloud of misfortune in med school. The cloud of misfortune was a need for heroin. He forms one point of the triangle of...
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    Movie Hindsight 2020

    "The Best Man" 1965.This is another highly rated political film from Gore Vidal's novel. This again stars Fonda who plays an honest presidential candidate running against Cliff Robertson a charlatan attack dog. This is well done, and it is available for free streaming.
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    Films Worth Viewing Year 2

    "The Third Man"-Carol Reed-1949 This film deals with a part of post WWII rarely seen in English language films. It doesn't deal with the refugee crisis, nor with the hunt for escaped Nazis, nor with the beginning of the Cold War. We arrive with Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton) a relatively...
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    "The Ipcress File"-Sidney J. Furie-1965 The amazing popularity of the Bond films inspired dozens of spy films in the "60's. There were straightforward espionage films like "The Spy Who Came In from the Cold" and "The Manchurian Candidate," and they were comedies like "The President's Analyst"...
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    Top notch film. Niven is undervalued as an actor.
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    Movie Hindsight 2020

    If you enjoy political films; you should try "Advise and Consent." This is Otto Preminger's version of Drury's novel. It focuses on the process of confirming a Secretary of State by the U>S. Senate. It was Charles Laughton's final film. He plays a salty, devious, Southerner who has been...
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    Searching for the guide . I'm not sure what provoked my sudden interest in finding "The Guide." I do remember thinking that it might have been a Satayajit Ray film. Of course that was wrong; Ray couldn't find Malgudi. I have gotten ahead of myself. "The Guide" is a novel written by R.K...
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    "Sunrise"-F.W.Murnau-1927 William Fox brought Murnau from Germany to make prestige films. Despite being Fox's 3rd highest grossing film of 1927, it didn't make money because of the very expensive sets built for the movie. It was the first film Fox made with a recorded sound track. The 2012...
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    "Tabu"-F.W. Murnau-1931 This is one of the last important silent films. Murnau is considered one of the greatest directors. His reputation was made in post World War I Germany. He came to the US to work at Fox. He lost his freedom as a result of a studio re-shuffle. He formed a company...
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    Movie Hindsight 2020

    "Here Comes Mr Jordan" 1941 a classic Hollywood romp about about body possession. Claude Rains plays a heavenly trip planning supervisor. He must intervene when a mistake has been made. Robert Montgomery was separated from his body 50 years too soon.
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    OT: Movies you probably never heard of but ought to check out.

    The Proposition 2006 is an Australian Western, great cast Ray Winstone, John Hurt,Emily Watson, and Guy Pearce among others. There are no heroes only survivors.
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    "The Proposition"-John Hillcoat-2006 This is really a good film I missed. Nick Cave,the rock star wrote the script. It has an excellent cast, and the interplay of some period music and photographs in the credits put you in the mood. Then you are thrust directly into an all out shoot out in a...
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    yes,Sounder is a favorite of mine. I will write a full comment soon.
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    Films Worth Viewing Year 2

    "The Count of Monte Cristo"- 1934, 1974, 2002 When the 2002 version was made, it was the 13th film adaptation of the "Count." It is worth providing a little background on Dumas pere. His father was the son of a black slave and a French nobleman. At age 14 he was sent to France where he was...
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    Films Worth Viewing Year 2

    "Charade"-Stanley Donnen-1963 Donnen is known for musicals (On the Town, Singinging in the Rain, and 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, and comedies:Bedazzled, Two for the Road, and Movie,Movie). He frequently directed Hepburn. Peter Stone couldn't find a market for his script so he novelized it and...
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    While "Freddie's Dead" is on the album; the entire song doesn't appear in the film. I was disappointed. It was however, one of the three singles issued off the album (Pusher Man, Superfly).
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    Amazing bit of history. The first preview of "Superfly" was in Fairfield county. This may well have been the showing referenced. The second preview was in Philly. It was a double bill with "Shaft." That one was a huge success. That convinced WB to put it in full release. The box office was...
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