Category Archives: history of film

Lee Marvin on John Ford and John Wayne

After showing The Shootist last week, I watched The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence.  It was the first collaboration between Wayne and Stewart.  It was Lee Marvin who stole the show playing the bad dude Liberty Valence. Here’s an interview … Continue reading

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The Big Trail

You can watch the entire film in it’s Grandeur-vision glory on youtube, this is the full version directed by Raoul Walsh and starring John Wayne in his first starring role in 1930 click here

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Westerns

Films about the west, cowboys, buffaloes, indians, infnatry, rustling cattle;  Roy Rogers, Hoot Gibson, Tom Hix, Clint Eastwood, Barbara Stanwyck, John Wayne, Shelly Winters, John Huston, John Ford . . . . the list goes on of the great who’ve … Continue reading

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Astaire and Rogers

I hope everyone is looking forward to seeing the first six movies starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, the greatest dancing partnership Hollywood has ever seen.  We’ll start with “The Gay Divorcee” on Wednesday, January 10 at 12:30pm at the … Continue reading

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Alfred Hitchcock and the visuals of movie making – Strangers on a Train

Hitchcock was a classical technician in controlling his visuals, and his use of screen space underlined the tension in ways the audience is not always aware of. He always used the convention that the left side of the screen is … Continue reading

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More on Fear Films

So many genres in the fear film category: Sci Fi, atomized insects, people being turned into animals, ghosts, zombies, haunted houses, monsters . . . . but whoever thought about hillbillies? click here

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Horror, Scary, Frightening movies

So we’re off on the road of horror, scary, frightening movies.  We’ll watch films like The Wolfman, Alien and the Haunting but one we won’t be watching but I highly recommend is Cult of The Cobra.  I like the alliteration … Continue reading

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