The Thin Man

I watched After the Thin Man last night and once again laughed at the gags, pratfalls and overall humor of the film while at the same time trying to figure out “who dunnit”.  Myrna Loy and William Powell have such great chemistry and timing.  With James Stewart, it’s considered by many to be the best of the Thin Man film series (there are 6) but I still like the first one the best.  Maybe I’ll show all 6 films during a series in the near future.  Astor the dog is a great character in the films too.

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Arthur Miller – Director of Photography

Arthur was known as one of Hollywood’s most accomplished lighting cameramen, a master at black and white cinematography.  With 7 Oscar nominations resulting in 3 awards.  He worked exclusively at Fox Films and today we’ll watch The Gunfighter, his second to last film.  It’s mesmerizing in it’s composition.

Learn more about Miller

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Preston Sturges

We had fun the other night watching “The Great McGinty”.  Talk about timely, it’s a film made in 1940, the first film directed by Sturges and it won him an Academy Award for best screenplay.  It’s all about the rise and fall of a common man to political heights via the power of a crime boss; the things that happen could happen to day, maybe are happening today!  Sturges didn’t make many but 8 of them are worth watching.

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All About Eve

On Wednesday, Jan 25 at the Palm Theatre, we’ll kick off a short 4 film series highlighting Daryl Zanuck’s accomplishments as a producer.  Wednesday’s film will be “All About Eve”, directed by Joseph Mankiewicz (Ben’s uncle), starring Betty Davis, Ann Baxter and George Sanders and many others with a bit part for a new actress, Marilyn Monroe.  The film garnered 14 Academy awards, a record to this day.

You can still buy a subscription to the series for $32 at the door or pay for single showings for $10.

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Daryl Zanuck

The Producer!!!  Over 249 IMDB credits.  No one has had more impact on film since 1928 than Daryl Zanuck.  He’s produced some of the most iconic films ever, including All About Eve which was the first film to receive 14 Oscar nominations, only one other film has accomplished such acclaim . . . Titanic.  He was an associate producer for “The Jazz Singer” with Al Jolson too.

The next series of 4 films will focus on Zancuk, what the producer does and 4 of his films:

All About Eve, The Gunfighter, Lifeboat and The Longest Day

Come for the first film on Wednesday January 25 at 12:30pm at the Palm Theatre in SLO.  All 4 films for $32 payable at the door or single admissions $10.

One of his earliest films, “The Terror” in 1928 as “talkies” were just appearing.  I’ve not seen the film but found this review which starts off as a sort of bad review but seems to get better as one reads it.  The review is an early review of talkies too.

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Lumiere Brothers

While in Lyon, France we visited the Lumiere Museum on the site where cinematography was born, the museum presents the story of the Lumière Brothers’ inventions thanks to projections and interactive features on four floors of the Château Lumière, the home of Antoine, father of the two famous inventors.

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Love Actually – maybe the best Christmas movie ever

The website threefiftyeight is an analytical website.  They use data to analyze all sorts of things and it’s easy to understand.  I enjoy checking it out every now and then and was delighted when they decided to look at Love Actually to discover which characters are central to the story, etc.  It’s interesting

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