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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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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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Blackmail and The Ring

We recorded these early Hitchcock films and enjoyed both.  They are slow moving films, both being 1:45.  They are historic in many ways.  Blackmail is the first British “talkie” and also has Hitchcock’s longest on screen cameo.   click here … Continue reading

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RIP Michael Ballhaus

As Bill Cutforth pointed out yesterday prior to the screening of Broadcast News, Michael Ballhaus, 3 time nominated cinematographer passed away on April 12.  Although not winning any Oscars he won many awards worldwide for his work.  He was the … Continue reading

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