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THE BELLS (1926)

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Jan 23, 2017

I'm currently reading TOME OF THE TERROR: HORROR FILMS OF THE SILENT ERA, the latest entry in Chris Workman & Troy Howarth's series of books on the history of horror films. Many of the films covered in this volume are unavailable in any form, which is frustrating, particularly since it seems the read more

Free screening of classic film “Flying Down to Rio” at Second Presbyterian Church

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Jan 23, 2017

Free screening of classic film “Flying Down to Rio” at Second Presbyterian Church There will be a free screening of the classic film Flying Down to Rio (1933) at Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 South Michigan Avenue, Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The film features Long tim read more

Purple Noon (1960)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jan 23, 2017

Purple Noon (Plein soleil) Directed by Rene Clement Adapted by Rene Clement and Paul Gegauff from the novel The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith 1960/France/Italy Robert et Raymond Hakim/Paris Film/Paritalia/Titanus Repeat viewing/Netflix rental   This excellent movie makes me want read more

1001 Classic Movies: Sullivan's Travels

Old Hollywood Films Posted by Amanda Garrett on Jan 23, 2017

Sullivan's Travels (1942), starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). January's theme is mo read more

Let These Carnivorous Mermaids Lure You In – The Lure (2016)

Durnmoose Movie Musings Posted by Michael on Jan 23, 2017

The Lure (Córki dancingu), a 2016 film from first-time Polish director Agnieszka Smoczyńska, played at Sundance and Fantastic Fest late last year, and has been picked up for distribution by Janus Films with a scheduled February 1 opening at the IFC Center. Here’s a description of the film: read more

Never Let Go (1960)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jan 23, 2017

Never Let Go Directed by John Guillermin Written by Alun Falconer; story by John Guillermin and Peter de Sarigny 1960/UK Julian Wintle/Leslie Parkyn Productions Repeat viewing/Netflix rental   I saw this back at the dawn of time but didn’t remember the title.  Peter Sellers’ perf read more

Film Noir Review: The Bribe (1949)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Danilo Castro on Jan 23, 2017

“I never knew a crooked road could look so straight.” In his book Dark City, Eddie Muller discusses the 1949 film Thieves’ Highway. He calls it a case of “Steinbeck noir,” in reference to the bleak spin put on fruit markets and the Southern California of the author’s youth. Suddenl read more

History Through Hollywood: “The Cinema”

The Blonde At The Film Posted by Cameron on Jan 23, 2017

In this History Through Hollywood, I’m tackling one of my favorite essays on film, Virginia Woolf’s “The Cinema.” It was published in 1926 and encompasses an incredible breadth of film theory while beautifully capturing what makes movies different, special, and powerful. Wool read more

This Week in History - Jan 22 to 28

Lets Misbehave: A Tribute to Precode Hollywood Posted by Emma on Jan 23, 2017

Everything you need to know about the goings-ons and gossip from this week in Precode Hollywood.          - 1929: Hair Colour Control: Since Alice White signed her new contract as a star for First National, she discovered this company has priority rights on a number of thi read more

Classic Films in Focus: LISA AND THE DEVIL (1973)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jan 23, 2017

Lisa and the Devil (1973) is certainly one of the weirder Mario Bava films, and with Bava that's saying something, given that the Italian auteur made horror pictures like Kill, Baby, Kill (1966) and Baron Blood (1972). This darkly dreamy meditation on death struggled to find a distributor and ended read more

Musical Monday: “Something to Sing About” (1937)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Jan 23, 2017

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week’s musical: “Something to Sing read more

Next category in Fashion Icons Tourney now underway...Face Portraits

All Good Things Posted by monty on Jan 22, 2017

On to the 7th match of this 10 match tourney with the category of Face Portrait.  But first here are the standings through the first six matches with Natalie Wood being the lone unbeaten actress. 1.) Natalie Wood 6-02.) Carole Lombard 5-13.) Irene Dunne 3-33.) Audrey Hepburn 3-33.) Myrna Loy 3 read more

4 Living Legends Part 3 (sort of)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 22, 2017

For my ongoing series of living legends, I chose 5 individuals actually who in some way had an impact on the film industry as we know it today. Without further ado, here are a handful of living legends. Gene Reynolds (1923-): So Gene Reynolds began as a child actor back in the 1930s first appearing read more

A TCM Viewer's Guide for the Week of Jan. 23, 2017

Old Hollywood Films Posted by Amanda Garrett on Jan 22, 2017

TCM is airing a 24-hour tribute to actress Debbie Reynolds this Friday. This week, TCM is airing great movies from stars like James Mason, Mercedes McCambridge, and Debbie Reynolds. Plus, they are showing movies about the Civil War and host Robert Osborne's picks. So, without further ado, let's j read more

Intimidation (1960)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jan 22, 2017

Intimidation (Aru Kyohaku) Directed by Koreyoshi Kurehara Written by Kyo Takigawa and Osamu Kawase 1960/Japan Nikkatsu First viewing/FilmStruck This Japanese film noir packs a lot of goodness into just 65 minutes. As the film begins, Takita is at a party celebrating his promotion to the head offi read more

Hidden Figures (2016, Theodore Melfi)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jan 22, 2017

In the first scene of Hidden Figures, the film makes it immediately clear there’s going to be quite a bit of self-awareness. The film is based on the true story of three black women who were instrumental to NASA’s–and the space program’s–success. They’re working at NASA in the early sixties, read more

Classic British TV Themes Quiz

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jan 22, 2017

The Movie-TV Connection Game is taking this month off (at its vacation home in sunny Florida). So, in its place, we're introducing the first edition of the Classic British TV Themes Quiz. We'll play a snippet of the opening or closing theme of a British TV series from the 1960s or 1970s. Your missi read more

In Praise of Cary Grant.

Love Letters to Old Hollywood Posted by Michaela on Jan 22, 2017

When you think of The Philadelphia Story, your first thought is likely of Katharine Hepburn. Who can blame you? Hepburn had a stunningly powerful cinematic presence, and The Philadelphia Story is without a doubt her film – playwright Philip Barry wrote it for her, after all. However, in order read more

Once Upon a Spy (1980, Ivan Nagy)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jan 22, 2017

Once Upon a Spy is a strange result. I mean, it’s a TV movie (pilot) for a spy series, complete with a kind of great James Bond-lite seventies music from John Cacavas, Christopher Lee in a electronic wheelchair with a rocket launcher, spy mistress Eleanor Parker working out of a secret headquarters read more

Dernier Domicile Connu (1970)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jan 21, 2017

vt Last Known Address France, Italy / 101 minutes / color / Cité, Valoria, Parme, Simar, Rizzoli Dir & Scr: José Giovanni Pr: Jacques Bar Story: The Last Known Address (1965) by Joseph Harrington Cine: Étienne Becker Cast: Lino Ventura, Marlène Jobert, Michel Constantin, Paul Crauchet, Alain read more