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book: Beyond All Reasonable Doubt (2012; trans 2019 Rachel Willson-Broyles) by Malin Persson Giolito

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 29, 2019

Thirteen years ago 15-year-old Katrin was murdered after consensual but seemingly rough sex. In Sweden as in some US states, the age of consent is 15, so the sex itself was not a pedophile crime. Even so, the cops soon became fixated on high-flying hospital doctor Stig Ahlin, who reluctantly admitt read more

Ingrid Bergman in Stockholm

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Aug 29, 2019

Three Enchanting Ladies Ingrid Bergman in her hometown, Stockholm After exploring different Garbo-related places in Stockholm last weekend, I thought it would be a good idea to do the same today with our enchanting lady Ingrid Bergman! Ingrid was born on this day in 1915 and also passed away the s read more

Japan’s Longest Day (1967)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Aug 29, 2019

Japan’s Longest Day (Nihon no ichiban naga hi) Directed by Kihachi Okamoto Written by Shinobu Hashimoto from a book by Soichi Oya 1967/Japan Toho Company First viewing/Netflix   It takes real talent to make a nailbiter when the entire audience knows the eventual outcome.  True tension and read more

It’s Back! Noir City: Chicago 2019

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Aug 29, 2019

It’s Back! Noir City: Chicago 2019 Festival Dates: Friday September 6th to Thursday September 12th Noir City: Chicago is back at the Music Box Theatre. This year’s theme is Film Noir in the 1950s. Once again the film festival will be presented by Eddie Muller, host of TCM’ read more

book: Death Going Down (1955; trans 2016 Lucy Greaves) by María Angélica Bosco

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 28, 2019

Buenos Aires, mid-1950s, and late at night a young woman is found dead in the elevator of a small apartment block. It proves she has died of cyanide poisoning, and the initial assumption of the cops is that this is a case of suicide. But there are enough anomalies about the situation that soon they read more

Carole in a 'Carnival,' a rather racy one

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Aug 28, 2019

Since breaking into movies in the 1920s, Carole Lombard knew her figure was a major selling point, as this publicity shot for "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" shows. Another still for the film, almost certainly suppressed by Joseph Breen's office, reveals far more skin than the industry allowed at the time:Now in read more

The Missing Lady (1946)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 28, 2019

US / 60 minutes / bw / Monogram Dir: Phil Karlson Pr: Joe Kaufman Scr: George Callahan Story: Stories in Shadow Magazine based on characters created by Walter B. Gibson Cine: William Sickner Cast: Kane Richmond, Barbara Reed (i.e., Barbara Read), George Chandler, James Flavin, Pierre Watkin, Dorothe read more

Post-Apocalyptic August Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 28, 2019

On the Beach (1959) Most post-apocalyptic films provide some glimmer of hope, however slight. Director Stanley Kramer gives the audience no quarter with this grim, star-studded depiction of a no-win situation following a nuclear war. Minus some dubious Australian accents, it’s a solid adaptati read more

Exploring Greta Garbo’s Corners in Stockholm

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Aug 28, 2019

It’s now been eight days since I landed in Stockholm, Sweden. What am I doing here? Well, as some of you might know, I got accepted to Stockholm University in the master program in Cinema Studies! So, this is my new town for at least a year. School only starts on September 2. Therefore, IR read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Aug 28, 2019

After the rousing success of Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), Warner Brothers did not delay in adding a new installment to the series. The next film in the series called upon all the more creativity from the studio: a fresh, original story that was not based upon any of the Gold Digger series predecess read more

2020 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival Dates Set

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Aug 28, 2019

2020 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival Dates Set The 2020 TCM Classic Film Festival dates are April 16 – 19. The theme is “Grand Illusions: Fantastic Worlds on Film.” Passes go on sale this November. The festival release says: You’re invited on a wondrous journey read more

Wuthering Heights (1939): Death Be My Destiny

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 27, 2019

It’s almost instantly reasonable to clump this cinematic adaptation of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights with other contemporary pictures swirling with gothic menace like Rebecca, Suspicion, and Jane Eyre. The latter film, of course, is based off the novel of another of the Bronte Sisters read more

Scattered Clouds (1967)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Aug 27, 2019

Scattered Clouds (Midaregumo) Directed by Mikio Naruse Written by Nobuo Yamada 1967/Japan Toho Company First viewing/Criterion Channel   A beautiful tearjerker that earns every one of its tears. Yumiko and her husband have an idyllic life.  They are madly in love and newly pregnant. He works fo read more

The Mighty Kong (1998, Art Scott)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 27, 2019

The Mighty Kong is fairly awful. It’d be nice to say there’s some kind of charm to it, given it’s an animated, family-targeted, period King Kong adaptation, it’s got Dudley Moore’s final performance, and Jodi Benson’s a lot more professional than the production deserves. But it doesn’t read more

Pre-code on DVD: Robert Montgomery and Sally Eilers in Made on Broadway (1933)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Aug 27, 2019

I’m delighted that Warner Archive has kept its promise to continue regularly releasing pre-code titles after the conclusion of its Forbidden Hollywood series. Its recent DVD release of Made on Broadway (1933) is definitely the kind of film that would have fit perfectly into one of those boxed read more

Western RoundUp: “B” Western Actresses, Part 2

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Laura Grieve on Aug 27, 2019

Western RoundUp: “B” Western Actresses, Part 2 Earlier this year I celebrated my love for “B” Westerns with a column focusing on the work of three favorite actresses who worked in the “B’s” early in their career. I promised then that I’d be looki read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Aug 27, 2019

When I was planning my first trip to Los Angeles, I was eager to take Karie Bible’s walking tour at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, having followed her work and research on Rudolph Valentino’s legendary “Lady in Black.” I love to explore cemeteries for the art and architecture t read more


Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Aug 27, 2019

Days accelerate today as never before.  You read a calendar and  wonder where a year has gone.  Lucky when you watch film you can slip into seasons quite well hence it was not out of of place the  see  the silent picture  THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE (1921). The picture – while not a story concerning read more

Musso & Frank celebrates a century

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Aug 27, 2019

Carole Lombard always enjoyed eating out with a friend or cohort, as she did with Fredric March after they left the Hollywood Brown Derby on Vine Street, just north of Hollywood Boulevard. That venue is long gone, but another restaurant in Hollywood is still with us and next month celebrates a miles read more

DJANGO THE BASTARD On Blu-ray From Synapse

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Aug 27, 2019

Sergio Corbucci's DJANGO (1966) became one of the most renowned Spaghetti Western films, and it inspired a slew of imitators. One of those productions has been released on Blu-ray by Synapse Films. DJANGO THE BASTARD was made in 1969, but according to Euro Cult movie expert Troy Howarth, it was not read more