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Podcasts for Classic Film Fans: April Round-up

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Apr 19, 2019

It’s been a great month in podcasting. So many entertaining and enlightening shows! Here are my favorites. Title links go to the episode: Pure Cinema Podcast Kiddee Midnights March 17, 2019 It’s always a bit overwhelming to listen to Brian Sauer and Elric Kane’s epic film re read more

TCM Classic Film Festival: How to Follow Me and 3 Quick Tips for Festival Attendees

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Apr 10, 2019

Today I am flying to Hollywood to attend pre-festivities for the TCM Classic Film Festival. I am so excited to share this experience with all of you! How to follow me for daily pics and updates: Instagram aclassicmovieblog Twitter classicmovieblg And of course I will be sharing more details and read more

Book Review--Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Apr 8, 2019

Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II Robert Matzen GoodKnight Books, 2019 While it is well known among classic film fans that Audrey Hepburn endured many hardships during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands in World War II, there has been little firm detail about what the actress went thr read more

Quote: Ingmar Bergman on Illusion and Film

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Apr 7, 2019

Image Source When we experience a film, we prime ourselves for illusion. We make way for it in our imagination. -Ingmar Bergman Source read more

Streaming Diary: Great Film Documentaries on Kanopy

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Apr 4, 2019

After the demise of FilmStruck, I found myself relying more on the free library streaming service Kanopy for my classic, independent and international film fix. In search of the sort of viewing recommendations I used to get from FS, I found myself drawn to the many film documentaries available from read more

On DVD: Walter Huston and a Lively Cast in The Star Witness (1931)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Apr 2, 2019

As Warner Archive celebrates its tenth year, I have been looking back on the hundreds of films I’ve reviewed from the label over the years. I treasure so many of these releases, from the pre-codes to big budget Technicolor musicals. However, my favorites have been the underseen gems that have read more

Book Review--Fay Wray and Robert Risking: A Hollywood Memoir

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 28, 2019

Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir Victoria Riskin Pantheon Books, 2019 I’ve read dozens (hundreds?) of Hollywood autobiographies and Fay Wray’s memoir On the Other Hand has always been one of my favorites. The sense of wonder and fun she found in life, despite all the hard read more

TCM Classic Film Festival 2019: Schedule Picks and Quick Tips

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 26, 2019

I am thrilled to be a part of the media covering TCM Classic Film Festival for the sixth year. I look forward to this event every year, and not just for the films, but for the opportunity to spend time with the sweetest, most interesting movie mad people I’ve ever known. This festival is as mu read more

Quote: Barbara Stanwyck on Carole Lombard

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 24, 2019

Image Source So alive, modern, frank, and natural that she stands out like a beacon on a lightship in this odd place called Hollywood. -Barbara Stanwyck about Carole Lombard Source read more

GIVEAWAY! On Blu-ray: Paul Newman, Edward G. Robinson and Elke Sommer in The Prize (1963)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 20, 2019

The Prize is an unusual film, with a mixed-bag cast and the unique premise of romance and intrigue in the milieu of the Pulitzer Prize ceremony. Starring Paul Newman, Elke Sommer and the eternally reliable Edward G. Robinson, it has the rare quality of seeming simultaneously familiar and bizarrely n read more

Quote: Alfred Hitchcock on Cinema

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 17, 2019

Image Source The screen must speak its own language, freshly coined. -Alfred Hitchcock Quote Source read more

March Podcast Roundup for Classic Film Fans: 6 Great Episodes

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 15, 2019

This month's podcast roundup is another fascinating mix of old favorites and new finds. I'm particularly impressed by the new shows that have been debuting lately. All titles link to the episode: Movies Silently Death and Tinting with Christopher Bird February 26, 2019 Episode 1 In the first ep read more

Pre-codes on DVD: Ginger Rogers in Professional Sweetheart (1930) and Helen Twelvetrees in Unashamed (1932)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 13, 2019

There's nothing more welcome on my doorstep (apologies to my cats) than a package of pre-code films. Here's a pair of new releases from Warner Archive that I recently viewed: Professional Sweetheart (1930) This lively romantic comedy catches Ginger Rogers before musical fame, but already in the fu read more

Quote: Lina Wertmüller on Fellini and Marcello Mastroianni

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 10, 2019

Image Source Federico and Marcello never took each other too seriously.They both mocked each other for their diva status.They didn't really buy into it.They never lost their sense of humor. -Lina Wertmüller, about Federico Fellini and Marcello Mastoianni Quote Source read more

Book Review--Southern History on Screen: Race and Rights 1976-2016

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 8, 2019

Southern History on Screen: Race and Rights 1976-2016 Ed. Brian M. Jack University Press of Kentucky, 2019 For all the liberties it takes with the truth, cinema has always had a strong influence on reality. Whether it is the reflection of societal unrest or the ability to inspire movements among th read more

On Blu-ray: William Holden and Ryan O'Neal in The Wild Rovers (1971)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 5, 2019

The Blake Edwards western Wild Rovers (1971) strives to be many things, with varying levels of success. It embraces wide-open spaces, but knows little about what to do with the people in them. Featuring a beautifully-seasoned William Holden and a pretty-and-aware-of-it Ryan O’Neal, it isn read more

Quote: Ernst Lubitsch on Filming

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 3, 2019

Image Source There are a thousand ways to point a camera, but really only one. -Ernst Lubitsch Quote Source read more

Noir City Seattle 2019: The Scarlet Hour (1956) and 1950s Noir

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Feb 27, 2019

Last week Noir City 2019 swept through Seattle with a slate of twenty films, an impressive eleven of them on 35mm. This year’s theme: the noirs of the fifties, presented chronologically. I saw four films over two nights and as it was the middle of the festival, they were selections from the ha read more

Quote: Charles Boyer on His Romantic Appeal

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Feb 24, 2019

Image Source I do not know when I became so nice-looking as they all say. I suppose it was when I lost my hair and began experimenting with the toupees. In silent films, I looked like a bandit who eats little children. -Charles Boyer Quote Source read more

Podcasts for Classic Film Fans: February Round-up

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Feb 22, 2019

This was a bittersweet month in podcast listening, with the delight of new discoveries and raucous memories and the sadness of a great loss to the classic film community. Here's what moved me. Podcast titles link to the episodes: NitrateVille Radio Episode 35 Serge Bromberg on Méliès and More read more