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Gimme Shelter: Classics for Comfort

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on May 22, 2020

The Classic Movie Blog Association is hosting its annual spring blogathon from May 19 – 22. This year’s theme is “Classics for Comfort,” about films that soothe us in difficult times. Click here for more info and links to participating blogs. ~ When we first began to shel read more

6 from the '60s for National Classic Movie Day

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on May 16, 2020

It's May 16, National Classic Movie Day, and Rick over at the Classic Film & TV Cafe is hosting his annual blogathon to celebrate the occasion. This year the subject is 6 from the '60s, in which each participating blogger puts the spotlight on six films of that decade. Click here to find out mor read more

Film Series Alert! "Simenon 2020" Launch Spotlights "Inspector Maigret"

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Feb 18, 2020

Great news! Midcentury Productions, the brilliant and groundbreaking little company that has so far staged six terrific French film noir festivals at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater over the past several years, is about to launch a new, unique series, Simenon 2020. The program begins with a doub read more

The Many Loves of Elizabeth Taylor

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Jan 22, 2020

This is my entry for "The Wedding Bells Blogathon" hosted by Hometowns to Hollywood ~ She exchanged wedding vows for the first time at age 18 in 1950 and married for the eighth and final time in 1991 at 59. Of her apparent proclivity for collecting husbands, actor/composer/raconteur Oscar Levan read more

Celebrating "The Shop Around the Corner" on its 80th Birthday

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Jan 10, 2020

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the premiere of what has been called Ernst Lubitsch’s “most discreet tour de force of art concealing art,” The Shop Around the Corner (1940). That’s a nicely spun phrase; some might simply call it perfection… ~ When she was asked, read more

2020 TCM Classic Film Festival Tickets On Sale

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Nov 21, 2019

  The much anticipated 11th annual Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival is now gearing up, set to happen in Hollywood April 16 - 19, 2020. The year's theme is "Grand Illusions: Fantastic Worlds on Film" and tickets are on sale now at several price points: Spotlight $2449 Essential $9 read more

Joyce Compton, What a Character!

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Nov 17, 2019

  This is my entry for the fabulous What a Character! blogathon hosted annually by Once Upon a Screen, Outspoken & Freckled and Paula's Cinema Club...check these blogs for links to entries from all participating blogs.  ~ In perhaps her best remembered scene in a classic film, Leo read more

This Noirvember: DARKNESS IN THE SIXTIES!

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Nov 9, 2019

Parlez vous French noir?  Three years ago I discovered French film noir thanks to Don Malcolm and his annual "The French Had a Name for It" film festival in San Francisco. Don heads MidCentury Productions and since 2014 MCP has presented yearly - and, lately, more frequent - noir screenings read more

Bridging Old Hollywood and New: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Oct 17, 2019

This post is my entry for the Classic Movie Blog Association's Fall 2019 Blogathon. This year we're honoring the CMBA's 10th anniversary with "The Anniversary Blogathon" and participating member bloggers are celebrating all manner of classic film and classic film-related anniversaries. Click here fo read more

Hitchcockian: François Truffaut 's The Soft Skin (1964)

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Aug 26, 2019

 ...For the Vive la France Blogathon... 35 years after his death in 1984, François Truffaut is usually remembered as the most successful of the youthful filmmakers to emerge from the nouvelle vague (New Wave) movement that swept French cinema in the late 1950s. But before he would write and read more

"Viva la France!" - the Blogathon, Day 1

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Aug 25, 2019

Welcome to Day 1 of the Vive la France! blogathon. Our participating bloggers have chosen an exciting range of films and film-related subjects to celebrate French cinema, French stars, American films set in France and more. Links to posts are embedded in the titles in bold below. Enjoy! Sunday, Au read more

The French Roots of Noir: Two Films by Marcel Carné with Jean Gabin

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Aug 24, 2019

In 1946 four relatively recent American films inspired Italian-born French film critic Nino Frank to pen an article for the August 1946 issue of the newly launched film periodical L’écran française (The French Screen). Titled “A New Kind of Police Drama: the Criminal Adventure,” read more

Coming August 25: The Vive la France! Blogathon

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Jul 15, 2019

On July 14 the Vive la France! blogathon was announced. Set for Sunday, August 25, it will be hosted by this blog and Silver Screen Modes. The subject is broad and includes just about "everything" France/French-related. For example, French films, movies set in France, films or profiles of stars and read more

5 Favorite Films of the '50s for Classic Movie Day

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on May 16, 2019

The Final Five Who among committed classic film bloggers could possibly resist the chance to join a blogathon honoring National Classic Movie Day? I couldn’t, but this year’s blog-fest posed a tough challenge. The Classic Film and TV Café aka/Rick, its founder, is once more hosting read more

For Those Who Think Noir: Where to get your film noir fix this Spring

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on May 3, 2019

Sketch for Mildred Pierce (1945) by Warner Bros. Art Director Anton Grot Don Malcolm, long-time festival programmer of film noir from every corner of the globe, is of the strong opinion that "any time of year is a good time for noir." I agree. And so, though it is sunshiny and balmy where I live, read more

THE MAKING OF AN ICON: YOUNG AUDREY HEPBURN AND HER LIFE IN WARTIME EUROPE

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Apr 8, 2019

    A REVIEW OF THE SOON-TO-BE-PUBLISHED BIOGRAPHY DUTCH GIRL: AUDREY HEPBURN AND WORLD WAR II...AND A BOOK GIVEAWAY   Audrey Hepburn. One of the most beloved stars in the history of Hollywood. An Oscar winner at age 25, she took the Best Actress award with her first starring role, read more

ANOTHER BIG SCREEN ADVENTURE…AND…A BOOK GIVEAWAY

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Mar 22, 2019

 WIN A COPY OF VICTORIA RISKIN’S NEW BOOK, FAY WRAY AND ROBERT RISKIN: A HOLLYWOOD MEMOIR (PANTHEON 2019) ...details at end of post... On a Wednesday afternoon at the end of February, I slogged through the rain, my car moving at a crawl across a bridge mired in traffic, to the east side read more

Movie Music, the Communicating Link

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Feb 15, 2019

Bernard Herrmann, likely the most celebrated of classic era film composers today, who wrote the scores  for Citizen Kane, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho and Taxi Driver among countless others, once said of the function of the film score: Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock “I read more

Noir Year 2019: Coming Soon

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Dec 22, 2018

Every December for the past several years the Film Noir Foundation has presented a one-night-only "Noir City Xmas" screening at San Francisco's Castro Theatre. This year that night was December 19 and the film was The Night of the Hunter (1955). The only film Charles Laughton ever directed, it is a read more

Obscure "Christmas Carols" of Christmases Past

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Dec 19, 2018

  YULETIDE CURIOS FROM THE FILM DETECTIVE   This month, The Film Detective, a two-year-old streaming service that refreshes its film library monthly, presents “25 Days of Christmas.” So far, offerings have included Peter Pan (1955), the live NBC production with Mary Martin f read more
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