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Billy Wilder’s Many Hats

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Christina Stewart on Jan 8, 2014

Growing up, I thought of Billy Wilder as that cute old man with the funny accent who looked adorable in hats. I was vaguely aware that he directed Marilyn Monroe in a couple of films and was somewhat connected to a film that made me scared of Gloria Swanson. As I matured, so too did my film sophist read more

A Gallery of Images from Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on Jan 8, 2014

Check out this gallery of images from Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard (1950). Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Boulevard”, 1950 Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Boulevard”, 1950 Sunset Boulevard is available from Amazon. Billy WilderSunset Boulevard read more

Billy Wilder, The Art of Screenwriting No. 1 from The Paris Review

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on Jan 7, 2014

There may be few other directors who cared as much about the screenplay as Billy Wilder. Indeed, Wilder started his film career solely as a screenwriter and moved to the director’s chair only after an actor refused to speak a line of dialogue to a cockroach from his screenplay for Hold Back t read more

The Netflix Queue: Anna Lucasta (1959)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Toyiah Murry on Jan 7, 2014

Anna Lucasta is now streaming on Netflix Instant. Anna Lucasta (Eartha Kitt) is a woman of the world. Marked with a beautiful body, a thirst for adventure and a sharp tongue that can quell the wits of others, Anna is desired by almost any man that steps into her blinding, magnetic light. However, w read more

Book Review: Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on Jan 6, 2014

At first blush, Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder might seem to promise salacious tidbits of juicy Hollywood gossip. Upon closer inspection, however, you might notice that the controversy is attached only to the films of Wilder, not the life. So it is in this ext read more

The Man Who Planted Trees (1987)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Bennett O'Brian on Jan 4, 2014

On December 24th, internationally acclaimed animator Frédéric Back died at the age of 89. Frédéric Back received his first of two Academy Awards in 1982 for the animated short Crac! His films possessed a reserved and thoughtful sensibility and often reflected issues of ecology and conservationism read more

Happy New Year: Shall We Dance (1937)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Christina Stewart on Jan 1, 2014

Happy New Year Everyone! Let’s start the year off on a fun dancing note with Shall We Dance. This film is the seventh of Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers’ collaborations and has become one of their most loved. With sixteen songs by George and Ira Gershwin, choreography by Hermes Pan, gowns by Irene read more

The Mabuse Trilogy, Part III: The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by John Munshour on Dec 28, 2013

This is the third in a three part series of essays concerning Fritz Lang’s Mabuse Trilogy. For parts I & II see The Mabuse Trilogy, Part I: Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler and The Mabuse  Trilogy, Part II: The Testament of Dr. Mabuse.  “I feel a sense of discomposure about this case,” read more

Ministry of Fear (1944) Has Nothing To Be Afraid Of

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Wade Sheeler on Dec 27, 2013

Ministry of Fear. What a great title! What a mediocre film. I was very excited to screen this Fritz Lang offering, since it’s one of the few from his American oeuvre that I hadn’t seen. And as much material as I poured over to find something, anything, that could cue me into the master’s sleight read more

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Pretty Clever Films Posted by ms.abigaildean on Dec 26, 2013

Can she make changes? yes she can? read more

Holiday Favorite: White Christmas (1954)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Christina Stewart on Dec 25, 2013

Merry Christmas Everyone! White Christmas is one of my all-time favorite holiday films. It’s a sophisticated “let’s put on a show” type film, with an all-star cast including Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, and Rosemary Clooney. The Paramount film features witty dialogue, high quality productio read more

You Only Live Once

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Lesley Coffin on Dec 25, 2013

One of my favorite films from 2013 (my second favorite in fact) was David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.  The 70′s era, Texas set film was compared in many  reviews to Terence Mallick’s The Badlands and Robert Altman’s Thieves Like Us.  But an earlier film, Fritz Lang’s You read more

Five Alternative Christmas Films

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Sophie Vickers on Dec 24, 2013

Christmas is almost upon us again, and to many it is a joyous time to eat drink and constantly be merry. But for every Christmas loving person out there, there’s also a pre-nightmarish-ghost-epiphany Scrooge type bah-humbugging away at all the schmaltz now intoxicating the tv schedules. So fo read more

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by John Munshour on Dec 24, 2013

In the past few years, a new term has emerged in popular cinema – the franchise reboot. While I object to any idea that gives people license to keep trying to make movies out of the Incredible Hulk, the underlying concept is one I find very appealing. We can tell similar stories over and over read more

Jared Bratt’s Fav Holiday Movies

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Jared Bratt on Dec 22, 2013

Well it’s that merry-Ol’ time of the year again — It’s list making season! And besides the obvious very broad (and festive) sense of what I’m referring to, and outside of the fact of whether you believe in Santa or not (I do — I believe in aliens – is a jol read more

Peace On Earth (1939) (1)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Bennett O'Brian on Dec 21, 2013

Around this time of year, there is an assortment of ready-made phrases which bypass the brain and spring to our lips as if they are the subconscious response to a post-hypnotic trigger. Those of us in the western world have been culturally pre-programmed to say things like “Good will to men” withou read more

Fritz Lang’s Western Flirtations

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Pam on Dec 20, 2013

Fritz Lang is most well known for his early German Expressionist work, his contribution to film noir, and his devotion to wearing a monocle. Sadly, his foray into the Western genre has been mostly overlooked in favor of his other work – though often considered anomolies, Lang’s Westerns read more

Spies (1928)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Wade Sheeler on Dec 19, 2013

Two of Fritz Lang’s most heralded masterpieces, and the films he’s best known for, Metropolis, and M, were made during his fertile period of 1927 – 1930. One film was the final great statement of the silent era, and the other the first powerful offering in sound. Yet, not as well known but equally read more

Erté’s Hollywood

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Christina Stewart on Dec 18, 2013

The It boy of the Art Deco movement, Erté was brought to Hollywood by MGM in 1925 to design the sets and costumes for the film Paris (1926). After his successes designing for the Folies Bergère, Ziegfeld Follies, George White Scandals, and Harper’s Bazar magazine covers, MGM thought he’d be the read more

Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler and the Weimar Era

Pretty Clever Films Posted by John Munshour on Dec 18, 2013

He’s the great unknown man. He causes the stock markets to panic and the crowds to rise up and attack the police. He’s in gambling, blackmail, and murder. He’s in disguise and undetectable. He is crime and he is Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) villain of Fritz Lang read more
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