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Classic Films in Focus: STAGE FRIGHT (1950)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 12, 2016

Released just before the wildly successful Strangers on a Train (1951), Stage Fright (1950) ranks among the minor entries in the Alfred Hitchcock canon. It lacks the screw tightening suspense of the best of the director's pictures, and its humor, while engaging, never reaches that pitch black, twist read more

Classic Films in Focus: STAGE FRIGHT (1950)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 12, 2016

Released just before the wildly successful Strangers on a Train (1951), Stage Fright (1950) ranks among the minor entries in the Alfred Hitchcock canon. It lacks the screw tightening suspense of the best of the director's pictures, and its humor, while engaging, never reaches that pitch black, twist read more

Classic Films in Focus: MOONTIDE (1942)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 7, 2016

Although its name doesn't telegraph anything about the plot, Moontide (1942) does give the viewer an accurate impression of its mood, which is dreamy but dark, yielding a seductive fantasy with noir's sharp edge, or perhaps a noir film with romance's soft center. France's Jean Gabin and rising star read more

Classic Films in Focus: MOONTIDE (1942)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 7, 2016

Although its name doesn't telegraph anything about the plot, Moontide (1942) does give the viewer an accurate impression of its mood, which is dreamy but dark, yielding a seductive fantasy with noir's sharp edge, or perhaps a noir film with romance's soft center. France's Jean Gabin and rising star read more

Film, Fact & Fiction: Buffalo Bill

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jun 8, 2016

Buffalo Bill's defunct      -- e.e. cummings Like many historical figures of the American West, William F. Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill, became a legend within his own lifetime. Unlike many of his contemporaries, however, Cody engineered the process himself, carefully craf read more

Film, Fact & Fiction: Buffalo Bill

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jun 8, 2016

Buffalo Bill's defunct      -- e.e. cummings Like many historical figures of the American West, William F. Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill, became a legend within his own lifetime. Unlike many of his contemporaries, however, Cody engineered the process himself, carefully craf read more

Guns of the Old Western in Wyoming

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jun 6, 2016

We spent last week in Montana and Wyoming, mostly touring Yellowstone and Grant Teton National Parks, but I'm happy to say that I still found some balm for my classic movie loving soul. One of the best spots for indulging a cinema obsession was Cody, Wyoming, where we spent a full day exploring the read more

Guns of the Old Western in Wyoming

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jun 6, 2016

We spent last week in Montana and Wyoming, mostly touring Yellowstone and Grant Teton National Parks, but I'm happy to say that I still found some balm for my classic movie loving soul. One of the best spots for indulging a cinema obsession was Cody, Wyoming, where we spent a full day exploring the read more

Classic Films in Focus: STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on May 17, 2016

Strangers on a Train (1951) brought Alfred Hitchcock back to box office success after the lull that followed Notorious (1946), and today it remains a favorite with the auteur's fans. Hitchcock presents a deliciously twisted thriller in this tale of murder and blackmail, with Farley Granger returning read more

Classic Films in Focus: STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on May 17, 2016

Strangers on a Train (1951) brought Alfred Hitchcock back to box office success after the lull that followed Notorious (1946), and today it remains a favorite with the auteur's fans. Hitchcock presents a deliciously twisted thriller in this tale of murder and blackmail, with Farley Granger returning read more

Top 10 List: My Favorite Westerns

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on May 16, 2016

My Westerns lifetime learning class is wrapping up this week, and my students have asked me about a top ten list of classic Westerns. I imagine there are plenty of such lists naming the "best" Westerns, but I'd rather make mine a list of personal favorites. I do aim for some diversity in terms of de read more

Top 10 List: My Favorite Westerns

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on May 16, 2016

My Westerns lifetime learning class is wrapping up this week, and my students have asked me about a top ten list of classic Westerns. I imagine there are plenty of such lists naming the "best" Westerns, but I'd rather make mine a list of personal favorites. I do aim for some diversity in terms of de read more

Five Movies on an Island Blogathon: My Five Picks

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on May 15, 2016

This week the Classic Film & TV Cafe is hosting the Five Movies on an Island Blogathon, in which different bloggers pick five movies they'd want to take with them to a castaway life. Of course, we're assuming that our islands are hooked up for movie viewing! For me, the five chosen films are one read more

Five Movies on an Island Blogathon: My Five Picks

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on May 15, 2016

This week the Classic Film & TV Cafe is hosting the Five Movies on an Island Blogathon, in which different bloggers pick five movies they'd want to take with them to a castaway life. Of course, we're assuming that our islands are hooked up for movie viewing! For me, the five chosen films are one read more

10 Great Westerns of the 1950s

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on May 9, 2016

The 1950s produced a bumper crop of A-level Westerns with some of Hollywood's biggest stars in the leading roles, including some we don't necessarily associate with the genre. Over the course of the decade, darker and more complex psychological Westerns appealed to adult viewers, even as the matinee read more

10 Great Westerns of the 1950s

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on May 9, 2016

The 1950s produced a bumper crop of A-level Westerns with some of Hollywood's biggest stars in the leading roles, including some we don't necessarily associate with the genre. Over the course of the decade, darker and more complex psychological Westerns appealed to adult viewers, even as the matinee read more

Classic Movies for Cat Lovers

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Apr 14, 2016

Cats have been on my mind a lot this month. In March, our family adopted two kittens, Ginger Peach and Earl Greyer, having mourned the deaths of our senior dog, Tess, in January, and our 20 year old cat, Grendel, back in October. Ginger has indeed been a peach, but little Earl quickly succumbed to a read more

Classic Movies for Cat Lovers

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Apr 14, 2016

Cats have been on my mind a lot this month. In March, our family adopted two kittens, Ginger Peach and Earl Greyer, having mourned the deaths of our senior dog, Tess, in January, and our 20 year old cat, Grendel, back in October. Ginger has indeed been a peach, but little Earl quickly succumbed to a read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE LITTLE FOXES (1941)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Apr 11, 2016

The Little Foxes (1941) reunites stars Bette Davis and Herbert Marshall with director William Wyler after their collaboration the previous year in The Letter (1940), in which Davis had also played a morally bankrupt wife who wrecks Marshall's life. The original stage version of the play by Lillian H read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE LITTLE FOXES (1941)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Apr 11, 2016

The Little Foxes (1941) reunites stars Bette Davis and Herbert Marshall with director William Wyler after their collaboration the previous year in The Letter (1940), in which Davis had also played a morally bankrupt wife who wrecks Marshall's life. The original stage version of the play by Lillian H read more
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