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Classic Films in Focus: FALLEN ANGEL (1945)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Feb 19, 2018

Otto Preminger directs this top-notch noir tale of misplaced love and murder, which stars Dana Andrews as a small-time grifter who falls for luscious Linda Darnell but woos wealthy Alice Faye. It's a love triangle with a couple of kinks thrown into it, and the title, Fallen Angel, might equally appl read more

Classic Films in Focus: ANOTHER MAN'S POISON (1951)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Feb 14, 2018

Adapted from a stage play by Leslie Sands, Another Man's Poison (1951) offers a wickedly ironic title and a chance for Bette Davis to sink her teeth into another maneater role, this time as the femme fatale protagonist of a devious noir plot. Irving Rapper directs Davis and her real-life husband at read more

Classic Films in Focus: ANOTHER MAN'S POISON (1951)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Feb 14, 2018

Adapted from a stage play by Leslie Sands, Another Man's Poison (1951) offers a wickedly ironic title and a chance for Bette Davis to sink her teeth into another maneater role, this time as the femme fatale protagonist of a devious noir plot. Irving Rapper directs Davis and her real-life husband at read more

Classic Films in Focus: DODGE CITY (1939)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Feb 6, 2018

Michael Curtiz directs Errol Flynn in Dodge City (1939), the first of the swashbuckling star's forays into Western territory, with frequent costars Olivia de Havilland and Alan Hale along for the action, as well. Briskly paced and packed with excitement, Dodge City forgoes elegaic musings on the clo read more

Classic Films in Focus: DODGE CITY (1939)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Feb 6, 2018

Michael Curtiz directs Errol Flynn in Dodge City (1939), the first of the swashbuckling star's forays into Western territory, with frequent costars Olivia de Havilland and Alan Hale along for the action, as well. Briskly paced and packed with excitement, Dodge City forgoes elegaic musings on the clo read more

Classic Films in Focus: MY FAVORITE WIFE (1940)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Feb 2, 2018

My Favorite Wife (1940) reunites stars Irene Dunne and Cary Grant after their first pairing as a comedic couple in The Awful Truth (1937), and once again there's both love and trouble. Grant plays a husband flummoxed by the return of his supposedly dead first wife on the very day that he marries his read more

Classic Films in Focus: MY FAVORITE WIFE (1940)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Feb 2, 2018

My Favorite Wife (1940) reunites stars Irene Dunne and Cary Grant after their first pairing as a comedic couple in The Awful Truth (1937), and once again there's both love and trouble. Grant plays a husband flummoxed by the return of his supposedly dead first wife on the very day that he marries his read more

Classic Films in Focus: EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE (1949)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Feb 1, 2018

Adapted from the novel by Marcia Davenport, East Side, West Side (1949) is more melodrama than murder mystery, although there always seems to be a noir plot lurking beneath its surface. Surprisingly, star Barbara Stanwyck appears in good girl mode as a wronged wife enduring domestic discord. It's no read more

Classic Films in Focus: EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE (1949)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Feb 1, 2018

Adapted from the novel by Marcia Davenport, East Side, West Side (1949) is more melodrama than murder mystery, although there always seems to be a noir plot lurking beneath its surface. Surprisingly, star Barbara Stanwyck appears in good girl mode as a wronged wife enduring domestic discord. It's no read more

Classic Films in Focus: MRS. MINIVER (1942)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jan 29, 2018

As its twelve Oscar nominations and six wins attest, Mrs. Miniver was the right film at the right moment in 1942. Americans newly engaged in World War II flocked to the theater and took away a sense that they were fighting for people like the Minivers and their quaint English village. Even to direct read more

Mrs. Miniver's English Rose

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jan 29, 2018

Warning: This essay contains spoilers for the film.   The English rose features prominently in William Wyler's Oscar-winning 1942 film, Mrs. Miniver, where its symbolic value is, at first glance, fairly straightforward. The rose functions as a symbol for England; when the title charac read more

Classic Films in Focus: MRS. MINIVER (1942)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jan 29, 2018

As its twelve Oscar nominations and six wins attest, Mrs. Miniver was the right film at the right moment in 1942. Americans newly engaged in World War II flocked to the theater and took away a sense that they were fighting for people like the Minivers and their quaint English village. Even to direct read more

Mrs. Miniver's English Rose

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jan 29, 2018

Warning: This essay contains spoilers for the film.   The English rose features prominently in William Wyler's Oscar-winning 1942 film, Mrs. Miniver, where its symbolic value is, at first glance, fairly straightforward. The rose functions as a symbol for England; when the title charac read more

Classic Movie Puzzle Grid #1

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jan 22, 2018

My husband, who knows how much I like puzzles, recently sent me a link to the Puzz Grid site, where puzzle enthusiasts submit puzzle grids for others to solve. Of course I immediately thought about making my own versions with classic movie themes! Here's how the puzzle grid works. Each puzzle conta read more

Classic Movie Puzzle Grid #1

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jan 22, 2018

My husband, who knows how much I like puzzles, recently sent me a link to the Puzz Grid site, where puzzle enthusiasts submit puzzle grids for others to solve. Of course I immediately thought about making my own versions with classic movie themes! Here's how the puzzle grid works. Each puzzle conta read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE BRIDES OF DRACULA (1960)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jan 8, 2018

Peter Cushing returns to the role of Doctor Van Helsing for this sequel to Hammer's 1958 reinvention of the Dracula story, but, in spite of the title, Dracula never actually appears. Instead, Van Helsing combats a new undead menace and the relentless obstacle of the doctor's own terrible timing, whi read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE BRIDES OF DRACULA (1960)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jan 8, 2018

Peter Cushing returns to the role of Doctor Van Helsing for this sequel to Hammer's 1958 reinvention of the Dracula story, but, in spite of the title, Dracula never actually appears. Instead, Van Helsing combats a new undead menace and the relentless obstacle of the doctor's own terrible timing, whi read more

Film Log for 2017

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jan 2, 2018

2017 was a busy year, which meant that I watched fewer films than I have in previous years. We did some traveling, my daughter's school schedule ate a lot of time with me driving her to dual enrollment classes the next town over, and I was more engaged in politics than I ever have been before (a goo read more

Film Log for 2017

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jan 2, 2018

2017 was a busy year, which meant that I watched fewer films than I have in previous years. We did some traveling, my daughter's school schedule ate a lot of time with me driving her to dual enrollment classes the next town over, and I was more engaged in politics than I ever have been before (a goo read more

Thankful for Classic Movie Stars!

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Nov 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you get to enjoy some classic movies along with your obligatory family time this week. I'm sure many of us will kick off the official start of the Christmas season on Friday with a holiday classic or two - at our house that's White Christmas (1954), even though it almost read more
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