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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

Classic Films in Focus: THE PENALTY (1920)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 13, 2017

Part crime drama and part body horror, The Penalty (1920) helped to propel Lon Chaney to true stardom after seven years in the film business and a long roster of less memorable roles. The melodramatic adaptation of Gouverneur Morris' novel about an amputee crime lord gave Chaney the opportunity to d read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE PENALTY (1920)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 13, 2017

Part crime drama and part body horror, The Penalty (1920) helped to propel Lon Chaney to true stardom after seven years in the film business and a long roster of less memorable roles. The melodramatic adaptation of Gouverneur Morris' novel about an amputee crime lord gave Chaney the opportunity to d read more

Classic Films in Focus: NIGHT TIDE (1961)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 1, 2017

Written and directed by Curtis Harrington, Night Tide (1961) offers a moody atmosphere and a very young Dennis Hopper as its main attractions, along with a tragic story about a girl who believes she might be a supernatural temptress from the deep. Its low budget production and ambiguous monster migh read more

Classic Films in Focus: NIGHT TIDE (1961)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 1, 2017

Written and directed by Curtis Harrington, Night Tide (1961) offers a moody atmosphere and a very young Dennis Hopper as its main attractions, along with a tragic story about a girl who believes she might be a supernatural temptress from the deep. Its low budget production and ambiguous monster migh read more

Classic Films in Focus: KINGS ROW (1942)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Sep 28, 2017

Mixed reviews are often the hardest ones to write, and I have mixed feelings about Kings Row (1942), the Sam Wood drama adapted from the controversial novel by Henry Bellamann. I think, ultimately, the film is useful as an example of the ways the Hays Code could undermine the purpose of an artistic read more

Classic Films in Focus: KINGS ROW (1942)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Sep 28, 2017

Mixed reviews are often the hardest ones to write, and I have mixed feelings about Kings Row (1942), the Sam Wood drama adapted from the controversial novel by Henry Bellamann. I think, ultimately, the film is useful as an example of the ways the Hays Code could undermine the purpose of an artistic read more

Nominations for the 2017 National Film Registry

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Sep 11, 2017

A classic movie friend let me know that we still have a few days left to make nominations to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry for the 2017 year. You can make nominations until September 15, 2017, so if you want to contribute to this year's list you should head on over to the website t read more

Nominations for the 2017 National Film Registry

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Sep 11, 2017

A classic movie friend let me know that we still have a few days left to make nominations to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry for the 2017 year. You can make nominations until September 15, 2017, so if you want to contribute to this year's list you should head on over to the website t read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE WOMAN IN WHITE (1948)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Aug 31, 2017

The 1948 adaptation of Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White features some notable character performances and plenty of Gothic mystery, but it isn't an ideal picture or a very faithful treatment of its source material. Its appeal depends mainly on its sinister figures, particularly the always memorable read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE WOMAN IN WHITE (1948)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Aug 31, 2017

The 1948 adaptation of Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White features some notable character performances and plenty of Gothic mystery, but it isn't an ideal picture or a very faithful treatment of its source material. Its appeal depends mainly on its sinister figures, particularly the always memorable read more

Classic Films in Focus: WEST OF ZANZIBAR (1928)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Aug 1, 2017

Tod Browning's silent 1928 story of revenge in the African Congo provides a challenge to modern viewers, given that it relies on hyper-racist stereotypes and deeply rooted misogyny for much of its horror, but if you're looking for something truly horrifying then West of Zanzibar (1928) certainly fit read more

Classic Films in Focus: WEST OF ZANZIBAR (1928)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Aug 1, 2017

Tod Browning's silent 1928 story of revenge in the African Congo provides a challenge to modern viewers, given that it relies on hyper-racist stereotypes and deeply rooted misogyny for much of its horror, but if you're looking for something truly horrifying then West of Zanzibar (1928) certainly fit read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE TWO MRS. CARROLLS (1947)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 24, 2017

Director Peter Godfrey's modern Gothic offers two iconic stars - Humphrey Bogart and Barbara Stanwyck - as its leads, which is reason enough to see The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947) in spite of its flaws. Bogart, who played heavies off and on throughout his career, is back on the dark side as a painter w read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE TWO MRS. CARROLLS (1947)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 24, 2017

Director Peter Godfrey's modern Gothic offers two iconic stars - Humphrey Bogart and Barbara Stanwyck - as its leads, which is reason enough to see The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947) in spite of its flaws. Bogart, who played heavies off and on throughout his career, is back on the dark side as a painter w read more

The First Time: Memorable Movie Introductions

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 19, 2017

In my last post I talked about the first time I saw George Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968), which got me thinking about the other movies I remember seeing for the first time. If you're like me, you watch so many movies that a lot of the viewings run together (which is why some of us have fi read more

The First Time: Memorable Movie Introductions

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 19, 2017

In my last post I talked about the first time I saw George Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968), which got me thinking about the other movies I remember seeing for the first time. If you're like me, you watch so many movies that a lot of the viewings run together (which is why some of us have fi read more

My First Summer of Cinema - 1988

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 18, 2017

George Romero's death this week has left me feeling nostalgic about the first time I saw Night of the Living Dead (1968), which was also the first time I heard of Romero, saw a zombie film, and found out that movies were something people could take seriously and discuss as forms of art. Almost thirt read more

My First Summer of Cinema - 1988

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 18, 2017

George Romero's death this week has left me feeling nostalgic about the first time I saw Night of the Living Dead (1968), which was also the first time I heard of Romero, saw a zombie film, and found out that movies were something people could take seriously and discuss as forms of art. Almost thirt read more

Making a Hollywood House in Alabama: Movie Posters and Art

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 16, 2017

Errol Flynn is in the bedroom, of course. As part of an ongoing effort to make our house a more interesting and personally relevant space (as opposed to a collection of things other people chose for us or handed down), I finally got frames for the posters I bought at Larry Edmunds Bookshop in Los A read more
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