Posted in The Fish Obscuro on September 23, 2011 |
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by Allan Fish
(USA 1941 92m) DVD1/2
A lamp chop in an ashtray
p Joe Pasternak d Henry Koster w Norman Krasna, Leo Townsend ph Rudolph Maté ed Bernard W.Burton md Charles Previn, Hans Salter art Jack Otterson
Deanna Durbin (Anne Terry), Robert Cummings (Johnny Reynolds), Charles Laughton (Jonathan Reynolds), Margaret Tallichet (Gloria Pennington), Guy Kibbee (Bishop Maxwell), Walter Catlett (Dr Harvey), Catherine Doucet (Mrs Pennington), Irving Bacon (Raven), Gus Schilling (Raven), Charles Coleman (Roberts), Clara Blandick (nurse), Sig Arno (waiter), Alexander Granach (Popalard)
There’s a scene in Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption when Tim Robbins’ Andy Dufresne locks himself in the warden’s office and plays the Mozart ‘Sull Aria’ over the loudspeaker system. Morgan Freeman’s Red talks of how its beautiful sounds were as if “a bird beautiful bird had flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away.” It was one of the most sublime moments in an otherwise rather schematic piece, but it only goes to illustrate that one man’s manipulation is another’s heaven.
Take Deanna Durbin for example. She and her best director Henry Koster are already represented here with One Hundred Men and a Girl and there would seem to be no need to include another one of her films. It Started With Eve is not a musical, rather a romantic comedy with musical interludes, but these are musical interludes that enter the bloodstream of the film itself. (more…)
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Posted in The Fish Obscuro on September 20, 2011 |
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by Allan Fish
(France 1950 99m) DVD2 (France only, no English subs)
Aka. The Wanton
What will become of us?
p Emil Natan, André Paulve d Yves Allégret w Jacques Sigurd ph Jean Bourgoin ed Maurice Serein, Suzanne Girardin art Alexander Trauner, Auguste Capelier
Simone Signoret (Dora), Bernard Blier (Robert), Jane Marken (Dora’s mother), Frank Villard (François), Jacques Baumer, (Louis) Jean Ozenne (Eric), Gabriel Gobin (Émile), Mona Dol (Head nurse), Laure Diana (stables customer), Fernand Rauzéna (circus chief),
Let’s start at the very beginning, Julie Andrews once said atop a mountain in that musical assault on anyone’s intelligence. I never was one for following orders, if I’d been a von Trapp child I’d have delighted in doing more than sticking frogs in Maria’s pockets. So let’s not start at the very beginning, but at the very end. You come into the cinema where Manèges is playing sixty seconds before it finishes, and are there to witness a grieving middle-aged woman call out in tears to a man leaving down a hospital staircase, bemoaning “what will become of us?” His answer is simple, but as you sit down the man next to you is heard to whisper, in the manner of Malcolm Tucker, “NMFP.” You look at him and think “you heartless bastard.” He gets up and walks off, like the man in the film. You settle down to wait for it to start again. (more…)
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Posted in Uncategorized on September 19, 2011 |
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Brilliant poetic and existential "Drive" with Ryan Gosling is one of the best films of the year
by Sam Juliano
Fall weather is upon us in the Northeast, and we can only be grateful and invigorated by such a glorious development. Temperatures actually dropped into the 40’s a few nights ago, and people are scurrying to clothers stores for jackets, sweaters and light coats. Some stores are even sporting Halloween decorations six weeks in advance of the day, and the start of the New York Film Festival and the Metropolitan Opera schedule is just weeks away. Even back-to-school night is set for this coming week in many communities, including my own.
Here at Wonders in the Dark the musical countdown is moving ahead impressively, as the comments and site traffic have been through the roof. Several writers have really made their mark, and we can only be thrilled at what will surely be a fabulous second half. As always, Jamie Uhler, Jim Clark, Allan Fish and Bob Clark continue their great series work, while Joel Bocko and Maurizio Roca are all over the site contributing in any and every way possible with exceeding scholarship. And then there’s Dee Dee with her incomparable sidebar work and great additions and comments. It’s been quite a ride. Talk is beginning to surface about an all-time ‘Greatest Comedies’ countdown for late Spring, but much satill has to be decided and confirmed.
After movie going had slowed to a trickle the week before, Lucille and I (and some of the kids) have come back with a vengeance this past week with an unusually prolific assault on multiplex screens. Heck, after the non-EZ pass toll from New Jersey to Manhattan jumped from $8.00 to $11.50 yesterday, I can only wonder how I’ll have to motify the number of my Manhattan appearances! Ha! Anyway, we sat seven (7) films in theatres, with one of those a 3D return of the animated masterpiece The Lion King. Saturday was the biggest day with three films seen: (more…)
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