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Casablanca: No 2

16 October 2010 3:53 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Michael Curtiz, 1942

The unspoken tremor in most wartime movie romances is that the picture needs to address the feelings of couples separated by war. It's not just whether they will both survive, but whether love and desire can overcome the temptations that come with separate lives. There's another element at work (vital to romance and the age of censorship in the movies) which is that desire may mean the most when it cannot be consummated: the wish for intimacy is so intense because the act is forbidden or impossible.

In Casablanca, we assume that Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) had a good deal of sex in Paris, but in their awkward reunion in north Africa, sex is not renewed. Rather, the triangle of Rick-Ilsa-Victor (Paul Henreid) must contemplate the ultimate selection of just two of them to go forward. And we know now what Rick's decision is, even »

- David Thomson

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Here's Looking at You.

29 August 2010 11:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Jose here.

Ingrid Bergman passed away on a day like today, 28 years ago. It was also her 67th birthday.

You have to be one classy human being, to pass away on the day you were born in. Don't get me wrong, I don't mean to be disrespectful, what I'm trying to say is that this unfortunate coincidence works as a perfect metaphor to encompass the gracefulness, elegance and tact that Ms. Bergman embodied.

Ever so concise, effortlessly direct and charmingly pragmatic, she made a career for herself based on quite economical acting.

Tell me, is there any other actor who never appeared to make a false step onscreen? Even in not so good films like Anastasia and Under Capricorn, there is not a single thing Ms. Bergman did that did not seem authentic.

Disguising her broken heart in Casablanca she makes fools out of Humphrey Bogart, Paul Henreid and us. »

- Jose

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Norma Shearer’s Riptide, Katharine Hepburn’s Song Of Love, John Ford, Cary Grant: Warner Archives

24 August 2010 4:40 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

  The Norma Shearer-Robert Montgomery-Herbert Marshall melodrama Riptide (1934); a remastered version of None But the Lonely Heart (1944), which earned Cary Grant his second and last Best Actor Academy Award nomination and veteran stage player Ethel Barrymore her only Oscar; and the biopic Song of Love (1947), starring Katharine Hepburn (as Clara Wieck), Paul Henreid (as Robert Schumann), and Robert Walker (as Johannes Brahms) are among the seven latest additions to the Warner Archives’ DVDs. The other four movies are: Between Two Worlds (1944), the worlds being those of the living and the dead, with John Garfield, Paul Henreid, and Eleanor Parker; John Ford‘s Flesh (1932), starring Wallace Beery, Ricardo Cortez, and Karen Morley; the film noir Crack-Up (1946), with Pat O’Brien and Claire Trevor; and The Conquerors (1932), Rko’s attempt to repeat the success of its Oscar-winning Cimarron, starring the earlier film’s leading man, Richard Dix, and Ann Harding. »

- Andre Soares

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John Mills TCM Schedule: Gandhi, The Rocking Horse Winner

21 August 2010 6:17 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

John Mills in Richard Attenborough‘s Gandhi John Mills on TCM: I Was Monty’S Double, Ryan’S Daughter, Hobson’S Choice Schedule (Pt) and synopses from the TCM website: 3:00 Am Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) A cold-hearted teacher becomes the school favorite when he’s thawed by a beautiful young woman. Cast: Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Paul Henreid. Dir: Sam Wood. Bw-114 mins. 5:00 Am Hobson’s Choice (1954) A widower father fights to control the lives of his three strong-willed daughters. Cast: Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda De Banzie. Dir: David Lean. Bw-108 mins. 7:00 Am Dunkirk (1958) True story of the Allied evacuation of occupied France at the start of World War II. Cast: John Mills, Richard Attenborough, Bernard Lee. Dir: Leslie Norman. Bw-135 mins. 9:30 Am Way to the Stars, The (1945) A young flyer deals with the strains of wartime service and survivors’ guilt during World War II. Cast: Michael Redgrave, »

- Andre Soares

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The Constant Nymph, Midnight Cowboy, Goodfellas: Packard Campus Aug. 2010 Schedule

2 August 2010 6:26 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Syd Chaplin, The Better ‘Ole Edmund Goulding’s The Constant Nymph: Packard Campus’ August 2010 Highlight Packard Campus’ August 2010 Schedule and Film Information (from the Campus’ press release) Thursday, August 5 (7:30 p.m.) Thanks For The Memory (Paramount, 1938) A struggling novelist living well beyond his means refuses the financial support of his wife. Comedy-drama with songs. Directed by George Archainbaud. With Bob Hope and Shirley Ross. Black & White, 75 minutes. Friday, August 6 (7:30 p.m.) Casablanca (Warner Bros., 1942) An American saloon owner in North Africa is drawn into World War II when his lost love turns up. War drama. Directed by Michael Curtiz. With Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid & Claude Rains. Black & White, 102 minutes. Selected to the National Film Registry in 1989. Saturday, August 7 (2:00 p.m.) The Better ‘Ole (Warner Bros., 1926) The adventures of Old Bill and his friends Bert and Alf in [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Hollywood and Smoking: A Brief History

23 July 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent PasteMagazine news »

This story is a part of our Mad Men Takeover. Season four of the series premieres on AMC this Sunday, July 25. — Hollywood has had something of a torrid affair with smoking ever since the likes of classic stars such as Bette Davis, Paul Henreid and Audrey Hepburn graced the silver screen. Celebrities like them would send puffs of smoke into the air, and they somehow made filling your lungs with grey chemicals appealing and attractive. Since then, though, the depiction of smoking in film and television has seen several boosts of support and, conversely, almost militaristic omissions from »

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Twilight love triangle casts Eclipse over Casablanca

10 July 2010 6:05 PM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

As Screaming fans descend on UK cinemas for the release of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the franchise's love triangle has been voted the best on the big screen.

A poll was carried out by TV and film subscription service LOVEFiLM to find the top triangles in film put the Twilight trio of Bella (Kristen Stewart), Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) in first place with 17 per cent of votes.

Of all the polls in all the world, Bogie and Co walk into ours with 15 per cent of the vote for their passionate performances in 1942 Hollywood classic, Casablanca.

Set against the dramatic backdrop of World War II the film starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid is arguably one of Hollywood's most defining love triangles seen on the silver screen.

From classic romance to embarrassing consequence - Bridget Jones' Diary proved a firm favourite with film fans securing 14 per cent of the vote. »

- David Bentley

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James Celebrates Peter Lorre’s Birthday With His Ten Favorite Films

26 June 2010 7:50 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Look up on that marquee. Whose name do you see? László Löwenstein! Then you shake your head and wonder, “Who is László Löwenstein?” To film audiences around the world and until the day he died, he was known as Peter Lorre, one of my favorite actors and sadly not enough people know him apart from the Looney Tunes caricature that, while pretty brilliant, doesn’t show a fraction of his acting ability.

Today is a special day because his birthday is June 26th and he would be a ripe 106 years old. So here at the Criterion Cast, I would like to share with you my top 10 Peter Lorre films that I just absolutely adore. This isn’t a definitive list, so if you have any suggestions yourself, please list them down below in the comments section.

10. The Raven (1963)/ The Comedy of Terrors (1964)

Are these great films? Not at all, to be honest. »

- James McCormick

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Boris Karloff Fans Rejoice! Image Entertainment is Finally Bringing Home Thriller!

14 May 2010 5:20 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Now this is the way we love to end a Friday. Fans of Boris Karloff and classic horror television shows have long sought after the series "Thriller". It was available on VHS way back when and of course almost every bootlegger has peddled a copy online at one point or another, but now thanks to Image Entertainment the wait and the search are officially over!

From the Press Release

For two seasons and over sixty episodes, horror icon Boris Karloff invited television audiences to enjoy captivating tales of suspense, murder, and relentless terror as host of the 1960s anthology series “Thriller.” Featuring stories from such master storytellers as Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Bloch, Cornell Woolrich and starring a galaxy of classic television stars from the 1960s and 1970s, “Thriller” was dubbed by Stephen King as “the best horror series ever put on TV.”

Now, Image Entertainment proudly announces a tribute »

- Uncle Creepy

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La grande Renoir

10 April 2010 9:19 PM, PDT | | See recent New York Post news »

You remember the scene in "Casablanca" in which Victor Lazlo (Paul Henreid) ticks off the Nazis by leading a stirring rendition of "La Marseillaise," the French national anthem. That scene was copied from one in "La Grande Illusion," Frenchman Jean Renoir's brilliant 1937 antiwar movie -- one of 22 films unreeling in a Renoir retrospective at Bam Rose Cinemas. The series was programmed by Jake Perlin and Florence Almozini, who had this to »


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