Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood is the perfect docu to introduce people to the way film and world history are intertwined... and also to generate interest in older movies and classic cinema. Instead of a story about the making of movies, it's about a fascinating group of filmmakers forced to abandon
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
The Warner Archive Collection has been kind to fans of early talkies. We've been able to discover dramatic actresses like Jeanne Eagels
Christmas In Connecticut screens this Saturday morning, December 5th at 10:30am at The Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117) as part of their Classic Film Series.
In Christmas In Connecticut (1945) Barbara Stanwyck stars as a magazine columnist who writes about life on her farm house when in fact she lives in a NY apartment. She must come up with a plan when she learns that her publisher and a war hero will spend Christmas with her. Christmas In Connecticut is an entertaining little screwball comedy, thanks mostly to its fine cast. In a big departure from her previous role as a femme fatale in Double Indemnity, Stanwyck displays a nice comedic flair. Dennis Morgan is smooth as the affable war hero while Sidney Greenstreet is well cast as the publisher. However, S.Z. Sakall steals the film as a
Warner Bros. had originally planned to make a sequel entitled Brazzaville shortly after Casablanca's release, where it was revealed that Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Captain Renault (Claude Rains) were actually secret Allied agents. The project never moved forward. Now, Peter Koch, the son of Casablanca writer Howard Koch, is working on a new version that centers on the child of Rick and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), set 20 years after the original film. Here's what the producer had to say about this follow-up's story.
"After leaving Casablanca for America, Ilsa learned she was pregnant. She gave birth
Yet the shot that remains closest to my heart is the one that lingers on the face of Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), as she becomes hopelessly lost in the evocative notes and lyrics of a song from her past. No actress embodies earthy sensuality and misty-eyed passion quite like Bergman, who was at the peak of her luminous beauty at age 26. Her trancelike state of nostalgic longing never fails to mesmerize me, as her eyes convey what words could only feebly articulate.
Blu-ray Rating: 5.0/5.0
Unlike other landmarks of cinema history, “Casablanca
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