La grande illusion/The great Illusion (1937)
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A film by Otto Preminger, starring Dana Andrews as police detective, who falls in love with the woman whose murder he’s investigating, Laura, played by gorgeous Gene Tierney.
Detective Mark McPherson investigates the killing of Laura, found dead on her apartment floor before the movie starts. McPherson builds a mental picture of the dead girl from the suspects whom he interviews. He is helped by the striking painting of the late lamented Laura hanging on her apartment wall. But who would have wanted to kill a girl with whom every man she met seemed to fall in love? To make matters worse, McPherson finds himself falling under her spell too. Then one night, halfway through his investigations, something seriously bizarre happens to make him re-think the whole case.
A fantastic film, and a very important one, based on the story of Carl Foreman (who’s screenplay was nominated for an Oscar). Actors and and real veterans portray men/soldiers, who were injured during war. Everyone especially Marlon Brando, who plays Ken and is paralyzed below the waist, gave a superb performance.
I could quote the whole film, there are just so many good moments! They know they will never walk again, but that doesn’t hold them from living their lives. They joke around with the doctors, with the nursers and make fun of each other. Of course there are also the sad and depressing moments, i.e. when they realize they will never have children, or their wives want to get divorced, they stop loving themselves and hate the fact they need help from others. I’d say “The Men” is a classic everyone can watch, even if it’s just to see Marlon Brando (who allegedly lay in a bed in a veterans’ hospital for a month to to prepare for his role as paraplegic) at the beginning of his wonderful career.
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During the Nazi occupation of Rome, the resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi aka Luigi Ferrari (Marcello Pagliero) is chased by the Gestapo. His friend Francesco (Francesco Grandjacquet), who is going to marry the widow Pina (Anna Magnani), together with the priest Don Pietro Pellegrini (Aldo Frabrizi) help him to get a new identity and leave Rome. However, Manfredi is betrayed by his lover Marina Mari (Maria Michi) and arrested by the Germans.
“Roma, Città Aperta” is among the best movies of the cinema history, a milestone of the Italian Neo-Realism and was filmed by Roberto Rossellini when the economical and social structure of Italy was completely destroyed due to the World War II. Rossellini did not have money even to buy the negatives, which were given by his friends. He used ordinary people and real locations to shot the film, making a very authentic and realistic movie as if it were a documentary.
A movie everyone interested in film should watch. It’s not only a classic because of the great story, a lyrical masterpiece (Lamberto Maggiorani and Enzo Staiola play a father and son, who search for his stolen bicycle vital for his job) but also because of Vittorio De Sica, who directed every scene with a beautiful sense of control and balance. It’s unbelievable that this movie was only nominated for one Oscar (screenplay) and then didn’t even win. De Sica’s career is most impressive, being involved in nealy 200 films, 165 of them as an actor. This film remains one of his greatest achievements. Italian cinema at it’s best.
A poor young father in postwar-ravaged Rome who finally finds work putting up Rita Hayworth posters around town, only to have his precious bicycle stolen the first day on the job. Now the father and his young son chase after the thief.
Charlie Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill in “City Lights” (1931)
Won 4 Oscars
A film directed by Charles Laughton adapted from a novel written by Davis Grubb. Starring Robert Mitchum (who’s amazing/ scary/ funny), Shelley Winters and Lillian Gish. This is not just a great horror movie, but an artist achievement, from the opening scene of the beautiful Lillian Gish and her children, watching over the world in a starry sky, the camera takes us down in one sweeping move to a scene of children playing on a hot sunny day, right to the feet of a murder victim, or the river scene, moments of pure visual splendor. The soundtrack is just as mesmerizing.
Harry Powell marries and murders widows for their money, believing he is helping God do away with women who arouse men’s carnal instincts. Arrested for auto theft, he shares a cell with condemned killer Ben Harper and tries to get him to reveal the whereabouts of the $10,000 he stole. FULL
A touching story directed by Delbert Mann about two people in New York who have almost resigned themselves to never being truly loved. Starring Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair and Esther Minciotti. Marty (Borgnine) is a 34-year-old butcher whose Italian family is constantly after him to get married. He meets plain-looking schoolteacher Clara. Both are lonely, unglamorous people who are looking for true love, but can’t seem to find it - until they meet each other.
Won 4 Oscars (Best Picture, Director, Writing and actor-Ernest Borgnine)
This masterpiece is directed and written by Luis Buñuel and the great Salvador Dalí.
In a dream-like sequence, a woman’s eye is slit open—juxtaposed with a similarly shaped cloud obsucuring the moon moving in the same direction as the knife through the eye—to grab the audience’s attention. The French phrase “ants in the palms,” (which means that someone is “itching” to kill) is shown literally. A man pulls a piano along with the tablets of the Ten Commandments and a dead donkey towards the woman he’s itching to kill. A shot of differently striped objects is repeatedly used to connect scenes.
An Orson Welles film starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten and Dorothy Comingore. What can you say about the cinematography and direction and acting, that hasn’t already been said? The lighting, the camera angles, the new visual techniques and trick photography used for the first time in an American movie to great effect. Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz won an Oscar for best writing. See it for what it is: a fantastic piece of story-telling firstly, only then can you see its greatness.
A group of reporters who are trying to decipher the last word ever spoke by Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire newspaper tycoon: “Rosebud.” The film begins with a news reel detailing Kane’s life for the masses, and then from there, we are shown flashbacks from Kane’s life. As the reporters investigate further, the viewers see a display of a fascinating man’s rise to fame, and how he eventually fell off the “top of the world.”
Esther Blodgett is just another starry-eyed farm kid trying to break into the movies. Waitressing at a Hollywood party, she catches the eye of alcoholic star Norman Maine, is given a test, and is caught up in the Hollywood glamor machine (ruthlessly satirized). She and her idol Norman marry; but his career abruptly dwindles to nothing. With Janet Gaynor, Fredric March and Adolphe Menjou. William A. Wellman directed this film and won an Oscar for best writing.