The Heiress (1949)-tutors of cruelty!

“Yes, I can be very cruel. I have been taught by masters.”-Oscar winning here screen icon Oliva de Havilland as Catherine Sloper in the William Wyler masterpiece The Heiress (1949) on TCM this morning 2/12/17 where these tutors of cruelty were played to perfection by Sir Ralph Richardson as her insensitive father Dr. Austin Sloper who was indifferent to his daughter’s self-esteem and Montgomery Clift as her fortune hunting suitor Morris Townsend. Catch Wyler’s dynamic technique of utilizing group shots (as he also does in The Best Years of our Lives) of Catherine, Dr. Sloper, and Morris all in clear focus within the frame-you will catch more details about these characters on repeated viewings.

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Bullitt (1968)- Steve McQueen works the streets of SF in tune with Lalo Schifrin!

Recently on TMC – Steve McQueen in the Oscar winner for Film Editing as cool police detective Bullitt (1968) drives his mustang around San Francisco protecting everyone against both the mob and ambitious politicians like Chalmers (brilliantly played by Robert Vaughn) while he dates the beautiful Jacqueline Bisset all in tune to the jazzy Lalo Schifrin score. But most of all Bullitt gets away with the crime of stealing a newspaper from a vending machine at Clay and Taylor

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Louis Calhern’s contrasting roles in The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and The Magnificent Yankee (1950)!

Recently  on TCM – Versatile Oscar nominated actor Louis Calhern does an extreme transformation from being the dishonorable higher class crook Alonzo D. Emmerich who cheats on his partners in crime as a well as on his wife with screen icon Marilyn Monroe in John Houston’s The Asphalt Jungle (1950) ——to the honorable Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes loyal to his wonderful wife played by the underrated Ann Harding in The Magnificent Yankee (1950) directed by John Sturges.

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Barry Lyndon (1975)-A Stanley Kubrick Oscar winning masterpiece!

Recently on TCM-one of my all time favs-The English countryside never looked better than it did in master director Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon (1975). Oscar winning here cinematography by John Alcott shows us this beautiful world to the tunes of great classical music while the very engaging off screen narrator (Michael Hordern) tells us how ugly life was there along with a lot of low down gossip about social climber Barry Lyndon (Ryan O’Neal) and Lady Lyndon (Marisa Berenson) a high English society widow.

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Key Largo (1948)-John Huston directs Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall!

On TCM 2/13/17- By capturing the other character’s reaction to Oscar winner here Claire Trevor in Key Largo (1948) playing washed-up, boozy nightclub singer Gaye Dawn and her pathetic rendition of the torch song “Moaning Low” for a drink, master director John Huston brings out the cold lack of compassion from Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson) and the developing admiration of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall for each other.

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Stage Door (1937)-Gregory La Cava directs Katherine Hepburn, Ginger Rodgers, Lucille Ball and Andrea Leeds!

On TCM 2/25/17 -I was moved by director’s Gregory La Cava Stage Door (1937) about a boardinghouse of aspiring actresses played by screen greats Katherine Hepburn, Ginger Rodgers, Lucille Ball with the story circling around the Oscar nominated here Andrea Leeds as Kay whose expectations are not fulfilled—catch the scene when Kay silently walks up a staircase with such a look of despair –it is one of those special movie moments.

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Phantom Lady (1944) -Creative NOIR where Robert Siodmark directs Ella Raines, Elisha Cook Jr. and Franchot Tone!

A TCM perennial – Phantom Lady (1944) -Another creative NOIR filmed in German Expressionistic style directed by the great Robert Siodmark where in a plot to clear her boss of a murder charge secretary Carol “Kansas” Richman (played by the beautiful Ella Raines) entices shady drummer Cliff (played to perfection by movies most prolific murder victim: Elisha Cook Jr.). Catch Franchot Tone here like you never seen him before.

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