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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Peter Cushing in Dr. Who & The Daleks & Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965)






Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) was the first of two Doctor Who films made by Amicus Productions in the 1960s. It was followed by Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. The film features Peter Cushing as Dr. Who, Roberta Tovey as Susan, Jennie Linden as Barbara, and Roy Castle as Ian.

It is based on the second serial of the British science fiction Doctor Who television programme, The Daleks, produced by the BBC. Filmed in Technicolor, it is the first Doctor Who story to be made in colour and in a widescreen format. The television series continued to be made in black-and-white until 1969 and not in widescreen until the revival of the series in 2005.

The film was not intended to form part of the ongoing storylines of the television series. Elements from the programme were used, however, such as various characters, the Daleks and a police box time machine, albeit in re-imagined forms.
 




Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965) is a British horror film from Amicus Productions, directed by veteran horror director Freddie Francis, written by Milton Subotsky, and starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

It was the first in a series of anthology films from Amicus and was followed by Torture Garden (1967), The House That Dripped Blood (1970), Asylum (1972), Tales from the Crypt (1972), The Vault of Horror (1973), From Beyond the Grave (1973), Tales That Witness Madness (1974), which was not made by Amicus, but World Film Services, The Uncanny (1977) which also was not made by Amicus and The Monster Club (1980).

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Alla Nazimova is Salomé (1924), Camille (1921) with Valentino, SHE (1925) Betty Blythe, Cleopatra (1912) Helen Gardner




Alla Nazimova DVD

Camille (1921) Alla Nazimova, Rudolph Valentino & introducing Patsy Ruth Miller

It is one of numerous screen adaptations of the book and play La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, fils. The original play opened in Paris in 1852.

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Salomé (1923) Alla Nazimova ~ RESTORED

Salomé (1923), a silent film directed by Charles Bryant and starring Alla Nazimova, is a film adaptation of the Oscar Wilde play of the same name. The play itself is a loose retelling of the biblical story of King Herod and his execution of John the Baptist (here, as in Wilde's play, called Jokaanan) at the request of his stepdaughter, Salomé, whom he lusts after.

Salomé is often called one of the first art films to be made in the U.S. The highly stylized costumes, exaggerated acting (even for the period), minimal sets, and absence of all but the most necessary props make for a screen image much more focused on atmosphere and on conveying a sense of the characters' individual heightened desires than on conventional plot development.





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Cleopatra (1912) Helen Gardner

Cleopatra is a silent film created in 1912 by Helen Gardner and the Helen Gardner Picture Players. The film, in which Gardner stars in the title role, was based on a play written by Victorien Sardou.

In a series of elaborately staged tableaux, it depicts Cleopatra (Gardner) and her love affairs, first with handsome fisherman-slave Pharon, then with Marc Antony.

The film features lavish sets and costumes, and tinting in various hues. At just over an hour, it was considered fairly lengthy.






SHE (1925) Betty Blythe

British-German fantasy adventure film directed by Leander de Cordova and G.B. Samuelson and starring Betty Blythe, Carlyle Blackwell, Mary Odette. It was filmed in Berlin as a co-production, and based on H. Rider Haggard's novel of the same name. According to the opening credits, the intertitles were specially written for the film by Haggard himself (he died in 1925, the year the film was made).

The book has been a popular subject for filmmakers in the silent and sound eras, with at least five short film adaptations produced in 1908, 1911, 1916, 1917, and 1919 respectively.

The 1925 version was the first feature length adaptation, although it was trimmed from its original 98-minute running time down to 69 minutes for US release. It is the most faithful of the three feature-length adaptations to date and follows the action, characters and locations of the original novel closely.

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Edited for re-issue in 1930‘s - 56 minutes 40 seconds

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Stella Dallas (1925, 1937) Ronald Colman, Barbara Stanwyck, Anne Shirley & SHE (1925, 1935) Betty Blythe, Helen Gahagan, Randolph Scott



Stella Dallas (1925) Ronald Colman, Belle Bennett

One of the silent era's most popular tearjerkers, this soapy melodrama was adapted by legendary screenwriter Frances Marion for Samuel Goldwyn from the 1923 novel by Olive Higgins Prouty and Directed by Henry King. The film stars Ronald Colman, Belle Bennett, Lois Moran, Alice Joyce, Jean Hersholt, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Belle Bennett stars as Stella Dallas, a small town girl who is devastated by her father's death and quickly marries the upper class Stephen Dallas (Ronald Colman), with whom she has nothing in common. After the birth of a daughter, Laurel, the Dallases go their separate ways, Stephen returning to New York. As Laurel (Lois Moran) grows into a spirited young woman, Stella realizes that Stephen can provide their daughter countless opportunities she'll never have while living with a destitute single mother.

Stella Dallas is a 1925 American silent film that was produced by Samuel Goldwyn, adapted by Frances Marion, and directed by Henry King.
Distributed by United Artists
Release date: November 16, 1925
Running time: 110 minutes

Stella Dallas (1937) Barbara Stanwyck, Anne Shirley

American film based on the Olive Higgins Prouty novel of the same name. It was directed by King Vidor and stars Barbara Stanwyck, John Boles and Anne Shirley. Stanwyck was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Shirley for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry

Distributed by United Artists
Release date: August 6, 1937
Running time: 106 minutes

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SHE (1925) Betty Blythe

SHE is a 1925 British-German fantasy adventure film directed by Leander de Cordova and G.B. Samuelson and starring Betty Blythe, Carlyle Blackwell, Mary Odette. It was filmed in Berlin as a co-production, and based on H. Rider Haggard's novel of the same name.

According to the opening credits, the intertitles were specially written for the film by Haggard himself (he died in 1925, the year the film was made).

The book has been a popular subject for filmmakers in the silent and sound eras, with at least five short film adaptations produced in 1908, 1911, 1916, 1917, and 1919 respectively.

The 1925 version was the first feature length adaptation, although it was trimmed from its original 98-minute running time down to 56-69 minutes for U.S. release. It is the most faithful of the three feature-length adaptations to date and follows the action, characters and locations of the original novel closely.

Music and Restoration by Brian Pinette
Running time: 56 minutes

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SHE (1935) Helen Gahagan, Randolph Scott

SHE is a 1935 American film produced by Merian C. Cooper. Based on H. Rider Haggard's novel of the same name, the screenplay combines elements from all the books in the series: SHE, SHE and Allan, Ayesha: The Return of SHE and Wisdom's Daughter. The film reached a new generation of moviegoers with a 1949 re-release.

The ancient civilization of Kor is depicted in an Art Deco style with imaginative special effects. The setting is Arctic Siberia, rather than in Africa, as in the first book. The third book is set in the Himalayas.

With music by Max Steiner, the film stars Helen Gahagan, Randolph Scott and Nigel Bruce.

The title character in SHE served as the inspiration for the appearance of the Evil Queen in Walt Disney's 1937 animated Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

It was hoped that SHE would follow Cooper's previous success, King Kong. Cooper had originally intended to shoot the film in color, but budget cuts by RKO forced him to shoot the film in black and white at the last minute. However, the black and white film had disappointing results at the box office. It initially lost $180,000, although it later had a successful re-release.

In 2006, Legend Films and Ray Harryhausen colorized the film as a tribute to Cooper. The colorized trailer for SHE premiered at the 2006 Comic-Con.

SHE was considered a lost film for many years until an original print, stored in silent film star Buster Keaton's garage, was turned over to film distributor Raymond Rohauer for preservation.

Colorized: 90 minutes

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Doris Day is Julie (1956) & Natalie Wood is Penelope (1966)



Two classic film gems!

Doris Day is Julie (1956) with Louis Jordan
Thriller!

Natalie Wood is Penelope (1966)
A zany comedy.


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Friday, September 6, 2013

Lillian Gish “Scarlet Letter” (1926 & 1934) Colleen Moore



The Scarlet Letter (1926) Lillian Gish & Lars Hanson

The Scarlet Letter is a 1926 American drama film directed by Victor Sjöström. Louis B. Mayer was reluctant on using Miss Gish, fearing opposition from church groups. The film was announced as "It's a real 'A' picture", taking advantage of the 'A' for Adultery, and proved a box office failure. Prints of the film survive in the MGM/United Artists film archives and the UCLA Film and Television Archive.


The Scarlet Letter (1934) Colleen Moore

An American film directed by Robert G. Vignola.

It was shot in Salem's Pioneer Village and Sherman Oaks, California. This was the only film Colleen Moore ever said she made for the money. She was preparing to take her dollhouse on tour for charity, and saw the film as an opportunity to make a last film with friends.

Henry B. Walthall played Roger Chillingworth in both this and the 1926 silent version.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Life & Works: Richard Wagner (1913) and The Dying Swan (1917)


Life & Works: Richard Wagner (1913)

The Life and Works of Richard Wagner, directed by Carl Froehlich (aka Carl Frohlich), was originally released on 20 November 1913.
An early silent film bio-pic.

1hr 21min 34sec

The Dying Swan (1917)

"Умирающий лебедь" (Umirayushchii lebed). Yevgeni Bauer, was the most important filmmaker of the early Russian cinema, who made about eighty silent films in 5 years before the Russian Revolution of 1917.

William M. Drew wrote:

In Umirdyushchi Lyebyed he uses the moving camera for a remarkable psychological effect, tracking back from the heroine sleeping restlessly on her bed during a storm as flashes of lightning plunge the image into alternating lightness and darkness. This shot then cuts to a dream sequence in which her own death is anticipated by her encounter with a spectral figure, and she is seen in a close shot being menaced by many outstretched human hands.

When Viktor meets Gizella one day beside the lake, he takes an interest in her and begins to call on her regularly. The one passion in the life of Gizella, who is unable to speak, is dancing. When Viktor deceives her and she finds him with another woman, she moves away and begins a career as a ballerina. Later, as she is on tour performing "The Dying Swan", the artist Glinskiy attends her performance. Glinskiy, whose own obsession is to depict death in his art, becomes fascinated by Gizella, and he is determined to use her as a model for a special project.
(Russian, English subtitles)

49min 01sec

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Lillian Gish, Bette Davis, Helen Hayes ~ Arsenic and Old Lace (1969) & The Whales of August (1987)


Lillian Gish & Helen Hayes ~ Arsenic & Old Lace (1969) Bob Crane & Fred Gwynne
co-starring Billy De Wolfe, Richard Deacon, Bob Dishy, Jack Gilford, Sue Lyon, Elaine Harper & David Wayne

Aired: April 2nd, 1969 - ABC Movie of the Week
Director: Robert Scheerer
Writers: Luther Davis, Joseph Kesselring (play)

NOTE: The original aired in Color. This DVD is from a Black and White 16mm master -- 16mm screening print for advertisers, television stations, etc. It resembles the 1944 version more than one could imagine because of that. Complete, un-cut ~ perfect!

“It's hard, if not impossible, to remake a classic. Since its theatrical release in 1944 only one attempt has been made to remake Frank Capra's ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ and the fact that it came in the form of a "made for TV" movie made it seem, at first glance, even greater sacrilege.

The production is, nonetheless, first class. Bob Crane (Hogan's Heroes) just shines as the befuddled newlywed Mortimer Brewster, suddenly confronted with the fact that his gene pool was more like a fetid DNA swamp of psychotic chromosomes.

Careful updating of the original play only served to make it perhaps more appealing to contemporary audiences without detracting from the perfection of its predecessor. Casting was beyond reproach.

Who could possibly protest Lillian Gish and Helen Hayes (Academy Award Winners) as the sweet, dotty albeit homicidal aunts or Fred Gwynne (The Munsters) as the ominous brother Jonathan. This version is seldom if ever shown but if you ever get a chance to see it, do. It is an updated interpretation of the original and every bit as good.”

The Whales of August (1987)

Two of the greatest motion picture actresses of all time - Bette Davis and Lillian Gish - unite their legendary talents in this beautifully photographed, intensely emotional drama that offers "unexpected and quite marvelous rewards!" (The New York Times)

Libby (Bette Davis) and Sarah (Lillian Gish) are widowed siblings who have vacationed for half a century at a seaside cottage in Maine. Now in their eighties, the sisters have unexpectedly arrived at an impasse: While Sarah embraces change and the possibility of romance with a courtly Russian suitor (Vincent Price), the stubbornly bitter Libby rages at the inevitability of death. As the summer months wane, can Libby and Sarah rediscover the powerful bonds of memory, family and love?

Starring: Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Vincent Price, Ann Sothern
Director: Lindsay Anderson
Rating: PG Format: DVD Screen Format: Full Frame
Run Time (in minutes): 91 minutes Language: English

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