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A Viewer's Guide to Classic Movies -- what to look for, what to notice, how to enjoy!
A Viewer's Guide to Classic Movies -- what to look for, what to notice, how to enjoy!

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Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven, and The Magnificent Seven
My entry in the Classic Movie Blog Association Outlaws Blogathon Click above and read 'em all! The Seven ponder their battle plan Akira Kurosawa was one of the undisputed artistic geniuses of film. His understanding of exposition, character, and connection ...

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The Mask of Dimitrios: Mysterious, Glamorous Europe
Film Noir is one of the best-known and most popular film genres. From the mid-thirties to the mid-fifties, these suspenseful, often gritty stories of dwellers in the shadows -- the shadows thoughtfully provided by black and white photography inspired by Ger...

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KIng Creole: Was Elvis a Movie Star?
Elvis easily joins in a New Orleans street vendor's call From the beginning, rock stars have been seen as subjects for quick exploitation, which led to dozens of cheap quickie movies with little to recommend them today except the chance to glimpse some long...

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Three Godfathers The 1936 version of Three Godfathers is available on demand from TCM, It's a very different, and much grittier, take on the Peter B. Kyne story, with really terrific performances from Walter Brennan, Chester Morris, and an excellent Lewis S...
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Just in time for Halloween!

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White Zombie, 1932: What Scares Us
The unusual opening credits        Life and death, when you think about them, are still the most incomprehensible mysteries of existence; that’s why we don’t think about them if we can possibly avoid it. But of course, we can’t avoid it; but scary entertain...

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And now for something completely -- well, okay, somewhat -- different. Joan Crawford's madcap heiress actually learns something in I Live My Life

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(NOTE: This is a repost from 2016. This film will be shown on TCM  on 10/2/2018 at 6:15 A.M. EST) I Live My Life is a mid-MGM Joan Crawford vehicle that some
people love to hate; I’ve heard it called Joan’s worst movie, along with
The Bride Wore Red and I...

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Son of the Gods, 1930: Real Live Racism
Richard Barthelmess as Sam Lee I was very wrong about this movie. I first saw it many years ago, and found it, to put it bluntly, excruciating. My mistake was in understanding why I found it so. It is a film about the experience of racism; this despite the ...

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This is an unjustly neglected screwball comedy; Mae makes fun of Hollywood in a good-natured way.
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