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    The Bad Sleep Well (1960)

    Fantastic noir. I would have rated it a masterpiece if the ending didn't happen the way it did. I'm also not a fan of a director having key parts of a plot happen off screen...
  2. Disclaimer: I've just recently got into the " classic", " and " film noir "genres of movies about a year and a half ago. About two years ago I got into "classic westerns", and that naturally progressed over into other classic genres after I started enquiring about them on the Sergio Leone board. I say all this to point out that I'm gonna admit I haven't seen nearly enough classic or more modern films to make my bold statement, BUT, I feel I have seen enough thus far. I know the majority will not agree and people have their own opinion on what the greatest film of all time is. Now, with that out of the way, in my PERSONAL opinion, the Greatest Movie of All Time) is The Night of the Hunter by Charles Laughton. What makes this even more stunning to me personally is the fact that the film was considered a commercial failure when it was released and discouraged Laughton from ever directing again. Its a shame but its also what makes the film even that more special. I'm gonna start with my review I posted last year on the Sergio Leone Forum and follow that up with the beginning of Roger Ebert's review of the film: My review from February 2017 Sergio Leone Forum: WHERE do i start? I guess i'm just gonna put it out there. This is the BEST movie i have ever seen. I admit, i'm still new to westerns and classic movies, which are my favorite genres ( 1970 on back), but i'm gonna go out on a limb here. This is the BEST movie i've personally, ever seen. " I first got wind of this movie by looking for something to watch on Turner Classic Movies. I recorded it after reading the description one day back early this year. I sat down and watched it, not really knowing what to expect. It started a little slow, then built up tension as it went along. By the time it got to the scene where Mitchum's character had married the widow, i knew this was gonna be special. From the moment he married her, all the way to the end, this picture had me terrified. I was left speechless. Everything about this movie. The plot. The acting. The direction. The cinematography. The musical score. EVERYTHING was just top notch. I read numerous reviews of the movie after watching it, and one of them stood out. The reviewer said what i said about the film. It was if " i had lived this movie before". The boogeyman was a character, that in this case, was a very believable boogeyman. The acting of Mitchum. I KNEW he wasn't acting. That character is HIM. I later read that Mitchum always said he wasn't acting in his movies, that he was just being himself. The cinematograpy. The music, the direction, the plot, i could go on for days. The movie was kinda surreal. Its a BEAUTIFUL movie. Its to me, what Orson Welles was always trying to accomplish, but Charles Laughton pulled it off in ONE movie. Its a shame that Laughton never got the praise he should've for this movie. The good thing is this movie is now a cult favorite and gets high praise from directors like Scorsese, Lee and others. You can see the influence of this movie in a ton of movies made today. I don't give these out too often, but this gets my two thumbs up rating of a perfect 10 out of 10..." Roger Ebert review November 1996 Charles Laughton's "The Night of the Hunter” (1955) is one of the greatest of all American films, but has never received the attention it deserves because of its lack of the proper trappings. Many “great movies” are by great directors, but Laughton directed only this one film, which was a critical and commercial failure long overshadowed by his acting career. Many great movies use actors who come draped in respectability and prestige, but Robert Mitchum has always been a raffish outsider. And many great movies are realistic, but “Night of the Hunter” is an expressionistic oddity, telling its chilling story through visual fantasy. People don't know how to categorize it, so they leave it off their lists.
  3. Here is a list i compiled sometime last year. The only change i made is i entered " The Great Silence " into my list and it immediately became #1 on my list. (disclaimers) I intentionally left off westerns made after 1970. High Plains drifter, Unforgiven and a few others i really like). 1. The Great Silence. Just edges out OUTITW. The rawness and the ending are what give it the edge. 2. Once Upon a Time in the West. One of the all time best movies across any genre. 3. The Oxbow Incident. Another masterpiece. Subject matter keeps this movie low profile. 4. My Darling Clementine. A movie i didn't particularly care about at first. Then i watched it a second time. A masterpiece. 5. High Noon. The simplicity of the plot. The tension. The cinematography. The music. My favorite Gary Cooper performance. 6. For A Few Dollars More. Captain Mortimer. Indio. My favorite of the 3 Eastwood sphagetti's made with Leone. 7. The Wild Bunch. The realism of the action in this movie seperates it from every western ever made. 8. 3:10 to Yuma. (1957). My favorite performances from Van Heflin and Glenn Ford. A excellent plot and cinematography make this a masterpiece. 9. Red River. The cattle drive. John Wayne. Walter Brennan. Montgomery Cliff. The cinematography. Another masterpiece. 10. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. I love the different moral lessons touched upon in this movie. Great performances from Wayne, Stewart, Strode and Marvin. 11. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly. Great western. Great performances. Felt it was too long and had some implausible moments. 12. The Westerner. Walter Brennan as a bad heavy was impressive in this one. I loved Cooper in this also. Great ending. 13. Stagecoach. A masterpiece. What else needs to be said? 14. Rawhide. A greatly underrated western. Probably the best western that shows how the old stagecoach stages worked. My favorite Jack Elam western. Very well done. 15. Death Rides a Horse. This is the best non Leone sphagetti western i have seen thus far. Its the closest to what he did. The tone and everything matched up. If Eastwood had played the part that John Phillip Law did, I'm certain this would have been considered a greater film than it already is. 16. The Gunfighter. My favorite Gregory Peck film. I love simple plots. Another great tension film. 17. The Big Gundown. I didn't particularly like Tuco in GBU, but if Eli Wallach had played Tomia's part ( I like Milan though), this one would have been a more well known western). 18. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. If not for the 3rd wheel romance that i felt bogged the middle of the movie down, this could've been a top 10 western. 19. Ride the High Country. I may be rating this lower on my list than i should. This is the ONLY Randolph Scott western i like. Joel McCrea was good here too. 20. The Big Country. Peck, Ives, Connors, Heston. This was a epic western that was pretty good. Honorable Mention: The Fastest Gun Alive. A plot very similar to The Gunfighter. A great western. A Fist Full of Dollars. Leone was learning with this one. Still a great movie. Barquero. This movie might need to be higher on my list. One of Warren Oate's best films. Reminds me of High Plains Drifter. The Professionals. This movie might need to be higher on my list. Winchester 73. A very well done western. One of the two westerns i like that Stewart made. Gunman's walk. I liked this western. Another underrated one. The Man from Laramie. Very good western by stewart. Yellow Sky. ( haven't finished watching this one, but it has signs of maybe pushing into my top 20). Sabatha. Take the Wild West West stuff out of this film and replace it with a more straight forward tone and this would've been a great Van Cleef film. The Baron of Arizona. Saw the last few scenes. I know this will be higher once i get to review the whole film.
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    The Great Silence (1968)

    Where do I begin? For years I looked upon Sergio Leone and his westerns as the top of not only the sphagetti western genre but the western genre as a whole. Over at the Sergio Leone Forum and the Sphagetti Western Database I kept seeing mention of a film called " Il Grande Silencio ", " The Great Silence". I knew I had to see this film but it was out of print, at least in the U.S. There were some International versions floating around but at the time I wasn't into subtitles. I finally found a rough copy on Youtube and gave it a watch and then finally watched a proper restoration from Film Movement on Blu Ray. The film opens with a Lone Rider on horseback struggling thru a massive snow fall on a mountain. Its a long shot and sets you up for what comes next. What comes next is the most gritty, violent, in your face Western ever created. Sergio Leone was two six shooters from the hip. THIS is a gatling gun by director Sergio Corbucci thats on full auto... There are homages to earlier westerns by Leone and American westerns but this sphagetti is served overloaded with hot sauce. A family western this is NOT. French actor Jean Louis Trintignant plays " Silence" , a bounty hunter who cannot speak and whose calling card is provoking his targets to draw first so that his actions are always in self defense. Klaus Klinski plays " Loco" , also known as " Tigrero" depending on what version of the film you are viewing. Loco is a bounty hunter with a dead or alive missive but prefers the former. Klinski has never been more vile than here and I feel its his best work. The plot centers around a community named Snow Hill in Utah thats pretty much starving and stranded because of a massive blizzard that hit the area. The people resort to stealing in order to eat. Local banker Pollicutt (Luigi Pistilli) takes advantage of the situation by placing bounties on them which attracts Loco to the area. One of the bounties collected by Loco is the husband of Pauline ( Vonetta McGee). Very distraught about the situation and faced with the prospect of losing her home, Pauline ( who has heard about Silence), tracks him down and hires him to take on Loco. While this is going on the governor of Utah hires sheriff Gideon Burnett," Corbett " in Italian ( Frank Wolff) to come to Snow Hill and restore order. Silence receives the message from Pauline and arrives at Snow Hill. What follows is in my opinion, the greatest western ever filmed. Director Sergio Corbucci, weary of a uneven career up to that point and influenced by the political events of the day, decided to make his masterpiece. Taking inspiration from Andre De Toths " Day of the Outlaw" and John Ford's " Cheyenne Autumn" Corbucci decided to change up the normal western and make his in a snow blizzard. To help achieve this Corbucci filmed some of the scenes on location in the Italian Dolomites. The final piece was bringing in the great Ennio Morricone ( who Corbucci had already done work with) to compose the score for the film. The score ranks as good if not better than anything Morricone did for the Leone Films he scored. Upon initial release the film didn't do well in Italy because of its rating due to the violence. It performed well in Germany and France but was never released in the United States by its distributor 20th Century Fox because studio head Darryl Zanuck was shocked by it and refused to release it (reports say he actually swallowed his cigar while watching it). Several releases over the years never gave the film its proper due until Film Movement acquired the distribution rights for the film in the United States and did a proper, gorgeous 2k restoration of the film. Any lover of Westerns has to have this in their collection. I rate it a perfect 10 out of 10...
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    The Great Silence (1968)

    I've seen Villa Rides ( Yul Brenner). Thats pretty good. Red Sun and Pancho Villa look interesting. WHAT is Alain Delon doing in Red Sun? lol
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    The Great Silence (1968)

    I've seen A Bullet for the General, Face to Face, and Barquero. I liked Face to Face and Barquero. I will look into the others. Barquero was actually pretty good and I feel its underrated. Its a American western though from what I remember about it...
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    The Great Silence (1968)

    Like I said in my post, I feel its the greatest western ever made. Before I saw it I felt the best was Once Upon A Time in the West, Leone's final western masterpiece. After I saw The Great Silence, I changed my mind and gave it the edge. Sergio Corbucci created a masterpiece here thats unrivaled in its gritty rawness. Film Movement has a excellent restoration of the film that can be purchased either from their website or other online retailers including Amazon. As far as other sphagetti westerns go, Django by Sergio Corbucci is pretty good. The other sphagetti westerns I like are a few of the Lee Van Cleef films: Death Rides a Horse, The Big Gun Down, Day of Anger and The Grand Duel. I feel the rest of the sphagetti western in general are too over the top. Sabata is OK. Its another Van Cleef sphagetti western but ventures into being over the top. I saw the original of a series called the " Sartana" series, featuring the character Sartana, played by Gianna Garko ( that you mentioned). Its OK but is a blatant redoing of the 3 Leone westerns with Eastwood. The rest of the series goes into the over the top stuff that most of the sphagetti westerns are known for. You might like it though, its a subjective thing.
  8. This film has kind of a cult following because its underrated. The film is directed by and stars Allen Baron as hit man Frank Bono. For anyone familiar with the roles played by French Actor Lino Ventura, think of Bono as one of Lino's gangster characters, but with baggage which effects how he goes about business. Bono wants to do one last job and is hired to knock off numbers man Troiano ( Peter Clume). Bono tracks down one of his contacts named Big Ralph ( Larry Tucker) who is a gun supplier. Big Ralph plays prominently in the plot. I'm gonna leave it there because the plot is short and straight to the point. With a run time of only 77 minutes the plot wastes very little time doing what it does. The film features ASTOUNDING images of New York during the holidays. The camera techniques used are fabulous but I had a problem with the photography. Some scenes came off as flat while others were more crisp. I don't know if it was filmed that way or a result of film restoration problems. The film IS a low budget affair so take that with a grain of salt. Its a minor issue during some scenes at the beginning. The film features a ton of narration by Lionel Stander which gave it a early noir feel. The music score was by Meyer Kupferman which featured some very nice Jazz pieces. Its a very good film. Bono never got a chance to direct a feature again and was relegated to directing tv episodes like Charlies Angels, etc. I rate this film a solid 9 out of 10. I felt the film actually could have been about 15 to 20 minutes longer. I'm knocking half a point for the shorter time of the film. The film can be purchased from Criterion.
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    Blast of Silence (1961)

    Thats a GOOD error...😄 I've got to research this. In the research I did for Blast of Silence, EVERY article I found said that it was his only feature film. Thank for posting... Late Edit: Looks like a good movie. I can't find a copy of it...
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    Blast of Silence (1961)

    I made a error in my post. I should have said that Baron never got a chance to direct again. I said the name of his character " Bono " never got a chance to direct again. Its a shame because this is a HIGHLY underrated and under radar film...
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    Bob Le Flambeur (1956)

    WHAT a film! My journey into foreign English subtitled films has lead me to Bob Le Flambeur. Lets get right to it. Bob ( Roger Duchesne) a former robber has gone straight for 20 years and is living as a gambler in the Paris district of Montmartre. Bob is living a lo key life but still garners the respect of the people who know of his past. One day he meets Anne ( Isabelle Corey) a drifter who Bob decides to rescue from a pimp he doesnt like name Marc. He does this by letting her stay at his flat and introduces her to his young protege Paolo ( Daniel Cauchy). Bob goes on a string of bad luck with his gambling and is made aware of a big heist that can be had at a casino named the Deauville by his safecracking friend Roger ( Andre' Garet). From here the plot takes off and goes off in a myriad of directions that keep you FULLY engaged. To avoid spoilers I will leave it at that. The film is directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. It was his fourth film and is known as being the precursor to the french New Wave film techniques. The film is soo influential that two versions of the American film Ocean's Eleven were influenced by it. The cinematography for the film was done by Henri Decae whose wartime military filming of documentary shorts helped influence the French New Wave style. The on scene shots are just fabulous. The gorgeous soundtrack is by Eddie Barclay and Jo Boyer. This is a great heist film and I'm gonna give it my rare perfect 10 out of 10. Its only my 6th film that I've given this to so far. I'm getting a better perspective now of classic films and noirs in particular and I will be revising some ratings of other films. This is a MUST have for your film library...
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    The Last Laugh (1924)

    A masterpiece by F.W. Murnau. The film stars Emil Jannings as a unnamed hotel doorman at the luxurious Atlantic Hotel in Germany. Maly Delschaft plays his unnamed niece. Max Hiller played her unnamed Bridesgroom. The doorman takes great pride in his job. One day he is demoted by his manager (who thinks he is getting too old to represent the hotel ) to wash room attendant. Its a very simple but powerful plot that I will leave right there. I saw a rough copy on Youtube. Kino Lorber has a restored version. The camerawork and lighting is just fantastic even in this rough copy. Karl Freund ( Metropolis) is the cinematographer. His innovation of the unchained camera technique is used here. Another fascinating part of the production by Murnau is the lack of intertitles. Its a effect which really heightened the mastery of the acting and production of the film. The original scoring of the film is by Giuseppe Becce. Its very powerful. On the Kino restoration you have the choice of the original score or a new score by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra. I have heard snippets of the new score but prefer the original. ( Late edit) There are HD versions of the film floating around on Youtube with the new score. This is a very powerful film and it paved the way for the bigger productions that Murnau was able to do later. Its a masterpiece and I rate it a solid 10 out of 10...
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    Branded to Kill (1967)

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    Branded to Kill (1967)

    I know this is foreign language but I like putting the gangster films into this category. This is my FIRST Japanese film and my first Yakuza film. I had a feeling this was gonna be gritty and it didn't disappoint in that area. My experience with the French gangster/noir films lead me to believe the Yakuza films would be gritter than the American films also. Branded to Kill is a hitman film directed by Seijun Suzuki ( more on him later) with Joe Shishido starring as the hitman Goro Hanada. The hitmen in Japan have a ranking system. Hanado is ranked 4. Isao Tamagawa plays Michihiko Yabura, the Yakuza boss who hires Hanado to escort a client to a destination. Hanado is joined by cab driver Gihei Kasuga ( Hiroshi Minami) who himself was a former hitman but lost his nerve on a mission and took to drinking. He is trying to redeem himself with this mission. The plot thens goes off in a few different directions which I will not divulge to afford spoilers. I will say that the plot involves some well, DIFFERENT plot devices which can leave you confused. Remember I said this was directed by Seijun Suzuki? Suzuki was a contract director hired to make this film for Nikkatsu ( which I found out is the oldest Japanese film studio.) Nikkatsu already had experience with Suzuki and found him to be eccentric and ordered him to make a straight gangster film. Suzuki did the opposite and literally got fired for making the film which resulted in him later suing Nikkatsu and winning but was blacklisted in Japan for a while by the film industry. Among the many things Suzuki employed in the film was a extensive use of Jump Cuts. If you are not paying attention you can lose track of whats going on. This is the first film that I can look at and say that I agree with the studio for firing him.........THEN, at the same time I say they are wrong because the film is a masterpiece. Its garbage and a masterpiece at the same time, if thats possible, lol. Suzuki doesn't use storyboards and impliments most of his script ideas on the fly during filming. He also encourages input from others. It shows because the film looks like two or three different films meshed together. The thing is, after a initial theatrical release in which the film bombed, big time, its now considered a cult classic and a masterpiece, influencing such directors as Quentin Tarantino and Jim Jarmusch. I agree that its a masterpiece and is a must watch for fans of gangster films. I rank it a shaky 9.5 out of 10... It can be purchased from Criterion. I screened it on Amazon Prime.
  15. Ingmar Bergman explores horrific situations in this film set in medieval Sweden. Tore ( Max von Sydow) has a farm up in the mountains where he resides with his wife Mareta (Birgetta Valberg), daughter Karin ( Birgetta Pettersson), maid Ingeri ( Gunnel Lindblom) and his farm workers. The plot revolves around Tore sending his daughter into town to deliver some candles to the church. This sets off a horrific chain of events that got the film censored in the United States when it was initially released. The plot centers around questions of faith. The film itself features gorgeous cinematography by Sven Nykvist. Its a major standout of the film. The music score is by Erik Nordgren. Bergman read about the legend of Per Tore and initally wanted to turn the source material into a play or Opera with the Royal Swedish Opera. He later decided the film would be the best format for the material. To accomplish it and give the film more historical accuracy for its medieval time period, Bergman hired novelist Ulla Isaakson to write the screenplay. The film won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The film is a remarkable piece of work. I rate it a solid 9.5 out of 10. It can be purchased from Criterion.
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    Name your top 20 Westerns of All Time

    I will have to redo my list and move Shane up around number 17 on my list.
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    Recently Watched Westerns

    Very underrated western in my opinion.
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    Sunrise. A Song of Two Humans (1927)

    She has a few films that I wanna see now after watching her in this performance. I will post reviews when I screen them.
  19. This is my first F.W. Murnau film. I had great expectations and the film didn't let me down. It stars Janet Gaynor ( The wife), George O'Brien ( The Man), Bodil Rosing ( The Maid) and Margaret Livingston ( The Woman from the City). Very simple but engaging plot. The man owns a farm where he resides with his wife, child and his maid. A woman from the city sees him and his wife one day and decides to flirt with him. He takes the bait and starts seeing the woman. He falls for her and she wants him to leave his wife. The plot then takes a ugly turn. ( not gonna spoil it). Its a beautiful film made even better by the moral situations presented therein. The acting by Gaynor in particular is first rate. The cinematography and music score are fantastic. Cinematography is by Charles Rosher and Karl Struss). Struss also did Limelight for Chaplin which was another fantastic work of art. Hugo Riesenfeld and Erno Rapee scored the film. Another stand out is the sets. Murnau forced Fox to spend big money on the sets and it paid off. I THOUGHT for a minute that the film was in San Francisco. Thats how great a job they did with this. The film holds up and meets its reputation as one of the greatest films ever made. I rate it a perfect 10 out of 10...
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    La Haine (1995)

    Vincent Cassell ( Vinz), Hubert Kounde', and Said Taghmaoui ( Said) are three youths in their early 20s living in a French banlieue ( housing project) in the suburbs of Paris. Based on real life events, the film follows 24 hours in the lives of the three youths. The film is about class struggles in modern France and Paris in particular. The film opens with real footage of French riots from the early 90s time period. Abdel (Abdel Ahmed Ghili) a friend of the three youths has been beaten by the police and is hospitalized in critical condition. Vinz wants to seek revenge but Hubert tries to talk sense into him through out the film. Said is more concerned with chasing women but goes along with his friends. During the riots, one of the police officers loses his weapon. Vinz finds it and threatens throughout the film to use it but is thwarted by Hubert. I'm not gonna go further with the plot because of spoilers. One of the main draws to the film is the on location filming in a actual banlieue in Paris. Due to the controversial subject matter only the suburb of Chanteloupe-les-Vignes allowed the director (Matthieu Kassovitz) to film on location. The soundtrack features contemporary and classic hip hop, soul and funk music which is another standout of the film. The performances of the three lead characters was also exceptional in this film. The choice by the director to film in black and white adds a beautiful classic look and feel to the film and enhances the timeless philosophy that is being expounded upon in the film. I would be remiss to not mention the fabulous camera techniques used by the director. Pierre Aim was the cinematographer here. This is a great production. I felt the plot dragged in some areas, but if you stick with it the film will draw you back in when it wanders. I give the film a solid 9.5 out of 10... ( I saw this on Amazon Prime)
  21. I've always been a big fan of the musician Prince. I knew back in the 80s that he was a classic movie buff but I never made the connection between him and Chaplin until I saw Limelight and this film. Prince ( and Michael Jackson) practically "copped" Chaplin's whole style, look, and persona. It got past me until I got into Chaplin. Everything from his clothing, dancing and his comedy. I mean EVERYTHING about Chaplin, Prince and Michael took and added it into their styles. Its soo blatant that Prince essentially REMADE Monsieur Verdoux as the 1986 film " Under the Cherry Moon." I wondered back then about WHERE he got that plot and French setting from. In UTCM Prince plays a French Gigolo ( sound familiar?) with a comedic sidekick played by Jerome Benton ( a member of several of Prince's bands.) Prince changed it up a little though. He falls in love with heiress Mary Sharon ( Kristin Scott Thomas). The ending of UTCM is his version of the ending of Limelight. What tipped me off ( I was on the trail while watching City Lights) was a dancing scene in Limelight. The Danseur Andre Eglevsky did a dance sequence and he made a move that I for YEARS wondered where Prince got the inspiration for. I saw that move, lol. THAT tipped me off to where Prince copped some of his dancing, styles, etc. from. Its from Chaplin. Prince even has a video called " The One" in which the first part is his version of "The Tramp" character calling on a love interest. A modified version of this character is shown over the years in various Prince videos. Michael Jackson has never hid his affinity for Chaplin. He has numerous projects and dances that are clearly directed at Chaplin. Prince performing on Ophrah Winfrey Show: Andre in Limelight: Chaplin in limelight: Prince in Under The Cherry Moon: Michael Jackson:
  22. This is my first Ingmar Bergman film. I've had it on my screening list for a while. Swedish director Victor Sjöström plays 78 year old Professor Isak Borg. He has been awarded the degree of Doctor Jubilaris after a 50 year career as a physician. Currently residing in Stockholm, the plot revolves around his long car journey from there to Lund where the ceremony is being held to honor him. During the course of the journey the apparently cold charactered Borg has a chance to reflect on his childhood and young adult years. His daughter in law and characters he meets in route trigger different memories he had. I had mixed feelings about the film. First. I didn't like the flashback aspect of the plot. Borg's memories of his past were brought back thru dreams. I didn't like the philosophy that was touched on in these sequences either. It didn't make sense. Next, the main gist of the plot is his supposedly hard, cold character. I felt this wasn't built up anywhere but in dialogue from his daughter in law. For this reason the film didn't connect to me at the end when his character changed. I would have ditched the dream sequences and built up his character in real time. Another problem I had ( and I learned this is true with most of Bergman's films) is the serious tone of the majority of the characters. Seems like everybody had some deep issue that was troubling them. This issue was balanced out somewhat by the trio of young people that Borg let accompany him on his trip, but a lot of people will find it bothersome nevertheless. One of the highlights of the film is these three people played by Bibi Andersson, Folke Sundquist and Bjorn Bjelfvenstam. I said I had mixed feelings about the film. What I did love was the cinematography. This is a gorgeous film. Gunnar Fischer did excellent work here. The on location filming in Stockholm was gorgeous. Even the scenes filmed on the studio lot were gorgeous. Everything was deep and crisp. The lighting and shadows were beautiful. This alone makes the film worth viewing. My final score for the film is 7.5 out of 10...
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    Limelight (1952)

    Another masterpiece from Chaplin. Most of you already know this film is considered a very personal drama and has autobiographical elements. Filmed later in Chaplin's career, it features Chaplin as past his prime Calvero, a stage clown. One day Calvero comes home to his boarding house and saves a neighbor named Terry ( Claire Bloom in her first major film role) from suicide. He takes her to his room with the assistance of a doctor he called. He nurses her back to health and finds out she is a ballerina with her own personal problems. They develop a friendship and Terry falls in love with Calvero albeit against his wishes due to a vast age difference. The film is just marvelous. Chaplin again directs, produces and helps score the film. Karl Struss did the wonderful cinematography. Due to problems going on in Chaplins life at the time of production of the film it was heavily boycotted in the United States upon initial release. The film was re-released in 1972 and the music score won a Oscar for Best Dramatic Score. Even THAT was controversial because it has come to light that Larry Russell ( who was awarded the Oscar along with Chaplin) had nothing to do with the film but that it was really Russell Garcia who had scored the film with Chaplin's assistance. Nevertheless, Garcia and Chaplin created a fantastic score for the film. Another major point about the film is the extended "Cameo" appearance by Buster Keaton. As fans know its the ONLY time that both Chaplin and Keaton were both featured in the same film. There was controversy about this appearance that was later refuted by people who knew Keaton. He and Chaplin perform a marvelous stage routine toward the end of the film that is just fantastic. I rate this as another masterpiece from Chaplin and give it a 10 out of 10...
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    The Circus (1928)

    Even when he is off mark, Chaplin is STILL the best. From Wikipedia: "The Circus is a 1928 silent film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin. The film stars Chaplin, Al Ernest Garcia, Merna Kennedy, Harry Crocker, George Davis and Henry Bergman. The ringmaster of an impoverished circus hires Chaplin's Little Tramp as a clown, but discovers that he can only be funny unintentionally." I found the film, though not as mesmerizing as The Kid, City Lights or The Gold Rush, STILL a worthy addition to the Chaplin collection. There was a lot of real life unfortunate distractions surrounding Chaplin when he made this, so that possibly carried over into the production of this film. Its still a great film and I rank it at a solid 9 out of 10...

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