Jump to content

 
Search In
  • More options...
Find results that contain...
Find results in...
TopBilled

Classic Film Criticism

Recommended Posts

 

read-16x16.gif Re: Classic Film Criticism

Posted: Jun 4, 2012 12:04 PM up-10x10.gifhttp://forums.tcm.com/message.jspa?messageID=8646079#8646079|in response to: TopBilled in response to: [TopBilled|http://forums.tcm.com/message.jspa?messageID=8646079#8646079|Go to message]

 

warn-16x16.gif[TopBilled|http://forums.tcm.com/abuse%21default.jspa?messageID=8646270|Click to report abuse...] reply-16x16.gif[TopBilled|http://forums.tcm.com/post%21reply.jspa?messageID=8646270|Click to reply to this thread]

 

hitchparadine.jpg

*THE PARADINE CASE (1948)*

 

From Agee on February 14, 1948:

 

Hitchcock uses a lot of skill over a lot of nothing. Some very experienced work by Laughton and Leo G. Carroll; better work by Ann Todd and Joan Tetzel, who is at moments very beautiful. Valli is something to look at, too. The picture never for an instant comes to life.

 

 

 

Quarreling with Agee would seem to be futile, since he's mostly right, but I have to disagree on one point: Ethel Barrymore's plaintive performance (and that in itself is no mean feat, Miss B. being plaintive) went straight to my heart. That horrible man she was married to ... her "Tommy" ... ought to have been shot dead. The picture finally did come to life for me with Laughton and Miss B.

 

Her acting the part of this beaten-down woman struck me as even more amazing when I realized what a very strong person she was herself. My favorite story about her is when she was being photographed with her brothers during the making of the only movie they appeared in together, "Rasputin and the Empress," I think it was. As he was composing the picture, the photographer said to John B., "Tell your sister something," and Jack said, "TELL her something? I'll ASK her something, if you want."

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I saw "The Parradine Case" a couple of years ago. The only things I remember about it are a lovely young Louis Jourdan . . . and a lackluster story.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

Re: Classic Film Criticism

Posted: Oct 2, 2012 12:06 PM

 

images-1124.jpg

*THE UNINVITED (1944)*

 

From Agee on March 11, 1944:

 

Through an adroit counterpointing, syncopating and cumulation of the natural and the supernatural, the filmmakers turn a mediocre story and a lot of shabby clichés into an unusually good scare picture. It seems to me harder to get a fright than a laugh, and I experienced thirty-five first-class jolts, not to mention a well-calculated texture of minor frissons.

 

 

 

Agee is right on the money in this review. I was propelled out of my seat over and over when I first saw this movie, back in the days when we sat in the dark and watched them on the big screen. I remember the audience going crazy with fear at the doors flying open in one scene. The days when that could happen in a movie are, I think, long gone. We REALLY enjoyed them. I still watch it now and then on the ancient tape I bought years ago. It still holds up and scares me almost as much. The music is so gorgeous it's hard to remember it's a ghost story except in the nursery scene. It's hard to remember too that there was a time when there was no "Stella By Starlight" in the standard repertoire.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree. THE UNINVITED is one of my favorites from its era. If only half today's horror-supernatural films were made as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree. THE UNINVITED is one of my favorites from its era. If only half today's horror-supernatural films were made as well.

 

 

The big thing about it was that this was the first actual ghost story we'd seen, at least that I knew of. It didn't turn out to be a dream, or a trick played by somebody on somebody else. It was a genuine malevolent GHOST.

 

I got a kick out of seeing Cornelia Otis Skinner playing the loony head of the "institution." She wrote such funny books that it was hard to see her being grim. We loved her humorous stuff in those days.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

> {quote:title=dpompper wrote:}{quote}I tried "Children of Paradise" once -- about 8 years ago. I know it's very highly esteemed by many. Generally, I enjoy French films. This one, though, I just don't get it. *What is it that has eluded me??*

 

Assuming that you are a straight female, probably Arletty's irresistible charms.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

does the milland hallucination in lost weekend of the bat eating the mouse in the wall qualify as horror?

it scares the hell outta me. :o

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

does the milland hallucination in lost weekend of the bat eating the mouse in the wall qualify as horror?

it scares the hell outta me. :o

Heck yes. Isn't there an image of blood dripping down the wall?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


© 2019 Turner Classic Movies Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved Terms of Use | Privacy Policy
×
×
  • Create New...