Tag: Classic Cinema

Valentine’s Day with Two Douglas Sirk Classics

By Alan Hurst I’ve been looking for a reason to write about two of my favourite Douglas Sirk films and, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, the timing is perfect. When Sirk hit his prime in the mid 1950’s his films were major money makers for Universal but they were not critically well received, particularly…

Best Actress: My “Should Have Won” from 1940-49

By Alan Hurst A great era for performances by some of Hollywood’s best and brightest, the forties were the dream decade with dozens of films headlined by women, many of which found their way into the annual competition for the Best Actress Oscar. I think the Oscars got it right on more than a few…

Revisiting A LETTER TO THREE WIVES (1949)

By Alan Hurst For whatever the reason, there was a dearth of great comedies in the late forties but thankfully that was remedied with the 1949 release of Joseph L. Mankiewicz’ A Letter to Three Wives. Mankiewicz enjoyed a successful hyphenate career as producer, writer and director (not always at the same time) from the…

Revisiting A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951)

By John H. Foote (****) When Tennessee Williams wrote The Glass Menagerie, he drew heavily on his own life, his past and the result was the birth of the neo realistc American theatre. A Streetcar Named Desire would blow the lid off that movement and, together with Arthur Miller’s Death Of a Salesman, make the late forties the…

Hello, Dolly! – The Sets Behind the Massive Musical

By Craig Leask Much like the Cleopatra (1963) filming fiasco and its nearly devastating effect on the financial stability of 20th Century Fox Studios, Hello, Dolly! (1969) nearly accomplished the same thing by practically bankrupting the same studio, not through a lack of planning and over paying its actors as with Cleopatra, but by vastly…

Revisiting Radio Days – A New Year’s Eve Favourite

By Alan Hurst For the two of us, New Year’s Eve isn’t about heading out to a party, joining the throngs downtown or even making it to midnight. It’s more about hibernating and hunkering down after the social and gastronomical whirl of the previous few weeks with friends and family. Our perfect New Year’s Eve…

The Best Film Adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL

By Nick Maylor  So far this December, Alan, Craig, Melissa, and John have all listed their favourite/must-see Christmas/Holiday films. Alan and I also threw a spotlight on television specials we hold dear. When I was asked to do a list of my top 5 Christmas movies, I found myself at the inescapable truth that at…

Revisiting The Lion in Winter (1968)

By Alan Hurst 1968 was a spectacular year for movies, from art house films like Ingmar Bergman’s Shame, to mainstream hits like The Planet of the Apes, to more challenging fare like Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Best Picture nominees that year were Carol Reed’s well received adaption of the Broadway musical Oliver!, William…