Monthly Archives: January 2015

“Tell me the story….”

CAUTION: CONTAINS “SPOILERS” Anthony Mann’s “Men in War” appeared a mere four years after the conflict had ground to an inconclusive halt. Its extremely compressed time-frame (the script is adapted from a novel by Van Van Praag titled “Day Without … Continue reading

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Eye Candy vs Brain Twisters

I was watching “Blood and Black Lace” the other nigh and I was struck by the realization that Mario Bava, although he was a visual genius, never was considered A Great Director by the “Tradition of Quality” film critics. Apparently … Continue reading

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It’s a peplum, Peter, it’s a peplum.

Imagine my surprise when upon accessing the Commentary track on my DVD of “Land of the Pharaohs” I was regaled by 109 minutes of both critic Peter Bogdanovich and director Howard Hawks explaining what a crappy movie I had just … Continue reading

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The Movie in my Mind: “The Phantom of the Opera” (1962)

CAUTION: CONTAINS “SPOILERS” Anyone interested in the saga of Hammer Films knows the story–one day out of the blue the Hammer brass learn that Cary Grant is interested in doing a Hammer Film. Wow! Cary Grant! Hammer had used American … Continue reading

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