Category Archives: Older Films

Two Prototypes: What Price Hollywood? (1932) and Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

Prototype: a first, typical or preliminary model of something. I’ve seen a boatload of old and foreign films recently but haven’t had the time to write about them. Yet when I notice a similarity between two films that don’t seem … Continue reading

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Two French Classics: Lola Montès (1955) and Pépé le Moko (1937)

My new FilmStruck subscription (thank you, children) is giving me access to many older films that help fill in my cinematic gaps. Recently, I saw two French classics that couldn’t be more different from one another—Lola Montès (1955) and Pépé … Continue reading

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Two Audrey Hepburn Films: Roman Holiday and The Nun’s Story

Enough time has passed that many filmgoers today have only barely heard of one of the biggest starts of the middle of the last century, and one of the most sparkling and engaging presences in all film history. There was … Continue reading

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All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and A Night to Remember (1958)

All Quiet on the Western Front  All Quiet on the Western Front was a Best Picture Oscar winner (and Best Director winner for Lewis Milestone as well) way back in 1930. The version I saw was a restoration with sound … Continue reading

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Foreign Correspondent (1940)

I’ve heard over the years that Foreign Correspondent is “minor Hitchcock,” which of course begs an understanding of what “minor” means here. In more recent years, however, I kept hearing that it’s not so much minor as simply half-forgotten and … Continue reading

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A Classic Performance, Revisited

    Luise Rainer is a name long forgotten in the film world, except by historians and major film nerds, of which I am one. Even so-called “film buffs” have never heard of the actress who won the first two … Continue reading

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All the King’s Men

All the King’s Men is an “old film,” according to most of my students, having been made in 1949 and shot in (oh, my) black-and-white. However, the near-documentary look, the stellar performances, and the themes (corruption in politics and politicians) … Continue reading

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