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Top Ten: Cinema's Most Treasured Images Part 12 (#111 - 120)

 

I'll continue with some of cinema's most treasured images. For those familiar with the scenes represented they're bound to invoke a strong emotional response. The narratives' indelible moments are the primary reason these captures were selected. 

120. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

120. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

119. Gone with the Wind (1939)

119. Gone with the Wind (1939)

118. The Ten Commandments (1956)

118. The Ten Commandments (1956)

117. Days of Heaven (1978)

117. Days of Heaven (1978)

116. Easy Rider (1969)

116. Easy Rider (1969)

115. Jaws (1975)

115. Jaws (1975)

114. The Letter (1940)

114. The Letter (1940)

113. The Pawnbroker (1964)

113. The Pawnbroker (1964)

112. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

112. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

111. The General (1926)

111. The General (1926)

More will come. Any suggestions are welcome in the comments section.

A.G.

(Links to Parts 1 - 11 are here.)

"Now Listen to Me..."

 

Just some thoughts on current happenings: 

Happy Valentine's Day (Tuesday, February 14th) Everyone!

 

There are 12 recommended films to watch on Turner Classic Movies in the U.S. this month:

 

The caper film first laid its roots in The Asphalt Jungle previously recommended here. The depth of its characters and their fascinating interactions as the drama builds to a cathartic resolution, is why this film has become one of America's finest cinematic achievements. The 'best laid plans' will begin on TCM Wednesday, February 1 (technically Thursday morning) at 2:30am PST.

 

 

 

 

 

One of the Top Ten World Cinema Treasures is The Battle of Algiers a.k.a. La battaglia di Algeri. The intensity of resolve and emotional dedication is so resolute on both sides of the conflict portrayed, it'll take a miracle for the invested viewer to fully recover after witnessing this stunning cinematic spectacle. The battle will commence Thursday, February 2 (late evening) at 12:30am PST.  

 

 

 

 

 

Faye Dunaway, Warren Beatty, Michael J. Pollard

Faye Dunaway, Warren Beatty, Michael J. Pollard

My next TCM recommendation has been previously reviewed here and is the story of Bonnie and Clyde only re-imagined as the mythical romantic exploits of an impossibly gorgeous, but infamous couple in crime. The Barrow Gang will strike on TCM Friday, February 3 (late evening) at 1:15am PST. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many readers have taken me to task for my inclusion of Casablanca on a list of Top Ten Fools Gold: The Overrated. I would simply ask that they read what I wrote about this revered classic before judging me too harshly. There is much to praise about the film contained in my review and the weaknesses I've discovered are, I feel, worthy of consideration. In any event, please indulge in this motion picture's magic and then let me know if my criticisms have value. The journey begins Sunday, February 5 at 5pm PST.  

 

 

 

 

 

Later that same evening is another Top Ten World Cinema Treasure, an American film classic, previously recommended here and one that I can find no fault with, Citizen Kane. He will attempt to win your vote Sunday (February 5), at 9:15pm PST. 

Orson Welles

Orson Welles

 

 

 

 

 

Billy Barty

Billy Barty

Then there's Gold Diggers of 1933, a brilliant extravaganza of romance, comedy, catchy tunes, and outrageous pre-code show numbers, especially 'Pettin' in the Park' with its saucy sexual undertones that even Freud would have struggled to explain. This is another previous recommendation here. The fun will begin Thursday, February 9 at 7:15pm PST.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke

Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke

What better way to honour the recently departed director Robert Ellis Miller than by watching his most sublime and emotionally impactful work, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, previously praised here. Miller's heart will continue to warmly beat on Sunday, February 12 (early morning) at 3am PST. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also on this month is a well-known adventure-thriller I'm not as strongly thrilled about recommending for reasons explained here. In the end, it does have enough spirit and technical bravado to sustain one's engagement and deserves to be seen at least once. Steven Spielberg's Jaws will open wide Monday, February 13 at 7:15pm PST. 

(From the left) "Bruce", Roy Scheider

(From the left) "Bruce", Roy Scheider

 

 

 

 

By the title alone, one would expect the prospect of watching Kind Lady (1951) to be about as exciting as washing dishes. How wrong they would be!

(From the left) Maurice Evans, Ethel Barrymore, Keenan Wynn, Angela Lansbury

(From the left) Maurice Evans, Ethel Barrymore, Keenan Wynn, Angela Lansbury

Kind Lady even starts out blandly focused on the benevolent title character, played with assuredness by Ethel Barrymore and her interactions with a gentlemanly painter and art admirer Maurice Evans (perfectly cast in his Hollywood motion picture debut). But Evans is not who he seems and when he does show his true colours, they're of the sinister, dark variety. He terrifyingly takes full advantage of Barrymore's hospitality to the nth degree and along with his con-artist cohorts Keenan Wynn, Angela Lansbury, and Betsy Blair, makes Barrymore prisoner in her own home for substantial personal gain. This is a nail-bitingly intense Edwardian period-thriller since, for one thing, Evans is willing to do whatever it takes without hesitation, even commit murder, for his scheme to succeed. It has been most competently directed by John (The Magnificent Seven) Sturges, no stranger to well-made films noir such as The Sign of the Ram and Mystery StreetThe film originates from a stage play by Edward Chodoroy; (a previous film adaptation was released in 1935) that gives the proceedings a feel of confinement, heightening its perilous ambiance and ratcheting up the suspense. The kind lady along with her anything but kind home-invading adversaries will reveal themselves Monday, February 13 at 11:30pm PST. 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lost Weekend, previously reviewed here, is Billy Wilder's portrayal of a writer's struggling addiction to alcohol. There's a powerhouse performance by Ray Milland at the film's centre as Don Birnam, whose desire (one of several), is to put his harrowing experiences down in the form of a novel: 'The Bottle'. Don's chosen literary title symbolises both extremes: His compulsive desire for poisonous ruin on the one hand and a personal salvation from those same formidable self-loathing actions on the other.  Both types of "bottles" will be found on TCM Wednesday, February 15 at 5pm PST.

 

 

 

 

 

MGM's 1952 musical Singin' in the Rain was not adapted from a stage production, though the film was later turned into one, being first presented on stage in 1983. Its abundant creativity, innovation, and driving energy place this film at the top of all cinematic musicals ever produced. Singin' in the Rain has been reviewed as a past Blu-ray selection here, and will joyously dance its way onto TCM Friday, February 24 at 11am PST.

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Huston's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is indeed an unforgettable American treasure and a prior TCM recommendation here. Its cinematic storytelling riches can be uncovered on TCM Tuesday, February 28 at 5pm PST.

 

TCM's current monthly schedule can be confirmed by clicking on any of the above images. For those who live in parts of the U.S. other than the western region, the time zone can be adjusted in the upper right-hand corner of TCM's programme.

 

 

 

 

 

This month's Happy Birthday shout-out goes to the fabulous Kim Novak who turns 84 on February 13th.

After an agent discovered the radiant beauty waiting in line to be cast as an extra, she was given a screen test, took some acting lessons, and made her film debut in the excellent film noir Pushover co-starring Fred MacMurray. There followed the comedy Phffft with Jack Lemmon and Judy Holliday, another notable film noir 5 Against the House, the controversial Otto Preminger directed The Man with the Golden Arm, and her breakthrough film Picnic. She more than held her own with co-stars Frank Sinatra and Rita Hayworth in the hit Pal Joey. In 1958 Kim appeared in what is today her most prestigious motion picture role in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. She was also paired with Vertigo's star Jimmy Stewart in 1958's supernatural romantic comedy Bell, Book and Candle, starred with Fredric March in the following year's underrated Middle of the Night, and in 1960 was paired with Kirk Douglas in the even more underrated romantic drama Strangers When We Meet.

 

 

(To Be Continued... )     A.G.

End Credits #59: Cinema's 2016 Lost Treasures Montage Part 2

Some of Cinema's 2016 Lost Treasures. The music by Ennio Morricone is from the TV Mini Series Il principe del deserto.

(A link to Part 1 is here).

21st Century Treasure Quest #9

Our contributor Renard N. Bansale has completed 10 more contemporary film reviews for your consideration. The rating system he'll use is devised primarily to give those who are trying to decide which films to see, a fun and easy way of (hopefully) choosing a more pleasurable movie-going experience. For a more thorough introduction to this series please see 21st Century Treasure Quest #1. (A.G.)

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End Credits #57: Cinema's 2016 Lost Treasures Montage Part 1

Some of Cinema's 2016 Lost Treasures. The music by John Barry is from the film Walkabout.

(A link to Part 2 is here).

Treasure Trivia: Quiz #7

Treasure Trivia:

The Cinema Cafe has a chat room on Facebook that readers are welcome to join here. On Mondays, we have a movie trivia game called "Match-up Mondays" where the object is to name the common denominator between all of the films pictured and also correctly identify them. 

Like Quiz #6, there is a commonality between the films depicted here, but this time, instead of the characters having something in common it is one of the scenes in each of the films represented below.  Can you name the films shown and what each of their scenes has in common? Feel free to use all resources that are available. The first person to complete the answers here will win their choice between a Region 4 (Australia) DVD of Top Ten Guilty Treasure Let It Ride or the Michael Curtiz/Elvis Presley film King Creole, neither of which are presently available on Blu-ray.  

#Edit: On closer inspection, it's been discovered that the selected scene from The Getaway (previously #4) does not actually occur at the same type of location as the others. It has therefore been replaced by another film that does fit the criteria and an additional film has been added bringing the total to 6.   

 

Here are the (now) 6 films (Good luck!):

 

 

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"Now Listen to Me..."

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21st Century Treasure Quest #8

Our contributor Renard N. Bansale has completed 10 more contemporary film reviews for your consideration. The rating system he'll use is devised primarily to give those who are trying to decide which films to see, a fun and easy way of (hopefully) choosing a more pleasurable movie-going experience. For a more thorough introduction to this series please see 21st Century Treasure Quest #1. (A.G.)

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