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End Credits #59: Cinema's 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).

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Happy New Year Everyone!

 

 

There are 10 recommended films to watch on Turner Classic Movies in the U.S. this month:

(From left) Orson Welles, George Coulouris

(From left) Orson Welles, George Coulouris

A sterling example of how to present complex and enthralling characters, all of whom develop naturally while still holding our intense fascination is Citizen Kane, a previous TCM recommendation here. This American film masterpiece, the only U.S. film represented on our Top Ten: World Cinema Treasures, will begin Wednesday, January 4 at 10:30pm PST.  

 

 

One of Britain's finest contributions to the cinematic arts was previously reviewed at length in Opening Up a Treasure: Brief Encounter and is scheduled to begin Sunday, January 8 at 1am PST (technically Monday morning).

 

 

 

 

Raoul Walsh’s 1949 crime thriller White Heat is a hard blow to the gut and keeps on punching all the way through to its literally explosive finale.

Gangster Cagney from The Public Enemy and The Roaring Twenties transforms into psycho Cagney in White Heat. His psychological dependency on Ma, (the gutsy co-leader of his crew based on real-life gang leader Ma Barker), persistent migraines, confessed evening soliloquies and sadistic glee at dispatching others, vigorously yanks this picture straight into noir territory. In Cagney’s younger days his criminal motive was simple: To be rich and posses that lifestyle. Now he’s older and takes seasoned pride in cleverly outsmarting the law. That, coupled with his aforementioned degeneracies, distinguishes this 40’s film noir from the predominant crime films of the previous decades. As bonus features, there’s an undercover cop played by Edmond O’Brien who has to get awful cosy with Cagney’s psycho to garner his trust and later fondness, a double-crossing partner played with that typical slick assurance by Steve Cochran, and Cagney’s gorgeous trophy moll (Virginia Mayo) who’s as duplicitous as any noir femme-fatale looking out exclusively for herself. Even that Warner Bros. gangster go-to composer Max Steiner gets into the noir groove by appropriately jazzing up the proceedings. Finally there are Cagney’s white-hot but noir-black iconic bursts of energy to treasure, and for the uninitiated, best (like revenge) served "cold". The heat is on Tuesday, January 10 at 10pm PST.

 

 

 

 

One of last month's TCM recommendations, previously reviewed here, is The Lost Weekend. Billy Wilder's portrayal of a struggling alcoholic contains a powerhouse performance by Ray Milland. This mesmerising film can be found on TCM Thursday, January 12 at 9:15pm PST.

 

 

 

 

 

Then there's John Ford's enigmatic masterpiece The Searchers, previously reviewed here. It is Top Ten Western #2 and is as likely as any film to provide one with a truly unforgettable, rich and rewarding movie watching experience. The search will begin Saturday, January 14 at 1pm PST.

 

 

 

 

 

(From left) Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke

(From left) Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke

The multi-talented Gordon Parks made his directorial debut at age 57 with 1969's The Learning Tree based on his semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. This touching coming of age story was previously lauded, along with its creator Parks, in an article entitled: Exploring the Artifacts #5: The Alchemist. Included are some clips of Parks' music compositions for The Learning Tree and Shaft's Big ScoreThe Learning Tree can be studied Monday, January 16 at 9:30am PST.

 

 

 

 

Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Baby

Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Baby

For an uproarious and thoroughly engaging movie-watching experience, it's hard to beat Bringing Up Baby previously recommended here. The antics will begin on TCM Wednesday, January 18 (early morning) at 3:30am 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.

 

To Be Continued...       A.G.

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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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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Top Ten: Cinema's Most Treasured Images Part 10 (#91 - 100)

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. Like the previous selections, these will be listed in order of greatest impression with #91 as the most iconic. The narratives' indelible moments are the primary reason these captures were selected. 

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Plundering the Genre: A Halloween Tribute to Horror in Cinema Part 3

The following montage is compiled from a selection of motion pictures that have included some noteworthy moments of horror throughout the years. None of the entries are repeats from our two prior montages. Part 1 (2014) is here which has a link to Part 2 (2015). This year, the net has been cast even wider than with the previous tributes. The 108 films referenced are not specifically recommended nor are readers discouraged from seeing them, especially if they are fans of the genre. The music from Psycho (1960) is by Bernard Herrmann. The list of stills selected is printed below in the order they are presented.

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