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Treasured Images Part 26 (#251 - 260)

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. 

 260. Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

260. Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

 259. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

259. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

 258. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

258. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

 257. Rome, Open City (1945)

257. Rome, Open City (1945)

 256. The Sound of Music (1965)

256. The Sound of Music (1965)

 255. Possessed (1947)

255. Possessed (1947)

 254. Deliverance (1972)

254. Deliverance (1972)

 253. Detour (1945)

253. Detour (1945)

 252. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

252. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

 251. Shoeshine (1946)

251. Shoeshine (1946)

 

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

A.G.

(Links to Parts 1 - 26 are here.)

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Just some thoughts on current happenings:

 

 

In New York City, New York, Film Forum will present a Martin Scorsese double feature on Saturday, September 1. Taxi Driver will be presented at 12:30pm, 5:05pm and 9:45pm. Mean Streets (a 35mm presentation) will show at 2:45pm and 7:30pm.

For more information, click on either of the two images above.   

 

 

 

 

Throughout various locations in Australia, Event Cinemas will host Hollywood Classics On the Big Screen. This month's showings will include Rear Window on Monday, September 3, and Lawrence of Arabia on Monday, September 17. 

For a list of the theatres hosting these films, and their complete schedule throughout the rest of the year, click on the image above.

 

 

 

 

In Seattle, Washington, the annual 70mm Film Festival will take place from September 7 - 20, 2018. Highlights include the recently unrestored print of 2001: a Space Odyssey, Vertigo, Lawrence of Arabia, Dunkirk, and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 

For more details, click on the image above. 

 

 

 

 

In Kansas City, Missouri, The 25th Annual Buster Keaton Commemoration will present The Legacy of Buster Keaton & W.C. Fields As Seen by Family and Friends, a free event, which will take place Saturday, September 15. There will be relatives of both comedic talents present and live organ accompaniment provided by The Kansas City Theatre Pipe Organ Society which is sponsoring the event. Highlights include W.C. Fields' It's the Old Army Game, Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill, Jr. and The General

For more details, click on the image above. 

 

 

 

 

Also on Saturday September 15 in San Fransisco, California, as part of the San Fransisco Silent Film Festival, The Castro Theater will host Greatest Hits with the Club Foot Orchestra. The group will create modern music for a marathon of silent films including the masterpieces The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Metropolis and Nosferatu.

For more details, click on the image above. 

 

 

 

 

Eddie Muller will host Noir City in Detroit, Michigan this month from September 22 - 23. Highlights include a special VIP event on Saturday night (6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Redford lobby) with NOIR CITY host Eddie Muller, founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation and host of TCM's Noir Alley, a new digital restoration of I Walk Alone (1948), The Killing (1956), Taxi Driver (1976), Inside Detroit (1956) and No Man of Her Own (1950).

For more details, click on the image above. 

 

 

 

 

 

There are 18 recommended films to watch on Turner Classic Movies in the U.S. this month: 

 

An American cinematic treasure, Double Indemnity stands at the top of noir's hierarchy and has been described as such in Opening Up a Treasure: Double Indemnity. One can "cash in their policy" Saturday, September 1 at 9am PST. 

 

 

 

 

This will be a really bad day for anyone who encounters Them! (the giant mutant ants that is). The motion picture, however, is an exhilarating creature feature, previously reviewed here.  Them! will march on TCM Saturday, September 1 at 11am PST.

 

 

 

 

Fans of film noir who haven't seen John Brahm's 1946 The Locket do not want to miss the opportunity to experience this hypnotically mesmerising drama.

 Laraine Day, Robert Mitchum

Laraine Day, Robert Mitchum

The film’s similarities to Citizen Kane may not be apparent at first. Still, they are fascinating and worth noting. Both films were produced by RKO and are about individuals strongly influenced by childhood experiences sharing a past connection to highly cherished emblematic objects. In addition, the adults in both stories are described in a complex series of flashbacks through the perspectives of those who knew them. 1945’s film noir, a previous recommendation here, is a dream-like cinematic journey crying out to be discovered. The locket can be found in Eddie Muller's Noir Alley (updated) Saturday, September 1 at 9pm PST and again on Sunday, September 2 at 7am PST.  

 

 

 

 

For those who enjoy the best in creative romantic comedy and missed last month's airing of Pillow Talk (reviewed here), TCM is having a repeat performance Monday, September 3 at 12:15pm PST. 

 Doris Day, Rock Hudson

Doris Day, Rock Hudson

 

 

 

 

One of film noir's most brilliant "must see" representatives is Fritz Lang's The Big Heat, previously recommended here. TCM will heat up Friday, September 7 at 5pm PST.

 (In the forefront, left to right) Lee Marvin, Gloria Grahame, Glenn Ford

(In the forefront, left to right) Lee Marvin, Gloria Grahame, Glenn Ford

 

 

 

 

My next recommended film on TCM is jam-packed with noir goodness, Too Late for Tears, previously reviewed here. It's never too late to indulge in actress Lizabeth Scott's classic femme fatale portrayal which TCM will oblige in presenting Friday, September 7 at 7pm PST. 

 

 

 

 

Immediately following Too Late for Tears is Humphrey Bogart's portrayal of accused wife-killer Vincent Parry, distressed due to his perilous circumstances. He's wrongfully convicted and on the run after escaping from San Quentin. His Dark Passage through the streets of San Francisco was previously reviewed as a Blu-ray recommendation here and will commence Friday, September 7 at 9pm PST.

 Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall

Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall

 

 

 

 

As in the preceding recommendation, another film noir character, this time played by Edmond O'Brien, must make his "dark passage" through the streets of San Francisco in D.O.A. previously recommended here. His "dead man walking" will arrive on TCM Monday, September 10 at 1:15pm PST. 

 

 

 

 

Those unfamiliar with filmmaker Gordon Parks' autobiographical debut film The Learning Tree do not want to miss this touching coming of age story. The film was previously lauded, along with its creator Parks, in an article entitled: Exploring the Artefacts #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 Tuesday, September 11 at 10:30pm PST. 

 (From left) Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke

(From left) Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke

"Loneliness has followed me my whole life. Everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There's no escape." These words come from the deteriorating and increasingly pressurised mind of a New York City insomniac in Martin Scorsese’s intoxicating Taxi Driver released in 1976. TCM will present this landmark film, previously reviewed as a Blu-ray recommendation here, Monday, September 17 at 9:15pm PST.

 Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro

The next 4 TCM recommendations are all showing on Tuesday, September 18, and covey the photographic artistry of Nicholas Musuraca, beginning with Boris Ingster's 1940 Stranger on the Third Floor, often recognised as cinema's first identifiable film noir.

 Noir photographic artistry care of Nicholas Musuraca

Noir photographic artistry care of Nicholas Musuraca

One can glean just how many of noir's stylish traits are inherent in this film by reading my previous TCM recommendation here. If you're a noir fan and have never seen this little RKO gem, be a stranger no more Tuesday, September 18 at (early morning) 3:15am PST. 



Rarely does an atmosphere of such overpowering dread subsume a cinematic story so completely as it does in 1943's The Seventh Victim

 Kim Hunter, Lou Lubin

Kim Hunter, Lou Lubin

A young woman (portrayed as a fetching innocent by Kim Hunter) goes searching for her missing sister (enigmatically played by Jean Brooks) in New York City's Greenwich Village and stumbles upon a satanic cult of devil worshipers putting both of their lives at risk. Mark Robson, who directed a number of these Val Lewton produced gems is himself at the peak of his considerable creative powers. This devilishly striking combination of horror and film noir was a previous TCM recommendation and reviewed here. The fate of both sisters will be determined Tuesday, September 18 at 7am PST. 

"And then I saw her - coming out of the sun. And I knew why Whit didn't care about that 40 grand.

Out of the Past, is one of film noir's finest and most highly recommended here. She will arrive Tuesday, September 18 at 8:15am PST. 


"Complaining about the far-fetched circumstances in films noir is like objecting to the lack of realism in a Picasso painting. What I mean is that lovers of these criminally rich cinematic delights oughtn’t to bother picking out the implausibilities, since it is practically a hallmark of noir's style."

 Alexis Smith, Richard Egan

Alexis Smith, Richard Egan

I've written this before when introducing Split Second, a film noir that presents some rather unlikely occurring, but fascinating situations. See for yourself Tuesday, September 18 at 3:30pm PST.


 John Dall and Peggy Cummins

John Dall and Peggy Cummins

“These two go together like Smith & Wesson” in Gun Crazy, previously reviewed here. This blast from the past will empty all chambers on Monday, September 24 at (late evening) 12am PST.

Anthony Mann’s low-budget, up close and personal foray into the war genre is an artistic triumph of the highest order, 1957’s Men in War, previously reviewed here. One can "see action" Tuesday, September 25 at 1pm PST.

 (From left) Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray

(From left) Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray

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.

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Hidden Gems #8

 

 

Hidden Gem #80: Rogue Cop (1954, U.S.A.)

Director: Roy Rowland

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From the same writers who brought us 1953's The Big Heat (Sidney Boehm adapting William P. McGivern's source material) comes this far lesser known but just as potent film noir that replaces Glenn Ford's vengeful but clean cop Dave Bannion with Robert Taylor's conflicted but dirty cop Christopher Kelvaney.   

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Gem #79: Hunger a.k.a. Sult (1966, Denmark/Norway/Sweden)

Director: Henning Carlsen

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The director, highly impressed with Nobel Prize winner Knut Hamsun's novel 'Sult', has provided this penetrating and emotionally consuming adaptation that delivers an equally unwavering performance from lead actor Per Oscarsson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Gem #78: Between Time and Timbuktu (1972, U.S.A.)

Director: Fred Barzyk

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This TV movie is a wildly creative sampling of writer Kurt Vonnegut's various literary works and deserves far more exposer and recognition than it has so far received.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Gem #77: Série noire (1979, France)

Director: Alain Corneau

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An eccentric door-to-door salesman (a stunning performance from Patrick Dewaere) becomes progressively unhinged after encountering a teenager turned prostitute (pimped out by her money grubbing aunt) in Georges Perec and Alain Corneau’s bizarre but energised adaptation of noir writer Jim Thompson's novel.

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Gem #76: He Was Her Man (1934, U.S.A.)

Director: Lloyd Bacon

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A little gem that once again pairs stars James Cagney and Joan Blondell, may have less of the snappy banter between them we've come to expect, but their romantic feelings for one another run deeper, and really hit home after witnessing the shocking finale, a conclusion only made possible during the film's pre-code time period. 

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Gem #75: Adam at Six A.M. (1970, U.S.A.)

Director: Robert Scheerer

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Adam at Six A.M. is a finely etched and subtle "coming of age" film with Michael Douglas in the starring role that was overshadowed by the same year's similarly themed and more dramatic Five Easy Pieces; still, this hidden gem deserves more attention especially for the remarkable character portrayal provided by Joe Don Baker.

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Gem #74: If I Had a Million (1932, U.S.A.)

Directors: James Cruze ("Death Cell")
                 H. Bruce Humberstone ("The Forger")
                 Ernst Lubitsch ("The Clerk")
                 Norman Z. McLeod ("China Shop", "Road Hogs")
                 Lothar Mendes (unknown contribution)
                 Stephen Roberts ("Violet", "Grandma")
                 William A. Seiter ("The Three Marines")
                 Norman Taurog ("Prologue", "Epilogue") 

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Eight different episodes concerning the surprised recipients of one million dollars comprise this delightful and enchanting pre-code gem with a stellar cast of rising stars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Gem #73: Apartment Zero (1988, U.K.)

Director: Martin Donovan

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This unique and compelling relationship/mystery-thriller has the admirable distinction of investing, rather than ignoring as many similarly themed films do, a well substantiated emotional centre in its main characters which not only heightens our engagement when the conflicts get out of hand, but provides impetus for pondering the events long after they occur.    

 

 

 

 

Hidden Gem #72: The Lost One a.k.a. Der Verlorene (1951, Germany)

Director: Peter Lorre

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The celebrated actor returned to his native Germany to make his one directorial effort: a shockingly bold, deeply analytical and expressionistic character study about a research scientist living under the Nazi regime compelled to commit murder and its devastating aftereffects on his tortured soul.  

 

 

 

 

Hidden Gem #71: The Sea a.k.a. Il Mare (1963, Italy)

Director: Giuseppe Patroni Griffi

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The director here, better known for his work in opera, emulates Antonioni in the way he captures, develops and exposes the nature of his three principal subjects' emotional dependencies in this little known Italian masterwork. 

 

 

 

A.G.

Hidden Gems # 1 - 8 begin here.

Capturing a Golden Moment #21: The Swimmer

 

The Swimmer (1968)

 

Director: Frank Perry, Sydney Pollack (uncredited)

 

Scene: "Empty Pool"

 

I've chosen the following scene for several reasons. This film, although a cult favourite, still remains unknown to many and celebrates its 50 year theatrical release anniversary this month. The central character effectively communicates a sincere paternal concern for the young boy whose pool he wishes to swim on his journey home. These moments also perfectly summarise how Ned Merrill, played with deep conviction by Burt Lancaster, typically deals with adverse situations by reimagining them differently. I've recently written about The Swimmer here.   

 

 

 

The Swimmer is available on Blu-ray and DVD here:

The Swimmer (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Starring Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard, Janice Rule, Joan Rivers

Time Out

 George Bruns (1914 - 1983)

George Bruns (1914 - 1983)

Not having given much attention to early Disney songs, suddenly changed when I heard TV's American Idol contestant Catie Turner sing with heartfelt conviction and impeccable precision a song adapted from Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty ballet by George Bruns and used in the 1959 animated film by the same name (his first of many for Walt Disney Studios) entitled "Once Upon a Dream." Bruns' score for this film received an Academy Award nomination. Turner brings out all of this song's emotional sincerity in a most impassioned and personal fashion: one of the most stunning vocal performances I've heard by anyone... ever.  

21st Century Treasure Quest #18

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 further introduction to this series please see 21st Century Treasure Quest #1. (A.G.)

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