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It’s Easy to Become Passionate About “The Passion of Joan of Arc”   Once in awhile, a film comes along which is so brilliant and insightful it needs no vocals — or even dialogue subtitling, on occasion — to get its message across. 1928’s The Passion of Joan of Arc is just such an example. Directed in newly-developed panchromatic black-and-white film stock by Carl Theodore...
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Cary Grant and Derring-Do Make a Natural Pair   The 1930s was a time of great pioneering in aviation, and also one of its most dangerous. What seems routine today — flying in stormy weather or high over mountains — was routinely hazardous and terrifying on occasion back then. In this 1939 movie classic directed by action specialist Howard Hawks (great last name, by the...
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A Movie About a Butler, Love, and Screwball Comedy   In the 1936 movie classic My Man Godfrey, we find William Powell (of the Nick and Nora Charles Thin Man movies) and a radiant, yet slightly wacky, Carole Lombard magnificently complimenting each other’s considerable acting abilities. Believe me, it’s no easy thing to play ditsy and easily distracted, but Lombard does it with a genius...
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Title: 砂の女 (Suna no Onna) English Title: Woman in the Dunes Release Date: 1964 [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa_xg0suuzc[/embed] This movie was dark. Not just in the sense that it was depressing and macabre, but rather that the screen was just physically hard to see. I was reminded of Tim Burton’s Batman and remembered having to strain my eyes through the darkness just to see what was going on....
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Title: 川の底からこんにちは (Kawa no Soko kara Konnichiwa) English Title: Sawako Decides Release Date: May 1st, 2010 (Japan)   This is a really funny movie about a young woman, Sawako, played by Mitsushima Hikari, who ran away from home five years ago, with the intent of ditching her boring country life for a more exciting life in Tokyo. Things quickly took a turn for the worse...