Saturday, April 30, 2016

Coming in May


May flowers will bring a month-long celebration of cinema to Old Hollywood Films.

Here's what's coming up in May 2016:

* 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the landmark film, Citizen Kane. I'll continue my 1001 classic movie series every Monday with a look at Orson Welles' masterpiece and three other films that were nominated for a best picture Academy Award in 1941: The Maltese Falcon, The Little Foxes, and Sergeant York.

* On May 6, I'll have a guide for TCM's star of the month, Robert Ryan. Plus, I'll have a TCM Viewer's Guide every Sunday.

There's quite a few good blogathons coming up in May.

*First, I'll review The Corn Is Green (1979) on May 12 for The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon.

*I'll look at the life story of Helen Keller as depicted in The Miracle Worker (1962) on May 14 for The Disability in Film Blogathon.

*I'll celebrate National Classic Movie Day on May 16 with the Five Movies on an Island Blogathon.

*On May 18, I'll join The Great Villain Blogathon with an article about the character of Boris Lermontov (Anton Walbrook) in The Red Shoes (1948).

* I'll cook up a strawberry-rhubarb pie recipe and a look at Ma and Pa Kettle for the Classic Movie Ice Cream Social on May 21.

*I'll write about ballet sequences in Hollywood movies on April 25 for Gotta Dance! A Celebration of Dance in Film.

*Finally, I'll review the classic story of a boy (Claude Jarman, Jr.) and his fawn in The Yearling (1946) on May 28 for The Animals in Film Blogathon.

*Schedule permitting, I'll have a look at what's new on Netflix and DVD, and an article about Gregory Peck's life in film.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

1001 Classic Movies: Shakespeare in Old Hollywood

Marlon Brando as Mark Antony in Julius Caesar (1953).
Throughout, April,  I commemorated the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death with a look at four bard-inspired films.

Julius Caesar (1953): Marlon Brando, James Mason and company get their togas on for this traditional adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy.

Kiss Me Kate (1953): Composer Cole Porter's musical adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew is one of the great American musicals.

Man of the West (1958): This psychological Western from director Anthony Mann stars Lee J. Cobb as a King Lear-like bandit.

To Be or Not to Be (1942): This sharp satire from director Ernst Lubitsch about a troupe of actors in Nazi-occupied Warsaw has many witty Shakespearean references.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Bridges at Toko-Ri


Today, I'm reviewing The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954), starring William Holden and Grace Kelly.

This article is part of The Golden Boy Blogathon: A William Holden Celebration hosted by The Wonderful World of Cinema.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016

A TCM Viewer's Guide for the Week of April 11, 2016


On the Town (1949), starring Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, and Gene Kelly, is one of the old Hollywood favorites airing on TCM this week.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Monday, April 4, 2016