Sunday, March 27, 2011

Remembering the Movies, Mar. 25 - 31

Every Friday, we look back at films released 10-100 years ago this week.
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I couldn't complete Remembering the Movies at its regularly scheduled time this week, as I was working in Philadelphia. An explanation of the delay was scheduled to appear but, as always seems to be the case when I'm not at my computer, the announcement didn't go up on time, leaving this spot vacant on Friday morning. So rest assured that the series continues, regardless of blogging snafus. This week we have Marlon Brando's directorial debut, an early American picture from Milos Forman, and a kids' film which might serve as a nostalgic touchstone for some of our younger readers (that very notion might make some other readers feel rather old). Next week, the entry will appear on Friday morning, as usual. In movie-related news, I got to run up the "Rocky steps" in Philly.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Remembering the Movies, Mar. 18 - 24

Every Friday, we look back at films released 10-100 years ago this week.
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After acknowledging Stallone's remake last fall, this week we return to the roots of Get Carter (I missed the actual release date a few months ago, but seek to make amends with the anniversary of the U.S. premiere). Another first-timer pops up too: the first adaptation of a classic play, eventually gender-bent into His Girl Friday (and then remade again under its original title). Meanwhile, Italian comedians spoof Fellini and Mastroianni, while Jeff Bridges and John Heard team up with an exiled Czech New Waver. All in all, this week sees a number of cult favorites, solid classics, and intriguing oddities. Nonetheless, a ridiculous film, striking a nostalgic chord, steals the top spot. So scroll down to view Edward G. Robinson at sea, Fred Astaire on the ceiling, and yes, Vanilla Ice kicking it on stage...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Remembering the Movies, Mar. 11 - 17

 Every Friday, we look back at films released 10-100 years ago this week.
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Several interesting films make an appearance this week, as the release schedule picks up a bit. The early Lucas picture - arguably his most impressive formal achievement - is one, but it stands alongside a couple French films from the past few decades, a live-action Disney classic, an ambitious John Huston production, and a very early adaptation of Dante. Additionally, we shine a spotlight on a Latin Dracula and the Aesop-influenced antics of Bugs Bunny.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Remembering the Movies, Mar. 4 - 10

Every Friday, we look back at films released 10-100 years ago this week.
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Rudolph Valentino makes his breakthrough in a week mostly filled with interesting obscurities. An acclaimed Catherine Breillat film and a Swedish epic are the other relatively well-known films on display; otherwise we have a two-person political psychodrama, a feminist documentary,  a Finnish policier, and an orangutan - which I only just learned how to spell correctly - dubbed the "Charlie Chaplin of the Jungle." Happy March...

Note: The Friday @ 8am schedule remains in force, despite this week's 12-hour delay, an inadvertent mishap. Apologies for the inconsistency; expect "Remembering the Movies" at the usual time next week and every week thereafter.