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Nackte Gewalt (The Naked Spur)
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking to get out..., 27 Mar 2012
As the most cynically-powered of the Mann/Stewart collaborations the real star of THE NAKED SPUR is the Colorado mountain-country, like an open prison through which we follow the fortunes of five disparate characters brought together by greed, bad luck and random hopes that things might change. An old sourdough Jesse Tate (Millard Mitchell) ever searching for the pot of gold is crashed in on in the opening moments by Howard Kemp (Stewart) who's tracking down an outlaw wanted for murder. As Jesse knows the vicinity he's roped in to assist for a nominal fee when their quarry sends rockslides down about their ears. A young Army officer Roy Anderson (Ralph Meeker) happens along and after… Read more
Jezebel (Jezabel) Spanish import <b>DVD</b> ~ William Wyler
Jezebel (Jezabel) Spanish import DVD ~ William Wyler
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This was Bette's consolation-prize, as some sources suggest, for missing her chance at GONE WITH THE WIND (Warners had offered a loan-out package that included Errol Flynn as Rhett Butler but this had been turned down flat). It's a tribute to studio-dynamics that their Deep South passion-tosser was put together, shot and ready for the public while Selznick was still cogitating over a leading-lady. There's just the one director, the best Bette would ever work with and in line with Warners' economic policies it's in black-and-white which adds to its dark porchfront intrigue. Davis is absolutely hypnotising as Julie Marston, a New Orleans socialite in the days before the Civil War who's… Read more
The Cat and the Canary [DVD] [1939] <b>DVD</b> ~ Bob Hope
What's the difference between a scream and a laugh? Not a lot, depending on circumstance. And the interweaving of the two elements on screen was rarely achieved with such perfect judgment as in THE CAT AND THE CANARY. Paramount had lost the copyright by 1954 and the 15th-anniversary reissue was handled in the UK by Eros Films. Through the age of VHS it remained frustratingly unavailable and though DVD thankfully rectified the situation the print on offer did less than justice to Charles Lang's immaculate b/w images. John Willard's archetypal stage-play of murder and mayhem around the reading of a will was first filmed by Paul Leni as a silent using eerie Expressionist techniques. The remake… Read more