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Anatomy of a Murder (1959)


Nominated for 7 Oscars.
In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case?

Director:Otto Preminger
Writers:Wendell Mayes (screenplay), John D. Voelker (based on the novel by) (as Robert Traver)
Stars:James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara

First Time View. How I have missed this film all these years is beyond me. I am so glad I watched it. Anatomy of a murder is an excellent film with an extremely tight and well written script. Add to that a sensational cast, starting of course with the leads, Jimmy Stewart, George C. Scott, Lee Remick, and Ben Gazarra, but also the rest of the cast, filled as it is with numerous accomplished and veterans of stage and screen.
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I still have a thing for Eve Arden's "no nonsense" look. R.I.P.

 

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When a naive novice nun is discovered with a dead newborn in her convent quarters, a court-appointed psychiatrist investigates her case.

Director: Norman Jewison
Writers: John Pielmeier (screenplay), John Pielmeier (play)
Stars: Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft, Meg Tilly
While AGNES OF GOD is an excellent film . The convoluted extraordinary , intense source material really gets under ones/my skin. Meg Tilly plays a young nun who secretly gives birth to a baby; the child's body is later found strangled to death. Court-appointed psychiatrist Jane Fonda is sent to the convent to investigate, a task made difficult by the weather vane behavior of mother superior Anne Bancroft. To draw out Tilly, who remembers nothing of the birth, Fonda suggests that hypnosis is called for. Playwright Pielmeier poses many questions--is Tilly a pure-and-simple murderess, or was there something "divine" in her act?--but offers frustratingly few answers.

It is Meg Tilly who makes the movie live. Her performance, which works on both realistic and symbolic levels, allows you to believe in the story. Psychiatrist Jane Fonda and mother superior Anne Bancroft round out the excellent acting. All three stars do smart, honorable work. Controversial religion themed story worth seeing; based on stage success. Just be ready to brace yourself this was a powerful film dealing with innocence and guilt and faith versus skepticism in a wholly believable manner.

Best Actress
1986 · Anne Bancroft
Nominee

Best Supporting Actress
1986 · Meg Tilly
Nominee

Best Original Score
1986 · Georges Delerue
Nominee

 

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The Prestige (2006) BD Directed by Christopher Nolan ('The Dark Knight', 'Inception', 'Interstellar', 'Dunkirk', 'Tenet'). Cinematography by Wally Pfister ('The Dark Knight', 'Inception', 'Moneyball'). Editing by Lee Smith ('The Dark Knight', 'Inception', 'Interstellar', 'Spectre', 'Dunkirk', '1917').

Starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine. Support by Piper Perabo, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, David Bowie, Andy Serkis, Roger Rees.

R.I.P. David Bowie, Roger Rees.

First viewing. Two magicians joust for superiority, sometimes with deadly consequences.

Filmed 2006 in California and Colorado. Budget $40M; Worldwide Gross $109M. Two Oscar noms for Cinematography and Art Direction.

I gave it ★★★★ on Netflix o_O
 

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Tripping Niagara 2hrs. 55mins 22secs
Thanks, DD/DTS.

Memory Lane Alert:

In 2012, day-tripped the Falls, and Niagara-On-The-Lake (about 15 miles apart). Purchased two of the area's ice wines.

Beautiful town, NOTL (pop. 17, 511). Picnic'd in a park.

24:00:00 NOTL "main street".

2:34:00 shows the sky tower we visited (first one on right). Whatta view.

2:49:00, stood by rail near the water falling. Got wet enough from spray. Didn't do Maid of the Mist cruise.
 

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A Star Is Born

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British POWs are forced to build a railway bridge across the river Kwai for their Japanese captors, not knowing that the allied forces are planning to destroy it.
Director:David Lean
Writers:Pierre Boulle (novel), Carl Foreman (screenplay)
Stars:William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins

The Bridge on the River Kwai opens in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Burma in 1943, where a battle of wills rages between camp commander Colonel Saito (Sessue Hayakawa) and newly arrived British colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness). Saito insists that Nicholson order his men to build a bridge over the river Kwai, which will be used to transport Japanese munitions. Nicholson refuses, despite all the various "persuasive" devices at Saito's disposal. Finally, Nicholson agrees, not so much to cooperate with his captor as to provide a morale-boosting project for the military engineers under his command. The colonel will prove that, by building a better bridge than Saito's men could build, the British soldier is a superior being even when under the thumb of the enemy.
As the bridge goes up, Nicholson becomes obsessed with completing it to perfection, eventually losing sight of the fact that it will benefit the Japanese. Meanwhile, American POW Shears (William Holden), having escaped from the camp, agrees to save himself from a court martial by leading a group of British soldiers back to the camp to destroy Nicholson's bridge. Upon his return, Shears realizes that Nicholson's mania to complete his project has driven him mad. Filmed in Ceylon, Bridge on the River Kwai won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for the legendary British filmmaker David Lean, and Best Actor for Guinness. It also won Best Screenplay for Pierre Boulle, the author of the novel on which the film was based, even though the actual writers were blacklisted writers Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson, who were given their Oscars under the table.



WILLIAM HOLDEN GOT A BETTER DEAL THAN THE DIRECTOR.
Lean wanted Holden, a big star and recent Oscar winner (for Stalag 17), to play American prisoner Major Shears, over the objections of producer Spiegel, who wanted Cary Grant. Once Spiegel relented, he realized Holden was a box office draw and offered him a great deal: $300,000 salary (about $3.0 million in 2021 dollars), plus 10 percent of the gross. Lean only got $150,000 himself, but he always said Holden was worth it.

THE MOVIE'S FAMOUS TUNE WAS A WORLD WAR I MARCH THAT HAD NAUGHTY LYRICS.
The “Colonel Bogey March" was composed in 1914 by Kenneth Alford, a military band conductor. During World War II, British soldiers added lyrics to the tune that went approximately along these lines:​
Hitler
Has only got one ball!
Goering
Has two but they are small.
Himmler
Has something sim'lar
But poor old Goebbels
Has no balls
At all.
(There were other verses, too, which treated in more depth the number, location, and status of Hitler's anatomy, but you get the idea.) Lean wanted to use the tune in Kwai, figured those lyrics wouldn't pass the censors (or the approval of the composer's widow), and opted to have the troops whistle it instead. Kwai's composer, Malcolm Arnold, wove the march into his Oscar-winning score so seamlessly that modern viewers may assume it was original to the film.
 

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Thanks, DD/DTS.

Memory Lane Alert:

In 2012, day-tripped the Falls, and Niagara-On-The-Lake (about 15 miles apart). Purchased two of the area's ice wines.

Beautiful town, NOTL (pop. 17, 511). Picnic'd in a park.

24:00:00 NOTL "main street".

2:34:00 shows the sky tower we visited (first one on right). Whatta view.

2:49:00, stood by rail near the water falling. Got wet enough from spray. Didn't do Maid of the Mist cruise.
You're welcome. "Niagara-On-The-Lake. Beautiful town". (y)
Visiting that town is like going back in time.
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British POWs are forced to build a railway bridge across the river Kwai for their Japanese captors, not knowing that the allied forces are planning to destroy it.
Director:David Lean
Writers:Pierre Boulle (novel), Carl Foreman (screenplay)
Stars:William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins

The Bridge on the River Kwai opens in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Burma in 1943, where a battle of wills rages between camp commander Colonel Saito (Sessue Hayakawa) and newly arrived British colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness). Saito insists that Nicholson order his men to build a bridge over the river Kwai, which will be used to transport Japanese munitions. Nicholson refuses, despite all the various "persuasive" devices at Saito's disposal. Finally, Nicholson agrees, not so much to cooperate with his captor as to provide a morale-boosting project for the military engineers under his command. The colonel will prove that, by building a better bridge than Saito's men could build, the British soldier is a superior being even when under the thumb of the enemy.
As the bridge goes up, Nicholson becomes obsessed with completing it to perfection, eventually losing sight of the fact that it will benefit the Japanese. Meanwhile, American POW Shears (William Holden), having escaped from the camp, agrees to save himself from a court martial by leading a group of British soldiers back to the camp to destroy Nicholson's bridge. Upon his return, Shears realizes that Nicholson's mania to complete his project has driven him mad. Filmed in Ceylon, Bridge on the River Kwai won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for the legendary British filmmaker David Lean, and Best Actor for Guinness. It also won Best Screenplay for Pierre Boulle, the author of the novel on which the film was based, even though the actual writers were blacklisted writers Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson, who were given their Oscars under the table.



WILLIAM HOLDEN GOT A BETTER DEAL THAN THE DIRECTOR.
Lean wanted Holden, a big star and recent Oscar winner (for Stalag 17), to play American prisoner Major Shears, over the objections of producer Spiegel, who wanted Cary Grant. Once Spiegel relented, he realized Holden was a box office draw and offered him a great deal: $300,000 salary (about $3.0 million in 2021 dollars), plus 10 percent of the gross. Lean only got $150,000 himself, but he always said Holden was worth it.

THE MOVIE'S FAMOUS TUNE WAS A WORLD WAR I MARCH THAT HAD NAUGHTY LYRICS.
The “Colonel Bogey March" was composed in 1914 by Kenneth Alford, a military band conductor. During World War II, British soldiers added lyrics to the tune that went approximately along these lines:​

(There were other verses, too, which treated in more depth the number, location, and status of Hitler's anatomy, but you get the idea.) Lean wanted to use the tune in Kwai, figured those lyrics wouldn't pass the censors (or the approval of the composer's widow), and opted to have the troops whistle it instead. Kwai's composer, Malcolm Arnold, wove the march into his Oscar-winning score so seamlessly that modern viewers may assume it was original to the film.
"The Bridge on the River Kwai" One of my favorites.
 

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Jackie (2016) Cable TV Directed by Pablo Larrain ('The Club', 'Neruda'). Cinematography by Stephane Fontaine ('Captain Fantastic', 'Elle'). Editing by Sebastian Sepulveda ('The Club').

Starring Natalie Portman, Billy Crudup, John Hurt. Support by Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Caspar Phillipson, Richard E. Grant.

R.I.P. John Hurt.

First viewing of this Jackie Kennedy biopic, for the week following that fateful day. A missed opportunity. This would've been better without superfluous material, casting, exteriors, etc., and more attention paid to detail.

Elaboration was needed for intimate circle, and the journalist interviewing Jackie.

Natalie Portman is small for this role, being four inches shorter than Jackie. I would've preferred originally cast Rachel Weisz, for height, appearance, acting.

For this film, JFK is shorter than his brother Bobby. In actuality, JFK was four inches taller.

Filmed 2015 in Washington DC area, and France. Budget $9M; Worldwide Gross $29M. Three Oscar noms, incl. Best Actress for Portman.

 

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Honest Thief - A year after falling in love with Annie, Tom Dolan - a former Marine, bomb expert and bank robber - wants to go straight. But his attempt to turn himself in to the FBI and get a reduced sentence in exchange for returning all the stolen loot goes sideways when a couple of crooked agents steal the cash, off one of their own and pin the murder on Dolan. Tom needs to clear his name and it won't be easy. Luckily, he has a very particular set of skills.

Comments: This was a perfectly-average, easy-to-watch, paint-by-numbers action flick that moved along at a steady pace and featured a really cute little dog. :)
 

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