Screening Classic Hollywood: Johnny Guitar (1954)

Warning: Spoilers for the film follow. You ever have one of those films that you know you should have seen long before now, but for some reason it just kept getting pushed to the back burner? Nicholas Ray's 1954 film Johnny Guitar has been one of those films for me, and I am so glad … Continue reading Screening Classic Hollywood: Johnny Guitar (1954)

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Screening Classic Hollywood: “The Damned Don’t Cry” (1950)

I've been on a bit of a grand dames of Classic Hollywood lately (inspired in part by the book Bette and Joan: The Divine Feud) and so, when I saw that this film starred Joan Crawford, I knew I had to check it out. Personally, I've always been more of a Bette Davis acolyte, but like … Continue reading Screening Classic Hollywood: “The Damned Don’t Cry” (1950)

Screening Classic Hollywood: “The Star” (1952)

This film follows in the tradition of such films as Sunset Boulevard and All About Eve, movies that expose the terrible toll that Hollywood stardom takes on those enmeshed within the system, particularly female stars. This film sits at the confluence of several important influences: Davis's star text, competing and sometimes overlapping genres (the "star" film, the maternal melodrama), and … Continue reading Screening Classic Hollywood: “The Star” (1952)

Screening Classic Hollywood: “The Seven Year Itch” (1955) and the Puncturing of Hegemonic Masculinity

Billy Wilder is one of my favourite classic Hollywood directors. All of his movies--from Double Indemnity to Sunset Boulevard--crackle and snap with an energy all their own. Wilder had a keen eye for searing away the patina of conformity and niceness of American culture to lay bare the hypocrisy and rot beneath. While at first glance a comedy … Continue reading Screening Classic Hollywood: “The Seven Year Itch” (1955) and the Puncturing of Hegemonic Masculinity

Screening Classic Hollywood: “How to Marry a Millionaire” (1953)

Recently, I decided to give the film How to Marry a Millionaire another watch. It's an important film in Hollywood history and, as a scholar of classic Hollywood, I'm always looking for new ways of thinking about this particularly important period of film history. I'm sure glad I did, because I LOVED this film. It's all too … Continue reading Screening Classic Hollywood: “How to Marry a Millionaire” (1953)

Screening Classic Hollywood: “All About Eve” (1950)

This post is part of the “Try It, You’ll Like It!” Blogathon, hosted by Sister Celluloid and Movies Silently, where we write about “gateway films” that might bring non-classic-film lovers into the fold! For all the entries, click here! All About Eve has long been one of my favourite films.  With its sharply written and snappy dialogue, its … Continue reading Screening Classic Hollywood: “All About Eve” (1950)

Screening Classic Hollywood: “Sudden Fear” (1952)

Say what you will, but no one could play a victimized, melodramatic heroine like Joan Crawford.  Her talents in this area are certainly on conspicuous display in the 1952 film Sudden Fear, in which she plays a popular and successful playwright Myra, who falls for a moderately talented actor Lester (Jack Palance), only to discover that he, … Continue reading Screening Classic Hollywood: “Sudden Fear” (1952)

Screening History: “Broken Arrow” (1950)

Released in 1950, Broken Arrow follows Tom Jeffords (James Stewart) desperately wants to forge a measure of peace between his own people and the Apache and is faced with opposition from both.  While he is able to forge a measure of peace between the Apache chief Cochise (Jeff Chandler), he is steadfastly opposed by the more bellicose … Continue reading Screening History: “Broken Arrow” (1950)

Screening Classic Hollywood: “Knights of the Round Table” (1953)

Since I've been in a medieval frame of mind recently, I've found myself watching and reading lots of things set in that period, including the focus of today's post Knights of the Round Table, an MGM film released in 1953.  While it is not my favourite Arthurian adaptation (that particular genre is one of the easiest to … Continue reading Screening Classic Hollywood: “Knights of the Round Table” (1953)