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Friday Night Films: “Cat People” by Jacques Tourneur

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Cat People is a 1942 film directed by Jacques Tourneur. The original screenplay, written by DeWitt Bodeen, was based on Val Lewton’s short story The Bagheeta published in 1930. The film stars Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph and Tom Conway.

This is the story of Irena, a young Serbian woman in Manhattan, who believes that, because of an ancient curse, any physical intimacy with the man she loves will turn her into a feline predator.

An extraordinary work of photography by Nicholas Musuraca.

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Publicado por en octubre 28, 2016 en Actors, Actresses, Art, Movies

 

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Friday Night Films: “The Ladykillers” by Alexander Mackendrick

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Here’sone of my favourite fims. A masterpiece. A must see.

the_ladykillers-664308624-largeThe Ladykillers is a 1955 British black comedyfilm made by Ealing Studios. Directed byAlexander Mackendrick, it stars Katie Johnson, Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green and Jack Warner.

American William Rose wrote the screenplay, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay and won the BAFTA Award for Best British Screenplay.

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Mrs. Louisa Alexandra Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) is a sweet and eccentric old widow who lives alone with her raucous parrots in a gradually subsiding lopsided house, built over the entrance to a railway tunnel in Kings Cross, London. With nothing to occupy her time and an active imagination, she is a frequent visitor to the local police station where she reports fanciful suspicions regarding neighbourhood activities…

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Publicado por en octubre 14, 2016 en Actors, Actresses, Movies

 

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Friday Night Films: “The day of The Jackal” by Fred Zinnemann

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The day of The Jackal (1973) is a thriller based on the novel by Frederick Forsyth, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Edward Fox.

The film is about a professional assassin known as “The Jackal” who is hired to assassinate French president Charles De Gaulle in the summer of 1963.

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I think Edward Fox is perfect as the murderer. The English actor did an excellent job. He’s got the magnetism needed to give credibility to a character characterized by the coldness.

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And it’s fascinating to see the meticulous work of this mysterious murderer to prepare the assassination.

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Truly it’s’s one of those movies that you never seem to get bored watching.

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Publicado por en octubre 7, 2016 en Actors, Movies

 

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Friday Night Films: “The Haunting” by Robert Wise

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Long before The Legend of Hell House (1973) or Ghost Story(1981) or Poltergeist (1982), Robert Wise directed a creepy little tale about the supernatural called The Haunting (1963), which was based on the Shirley Jackson novel, The Haunting of Hill House. In the film, Dr. John Markway (Richard Johnson), a professor of anthropology with a deep interest in the occult, decides to investigate an infamous mansion with a long history of unexplained psychic phenomena. Joining him in his experiment are Luke Sanderson (Russ Tamblyn) who stands to inherit the house from his family, and two volunteers, Eleanor Vance (Julie Harris) and Theodora (Claire Bloom) who possess unusual extrasensory sensitivities.

Though set in New England, The Haunting was actually filmed in England with the interior scenes being shot at the MGM studio in Borehamwood. “The exterior was a several-hundred-years-old manor house out in the country, about ten miles from Stratford-on-Avon,”…

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Publicado por en septiembre 30, 2016 en Actors, Actresses, Art, Movies

 

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“No Man’s Land” by Harold Pinter #Theatre

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 No Man’s Land review: ‘Hilariously tragicomic’

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With its all-star cast, this revival of Harold Pinter’s ‘No Man’s Land’ is not to be missed as it opens in the West End following a triumphant UK tour.

It’s been in the offing since Sean Mathias’s acclaimed production of this Pinter classic was unveiled on Broadway in 2013. Now, as we’d hoped, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart – both at the top of their game – have finally brought it to London. After a short UK tour, their version has landed, fittingly enough, in the very theatre where, some forty years ago, John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson continued to put their brilliantly eccentric stamp on the roles of Spooner and Hirst in the West End transfer of the original 1975 National Theatre production.

Mathias’s staging manages to be the funniest account of the play I have seen without underselling its scariness, mystery or…

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Publicado por en septiembre 23, 2016 en Actors, Theatre

 

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Friday Night Films: “Young Frankenstein” by Mel Brooks

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Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American horror comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting cast includesTeri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman,Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars,Richard Haydn and Gene Hackman. The screenplay was written by Wilder and Brooks.

The film is an affectionate parody of the classic horror film genre, in particular the various film adaptations of Mary Shelley‘s novel Frankenstein produced by Universal in the 1930s. Most of the lab equipment used as props was created by Kenneth Strickfaden for the 1931 film Frankenstein. To help evoke the atmosphere of the earlier films, Brooks shot the picture entirely in black-and-white, a rarity in the 1970s, and employed 1930s-style opening credits and scene transitions such as iris outs, wipes

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Publicado por en septiembre 16, 2016 en Actors, Movies

 

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Friday Night Films: “Charade” by Stanley Donen

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Charade is a 1963 American romantic comedy/mystery film directed by Stanley Donen, and starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. The cast also features Walter Matthau, James Coburn and George Kennedy.

Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust?

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The chemical between Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant is simply perfect. 

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Publicado por en septiembre 9, 2016 en Actors, Actresses, Movies

 

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