To Be or Not to Be – 1942 Lubitsch

Rated #103 on TSPDT which is very overrated Carole Lombard is absolutely stunning in her final role before her tragic plane crash death It’s both a socially and politically important movie and a great comedy- not hard to see how it’s rated so high by so many critics but it’s just not nearly one of the best directed movies of all-time There are a ton of hilarious scenes but my favorite might be Robert Stack leaving right in Benny’s Hamlet soliloquy and that ongoing joke Very detailed and intelligent narrative Blends drama horror of WW2/Hitler/Nazi’s and comedy with such

To Be or Not to Be – 1942 Lubitsch2017-03-02T18:49:48+00:00

The Razor’s Edge – 1946 Goulding

Anne Baxter, Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne, Clifton Webb and Herbert Marshall make for a near perfect ensemble. Power and Payne aren't great actors but give some of their best work here (payne is only better in miracle on 34th street which would come the following year) First time seeing it 2/25/2017 Fox’s big prestige picture in 1946 There were apparently 89 sets built specifically for the film and it shows. Pretty amazing décor Intelligent adaptation on a novel who coined the “find myself” postwar (ww1 in the book but of course 1946 is ww2) psychology. Existential crisis and world disillusionment

The Razor’s Edge – 1946 Goulding2017-02-28T14:27:10+00:00
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