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Casablanca (1942) 75th Anniversary Review -A Cinematic Work of Art

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. Casablanca Summary Here’s looking at you, kid. There are a few films that are so famous that everyone has heard of them even if they haven’t seen them. Casablanca is one such film. It is beloved even by those who are not usually fans of classic cinema. Thanks to a great script, fabulous actors in memorable parts and well-earned hype, it is an indelible work of cinematic art even after 75 years. Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) is the owner/manager of a café...

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Vintage Film Review: Holiday (1938) – A Quiet Underrated Gem

25SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. HOLIDAY SUMMARY Johnny Case is a self-made man who has been working since he was a child. On his first vacation in years, he meets and becomes engaged to the beautiful Julia Seton. Johnny is thrilled to have met a woman who he believes shares the same outlook on life as he does. Upon his return, he boasts of his luck to his good friends the Potters, before going to meet Julia’s family. He is surprised when the taxi delivers...

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Bitter Harvest (2017) Film Review – Love and Survival During a Genocide

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. THE HOLODOMOR Holodomor is a word which translated literally means death by starvation.  The word comes from the Ukrainian words holod, ‘hunger’, and mor, ‘plague’ possibly from the expression moryty holodom, ‘to inflict death by hunger’ (Source: Wikipedia). The Ukrainians use it more commonly to refer to a literal event which occurred in the early 1930’s when Stalin’s government created a famine. The intentional policies of his government led to the death of millions of Ukrainians from starvation and subsequent disease. Although the final...

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A Vintage Christmas – 19 Classic Holiday Films to Make You Feel Nostalgic

19SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly There is something inherently nostalgia-laden about classic Christmas films. They hearken back to what we perceive as the simplicity and warmth of earlier times. These vintage movies celebrate the best things about the holiday – love, family, peace and joy. Not to mention, they generally are accompanied by our favorite Christmas carols sung by names like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett which only enhance the images onscreen. Christmas just happens to be my favorite time of year. In fact, I start my holiday countdown in October. I also happen to be a classic film aficionado. So,...

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Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2017) -An Inspiring Documentary About Marriage and Careers

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. One of the reasons I love books and films are the stories they tell. But I’m not just a huge fan of fictional stories. Real people’s stories fascinate me; their personal experiences, what makes them tick etc. This is why when I heard about Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story I was interested in watching it. Then, of course, I read several positive reviews about this ordinary couple who worked in an extraordinary industry and knew I had to...

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Vintage Film Review: Light in the Piazza (1962) – The Story of a Mother’s Love

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. I have a shameful confession to make. Although I adore classic films, I’m a bit of a snob about it too.  As a general rule, I prefer black and white pre-war (that’s WWII) pictures. I like them even better if they are comedies. Although I do enjoy some movies which don’t meet my criteria, generally these types of films are not my first choice. So, a movie such as Light in the Piazza, a drama set in Florence in the 1960’s...

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Vintage Film Review: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) – Friendship Turns to Love Between a Woman and a Ghost

42SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. During Halloween season, most movies tend to fall within the supernatural, suspense or horror genres. But occasionally, you can find a romantic exception which still fits with the overall tone of the season. With its slightly moody romantic atmosphere and the unconventional relationship between a woman and a ghost, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is the perfect film to watch this time of year. That is if you prefer your movies a little less intense or scary. Recently widowed, Lucy Muir demands...

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Celebrating Halloween – 16 Funny and Romantic Supernatural Films

19SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Ah, Fall! That time of year when the heat of summer fades away into cooler nights. We drag out our scarves, sweaters, and boots, and start consuming all things pumpkin. Along with football season, this is also the time of year when we celebrate one of Americans’ favorite holidays – Halloween. Halloween is generally associated with witches, ghosts, and goblins and maintains an air of otherworldliness. Although the majority of films tend to focus on the spooky and scary side of the supernatural, I’ve never been a big fan. As usual, I much prefer my supernatural with a side of...

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For Love of the Phantom Review – A Highly Rated Sequel to Leroux’s Classic Love Triangle

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. For Love of the Phantom Review For Love of the Phantom is a sequel to Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera. If unfamiliar with the story, the setting in the original novel is set in a Paris Opera house in the early years of the 1900’s. It features an innocent young orphan woman named Christine. She receives secret lessons in music by a man she only knows as the Angel of Music. Eventually, it is revealed that this same Angel is also the...

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For A Woman (2013) Film Review – A Quietly Devastating Study of Love and Family Dynamics

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. This past year in order to broaden my perspective, I decided to start watching foreign films. I’ve never been one to want to stay in my own cultural bubble. I prefer to explore, even if it is only through the medium of cinema. Sometimes I find similarities I can relate to. Other times I feel completely lost in the cultural translation. But I always come away from such armchair adventures challenged and contemplative. FOR A WOMAN SUMMARY For a Woman...

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The Phantom of the Opera (2004) Film Review – A Feast for the Eyes and the Heart

16SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. The Phantom of the Opera (2004) I vividly remember my first exposure to The Phantom of the Opera. My family was in New York and my father took us all to see the show on Broadway. We also watched the equally famous Les Miserable that same trip. But as much as I loved the message, it was not Les Miserable which stuck with me. For weeks, I was haunted by the story of the Phantom. The music replayed continuously in...

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Vintage Film Review: The Philadelphia Story (1940) -A Classic Showpiece for Fabulous Actors

39SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. I am delighted to be able to introduce you to one of my very favorite films, The Philadelphia Story. The Philadelphia Story Summary Tracy Samantha Lord (Katharine Hepburn) is a Philadelphia socialite who is preparing to wed for the second time. Unfortunately for her, the editor of a popular tabloid magazine has bribed his reporter and photographer as well as Tracy’s ex-husband into providing coverage of the wedding. His bargaining chip is incriminating evidence he holds against Tracy’s philandering father. So, in spite of her wish for...

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