Posts Tagged ‘Hollywood’


September 14, 2011

What’s often called the defining film of a generation (and, indeed, a century), makes the leap to a new kind of definition today – high definition – with the Blue-ray release of the 1941 masterpiece, Citizen Kane with Orson Well.

For more than half a century Kane has headed the polls as he greatest film ever made.

Some film critics now qeustion this rating.  David Thompson says younger people now find it boring.

I saw Kane (the story of William Randlolph Hearst) many years ago but i remember very little about it.  Something about a mysterious “Rosebud.”

But I do remember several other great films very vividly:

Bridge  Over the River Kwai with the incomparable Alec Guiness who I met several times in London in the sixties.

Brideshead Revisited, based on the novel by Evelyn  Waugh.  The remarkable performance by John Gilguid, is alone worth the price of admission.

Sadly, I cannot remember the title of my third favourite film.  It was based on  a palatial estate called Manderly and starred laurence Olivier and  Olivia de Havilland.  Does anybody remember the nameof this film?

Did you ever see Citizen Kane?  Would you rate it up there as number one of all time/

What are your three most memorable films?


April 10, 2011

Sydney Lumet, one of the greatest film directors in the last half of the 20th century has just died at his home in Manhattan.

Lumet was known best for award-winning films such as 12 Angry Men, Dog-day afternoon; Network, Fail Safe, The Verdict, The Pawnbroker, Serpico, Murder  on the Orient Express.

The Lumet films that I  enjoyed most and remember best are 12 Angry Men, Network, The  Pawnbroker.

Do you remember any of Lumet’s films?

Which did you like the most?


March 24, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor may have been the last Star, the last creation of the dream  factory who will be remembered as much for her divorces, diamonds and  dry-outs as for her films

Elizabeth Taylor made more than 50 films, won two Oscars, was a grandmother at 39 and was married eight times to seven men.  A woman of exceptional physical beauty, Taylor grew into the most photographed film star of all time.  Other love goddesses such as Rita Hayworth  and Ava Gardner were not in the same league in terms of public and press attention.  Everything she did was news.

One of the films I remember most was with Richard Burton in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? It was a scalding performance that scraped paint off the walls.

What Taylor films have you seen?

Is there a “star” male or female in Hollywood today that has a  bigger profile than Taylor did in her day?  Who?

I can think of Maggie Smith and Judi Densch but they don’t come near to Taylor.

I saw Richard Burton play Hamlet on the stage in New York.  I  think he may have been hung over

Is there anyone in film-land who takes up the space that Taylor filled in her day?

Was Taylor the last of the greats?

What do you think?