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« #510 : February 08, 2018, 04:24:06 PM »

Under Capricorn coming on Blu:
http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=22842



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« #511 : February 09, 2018, 09:26:57 AM »

Last night, with Mrs. Cusser out at a horse event, I watched again "Saboteur", hadn't seen it in at least two decades, and that was at the theater.  Since this was released in 1942, and I know tons more WW2 history, wanted to see how the war was addressed.  I enjoyed this a lot, a common storyline (like "All Through the Night") where an innocent guy really has to find the perpetrator to clear himself.  The Statue of Liberty scene is a classic, as is the bickering Cummings and Lane commented on by observers as "they must be so much in love" (similar to scene in "39 Steps).

The Nazi sympathizers were called "The Firm" and had no accents, unlike the commonly used sinister-appearing Conrad Veidt.

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« #512 : February 09, 2018, 11:31:13 AM »

Last night, with Mrs. Cusser out at a horse event, I watched again "Saboteur", hadn't seen it in at least two decades, and that was at the theater.  Since this was released in 1942, and I know tons more WW2 history, wanted to see how the war was addressed.  I enjoyed this a lot, a common storyline (like "All Through the Night") where an innocent guy really has to find the perpetrator to clear himself.  The Statue of Liberty scene is a classic, as is the bickering Cummings and Lane commented on by observers as "they must be so much in love" (similar to scene in "39 Steps).

The Nazi sympathizers were called "The Firm" and had no accents, unlike the commonly used sinister-appearing Conrad Veidt.

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« #513 : March 19, 2018, 04:24:51 PM »

Watched Torn Curtain again... Far from Hitch's best movie, but it still has enough scenes that make it enjoyable (for now)... The museum scene followed by Gromek's death scene are just great. As is the busride, and Lila Kedrova's countess in the cafe (difficult to tell as he sleepwalks through the entire movie, but Paul Newman looks transfixed in the scene, watching Kedrova's facial expressions that run the entire gamut within milliseconds).

Gromek's death scene is both one of the high points of the movie as well as a low point, as Wolfgang Kieling's performance is wonderful. He's both funny and menacing and the movie loses something after he's gone. In a way he's replaced by Professor Lindt as an eccentric side character, but he's no Gromek.

Also, the scene where the prima ballerina Tamara Toumanova spots Newman in the audience is plain awkward... The way Hitch uses freeze frames to get across that she spots Newman while doing pirouettes just doesn't work. Was that really the best he could come up with?! Toumanova's far more enjoyable in a very similar role in 'The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes' just a few years later. Was she dubbed in this movie by any chance? The few times she talks the sound seems off somehow.

Anyways... The good does still outweigh the bad, and it's enjoyable enough. Dropping my rating from a 7 to a 7- tho, some of the negatives about this movie stood out more for me this time around. There's potential to drop to a 6 here if I ever watch it again...


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« #514 : March 19, 2018, 09:25:27 PM »

Watched Torn Curtain again... Far from Hitch's best movie, but it still has enough scenes that make it enjoyable (for now)... The museum scene followed by Gromek's death scene are just great.

Yup. I'd go even further and that these scenes, especially the Gromek's death, are among the ver best scenes by Sir Hitchcock.



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« #515 : October 15, 2018, 04:58:32 PM »

Notorious will get the Criterion BD treatment in January.



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