Category Archives: Great Movies

Director Michael Powell and Zionist Leader Chaim Weizmann

Director Michael Powell and screenwriter Emeric Pressburger were responsible for some of the finest, most distinctive movies made in Britain from the late 30s to the late 40s: The Spy in Black (1939), The Thief of Bagdad (1940), 49th Parallel (1941), One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942), The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp […]

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10 Must See War Movies

There is no subject as well suited for the movies as war. In war there is conflict, love, and of course lots of action. Movies, said Hitchcock, are just like life, but with the boring parts cut out. Thus, movies about war delete the incredible boredom of most war-time experiences in favor of the hyper-drama […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s: 36 Hours

We continue our survey of the Greatest Movies of the 1960s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s click here. From the 1960s I have already written about: Psycho, […]

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Theater Cancels Gone With the Wind

This is one of the consequences of allowing the left to arbitrate what is acceptable in our culture. Once you appease the left, on any issue, they, like all fascists, smell blood in the water, and move on to devour other issues. Same sex marriage leads to the the left’s current gender identity hysteria. Never […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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Mike Nichols On Casting The Graduate: Hoffman a Loser, Redford Not

Mike Nichols, on casting the role of Benjamin Braddock: “I interviewed hundreds, maybe thousands, of men. Robert [Redford] wanted the part. I said, ‘You can’t play it. You can never play a loser.’ And Redford said, ‘What do you mean? Of course I can play a loser.’ And I said, ‘O.K., have you ever struck […]

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Hitchcock: The Purest Form of Cinema

“The silent pictures were the purest form of cinema; the only thing they lacked was the sound of people talking and the noises. But this slight imperfection did not warrant the major changes that sound brought in… In many of the films now being made, there is very little cinema: they are mostly what I […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s: Knife in the Water

We continue our survey of the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s click here. 9. Knife in […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s: Bye Bye Birdie

We continue our survey of the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s click here. 8. Bye Bye […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s: The Birds

  We continue our survey of the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s click here. 7. The […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s: To Kill a Mockingbird

We continue our survey of the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s click here. 6. To Kill […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s: Ride the High Country

We continue our survey of the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s click here. 5. Ride the […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s: Lawrence of Arabia

We continue our survey of the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s click here. 3. Lawrence of Arabia, 1962. Such […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s: Psycho

We begin our survey our survey of the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s click here. 1. Psycho, 1960 At […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s: The Nun’s Story

We continue and conclude our survey of the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s click here. 20. The Nun’s Story, 1959 Think of Audrey Hepburn and chances […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s: Vertigo

We continue our survey of the twenty greatest movies of the 1950s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For a listing of the greatest movies of the 20s and 30s click here. 18. Vertigo, 1958 In 1962, Sight & Sound magazine, a British publication, launched a ten-yearly poll to evaluate the […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s: Touch of Evil

We continue our survey of the twenty greatest movies of the 1950s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For a listing of the greatest movies of the 20s and 30s click here. 17. Touch of Evil, 1958 In one of the most effective opening sequences ever filmed, the camera focuses in […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s: The Man Who Knew Too Much

We continue our survey of the twenty greatest movies of the 1950s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For a listing of the greatest movies of the 20s and 30s click here. 16. The Man Who Knew Too Much, 1956 In  François Truffaut’s 1967 ground-breaking interview with Alfred Hitchcock, on Hitch’s […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

We continue our survey of the twenty greatest movies of the 1950s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For a listing of the greatest movies of the 20s and 30s click here. 15. Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 1956. This film has no CGI. No SFX. And no gripping battle scenes […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s: Ordet

We continue our survey of the twenty greatest movies of the 1950s. For a complete listing of the greatest movies of the 20, 30s and 40s, click here. 14. Ordet (English: The Word), 1955. On a rural Danish farm, a young man gets up from his bed in the middle of the night, wanders outside, […]

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