Channing Pomeroy
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  • Seven Days in May

    Seven Days in May

    ★★★★

    This gripping performance-based Cold War thriller, driven home by a murders’ row of talent at the top of their games, was one of the first films to try to come to terms with the near-miss of the Cuban Missile Crisis. It takes as its premise it-can’t-happen-here (can it?) and its idealistic-realism stands as a perfect counterpoint to the absurdity of Dr. Strangelove released two weeks earlier.

    Looking back, the irony is that it actually couldn’t happen here. We know this…

  • Three on a Match

    Three on a Match

    ★★★

    This is one of those Pre-Code films that makes you wonder at the moral complexity that could have been explored in American films for 35 years had not simplistic morality been mandated by the Hayes Act.

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  • The Lady Vanishes

    The Lady Vanishes

    ★★★★½

    The last of his phenomenal run of British vintages is essentially a locked-room-mystery on wheels. But Hitch isn’t interested in the mystery aspect and certainly not in who the bad guys are working for, what this code-in-tune means in the first place, or how the British came to use an old governess smuggle it, or why the bad guys are so keen to steal it. If Sabotage is his Hitch’s case study in the Bomb Under the Table Theory of…

  • Journey to Italy

    Journey to Italy

    ★★★★★

    This one hit me where it hurts because it reminded me of two journeys in Italy years before my own marriage fell into ruins.

    Northern Europeans, Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders, smolder in quiet resentment among fiery Mediterraneans. They’ve left the world of business on the cold, eroding, and literally insular island of Britain and come to the relaxed world on a hot, unstable, volcanic peninsula. Their marriage is in ruins as they wander among excavations of Pompeii, among the…