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  • The General Died at Dawn

    The General Died at Dawn


    Uneven, mid-range Milestone, but there are few things more watchable to me than Gary Cooper in one of his '30s vehicles. Aided by ripe Clifford Odets dialogue, which really requires a performer like Cooper to pull off effectively, and Victor Milner's moody cinematography. I'm afraid Madeleine Carroll often leaves me cold these days (especially in this, she's too polished and mishandles the Odets dialogue), but she's lit gorgeously as always.

  • The Story of Three Loves

    The Story of Three Loves


    This anthology film is worth seeing just for Moira Shearer in one of her too-rare film appearances, opposite James Mason - one of those dream movie pairings, at least for me. Echoes of The Red Shoes are inevitable, and Mason effectively combines aspects of both the Walbrook and Goring roles in this compressed format. The climactic dance sequence, choreographed by Frederick Ashton, is incredibly beautiful; the accompanying Rachmaninoff music apparently had a great impact on a young Joni Mitchell. The…

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  • Wild River

    Wild River


    Some rambling thoughts after seeing this, my favorite Kazan, again...

    Certainly one of the most authentic films ever made about the American South. Jo Van Fleet's character, Ella Garth, retains a nobility that you can't help but admire, even as you recognize the untenability of her staunch individualism.

    In past viewings, the central conflict beween Garth and the TVA, represented by Montgomery Clift's Chuck Glover, left the greatest impact on me. That's still the case, but I was also struck…

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    The Shop Around the Corner


    "There might be a lot we don't know about each other. You know, people seldom go to the trouble of scratching the surface of things to find the inner truth."

    Yes, so I won't attempt to offer a real review of this wonderful, funny, bittersweet film, with one of the most romantic endings in all cinema. Not just now. All you really need to know is that The Shop Around the Corner is pure joy. That is, when it isn't…