Raquel Pro

Favorite films

  • The Grey Fox
  • Robin and Marian
  • Bunny Lake Is Missing
  • The Fallen Idol

Recent activity

  • How Green Was My Valley

  • Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte

  • Leave Her to Heaven

  • The Children's Hour

Recent reviews

  • How Green Was My Valley

    How Green Was My Valley

    Majestic from beginning to end

    John Ford was a director with a vision bigger than life, as demonstrated by his films. The director had the good fortune to have Arthur C. Miller as his cinematographer for this tale about the stark conditions about the miners lives. The small town comes alive by the vivid account one sees on the screen. At times, what we are witnessing before our eyes, remind us of the work of great photographers such as Margaret…

  • Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte

    Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte

    Glorious Southern Gothic Delirium

    A severed hand, a meat cleaver, and a headless corpse that appear in the eerie shadows of a decaying Southern mansion would suggest the makings of a cheap horror flick. However, under the sure hand of director Robert Aldrich, the Gothic thriller, "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte," became an outstanding suspense film that has withstood the test of time. Intended as a follow-up to the successful "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane," this film is no sequel and…

Popular reviews

  • The Innocents

    The Innocents

    Genuine creepiness in glorious black and white

    Based on Henry James novel, The Turn of the Screw, The Innocents is a thoroughly absorbing chiller. Director Jack Claytons masterpiece is a study of deepest dread. It still has the power to disturb some sixty years later. Filmed on location at Sheffield Park and Gardens, this lovely Gothic chiller does justice to its literate source. Clayton is fully aware that here, in and around the Gothic abode, it’s more often than not…

  • Leave Her to Heaven

    Leave Her to Heaven

    Tierney is spellbinding

    I do not believe anyone can watch this without remembering Gene Tierney’s searing blue eyes or Jeanne Crain’s face of innocence. Lushly photographed in Oscar-winning Technicolor, this film version of Ben Ames William’s novel is an engrossingly watchable portrait of a possessive, jealous woman, a role that earned Gene Tierney her one and only Oscar nomination. 

    Like many post-war films, Leave Her To Heaven is a study of a troubled individual. This film was a great setup…