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  • Old Acquaintance

    Old Acquaintance

    ★★★★

    'There comes a time in every woman's life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne..' (Bette Davis as Kit Marlowe)

    It was over ninety minutes into Vincent Sherman's sudsy soap opera hokum before Davis physically assailed the insufferable Miriam Hopkins and since I was anticipating this very event right from the beginning, it was all very entertaining when it finally happened! The source material is a play by John Van Druten about two friends who become…

  • Rupert and the Frog Song

    Rupert and the Frog Song

    ★★★

    I think we can all stand together and say this is a lot of fun, right?

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  • In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place

    ★★★★★

    5 Reasons why this film is a masterpiece:

    1. It's the best film Nicholas Ray ever made; a noir-tinged drama rendered in dark visuals of exhilarating beauty.

    2. It showcases probably the greatest performance of Bogie's career as the short-fused screenwriter Dix Steele, a character he imbues with a neurotic edge that is frightening in its intensity.

    3. This dialogue: 'I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me'.

    4. Gloria Grahame is in it.

    5. It just 'is', OK?!

  • Trouble in Paradise

    Trouble in Paradise

    ★★★★½

    Here we have a typically sophisticated and fashionable comedy graced by the renowned Lubitsch 'Touch'; a film which wears its amorality as a badge of pride and notable for the quickfire wit and acting skills of Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall as they portray jewel thieves plying their trade across Continental Europe.

    This is a production of such elegance and lightness that we can only weep for an art form seemingly lost forever..