The year 1949, now seventy years young, brought us one of the single greatest years in the immediate post-war cinema. These seven films look closely at the world through hazy shades of grey (with the exception of one film, which aims for pure escapism from recent horrors). These seven films – and one could argue easily for the inclusion of another four or five on this list – represent the must-see essentials for anyone looking seriously at post-war cinema, both at home and abroad. These selections might have reached the big 7-0 in 2019, but they’ve never been more relevant.Read More
When I was able to see it for myself for the first time, I loved it. It was one of those rare gems that we as movie fans are always on the lookout for. It's like that reason that some folk go to garage sales and estate sales - they are hoping to one day find that amazing score that someone else has undervalued. RIDE THE PINK HORSE is that kind of movie and to be honest I wasn't sure when (if ever) it would see any kind of home video release, let alone the deluxe Criterion Collection Blu-ray treatment - which it finally got a few years back.Read More
After World War II, several servicemen went to Hollywood for their post-war careers. However, some actors left Hollywood to serve during the war—some as civilians and others in the military.
Some returned to Hollywood changed, not as fresh-faced and lighthearted as they were before their war experiences. And some were killed, unable to return at all. Here are just a few of Hollywood’s top stars who served in World War II:Read More
Crowds of ration-weary movie goers found refuge in darkened movie houses during the 1940s. Many men were off at war, and many weren’t ever coming home. Because of this, more women than ever were working outside the home to help factories keep up with production. So, a couple of hours at the movies was probably welcome relief for them – if they had time to go, that is. Let’s take a look at some of the notable Academy Award winners of the 1940s.Read More
I admit, quite openly, I am not the biggest fan of classic films. While I appreciate their rich storylines, delicate scores, and over-the-top stars, many leave me laughing when inappropriate, or shuddering when I should be smiling. But ever so often, I stumble upon a classic movie I find to be an engaging, thought-provoking timeless gem. This month, we are celebrating the 1940s as part of DVD Netflix’s year-long campaign examining each decade of film, so here are four ‘40s films that you shouldn’t miss, no matter your taste.Read More