A Double Life (1947)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1947.  Kanin Productions.  Screenplay by Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Michael Kanin.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Travis Banton, Yvonne Wood.  Film Editing by Robert Parrish.  Academy Awards 1947.  Golden Globe Awards 1947.   Ronald Colman plays a famous Broadway actor who struggles with detaching…

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Miracle On 34th Street (1947)

BBBB (out of 5) Although not as ubiquitously adored as It’s A Wonderful Life as classic Christmas movies go, this one has the advantage of being much sassier than Capra’s heartwarmer. Maureen O’Hara is excellent as a Macy’s employee who is in serious trouble when the Santa Claus she has hired for the annual Christmas parade turns…

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Kiss Of Death

BBB.5 (out of 5) Victor Mature goes to the joint for robbery but needs to get out when he finds out that his wife has killed herself and orphaned their two little girls. He squeals on a psychotic mobster (Richard Widmark) and is released to the world and to a new wife (an excellent Coleen…

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Life With Father

BBB.5 (out of 5) Delightful family comedy, the kind of nostalgia that was made in the forties to capitalize on the success of Meet Me In St. Louis. Adapted from the hit play based on the autobiographical tales of Clarence Day (junior), it surrounds the experience of a family living under the rule of a…

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Black Narcissus

BBBBB (out of 5) One of the best British films ever made is this pioneering effort by independent filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Shot entirely at Pinewood with painted matte backgrounds to recreate the Himalayas (and astonishingly well at that), the film is superbly textured and mature, thematically ahead of any movie made in…

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Bambi

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The story here isn’t much to speak of, but the artistry of the animation is absolutely breathtaking and its like was rarely to be seen again. The simple tale is of a baby doe named Bambi who is born into an adoring world of furry little friends in the deep of the…

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Gentleman’s Agreement

BBB (out of 5) Gregory Peck decides to research anti-Semitism for his newspaper by taking up residence under a Jewish name and seeing how he is treated by others in his community. This film has many great moments that point out the very nature of racism and bigotry in America (such as, in one poignant dinner…

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