If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know of my love for Tudor dramas. The only one I reviewed prior to this is Cate Blanchett‘s Elizabeth. How funny then I’m reviewing another Queen Elizabeth film today, but this one takes place when our Virgin Queen is a fair bit older. The 1955 film The Virgin Queen is a mixed bag of Elizabethan melodrama, Shakespearean romance, and a queen who just happens to be named Elizabeth. I learned the details behind the movie after watching it helping make sense of the film’s tone, but ultimately The Virgin Queen is a 1950s period love story endeavoring to be a Queen Elizabeth movie.
You can always tell a Jean Negulesco picture. His works are usually polished melodramas where the romance is heavily steep in morality, a sermon on celluloid. Some of his works I enjoy for their light diversionary quality (The Pleasure Seekers, for example). However, the majority of his work is just too sticky sweet and boring for me. Phone Call From a Stranger might implie a serious drama or thriller wherein our hero searches for the eponymous stranger who’s called him. Instead, this plays like you’re watching Fatal Attraction only to realize the couple fall in love and one has a fatal disease. This is a downright bizarre movie whose closest cousin is the Will Smith movie, Seven Pounds. I hated that feature, and I can’t conjure much love for this earlier version.
The July Five continues with the second to last theme week: Bette Davis. And what better way to talk all about Bette than starting with her iconic 1950 drama, All About Eve. This is a movie that needs no introduction, so let’s get to it! If this post sounds a bit weird it’s because it was the inaugural post ever published on Journeys in Classic Film! I’ve edited it as best I can.
A pretty uneventual top posts week with several prominent articles returning back to the top 10, as well as a lot of appreciation for Frank Capra this week.
Frank Capra week concludes with his most famous work of all time, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. A timeless tale of the American political machine at work, Mr. Smith is Capra at his most propagandist and poignant. Thankfully, it’s bluster comes from a pure place of political scheming and corruption that threatens the very roots of our country, a theme applicable throughout history leading up to today. Continue Reading
I’m a terrible person for just now watching You Can’t Take It With You considering it was voted as the number one film you readers requested I write about. With that, this is a wacky blend of screwball comedy with social satire with hilariously endearing performances by its ensemble cast.
On tap for this week’s News From the Lake: Some upcoming screenings, another classic movie reboot, and plenty of DVDs and Blu-rays.