December 19th, 2010
Every Cinderella has her midnight.
First order of business: my apologies for the absence of sustainable cinematic content over the past few months. Real life, holiday life, and some other lives in between have intruded on my blogging duties. But hopefully that’s long past now, and we can get back to “business as usual.”
And on that note, there’s no business like show business, so let us commence discussion of Mitchell Leisen’s 1939 production of Midnight. Interestingly enough, this is a film that lays claim to a screenwriting credit from Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, the very same pair that brought us such gems as A Foreign Affair and Sunset Blvd. While Midnight does not even approach the brilliance of those titles, perhaps in part because it is an adaptation as opposed to an original story, there is still much to enjoy and dissect here.
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August 22nd, 2010
Love has got to stop someplace short of suicide
True story! My personal copy of Dodsworth was bought from a local video store (remember them!?) that went out of business. When I arrived at the sale, the “Classics” shelf had been picked clean. I mean, every single film was gone, except for Dodsworth. Someone even purchased Anatole Litvak’s Mayerling (with Charles Boyer and Danielle Darrieux), so you know we weren’t dealing with average video clientele!
Anyway, despite my giving it a good home, the sight of Dodsworth sitting alone, sad and dejected, still haunts me (Go on. Say it. “If that’s all that haunts you, you’ve lived a charmed life!”). Mainly, because I never thought we’d reach a point where overlooking anything of William Wyler’s would be commonplace behavior. But I suppose it has, since hardly anyone talks about this film, despite its having been a 1936 blockbuster and recipient of 6 Oscar nominations.
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