Holiday Affair

It’s that time of year when our fiscal and familial thoughts start to focus on a few hours in the last week of December and we have to steel ourselves against the commercial promotions and the perpetration of schmaltzy sentiment introduced by Dickens and given a shot in the arm by Hollywood.  This is why…

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

This is a movie about the movie business and the not so nice people who make movies. But as the main character says, “Don’t worry. Some of the best movies are made by people working together who hate each other’s guts.”             Like Citizen Kane (1941), this film tells its…

Roman Holiday (1953)

Included in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (Schneider ed., 2003) and ranked no.4 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest romantic comedies, Roman Holiday (1953) introduced Audrey Hepburn in her first major role and received 15 nominations for different awards, winning 10, included 3 Oscars – one of which…

Key Largo (1948)

A Humphrey Bogart Film Festival is held every year on the tropical island of Key Largo within easy reach of several airports and an easy drive from some of Florida’s most popular destinations. Which means it is now less demanding to get there than it was for Frank McCloud, Bogart’s character who arrives by boat at…

Laura (1944)

The classic screening for Sunday Aug 2nd (at 5.30 for 6.00pm) at SouthBank is more than just a standard film noir. It won Oscars for Best Director (Otto Preminger), Best Support Actor (Clifton Webb) and Best Cinematography. It was also nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Art Direction. “That Laura continues to weave a spell – and it does –…

You Can’t Take it With You (1938)

Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff: ‘Lincoln said, “With malice toward none, with charity to all.” Nowadays they say, “Think the way I do or I’ll bomb the daylights outta you.”’ The next screening (on June 7th) is not exactly Frank Capra’s forgotten movie (after all, it won a Best Picture Oscar) but it’s perhaps not as famous as…

Caught (1948)

PLEASE NOTE: April’s Film Club will skip Easter Sunday and instead run on the second Sunday of the month: April 12th. Although some critics at the time found “Caught” to be a dime-store romance (Variety called it pulp fiction), more recent reviews have recognized its radical critique of capitalism. Its German-born director, Max Ophuls (1902-1957) fled the Nazis in…