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Citizen Kane

Hello everybody!!

Today I’ll talk a little bit about the movie Citizen Kane (1941), which I watched in the cinema last month, in those classic movies sessions.

Movie Ticket

Movie Ticket

This movie is very known by its nomination of “Better Movie of All Times”, which was given by a voting of the American Film Institute (AFI) in 1998. Then, let’s see what is so interesting and innovator in this production.

Citizen Kane

First of all, this was the first movie to present the story in a nonlinear time, once the movie begins with the main character (Charles Foster Kane) dead and, only in the movie development, we can see all the facts involving his life, until, of course, his death. This movie also was the first one being filmed showing all the scenography, from the floor until the roof.

By the way, till the trailer of Citizen Kane was unusual for its times! Let’s give a look:

Citizen Kane was directed by Orson Welles, who also acted in the movie beside Joseph Cotten. It won an Academy Awards in 1942 in the “Best Screenplay” category. Also was indicated in other eight categories, including “Best Movie” and “Best Director”.

So, what do you think about this movie? Tell me!

Western In The 40’s

Hi everyone!! Today is the Western day! One of the most known genres of the American cinema.

How you’ve already know, this genre has like maximum exponent the job of the director John Ford, who boosted the John Wayne’s career. Some of the movies he directed were:

  • My Darling Clementine” (1946), starring Henry Fonda and Linda Darnell;
  • Fort Apache” (1948), starring Henry Fonda, John Wayne and Shirley Temple;
  • The Three Godfathers” (1948), starring John Wayne;
  • She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” (1949), starring John Wayne and Joanne Dru.
My Darling Clementine (1946)

My Darling Clementine (1946)

 

John Ford and John Wayne

John Ford and John Wayne

Other Western movies that stood out in the 40’s were:

  • 1940 – “The Westerner”, starring Gary Cooper and directed by William Wyler;
  • 1943 – “The Ox-Bow Incident”, starring Henry Fonda and directed by William A. Wellman;
  • 1946 – “Duel in the Sun”, starring Jennifer Jones, Gregory Peck and Joseph Cotton, directed by King Vidor;
  • 1948 – Yellow Sky”, starring Gregory Peck and directed by William A. Wellman / Red River”, starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift, directed by Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson.

About this last one, this was the movie that marked the debut of Montgomery Clift in the screens. Listen here the movie’s theme:

The Films Noirs In The 40’s

Well, now is the Films noirs‘ turn!

Like I’ve already said, the Film noir considered authentic, is from the 40’s and 50’s, where the considered as the first Film noir is “Stranger On The Third Floor” (1940) and the last one is “Touch of Evil” (1958), by Orson Welles. Between this period, were produced other movies, especially in the 40’s. Some of them are:

The Maltese Falcon” (1941), starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor and Peter Lorre. This movie was called as “one of the biggest movies of all time” by the movies’ critical Roger Ebert and by the Entertainment Weekly magazine. Also was cited by Panorama du Film Noir Américain as the first big film noir of all. See the trailer:

Shadow of a Doubt” (1943), starring Joseph Cotten, Teresa Wright and Macdonald Carey, and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, is another big movie of this genre, considered an example of film noir. It’s also considered culturally relevant by the Congress Library from USA and selected as part of the collection from National Film Registry. The own Hitchcock declared that this movie is one of his favorites among those he directed. So, it’s good give a look in it:

In 1944, were produced important movies as “Double Indemnity”, starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck, directed by Billy Wilder; “The Woman In The Window”, starring Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett; “Laura“, starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews; “Murder, My Sweet“, starring Dick Powell and Claire Trevor…

Films Noirs 1944

Films Noirs 1944

In 1945, Hitchcock directed another film noir: “Spellbound”, starring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck. This movie was the first one (in Hollywood) that treated about psychoanalysis. In the next year, Hitchcock directed “Notorious“, starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman.

In this same year, 1946, was produced one of the most famous film noir: “Gilda“, which was too audacious for that time. Starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford, the main publicity of the movie was: “There never was a woman like Gilda…”. Give a look:

Musical Movies In The 40’s

Hello dears!!

This week I decided to write about some movies of each genre. Today, I’ll talk about the Musical ones.

Like I said before, this genre had its peak in the 40’s, when some memorable movies were produced. Between 1940 and 1941, Disney, for example, produced three big classical animations: “Fantasia” and “Pinocchio” in 1940, and “Dumbo” in 1941. Here, you can see the Pinocchio’s making of:

 

In 1942, was produced “Yankee Doodle Dandy”, starring James Cagney and Joan Leslie in a plot that shows the George Cohan’s story, an important artist from Broadway. Also in 1942, Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth starred “You Were Never Lovelier”.

In 1945, was premiered “Anchors Aweigh”, starring Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Kathryn Grayson. This musical is, by far, my favorite by a logical reason: there were Sinatra singing and Gene dancing! Two of my favorite artists! Also in this movie, there is the famous scene where Gene dances with the little mouse Jerry. See the trailer:

In 1948,  it came out “Easter Parade”, with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland. Also in 1948, was made “The Three Musketeers”, was starring by Gene Kelly, Lara Turner and Vincent Price:

The Three Musketeers (1948)

The Three Musketeers (1948)

By the way, in 1949, there was another movie starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra: “On The Town“. Gene directed the movie too (with another director: Stanley Donen). The movie is also starring Bette Garrett and Ann Miller. Give a look:

For conclude, I will leave you with this little video where Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire are dancing and singing together (only time that both of them appeared on screen together). This video is part of a movie called “Ziegfeld Follies (1946), which is divided in 12 segments and directed by several directors. This segment, called “The Babbitt And The Bromide, was directed by Vincente Minnelli and all the choreography was made by Gene (sections one and two) and Fred Astaire (third section). Enjoy!!