I've been watching old movies since I was 13.
I'm a sucker for Western (40s and 50s).
My favorite director is John Ford.
I've been watching it continuously these days. It rises from 4 stars to 5. Amazing!
"The Big Sleep" is known for its plot bordering on incomprehension with key figures that do not even appear (Regan, Taylor), narrative ellipses, turns of event that happen without realizing. Each new crime always corresponds to a new "why".
Is famous the telegram from the set bound to Chandler, the author of the Novel, to ask explanations about the chauffeur TAYLOR (was he killed or…
Through a dip in the Turkish bath, the british soldier Clive immerses himself -literally- in his memories of 40 years of life under the banner of gallantry, at war (his romantic belief that war is won by the righteous) as well as in friendship (whereby he renounces the love of his life).
Frankly, I've watched it a couple of times these days and I think it's among the greatest movies ever made.
It's extraordinarily strange in the approach…
MacMurray's life, like most of the family men, is reduced to a "robotic" series of actions, just like his latest creation, the one he's most proud of: Rex, the talking automaton able to walks...it's a simbolic reflection of himself.
The point I dwelled on is: why did Stanwick return after 20 years to Murray, her secret love? What do she really want from him? Her ambiguity is splendid!
She seems to be constantly flirting with him, without wanting to point…
As a John Wayne movie it's little stuff, he besides having no sort of chemistry with Crawford, have no chemistry with the movie's setting. His swagger with German officers, as well as his rush for sink his hands on Crawford after a few moments, is quite unsuitable in this context of double-crosses against the Nazis. It's like if we place him inside To be or not to be plot. Difficult to implement. He's just as unsuitable as what he personifies:…
This is by far the most smoked movie ever made in Hollywood. I didn't remember how much cigarettes contributed to creating a hypnotic, corrupt but at the same time sensual, atmosphere.
Not only. The characters themselves, while smoking, outline their strengths and are characterized, too, thanks to this.
When Mitchum first meets the Femme Fatale in Acapulco she is the one who smokes and he, incredibly, doesn't. He watches her submissively.
But there are cigarettes that imply many other aspects.…