daniwiller87

daniwiller87

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I've been watching old movies since I was 13.
I'm a Western's expert (40s and 50s).
My favorite director is John Ford.

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  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    ★★★★★

    "VERY MUCH"

    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…

  • The Philadelphia Story

    The Philadelphia Story

    ★★★★★

    «You’re far and away your favorite person in the world»
    Cary Grant to Katherine Hepburn

    On the eve of her second marriage, a high-class woman finds herself courted by socially opposite men: a reporter, her former husband and her future husband.

    The definitive comedy! Masterpiece in the lightness and elegance of humor but most of all in the sophisticated elaboration of the script.
    The social framework outlines many aspects among the protagonists: prejudices, social and personal value, alcohol used as…

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  • The File on Thelma Jordon

    The File on Thelma Jordon

    ★★★★

    To an assistant D.A. a murder case is assigned in which -nobody knows- he himself is implicated and the accused is his lover.

    A much more mature and elaborate Noir than the initial love story makes it seem. Everything is detailed and for a certain purpose.
    Although there is a stink of deception right from the start, and the Stanwyck is of an ambiguity to be frightening, when the killer is revealed we do not understand if this is obvious…

  • The Barefoot Contessa

    The Barefoot Contessa

    ★★★½

    The "Barefoot Contessa" are two opposite worlds that collide, as evidenced by the title, and are unable to coexist.
    In fact, the world of Hollywood stars is incompatible with the talented Maria Vargas, who comes from a social condition of poverty and feels insecure in front of the audience. Her taking off her shoes is a gesture of escape that takes her back to her world of mud devoid of judgments and fictions.
    It's through her libertine sexuality, always with…

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  • The Shop Around the Corner

    The Shop Around the Corner

    ★★★★½

    Two pen pals fall in love before they even see each other, without knowing they work in the same shop.

    It's my first Lubitsch and I fell in love with it. I noticed good intentions like Capra but a melancholy background where most of the characters are destined for loneliness, almost as Chaplin would do (and imagine if the girl in the ending was blind, what would remind you?).
    It's a social comedy set in a shop permeated of humanity.…

  • Time Bomb

    Time Bomb

    ★★★

    Glenn Ford, a former bomb technician, is called to defuse a bomb on a train. He only has 8 hours.

    A thriller that plays all on the suspense "Will he make it or not?". It must be said the train immediately is isolated and emptied of the passengers, so even if it explodes it would not be a great disaster -except for Glenn !
    Intuitive final twist but shakes a lot the quiet of the narration, after all, lacking in…