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Sure, I may have had zero desire to see THE YEARLING (1946) when *I* was a yearling, and it might have done me some good, but the sociopathic oldster I've become can't resist a tasty Warner Archive Blu-ray. And this sure is a gorgeous one, both the location shooting and the matte paintings look heavenly. It's nice to see young Gregory Peck in a role that suits him after Hitchcock miscast him twice. Mousy brunette Jane Wyman is a real…
I'd never heard of ROSITA (1923) before catching it on TCM, and it seems that's in large part to Mary Pickford's hating it and letting it rot. Well, I always think it's a real treat to see her play an adult as opposed to a creepy woman/moppet, and it's additional treat to see the American debut of Ernst Lubitsch. I thought he shuttled between Deutschland and the U.S. during this period, but it seems Pickford lured him here in 1923,…
As we come up on the centenary of the release of THE BIRTH OF A NATION, idiot media will doubtless trumpet it as being U!S!A!'s *FIRST* feature film. When nothing could be further from the truth.
1913's TRAFFIC IN SOULS is an *amazingly* complex piece of filmmaking that capitalized on white-slavery panic that apparently spawned a whole *genre* that lasted lasted until 1915.
My research into 1915's CIVILIZATION (1915) painted it as being the first non-Shakespearian film to premiere on…
Wikipedia sez: "British censors did not allow a film to openly criticize the persecution of Jews, since it would have appeared as an attack on German policy and led to a diplomatic incident." Uh, OK. The criticism seemed pretty damn open to me, and obviously did to Goebbels as well, who saw fit to re-make the faithful-to-the-novel U.K. film into the infamous 1940 version, along with Hollywood's pro-Semitic 1934 drama, THE HOUSE OF ROTHSCHILD.
Lots of similarities b/w the two…