Drama

Constance Cummings Saves an American Bank

Here’s a depressing activity: Do an online search of the term “bank run”. In doing so, you’ll likely come across this cheerful tidbit on Investopedia: A bank run occurs when a large number of customers of a bank or another financial institution withdraw their deposits simultaneously due to concerns about the bank’s solvency. As more people withdraw their… Continue reading Constance Cummings Saves an American Bank

Excitement

Announcing the Things I Learned from the Movies Blogathon

Originally posted on Speakeasy:
You’re invited to get deep, personal or have some fun with the lessons films have taught you, for the THINGS I LEARNED FROM THE MOVIES BLOGATHON. Your hosts are Ruth of Silver Screenings and Kristina of Speakeasy, and this blogathon happens October 14-17, 2016. You can do anything: a list, essay,…

Drama · Film Noir

John Garfield: Film in a Dangerous Time

We’ve been musing about pathetic fallacy. Now, we don’t want you to miss all the fun, so here’s a quick definition: Pathetic Fallacy attributes human qualities and emotions to inanimate objects of nature. The word “pathetic” … is not used in the derogatory sense of being miserable; rather, here, it stands for “imparting emotions to something else”.… Continue reading John Garfield: Film in a Dangerous Time

Excitement

Day 6: Classic Movie History Project – Family Business and A Foreign Affair

Originally posted on Once upon a screen…:
The last day of this year’s Classic Movie History Project is upon us and to end things we circle back to The People with a focus on The Family Business and A Foreign Affair.  Here are our general descriptions of these topics: The Family Business Some of the most interesting…

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Classic Movie History Project: Day 5 – The Films

We’re having a barrels o’ fun with Day 5 of the Classic Movie History Project. Today’s essays show a real passion for film history. Enjoy! Movie Disasters Sometimes making movies is difficult, whether it’s the bickering between the director and lead actor, or the harsh conditions while filming on location. Then there are the box-office… Continue reading Classic Movie History Project: Day 5 – The Films

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Day 3: Classic Movie History Project – The People

Originally posted on Once upon a screen…:
Welcome to Day 3 of The Classic Movie History Project.  With the focus now shifting to The People today we feature the topics of Groundbreakers and Before They Were Stars.  If you need a refresher as to what we mean, here ya go… Groundbreakers “The openers” is how John Steinbeck referred…

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Classic Movie History Project: Day 2 – The Films

It’s been an incredible Day 2 here at the Classic Movie History Project, with remarkable essays on animation history and the production code. No kidding: If you aspire to be a film history geek, read these entries. You’re welcome. The Wizardry of Animation F for Films: The Animated Films of Winsor McCay Winsor McCay created… Continue reading Classic Movie History Project: Day 2 – The Films

Historical

The Hollywood Studio System: Art as Industry

Dear Studio System: We (as in, yours truly) are fascinated by you and your ipmpressive film-making output during your prime, from the 1920s to the late 1940s. Rumour has it you made as many as 400 movies per year. Some of them were achingly beautiful, and they continue to enchant audiences today. Not every film… Continue reading The Hollywood Studio System: Art as Industry