Film Classic Movie Review 

Movie Review – Intolerance

Principal Cast : Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Fred Turner, Miriam Cooper, Walter Long, Tom Wilson, Vera Lewis, Sam De Grasse, Lloyd Ingraham, Ralph Lewis, Margery Wilson, Eugene Pallette, Spottiswoode Aitken, Ruth Handforth, Allan Sears, Josephine Crowell, WE Lawrence, Constance Talmadge, Elmer Clifton, Alfred Paget, Seena Owen, Tully Marshall, George Siegmann, Carl Stockdale, Howard Gaye, Lillian Langdon, Bessie Love, George Walsh, Mary Alden, Todd Browning, Donald Crisp, Douglas Fairbanks, Harold Lockwood, Erich von Stroheim, King Vidor, Francis McDonald. Synopsis: The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from…

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Movie Review – Broken Blossoms

Principal Cast : Richard Barthelmess, Lillian Gish, Donald Crisp, Arthur Howard, Edward Peil Sr, George Beranger, Norman Selby. Synopsis: A frail waif, abused by her brutal boxer father in London’s seedy Limehouse District, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences. ***** Startling silent film from cinematic pioneer DW Griffith, Broken Blossoms is a thematic and technical powerhouse production and boasts early roles for industry icons Lillian Gish, Donald Crisp and Richard Barthelmess, the latter of whom appears in the lead role of a oriental figure living in downtrodden…

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Movie Review – Harakiri

Principal Cast : Tatsuya Nakadai, Rentaro Mikuni, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita, Tetsuro Chamba, Masao Mishima, Kei Sato, Yoshio Inaba, Yoshiro Aoki. Synopsis: An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord’s home and requests an honourable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn. ***** Without question, Harakiri is a cinematic masterpiece. I know, it’s a bit weird to give away the rating of a film at the opening of a review, but there will be few film…

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Movie Review – High Noon (1952)

Principal Cast : Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Grace Kelly, Otto Kruger, Lon Chaney Jr, Ian MacDonald, Eve McVeaugh, Harry Morgan, Morgan Farley, Harry Shannon, Lee Van Cleef, Robert J Wilke, Sheb Wooley. Synopsis: A town marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train. ***** Supercharged American Western High Noon manages to remain scathing in its…

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Movie Review – Wild One, The

Principal Cast : Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Robert Keith, Lee Marvin, Jay C Flippen, Peggy Maley, Hugh Sanders, Ray Teal, John Brown, Will Wright, Yvonne Doughty, Keith Clarke. Synopsis: Two rival motorcycle gangs terrorize a small town after one of their leaders is thrown in jail. ******* No doubt a searing dramatic examination of counter-culture rebelliousness in mid-50’s America, today The Wild One finds itself a product of its time and sorely lacking grit or nuance enough to warrant significant inspection. This Marlon Brando starrer was banned in several countries for…

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Movie Review – 12 Angry Men (1957)

Director :  Sidney Lumet Year Of Release :  1957 Principal Cast :  Henry Fonda, Lee J Cobb, Martin Balsam, EG Marshall, Jack Klugman, John Fielder, Edward Binns, Jack Warden, Joseph Sweeney, Ed Begley, George Voskovec, Robert Webber. Approx Running Time :  96 Minutes Synopsis: A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. ***** Searing, heart-pounding, exhilarating; not words usually associated with a talky mid-50’s drama set in a jury room but 12 Angry Men is exactlythat. Featuring some riveting performances and a withering screenplay by…

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Movie Review – Safety Last!

Director :  Fred C Newmeyer + Sam Taylor Year Of Release :   1923 Principal Cast : Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Bill Strother, Noah Young, Westcott Clarke, Earl Mohan, Mickey Daniels, Anna Townsend. Approx Running Time :  74 Minutes Synopsis: When a store clerk organises a publicity stunt, in which a friend climbs the outside of a tall building, circumstances force him to make the perilous climb himself. ****** Safety Last! is the iconic silent film starring early Hollywood contemporary of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd. Lloyd, a far more prolific…

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Movie Review – Nosferatu: Symphony Of Horror

Director :   F W Murnau Year Of Release :  1922 Principal Cast :  Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schroder, Alexander Granach, Georg H Schnell, Ruth Landschoff, John Gottwot, Gustav Botz. Approx Running Time :  94 Minutes Synopsis:  Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter’s wife. ******* The early days of cinema were something akin to the Wild West; a distinct lack of concern over things like copyright, for example, would come back to haunt Nosferatu, since director FW Murnau openly admitted to…

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Movie Review – Casablanca

Director :   Michael Curtiz Year Of Release :   1942 Principal Cast :   Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Curt Bois, Leonid Kinskey, Madeline LeBeau, Joy Page, John Qualen, S Z Sakell, Dooley Wilson. Uncredited: Marcel Dalio, Helmut Dantine, Gregory Gaye, Torbin Meyer, Corinna Mura, Frank Puglia, Dan Seymour, Gerald Oliver Smith, Norma Varden. Approx Running Time :  102 Minutes Synopsis:   In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications. ********* Few films are as…

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Movie Review – Napoléon

Director :   Abel Gance Year Of Release :   1927 (2000/04 Brownlow Remastered Edition) Principal Cast :  Albert Dieudonne, Edmond van Daele, Alexandre Koubitzky, Antonin Artaud, Abel Gance, Gina Manes, Marguerite Gance, Yvette Dieudonne, Phillipe Herriat, Max Maxudian, Annabella, Nicolas Koline, Maurice Schutz, Andree Standart, Suzy Vernon, Petit Vidal, Francine Mussey, Robert Vidalin, and Vladimir Roudenko. Approx Running Time :   5 Hours, 33 Minutes Synopsis:  A film about the napoleon Bonaparte’s youth and early military career. ***** Master director Alfred Hitchcock once said “The length of a film should be directly related…

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