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The Best Shakespeare Films

400 years have passed since William Shakespeare died on April 23rd, 1616. I recently finished Stephen Greenblatt’s amazing 2004 book “Will in the World”, which vividly brings the Bard to life in a way that feels down to earth. By using the historical facts and records of Shakespeare’s life that we have, and tying them … Continue reading The Best Shakespeare Films

Cleopatra

THE MOTION PICTURE THE WORLD HAS BEEN WAITING FOR! In 47 BC, Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison) helps Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor) become the ruler of Egypt, but he’s soon murdered in Rome; Cleopatra eventually begins a tempestuous alliance with another Roman, Mark Antony (Richard Burton). An epic that became famous for its bloated budget, Taylor’s elaborate … Continue reading Cleopatra

The Longest Day: Turning a War Around

THIS IS THE THE DAY THAT CHANGED THE WORLD… WHEN HISTORY HELD ITS BREATH.  [youtube=https://youtu.be/RW5t1V4xm3M&w=540&h=320]   As Sean Connery was preparing to play a small role in this World War II blockbuster, he was also planning a trip to Jamaica for the first James Bond thriller, Dr. No. Also appearing in The Longest Day were … Continue reading The Longest Day: Turning a War Around

The Robe

THE FIRST PICTURE ON THE NEW MIRACLE CURVED SCREEN! As punishment for offending Caligula, Roman military tribunal Marcellus Gallio (Richard Burton) is sent to Jerusalem where he oversees the execution of a Jewish rebel, an event that changes his life forever. A Biblical epic that found great commercial success in depicting the confrontations between early … Continue reading The Robe

Mike Nichols: A True Champ

[youtube=http://youtu.be/09NSBMgUwkg&w=540&h=320] In the world of sports, they often talk about athletes in terms of what kind of medals and contests they’ve won. Mike Nichols has been described as one of few people in Hollywood to win an Oscar (for The Graduate (1967)), a Grammy (for a comedy album), a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, a Tony and an … Continue reading Mike Nichols: A True Champ

The Talents We Lost in 2013

As they year winds down, it is time for a movie and TV blog like this to remember those in the industry who passed away. I’d like to acknowledge a whole bunch of esteemed people before I get to two stars who passed away just a few weeks ago. I never found the time to … Continue reading The Talents We Lost in 2013

Where Eagles Dare: The Nazi Nest

THEY DARE TO CLIMB A TERRIFYING NEW PEAK IN SUSPENSE… ALL THE WAY UP TO HELL! Whoever wrote director Brian G. Hutton’s Wikipedia entry listed Kelly’s Heroes (1970) as his most notable work, which seems odd. That movie has its fans, as well as a Clint Eastwood performance, an adventuresome World War II setting and … Continue reading Where Eagles Dare: The Nazi Nest

Richard Burton, the Alcoholic

[youtube=http://youtu.be/cgF1fzCqu-k&w=540&h=320]   Recently, I read a book by Robert Sellers titled “Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole and Oliver Reed” (Amazon page). Written in 2008, the book is strictly meant to entertain, a series of drunken misadventures involving four British movie stars, as collected by Sellers. These men … Continue reading Richard Burton, the Alcoholic

Becket: The Bishop Who Found God

A TASTE FOR WINE AND WOMEN MADE THEM FRIENDS. A SUDDEN CLASH MADE THEM MAN AND MARTYR… WHICH LED TO MURDER! [youtube=http://youtu.be/ArLJHj4WKYA&w=540&h=320]   When I told a friend recently that I had just seen Becket and that Richard Burton plays the Archbishop of Canterbury, he quickly lost interest. Witnessing a showdown between the King and the Primate … Continue reading Becket: The Bishop Who Found God

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf: Marriage, No Mercy

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO GEORGE AND MARTHA’S FOR AN EVENING OF FUN AND GAMES. When Elizabeth Taylor passed away two weeks ago, the one film that all commentators would return to was Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). Sometimes actors fail to win Oscars for the movies everybody recognizes as seminal parts of their legacy, but … Continue reading Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf: Marriage, No Mercy

The V.I.P.s

A MODERN LOVE STORY. When fog prevents any aircraft from leaving a London airport, a group of well-to-do passengers headed for New York are stranded in the V.I.P. lounge. Director Anthony Asquith and writer Terence Ratigan reportedly based this film on a real-life incident between Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier; the infidelity drama played out … Continue reading The V.I.P.s

Nineteen Eighty-Four

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING… In 1984, Britain is part of a totalitarian society whose leaders are eradicating human emotions; Winston Smith (John Hurt) tries to be one of the masses, but falls in love with a woman (Suzanna Hamilton). Another retelling of the futuristic George Orwell story that is now obviously an alternative nightmarish vision … Continue reading Nineteen Eighty-Four

The Night of the Iguana

MAN AND WOMAN – LOVE AND LUST – RUIN AND REDEMPTION – ONE NIGHT THEY ALL MEET. [youtube=http://youtu.be/HPdFDfQyi_c&w=540&h=320]   Former priest T. Laurence Shannon (Richard Burton) now works as a travel guide in Mexico; when also that job is about to go south, he takes drastic measures. One of Tennessee Williams’s last great plays has … Continue reading The Night of the Iguana