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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:14 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Nice to see the Beeb showing The Quatermass Experiment last night. Hoped it might be the first of the whole threesome, but it seems not.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I finally caught up with another classic I've been meaning to watch for years - Hitchcock's Rear Window. I was a bit disappointed with it really. Events are entirely predictable, and suspense rather lacking (where there is any, it resolves too quickly rather than building to a climax). It leaves it far too late to put the protagonists in jeopardy, which makes the ending feel rushed.

A lack of subtlety mars the film generally, not least in Jimmy Stewart's hammy facial expressions, but also in some of the visual exposition. It's the kind of film that doesn't credit its audience with much intelligence.

For all these reasons, I'm surprised it's regarded so highly. For my money, Vertigo is far superior.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tend to agree. Not among my very favourite Hitchcocks. I think the performances, especially those of Jimmy Stewart and Thelma Ritter, are entertaining though. My brother and his girlfriend have a flat in Bethnal Green that has a Rear Window thing going on. There's a Miss Torso occasionally visible through their kitchen window.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I loved I BELIEVE IN YOU (Ealing. 1952. Dir Basil Dearden) which is about the lives of two probation officers played by Cecil Parker and Celia Johnson. Parker plays a middle-aged man experiencing his first year as a probation officer and coping with a variety of clients.  The film is absolutely in the British semi-documentary tradition and has a marvellous cast of veteran English actors playing the probationers. Notably a young Joan Collins, Harry Fowler, Godfrey Tearle, Laurence Harvey, George Relph, Brenda de Banzie, Ursula Howells, Gladys Henson, Sid James, Katie Johnson (The Ladykillers) and very notably Ada Reeve. AR was a famous Edwardian beauty who here, bravely, plays an old lady living on her memories.  
A lovely film, perhaps a trifle cosy, but with bags of integrity and made in the days when film-makers expected filmgoers to respond to such local material.  



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