September 20, 2011

As I discussed in my last post, the 1982 Sight & Sound Critics' poll was remarkable for a number of reasons.  
I was ecstatic because Alfred Hitchcock was finally being given his due. Francois Truffaut's book-length 
interview with Hitchcock, Hitchcock/Truffaut, p...

September 18, 2011

As I mentioned yesterday, the 1962 Sight & Sound Critics' poll confirmed a sea change in attitudes toward
classic cinema, beginning with the rise of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane to the film pantheon.  Here is that list:

The Sight & Sound Top Ten Poll: 
1962 Cr...

September 17, 2011

I recently viewed a classic French film I had never seen before--Marcel Carne's
Le Jour se Leve (Daybreak) (1939). The screenwriter was Carne's frequent collaborator, 
surrealist Jacques Prevert, and Le Jour se leve came early in a titanic run of films that...

September 6, 2011

Couldn't help but add Brother Ray's cover of Leon Russell's classic.  Enjoy.

September 6, 2011

I've been admiring those lyricists lately who have made the effort to craft their rhymes with precision. I acknowledge that a concern about the quality of rhyme in popular music may seem pointless.  I mean, who really cares if Mick and  Keef rhyme "hag" with "back" in...

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