Saturday Night Cinema

Tonight’s Feature: Algiers Starring the urbane Charles Boyer, the striking Hedy Lamar (no one is as beautiful.) Rock the Casbah – "a melting pot for all the sins of earth." Released in 1938, Algiers was based on Julien Duvivier’s French screen adaptation of "Pepe le Moko".  Boyer is Pepe, a master criminal forced to remain…

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Why We Fight #1: Prelude to War (1943) Frank Capra The first part of a series of films produced by the United States War Department during World War II. The series explained the reasons for  all the U.S war effort up to that time. This first part covers the rise of Fascism in Italy, Nazism…

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Angel on my Shoulder

View after this, of course. Paul Muni, my favorite actor from that era. When "Fugitive from a Chain Gang" goes public domain I will post it immediately – that film changed my 8 year old perspective on the world and Muni’s performance was heat stopping. Here Muni stars with Claude Rains, Anne Baxter in Angel…

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Divide and Conquer

"Chapter III of Frank Capra’s "Why We Fight" series, begins with Britain and France’s declaration of war on Germany after Hitler’s invasion  of Poland. The film covers the Nazi capture of Denmark and Norway, steps necessary to mount a future attack on Britain, then describes in detail Hitler’s strategy as he conquers Luxembourg, Belgium and…

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The Last Man of Earth

The Last Man on Earth – take notes people. Classic sci-fi starring Vincent Price. Every day is the same for Dr. Robert Morgan (Vincent Price). He wakes up, gathers his weapons and then literally goes vampire hunting. Morgan lives in a world where everyone else has been infected by a new disease that turns them…

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Beat the Devil

Beat the Devil  Directed in 1953 by John Huston. Screenplay by Truman Capote and John Huston. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley and Peter Lorre. The village band pounds out an oompah-pah tune, as police march four disreputable characters across the square. Already we’re smiling. One is tall and round, one is…

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The Day the Earth Stood Still

Tonight’s feature: The Day the Earth Stood Still The trouble begins when interplanetary emissary Klaatu lands in D.C. and offers first a perfunctory "I come in peace" and then a mechanical device of questionable military application…… It stars Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal (love her), Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray, Frances Bavier, and Lock Martin….

A Stranger Saturday Night Cinema

Tonight’s feature: The Stranger Edward G Robinson, Orson Welles, Loretta Young Directed by Orson Welles. And while it’s not The Magnificent Ambersons – it is Welles and Robinson. And I love everything Welles did – even those wine commericals. Many Welles supporters complain that The Stranger lacks the overt stylistic flourishes of his more celebrated…

The Debut of Saturday Night Cinema

Debuting tonight . Saturday night in the Atlas sphere  is movie night. Every Saturday  night will be something different, some kinda crazy interesting flick. Atlas Friday night open threads  are generally  for music (sometimes art 0r poetry), Saturday is cinema. A Classic. Unedited. George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Bet you didn’t know you’d…

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