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The Life of Vergie Winters (1934)
So Idealized I Wish It Were True
Okay, I know this is a dated, old fashioned film, made transcendent by the always radiant Ann Harding. Would a woman today sacrifice herself the way Virgie did? I very much doubt it. But it's idealization of such sacrifice really touched me...perhaps because I know how unrealistic it is to expect such behavior today, or even then. Still. I love this film. I'd never seen it before today, March 29, 2015, thanks to who else? TCM, of course. I thought I'd seen every Ann Harding movie ever made... again, thanks to TCM...but they must have made a zillion movies during the 30s, because almost every week, new one turn up...new for me, that is. Bless you TCM...and bless you Ann Hadding, wherever you are...
Scarlet Street (1945)
"Scarlet Street" A Stunner of a Performance by E.G. Robinson
"Scarlet Street" is not only one of director Fritz Lang's best, it's also one of Edward G. Robinson's best roles, and a highly atypical one for him. Most audiences only know Robinson as the tough guy gangster, but he played so many wonderful parts wonderfully: As the guilt-obsessed father in Arthur Miller's prize-winning play "All My Sons," as Louis Pasteur in the bio-pic of the same name, and not least, Chris Cross in "Scarlet Street." Can you imagine Eddie Robinson as a shy, hellishly henpecked husband and frustrated artist, who longs for a good woman's love but falls for a totally mean-hearted one? This is truly a remarkable film, and one of Robinson's most remarkable performances.
Les amants de Teruel (1962)
One of the greatest "unknown" films in cinema history
This is the first time in over 40 years that I've discovered, by searching the IMDb database, mention of this one-of-a-kind film. I'd almost begun to believe that I was the only person in the world who reveres this film, because no one I've mentioned it to had ever heard of it, much less seen it. I saw it only once, in the late 1960s, and have never forgotten its images: surrealism brought to life in a way no other film has attempted then or since. That such a marvelous film should remain "unknown" remains itself a mystery. Perhaps if someone out there is connected in some way, any way, to Turner Classic Movies, I wish they would bring this film to their attention. TCM is the only network showing rarities from every genre of film, and "The Lovers of Teruel" would be a fine and perfect addition to their Global Imports of unforgettable "foreign" films, shown very late on Sunday nights. Wish I knew Robert Osborne personally or someone at TCM. Their loyal and dedicated audience would greatly appreciate a premier viewing of "The Lovers of Teruel."