Tag Archives: Tony Curtis

The Celluloid Closet

The two directors, who made the AIDS documentary Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989), reunited for another gay-themed film, one that was based on Vito Russo’s 1981 book on how homosexuals have been portrayed in Hollywood movies. Making this documentary was a long process, with Russo as an active participant right up to his … Continue reading The Celluloid Closet

The Last Tycoon

HE HAS THE POWER TO MAKE ANYONE’S DREAM COME TRUE… EXCEPT HIS OWN.  In the 1930s, Monroe Stahr (Robert De Niro) is the youngest and most successful studio executive in Hollywood, but he becomes obsessed with a woman… F. Scott Fitzgerald never finished the novel before his death, but Harold Pinter adds his own touch … Continue reading The Last Tycoon

Rosemary’s Baby: Something Wicked This Way Comes

PRAY FOR ROSEMARY’S BABY. After making Repulsion, Cul-De-Sac and The Fearless Vampire Killers in England, three very good films that differed a lot in style but all had elements of horror in common, Roman Polanski married Sharon Tate whom he had met on the set of the last film and moved to the United States. … Continue reading Rosemary’s Baby: Something Wicked This Way Comes

The Mirror Crack’d

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHO IS THE MURDERER AMONG THEM ALL? In1953, a big Hollywood production arrives in an English hamlet to shoot a movie, but the murder of a local woman arouses Miss Marple’s (Angela Lansbury) curiosity. Another star-studded movie version of an Agatha Christie novel, this time featuring very entertaining performances by … Continue reading The Mirror Crack’d

The Great Race

THE GREAT LAUGH SHOW OF ALL TIME! A few years into the 20th century, a daredevil (Tony Curtis) talks auto manufacturers into promoting a race from New York to Paris; his arch-enemy, the dastardly Professor Fate (Jack Lemmon), becomes one of his competitors. Director Blake Edwards dedicated the film to Laurel & Hardy, but perhaps he … Continue reading The Great Race

Some Like It Hot: Running in Heels

THE MOVIE TOO HOT FOR WORDS! Founded in 1933, The National Legion of Decency was an organization of Catholics that aimed to identify and combat cultural threats against religion. Its primary field became Hollywood where it gained heavy influence until the 1950s when it started to weaken. One of the films that helped break the … Continue reading Some Like It Hot: Running in Heels

Spartacus: Looking For Freedom

MORE TITANIC THAN ANY STORY EVER TOLD! This is a story about freedom. Our hero was born without it and died without it. It is easy to see what Dalton Trumbo saw in the titular character in Howard Fast’s novel. Trumbo’s own freedom was taken away from him when he was blacklisted during the dark … Continue reading Spartacus: Looking For Freedom