We didn't get very far with our Christmas movies, but New Year's is now past.
Happy 2018, everyone!
I think we should start on the next category, which was suggested by John: movies featuring mind control or psychological manipulation. I will start with the movie that gave name to a classic manipulative technique:
1. Gaslight. The title originally referred to the fluctuations of the gaslight flames in the house, which were affected by other lights being turned on and off. This was one of the clues to what was really going on, but Ingrid Bergman's husband always had other interpretations of what she experienced, chiefly that she was imagining things. This abusive syndrome is now known as "gaslighting."
Is this a hard category?
I think so. Can't think of any in this category... Oh actually just thought of one....
(1934) Edward G Robinson, Mary Astor, Louis Calhern, Mae Clarke, Ricardo Cortez
Jessica Wells (Astor) is a beautiful and talented actress, returning to the stage after a three-year absence. Although her triumphal return seems certain, family and friends are shocked when Vance (Calhern), her long-lost husband with a criminal past, shows up at the family home. He immediately exerts his influence on the vivacious Jessica, and she becomes a sleepwalking automaton blindly obeying orders.
The avaricious and opportunistic Vance (who appears carrying pet mice in a cage) has heard that his wife holds half the rights to the play in which she will be featured, a prospective hit, but a certain disaster in her somnambulist state.
Stage star Damon Wells (Robinson) lends theatrical prestige to his sister's comeback while helping to reclaim her talent as her acting coach. He and Jessica's manager (Cortez) realize that the verminous Vance must be dealt with at once, so Damon begins an elaborate ruse, presenting himself to the schemer as the bearded French theatrical producer Jules Chautard. - excerpt from Wikipedia
I thought of a possible future game, i.e. movies featuring a circus - have we done this before?
Yes, I think we have, but it was ages ago. We can do it again!
Yes, Let's :D
3. Svengali (1931)-Pre-Code Warner Bros supernatural/horror movie directed by Archie Mayo, starring John Barrymore, Marian March, Bramwell Fletcher, Donald Crisp.
Wide-eyed, evil, perverse and scheming, musical maestro Svengali (played by John Barrymore who to me is reminiscent of the Russian Rasputin) is captivated by the enchanting young artist's model Trilby O'Farrell (Marian March).
He uses his powers of telepathic mind control and hypnosis to lure her to do his will. Under his spell he compels her to sing soprano on the stages of Europe to become a singing sensation.
Inspired by German expressionism, it is well worth seeing.
Watch it on YouTube!
It's really good! :D
4. Village of the Damned - Non-human visitors are born as children in a small English village. They quickly learn to read and control people's minds.