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At 3:30am on December 19, 2010, Sue Lee said…

A lot of your favourite films are also mine, Juan.  It's hard to meet people who are as passionate about film as many on this forum.  I would like to study film some more at university in 2012 because at least academics will be talking about them.  Merry Xmas.  Sue Lee

At 5:02am on November 17, 2010, Sue Lee said…
Hi Juan,
You're a big film enthusiast!! This is great and its a terrific opportunity to discuss foreign films - especially early European talkies. Have you seen Louise Brooks in G.W. Pabst's "Pandora's Box". A marvellous picture.
At 9:48am on October 20, 2010, Bryan James said…
Hi Juan - I didn't know you had such an interesting blog!

Just had a quick look (will read more later). I'm planning to cover Top Hat on my classic films reloaded site and can see a lot of classics I'm interested in on there, which will be a good source of information. Also, The Wizard of Oz, which you mentioned elsewhere - I'd better not start listing them or I'll be here all day! (Sunset Boulevard!).

I'll make a link to your blog when I next update the site.


At 9:58pm on October 15, 2010, Ktrek said…
Welcome to The Golden Age of Hollywood Juan! Nice blog BTW!

At 6:46pm on October 15, 2010, Abdullah aka Chuck said…
Welcome to the GAOH Juan!

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What are your favorite movies?
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Germany, 1920)
Metropolis (Germany, 1927)
Frankenstein (USA, 1931)
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
Duck Soup (USA, 1933)
It Happened One Night (USA, 1934)
Bride of Frankenstein (USA, 1935)
Dodsworth (USA, 1936)
Bringing Up Baby (USA, 1938)
The Wizard of Oz (USA, 1939)
Gone With the Wind (USA, 1939)
Ninotchka (USA, 1939)
Dark Victory (USA, 1939)
Rebecca (USA, 1940)
His Girl Friday (USA, 1940)
The Philadelphia Story (USA, 1940)
Citizen Kane (USA, 1941)
Dumbo (USA, 1941)
Now, Voyager (USA, 1942)
Casablanca (USA, 1942)
Laura (USA, 1944)
Gaslight (USA, 1944)
Double Indemnity (USA, 1944)
Mildred Pierce (USA, 1945)
Rome, Open City (Italy, 1945)
The Best Years of Our Lives (USA, 1946)
Brief Encounter (UK, 1946)
A Matter of Life and Death (UK, 1946)
Great Expectations (UK, 1946)
It’s a Wonderful Life (USA, 1946)
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (UK, 1947)
The Bicycle Thief (Italy, 1948)
Rope (USA, 1948)
The Snake Pit (USA, 1948)
The Red Shoes (UK, 1948)
The Heiress (USA, 1949)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (UK, 1949)
On the Town (USA, 1949)
All About Eve (USA, 1950)
Sunset Blvd (USA, 1950)
Strangers on a Train (USA, 1951)
Singin’ in the Rain (USA, 1952)
Tokyo Story (Japan, 1953)
Les Diaboliques (France, 1954)
Rear Window (USA, 1954)
A Star is Born (USA, 1954)
Seven Samurai (Japan, 1954)
Carmen Jones (USA, 1954)
Johnny Guitar (USA, 1954)
Guys and Dolls (USA, 1955)
The Ladykillers (UK, 1955)
Wild Strawberries (Sweden, 1957)
The Nights of Cabiria (Italy, 1957)
Mother India (India, 1957)
The 400 Blows (France, 1959)
Some Like It Hot (USA, 1959)
Breatheless (France, 1959)
Hiroshima Mon Amour (France, 1959)
La Dolce Vita (Italy, 1960)
Psycho (USA, 1960)
The Apartment (USA, 1960)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (USA, 1961)
Jules et Jim (France, 1961)
Viridiana (Spain, 1961)
Lolita (USA, 1962)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (USA, 1962)
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (France, 1964)
My Fair Lady (USA, 1964)
Woman in the Dunes (Japan, 1964)
Doctor Zhivago (USA, 1965)
The Sound of Music (USA, 1965)
Persona (Sweden, 1966)
Planet of the Apes (USA, 1968)
Rosemary’s Baby (USA, 1968)
Le Boucher (France, 1969)
Walkabout (Australia, 1971)
The Last Picture Show (USA, 1971)
Cabaret (USA, 1972)
The Godfather (USA,1972)
The Spirit of the Beehive (Spain, 1973)
Mirror (USSR, 1974)
The Godfather Part II (USA, 1974)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (USA, 1975)
Fox and His Friends (West Germany, 1975)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Australia, 1975)
Jaws (USA, 1975)
Network (USA, 1976)
Star Wars (USA, 1977)
Annie Hall (USA, 1977)
Alien (USA, 1979)
Manhattan (USA, 1979)
Ordinary People (USA, 1980)
The Empire Strikes Back (USA, 1980)
The Elephant Man (USA, 1980)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (USA, 1982)
Blade Runner (USA, 1982)
Tootsie (USA, 1982)
Return of the Jedi (USA, 1983)
Hannah and Her Sisters (USA,1986)
The Decline of the American Empire (Canada,1986)
Aliens (USA, 1986)
Caravaggio (UK, 1986)
The Green Ray (France, 1986)
Wings of Desire (West Germany, 1987)
Au Revoir Les Enfants (France, 1987)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Spain, 1988)
Cinema Paradiso (Italy, 1988)
Grave of Fireflies (Japan, 1988)
sex, lies and videotape (USA, 1989)
Pretty Woman (USA, 1990)
My Own Private Idaho (USA, 1991)
Thelma & Louise (USA, 1991)
The Player (USA, 1992)
Groundhog Day (USA, 1993)
Blue (France, 1993)
The Piano (New Zealand, 1993)
Red (France, 1994)
Heavenly Creatures (New Zealand, 1994)
Muriel’s Wedding (Australia, 1994)
Clueless (USA, 1995)
Secrets and Lies (UK, 1996)
Fargo (USA, 1996)
L.A. Confidential (USA, 1997)
All About My Mother (Spain, 1999)
Spirited Away (Japan, 2001)
Rabbit-Proof Fence (Australia, 2002)
Brokeback Mountain (USA, 2005)
The Lives of Others (Germany, 2006)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (France, 2007)
Who are your favorite stars?
Bette Davis
Olivia de Havilland
Ingrid Bergman
Cary Grant
Gregory Peck
And many more
Rock Hudson
Who are your favorite directors?
Alfred Hitchcock
William Wyler
and others
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All I Desire (1953)

Posted on February 26, 2011 at 2:31pm 0 Comments

Let me just say off the bat that I am a big fan of Douglas Sirk's films. I have written about his Imitation of Life and All That Heaven Allows. All I Desire (1953) is different from those two films because of its historical setting (1910) and its black and white…


Classic movie review: 'Splendor in the Grass' (1961)

Posted on January 9, 2011 at 2:08pm 0 Comments

Premarital sex could ruin a girl’s chances of marriage. Or, it could actually precipitate marriage if the girl finds herself ‘in trouble’. In 1928 rural Kansas, both contradictory messages still had currency. Wilma Dean ‘Deanie’ Loomis (Natalie Wood) and Bud Stamper (Warren Beatty) are high school sweethearts whose romance is mired by both sexual repression and oppression.


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Hitchcock in VistaVision: 'To Catch a Thief' (1955)

Posted on January 2, 2011 at 8:05am 0 Comments

Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief (1955) sees American expatriate and former resistance hero, John Robie (Cary Grant), fall in love with the impossibly beautiful Jessie Stevens (Grace Kelly) in the French Riviera. Robie is a reformed burglar who is being suspected of a new wave of jewellery thefts in the South of France.  


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Citizen Kane and the masterpiece tradition

Posted on December 19, 2010 at 2:34pm 16 Comments

There are certain films which are almost universally praised by critics. Sometimes, even people who haven’t seen them would consider these films masterpieces. Although still a comparatively very young art form, cinema has already produced scores of films considered canonical by some and, generally, accepted as so by most people. This is what is sometimes called the masterpiece tradition because its proponents are mainly preoccupied with creating a canon of films that are worth seeing…


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