Friday, September 21, 2012

Anatomy of a Murder

I was on fire to watch Anatomy of a Murder again. Turns out, Netflix does not have a streaming version available, so I had to "buy" it from Amazon. This movie is the perfect beast - Spot on acting, fantastic on-location filming, and interesting characters. Title sequence graphics by Saul Bass and an opening song by Duke Ellington (who plays a cool cat in the movie) set the tone that continues through out the entire film. You are in for a visual treat and some of the best film dialogue between characters and court room scenes that will have you on the edge of your seat. Lee Remick as Laura Manion just ooooooozzes sexuality.
Lee Remick is not the only one who sizzles; Ben Gazarra just smolders as the jailed murder suspect. Holy smokes, he has a cigarette holder!
Confession: I saw the movie version of Tell Tale Heart. zzzZZZ and that's all I'm going to say about that.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Naked City

Filming "The Naked City"
I saw "The Naked City" via Netflix @ home Saturday night. This 1948 movie by directory Jules Dassin is a gem. Jules is famous for directing the sumptuous black and white Rififi

The voice over commentary, shooting on location, and semi-mocumentary style make "The Naked City" a must see. A beautiful model is found drown in her bathtub by her loyal cleaning lady and a murder must be solved. Barry Fitzgerald stills the show as Lt Muldoon. The locations chosen for filming have frozen in time a NewYork filled with busy dinners, quaint horse drawn delivery carts, and really sharp dressed people.

Now you know what movie produced this memorable line:

"There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them."