F&C1950: Stage Fright

“I’m dead common, I am.”

Heavy flow.

I was going to see Rio Bravo, but I had apparently mistagged the year. (It’s from 1959, not 1950.) So another Hitchcock film. Yay?

But this is much weirder than the last two Hitchcock films I saw. Way more interesting actors, too.

Stage Fright. Alfred Hitchcock. 1950.

Pink Glow

Monte Carlo

Doris Tinsdale

(The Monte Carlo was too boozey after some sips, so I dumped Coke into it and dubbed it the Doris Tinsdale. It’s rye, Benedictine, Angostura bitters and Coke.)

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F&C1951: Strangers on a Train

Well, this is a pretty tense thriller, but it’s a bit mechanical. I mean, there are lots of fine touches, but I found myself being impatient with it all.

I’ve probably seen it before, though, so that might explain my dissatisfaction… Or it might be the pretty, and pretty non-descript, actors. The only interesting actor here is Robert Walker, I think.

Strangers on a Train. Alfred Hitchcock. 1951.

Basil lemonade rose wine cocktail

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F&C1952: A Girl In Every Port

Ok, it’s not exactly the funniest Marx Brothers film (it’s more of a Marx Brother film), but it’s amusing. There’s only a few bits I LOL-ed out loud to, but it’s pleasantly silly throughout.

And I kinda loved the two rather dim characters at the center of the shenanigans (Jane and Bert).

A Girl In Every Port. Chester Erskine. 1952.

Sunflower Highball

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F&C1953: Madame de…

Max Ophüls is another director I’m unfamiliar with. And I’m not sure whether it’s the cocktail confusing me or the film being kinda odd, but I’m not totally tracking what’s going on here! So I’m throwing this die mostly based on how it looks and whether I liked the dialogue:

Madame de…. Max Ophüls. 1953.

Mexican Grasshopper

This might be the most disgusting cocktail colour I’ve ever seen…

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F&C1954: Viaggio in Italia

I haven’t seen many of Rossellini’s films… Has he been somewhat forgotten? Based on this film, he’s good, but he’s not as distinctive as, say, Fellini, or as commercial as, say, Vincente Minnelli. So I could see how he’s not mentioned that often any more.

Although I could just be hanging out in the wrong places. Perhaps most people talk about Rossellini all the time.

Anyway. This isn’t bad. I’m enjoying the Ingrid Bergman performance. But… while it starts off in an enjoyable way, it really starts dragging after a while.

But it’s officially the 67th best film ever, and none of his other films appear on the list.

Monkey Plot. I mean Gland.

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