Many did; I did not. Truth be told I was unaware of this televised broadcast. A perk of having "cut the cable" several years ago. I know that there has been much speculation on the winners (and losers) for weeks, I bypassed those stories and also admit to not having seen any of the nominated films, not even La La Land.
Of course, not watching a live presentation had its upsides. First, I didn't
What I was did instead this weekend was watch several classic films on YouTube, all filmed in what I consider the best medium, black and white. All viewed at no cost (other than an Internet connection) and in the comfort of my living room. Best of all there were no commercial interruptions.
The List of Adrian Messenger, a 1963 American mystery film directed by John Huston and featuring George C. Scott as the lead actor. The supporting cast includes Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum Dana Wynter, Gladys Cooper, Herbert Marshall.
Here's a quick synopsis: Adrian Messenger, a writer, who is working on a new book, believes a series of apparently unrelated "accidental" deaths are actually linked murders. He asks his friend, Anthony Gethryn (Scott's character), recently retired from military intelligence, to help clear up the mystery. However, Messenger's plane is bombed while he is on his way to collect evidence to confirm his suspicions and, with his dying breath, he tries to tell a fellow passenger the key to the mystery. What happens to Messenger is part of how the mystery unfolds.
The Upturned Glass (1947) is a stylistic British crime drama in the film noir tradition, a low-key black and white visual style. It stars James Mason as a leading brain surgeon who murders a woman he believes responsible for the death of the woman he loved. The suspected villain, fellow performer, Pamela Kellino, was actually Mason's wife at the time. The photo poster at the left shows Mason and Kellino in a scene from the film.
Here's a quick synopsis: A medical school class attends a lecture on the psychology of crime. The unnamed lecturer (James Mason) announces that while his past lectures have covered criminals with abnormal psychology, today's lecture will focus on the sane criminal who may have a strong sense of justice. He describes the case of a murderer who is perfectly sane, valuable member of society and a skilled surgeon who he fictitiously names Michael Joyce (also played by Mason). The film depicts Michael's story in flashbacks narrated by the lecturer. Unknown to the class, but shared with the film viewing audience, the lecturer is telling his own story as he and Michael Joyce are the same man. When the lecture is over, the drama continues as the lecturer/surgeon continues with his plan with an unexpected twist, but you'll have to watch the film to learn it.
Turn the Key Softly (1953) is another British film. The story deals with the first 24 hours in the lives of three women of widely different backgrounds, who are released from London's Holloway Prison on the same morning. It's memorable in part for the appearance of a young Joan Collins as one of the main characters. (You may be able to guess which one from the synopsis below.)
Here's a quick synopsis: One woman is a well-bred young woman, who was led into crime by her boyfriend, then sentenced for a crime he committed. Another is an attractive working-class girl who found prostitution was a better paying job. The last was an elderly widow who was jailed for repeated shoplifting, who as her neighbor said, "never took anything of value." The movie unfolds to reveal the pressures the women face not to slip back into their old ways. If you're at all curious as to whether they fail or succeed, watch the film, it's FREE.
YouTube has become my favorite film way to view films that I would otherwise not know about. It's not the only way to view classics. Another favorite online source is Archive.org. This non-profit internet library offers films, books, software, music, and more. And that's how I watched this classic film last week.
The Lady Vanishes is a 1938 British thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave. It was filmed at the Gainsborough Studios in Islington, London and was Hitchcock's last British film until the 1970s. The film was widely successful and has been celebrated as a dramatic melodrama, a who-done-it, and a comedy. It's considered one of Hitchcock's most renowned films; he relocated to Hollywood soon after its release.
Here's a quick synopsis: Most of the film's action occurs on a train. An attractive English tourist travelling by train in continental Europe to meet her fiancé. She soon finds out that her elderly travelling companion seems to have disappeared from the train. After her fellow passengers deny ever having seen the elderly lady, the young woman is helped by a young musicologist, the two proceeding to search the train for clues to the old lady's disappearance.
As you have figured out by now, I am a fan of classic films and like the books I enjoy reading, my only lament is: so many great
What are your film preferences, current or classics (or both) ?