Archive for the 'Romance' Category

“Father’s Little Dividend” and “The Dentist” give a return on investment - (No Comments)

By Richard Murphy, posted on Monday, March 8th, 2010

Father’s Little Dividend is a sequel to the movie Father of the Bride. In Dividend, Spencer Tracy reprises his role of Stanley Banks and Elizabeth Taylor again stars as his daughter, Kay. Though not as renowned a star as Tracy and Taylor, Joan Bennet as Stanley’s wife, Ellie Banks, acquits herself well.

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“Arch of Triumph,” Love does mean having to say you’re sorry - (1 Comment)

By Richard Murphy, posted on Monday, December 28th, 2009

Arch of Triumph was a good outlet for the talents of Anthony Hopkins. That does not mean that the plot is perfect or the story wonderfully developed, but in Arch, Hopkins is well cast. Contrast it with Nixon. The actor horribly overdoes the ex president. Even in Remains of the Day and Shadowlands, well done performances, he is not as good. As to the Hannibal thing, yeah, creepy, but almost a caricature.

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“The Romance of Astrea and Celadon” – Boy pretending to be girl meets girl, sort of - (No Comments)

By Richard Murphy, posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

You’ve probably heard the old cliché like question, “Did the people who lived in the Dark Ages know they lived in the Dark Ages? It is not a bad interrogative. Heck, what will they call the age we live in? Don’t know myself, I’m still trying to answer the musical question, “Who wrote the book of love?”

But I digress. The point is, in the movie, The Romance of Astrea and Celadon, all seems positive and hardly the dark ages. Fifth Century Gaul appears a pastoral paradise. Not like the historical accounts of a society breaking apart due to barbarian invasions. So what’s going on?

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“The Black Book” and “The White Orchid” – Sire, the Peasants are Revolting - (No Comments)

By Richard Murphy, posted on Monday, June 1st, 2009

Okay, the French Revolution has its problems on film. The White Orchid wants to give us the lost civilization. Don’t get me wrong. The genre, a B movie staple is absurd, but one of my favorites. In the White Orchid, a Pre Columbian Civilization has retreated to the Jungle and survived.

William Lundigan stars as archaeologist Robert Burton. Lundigan is one of those actors you’ve seen but probably don’t remember his name. He never got the big break but he did have a long career in B movies.

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“Jigsaw and Algiers’” Appeal is No Puzzle. - (No Comments)

By Richard Murphy, posted on Friday, January 16th, 2009

What do the movie Casablanca and the cartoon character Pepe Le Pew have in common? No, this is not a trick question. They were both influenced by Algiers. Pepe Le Pew is the amorous deep voiced skunk who is based on Pepe Le Moko, played by Charles Boyer in Algiers. The dark, smoldering Gallic lover is certainly more suave than the skunk.

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“The Strange Woman” and “The Man Who Had Influence” – A Tough Babe and a Master Manipulator Meet Their Matches - (No Comments)

By Richard Murphy, posted on Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

If you were looking for a strong woman from the Twentieth Century, Hedy Lamarr was your gal. Held prisoner by her spouse in a castle, she escaped husband and native Austria by convincing him to allow her to attend a party with all of her valuable jewelry. With the help of the maid, her husband was drugged and she escaped the country with some assets, not the least of which was her mind.

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“The Time of Your Life” and “A Farewell to Arms” – Peace and War on the Big Screen - (No Comments)

By Richard Murphy, posted on Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

A Farewell to Arms could be a metaphor for its times. A story of World War I, the hero Lieutenant Frederic Henry, has to come to terms with the war he blithely entered. The country whose armed forces he is part of, Italy, was also blithe about going to war. Both pay for it in different ways.

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French Accents, Kisses, and Murders! Just What is this “Charade?” - (1 Comment)

By Maribeth Theroux, posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

The thing I really liked about Charade is how the film is a little of everything: thriller, mystery, romance, comedy. Grant and Hepburn are strangely composed considering that the threat of murder is all around them. They find time for comedy, romance, and dinner on a riverboat. The least you can do is find time for Charade.

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“The Map of Sex and Love” - (3 Comments)

By Li Gu, posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

The movie opens with three threads, introducing the three protagonists respectively, which lead to their encounters and then follows them through their relations gradually taking shape through these encounters. The encounter of the three turns out to be a life-changing experience, as each is forced – in a friendly way – to confront his/her own secret.

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