The Recipe for a Perfect Film: Ernst Lubitsch’s <em>To Be or Not to Be</em>
DVD/Blu-ray / The Classics

The Recipe for a Perfect Film: Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not to Be

Throughout the studio era of Hollywood, classic films were generally limited by the tight constraints of the Production Code. Married couples couldn’t share a bed, kisses were light pecks interspersed with completely unrelated, unsexy conversation, and politically subversive material was absolutely not tolerated. While numerous directors were forced to make artistic concessions (either by the … Continue reading

<em>The Story of Film: An Odyssey</em> Chapter 5: “The Devastation of War…And a New Movie Language (1939-1952)”
Film / Film Reviews / The Story of Film

The Story of Film: An Odyssey Chapter 5: “The Devastation of War…And a New Movie Language (1939-1952)”

Here at The Moviola, we will be covering Mark Cousins’ 15-part documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey every week, providing you with an overview of each episode of The Story of Film as well as a closer look at some of the accompanying movies set to air on TCM. Today, we examine the fifth installment, “The … Continue reading

Blu-Ray Review: 3:10 to Yuma
DVD/Blu-ray / Film / Film Reviews / The Classics

Blu-Ray Review: 3:10 to Yuma

In March of 1953, the late Elmore Leonard published his story Three Ten to Yuma in the pulp publication Dime Western Magazine. He eventually sold his story to Columbia Pictures. With an adapted screenplay by Halsted Welles and directed by the great Delmer Daves (Destination Tokyo, Dark Passage, Jubal), Leonard’s pulp fiction western has become … Continue reading