81 Days With Oscar And Me

Every Academy Award-Winning Movie, Back to Back, Starting With the First

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Entries Tagged as 'Cinemascope (Wide Screen)'

Patton

October 1st, 2009 · No Comments · 1970, Adaptation, Cinemascope (Wide Screen), Color, Drama, Francis Ford Coppola, George C. Scott, Patton, Swearing, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, War

This is an epic movie in the vein of Lawrence of Arabia. Both movies are about war. Both are about men larger than life. The differences between the movies are World War I (Lawrence) vs. World War II (Patton, a British commander (Lawrence) vs. an American commander (Patton), and of course, the setting (Arabia [...]

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Gigi

September 19th, 2009 · No Comments · 1958, Adaptation, Cinemascope (Wide Screen), Color, Composer: André Previn, Gigi, Leslie Caron, M-G-M Studios, Musical, Vincente Minnelli

Remember what I wrote about musicals?
Gigi is no exception.
I fear it.
Or is it loathe?
Makes no difference. I have no clue how this movie won nine (nine!) Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Vincente Minnelli, 1903-1986), Best Adapted Screenplay (Alan Jay Lerner, 1918-1986), Best Scoring of a Musical Picture (Andre Previn, 1929- ), and [...]

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Bridge On the River Kwai, The

September 18th, 2009 · No Comments · 1957, Adaptation, Bridge On the River Kwai, Cinemascope (Wide Screen), Colonel Bogey March, Color, Columbia Pictures, David Lean, Drama, Jack Hawkins, War

The second color movie in a row! And – surprise! – another adaptation!
I love making-of featurettes. The one for this movie, The Bridge On the River Kwai, is outstanding. An hour in length and worth many conversations with friends and family, this behind-the-scenes feature is as remarkable as the movie itself.
Watching it, I discovered [...]

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Around the World In 80 Days

September 17th, 2009 · No Comments · 1956, Adaptation, Around the World in 80 Days, Cinemascope (Wide Screen), Color, Comedy, Composer: Victor Young, John Gielgud, Michael Todd, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

Around the World In 80 Days isn’t a movie to be analyzed. It’s a movie to be experienced.
So that’s precisely what we’re doing – me with my St. Pauli Girl and pizza (albeit Sam’s Club pizza), she with her Quenchers White Grape soda and pizza.
The story behind the making of this movie is as interesting [...]

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