81 Days With Oscar And Me

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

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Lawrence of Arabia

September 23rd, 2009 · No Comments · 1962, Adaptation, Claude Rains, Color, Columbia Pictures, David Lean, Drama, Jack Hawkins, Lawrence of Arabia, Panavision (Widescreen), Peter O'Toole

Sweeping doesn’t begin to describe Lawrence of Arabia. Even the making-of feature is epic. And, certainly, the aspect ratio of Lawrence of Arabia is vast. Of that, the description of the film on Amazon says this:
There’s no getting around a simple, basic truth: watching Lawrence of Arabia in any home-video format represents a compromise. [...]

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Ben-Hur

September 20th, 2009 · No Comments · 1959, Adaptation, Ben-Hur, CGI, Charlton Heston, Color, Composer: Miklós Rózsa, Drama, Hugh Griffith, Jack Hawkins, M-G-M Studios, Panavision (Widescreen), William Wyler

You know you’re in trouble when the overture to a movie lasts six and a half minutes.
And when the word “OVERTURE” is superimposed on the image is of Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam.
And when the movie begins with the birth of Christ.
And when a reported 100,000 costumes, 8,000 extras, 300 sets and a staggering [...]

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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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