81 Days With Oscar And Me

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

81 Days With Oscar And Me header image 4

Entries Tagged as 'Black and White'

Lost Weekend, The

September 6th, 2009 · No Comments · 1945, Adaptation, Billy Wilder, Black and White, Composer: Miklós Rózsa, Drama, Lost Weekend, Ray Milland, Universal Pictures

If anyone wants to know the difference a great screenwriter and gifted director can make on a film, I recommend he/she watch The Broadway Melody (1929) and then The Lost Weekend (1945). In that order. The reason why I suggested The Broadway Melody is because it, like The Lost Weekend contains very long scenes. However, […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Going My Way

September 5th, 2009 · No Comments · 1944, Bing Crosby, Black and White, Going My Way, Leo McCarey, Musical, Original Screenplay, Paramount Studios

I was tempted to write a three-word assessment of the movie: No, I’m not. Casablanca this isn’t. It’s not even The Broadway Melody. I’m sitting here watching this film with my wife and a college buddy of mine. About an hour and a half into it I asked, “What is this movie about?” My buddy […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Casablanca

September 4th, 2009 · No Comments · 1943, Black and White, Casablanca, Claude Rains, Composer: Max Steiner, Drama, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Michael Curtiz, Original Screenplay, Peter Lorre, Smoking, Sydney Greenstreet, War, Warner Bros. Pictures

Every scene. Every song. Every character. Every line of dialogue. Every plot twist. Everything about Casablanca is perfect. If you haven’t seen this move, shame on you. Frankly, this is the one movie that should be issued at birth. “Mr. and Mrs. Stevens? You have a lovely baby daughter. Here’s the birth certificate. And her […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Mrs. Miniver

September 3rd, 2009 · 2 Comments · 1942, Adaptation, Black and White, Clara Bow, Composer: Herbert Stothart, Drama, M-G-M Studios, Mrs. Miniver, Walter Pidgeon, War, William Wyler

Oh, Mrs. Miniver, how do I hate thee? Let me count the ways… I may not be alone in my dislike for this movie. The curmudgeonly book The Real Oscar: The Story Behind the Academy Awards, by Peter H. Brown, indicates a great deal of politics are behind the Oscar picks (what a surprise!) and […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

How Green Was My Valley

September 2nd, 2009 · No Comments · 1941, Adaptation, Black and White, Composer: Alfred Newman, Donald Crisp, Drama, Earl Hamner Jr., Fox Film Corporation, How Green Was My Valley, John Ford, Left-Leaning Politics, Roddy McDowell

How Green Was My Valley opens with a first-person, voice-over narrator describing the beauty and bounty of his childhood home, a verdant valley in South Wales in a poor, turn-of-the-century coal-mining town. In the movie, the narrator is represented by Huw, a very young Roddy McDowell, another of my favorite character actors. I fondly remember […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Rebecca

September 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment · 1940, Adaptation, Alfred Hitchcock, Black and White, Daphne Du Maurier, David O Selznick, Drama, Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier, Rebecca, Selznick International Pictures

Creepy doesn’t even begin to describe this Oscar-winning movie. Interestingly, this is the second Oscar winner in a row that’s (a) an adaptation of a novel, and (b) produced by David O. Selznick. (For those keeping track of such things, this is the eighth adaptation out of 13 Oscar-winning films. That means Hollywood is cranking […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

You Can’t Take It With You

August 30th, 2009 · No Comments · 1938, Black and White, Charles Lane, Columbia Pictures, Comedy, Frank Capra, Jimmy Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Original Screenplay, Robert Riskin, You Can't Take It With You

You Can’t Take It With You is a screwball comedy revolving around a house full of quirky family members and hangers-on lead by Grandpa Martin Vanderhof (Lionel Barrymore), who dispenses aphorisms like candy machines dispense candy. Stuff like this: “You can’t take it with you, Mr. Kirby. So what good is it? As near as […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Life of Emile Zola, The

August 29th, 2009 · No Comments · 1937, Adaptation, Biopic, Black and White, Composer: Max Steiner, Donald Crisp, Drama, Left-Leaning Politics, Life of Emile Zola, Paul Muni, Warner Bros. Pictures

I approached this movie with three primary questions at the forefront of my mind: 1. Who was Emile Zola? 2. Who was Paul Muni? 3. What is this movie about? To the first, I turn to an entry on Wikipedia: Émile François Zola (2 April 1840 – 29 September 1902) was an influential French writer, […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Great Ziegfeld, The

August 28th, 2009 · 3 Comments · 1936, Biopic, Black and White, Great Ziegfeld, M-G-M Studios, Musical, Original Screenplay, Powell and Loy

When I found out this was a musical of sorts, I was fully prepared to dislike it. (You see, I’m not a big fan of musicals.) The Great Ziegfeld is the semi-autobiographical story pf Florenz “Flo” Ziegfeld (1867 – 1932), the American Broadway “impresario” best known for his series of theatrical revues, the Ziegfeld Follies […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Mutiny On the Bounty

August 27th, 2009 · No Comments · 1935, Adaptation, Black and White, Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Composer: Herbert Stothart, Donald Crisp, Drama, Frank Lloyd, Herbert Mundin, M-G-M Studios, Mutiny On the Bounty

Arrr, Matey! Here I sit, tankard (well, glass…but it’s a big glass) of Newcastle Brown Ale in hand, biting off hunks of cheese, and imagining there’s a chatty parrot on my shoulder to which I offer crackers. If only I had a CD from the folk-metal band Alestorm (“Scottish Pirate Metal”) playing in the background […]

[Read more →]

Tags: