Classical Film Review: Halloween [1978]

Filmed in 1978, John Carpenter’s Halloween is younger than some of the other films we have looked at for the Classical Review. But… it is Halloween and this is a genuinely scary, yet also extremely tastefully well-crafted, horror cult classic. As low-budget and rushed as the filming may have been (it was shot in just…

Classical Film Review: Dr. No [1962]

Mysoginistic and martini swilling, brilliant and brutish, he is, nonetheless… disturbingly charming. British spy James Bond first appeared on cinema screens in 1962’s Dr. No, in which he is sent to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of a fellow British agent. The trail leads him to the underground base of Dr No, a nefarious evil…

Classical Film Review: Seven Samurai [1954]

The Seven Samurai is Japanese director Akira Kurosawa’s finest work and made an easy transference into a Western, The Magnificent Seven, six years later. A Samurai answers a village’s request for protection after he falls on hard times. Kurosawa’s characterization of the six Samurai and the farmer’s son who wants to join them is peerless-…

Brief Encounter [1945]

Brief Encounter is a story about love being inescapable, about two people brought together by fate. You can call it ‘circumstance’ or ‘coincidence’, if you’re not a hopelessly old-fashioned romantic like me… But what’s the fun in making a film about it? Filmed during the war, this love story comes from a time when falling…

Classical Film Review: Gone With The Wind [1939]

Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, is one of the bestselling books of all time, with at least 28 million copies having been published in nearly every language. Its immortality was however secured by David O. Selznick’s 1939 film adaptation- winner of 11 Academy Awards, including the first for a black actor,…

Classical Film Review: Paths of Glory [1957]

Paths of Glory is arguably the best film about the First World War, and certainly one of Stanley Kubrick’s finest. It is a treatise on human injustice; a compelling and harsh indictment of war. The title is entirely ironic and comes from a line in eighteenth century romantic poet Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a…

Classical Film Review: Torn Curtain [1966]

Hello and welcome to the Classical Review… otherwise known as the Alfred Hitchcock Review… because yes, this week it’s another Hitchcock film: Torn Curtain! An American physicist, Michael Armstrong, shocks his friends and family by defecting to East Germany at the height of the Cold War! [VT- Shock!] Even his fiancée, Sarah, is surprised by…