Movie Review – Irma la Douce

Irma la Douce US (1963) Dir. Billy Wilder Okay, so you meet a nice girl and think she is the one, except she has a job that isn’t so nice and you’d rather she gave it up, but she doesn’t want to because it is her way of life. So, how do you go about … Continue reading Movie Review – Irma la Douce

Movie Review – Five Graves To Cairo

Five Graves To Cairo US (1943) Dir. Billy Wilder The Germans got everywhere during World War II, despite most films on this subject concentrating on their European occupation, for instance, the desert campaigns that took in Africa. Fear not, British were on hand to thwart this global takeover bid, first taking out the German’s allies … Continue reading Movie Review – Five Graves To Cairo

A Foreign Affair

A Foreign Affair US (1948) Dir. Billy Wilder They say all is fair in love and war, but never offer any advice for when the two happen to overlap. One could argue Shakespeare covered this with Romeo And Juliet but a spat between two families is not the same as global conflict. So, it’s over … Continue reading A Foreign Affair

One, Two, Three

One, Two, Three US (1961) Dir. Billy Wilder “Any world that can produce the Taj Mahal, William Shakespeare, and Stripe toothpaste can't be all bad.” You’d think that but there is always something to spoil the good things in life, and it is usually politics. The Cold War and the bifurcation of Germany in the … Continue reading One, Two, Three

Fedora

Fedora Germany/US (1978) Dir. Billy Wilder There is a heavy price to pay for fame. Many struggle with the loss of privacy as a public figure, which they then lament when they later become invisible; others overindulge once the royalty cheques arrive and end up back to square one financially. The worst toll fame can … Continue reading Fedora

The Seven Year Itch

The Seven Year Itch US (1955) Dir. Billy Wilder Yes, the one with THAT scene of Marilyn Monroe in the white dress standing over the air vent. It’s an iconic moment that has spawned a million imitators (Monroe herself even recreated it sans underwear for a photo shoot a couple of years later) but what … Continue reading The Seven Year Itch

Ninotchka

Ninotchka US (1939) Dir. Ernst Lubitsch “Garbo Laughs!” Amazingly that tagline was seemingly enough to sell this film to audiences in 1939, just as “Garbo Talks!” worked nine year earlier with Anna Christie her first talkie. That didn’t stop the film being banned in the Soviet Union though, but that is understandable it was a … Continue reading Ninotchka

The Major And The Minor

The Major And The Minor (Cert U) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 100 minutes approx. You will hear people say regarding old films, “They don’t make them like they used to”, though there are some instances where this might not be a bad thing, though it pains me to say that about … Continue reading The Major And The Minor

People On Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag)

People On Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag) Germany (1930) Dirs. Robert Siodmak & Edgar G. Ulmer It is generally accepted the beginnings of the Neo-realism movement are found in the works of Vittorio De Sica and 1940’s Italian cinema but like most developments in film, the Germans got there first! This experimental outing from 1930 not … Continue reading People On Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag)

Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot US (1959) Dir. Billy Wilder At the time of writing this - June 22nd 2015 - it is Billy Wilder’s birthday and he would have been 109 years-old. So what better way to celebrate than with a viewing of one of his most popular and enduring films? And before you curse … Continue reading Some Like It Hot