Tag Archives: 1940s

Fridrikh Ermler – Ona zashchishchayet rodinu AKA She Defends the Motherland (1943)

(kinoglaz.fr)
On the first day of the war fascists brutally killed the little son of a peasant woman Praskovya Lukyanova before the mother’s eyes. Her husband was also killed. Praskovya leaves the village. She goes to woods, organizes a partisan detachment and takes vengeance on the enemy.
The film was restored at the Gorky Film Studio in 1966.
 The authors of the film were honored the Stalin’s Prize of the USSR. Read More »

Edward Buzzell – Easy to Wed [+Extras] (1946)

Quote:
This is one of the few times at MGM Lucy was given a chance to exploit her full comedic range, and she goes at it with gusto. From the moment she makes her whirlwind entrance looking absolutely gorgeous in a white wedding gown, she commands the screen whenever the camera is on her. In fact, though the movie ostensibly “stars” Van Johnson and Esther Williams, the bland leads take a back seat to the lively pairing of Lucy and Keenan Wynn, as her somewhat morally corrupt boyfriend. Forget comparisons to “Libeled Lady”; “Easy to Wed” is of a different era, and much more slapsticky, and, as noted, Lucy is a gem whether getting drunk and playing the piano or evincing true pathos as a wronged woman. She has rarely been photographed more appealingly, either. Read More »

Grigoriy Aleksandrov – Vesna AKA Spring (1947)

IMDB:
A drab woman scientist, working on machine to harness solar energy, and a pert concert singer look-alike being courted to play her in a movie swap identities and find personal growth, professional success, love, and happiness. Read More »

Arthur Lubin – Phantom of the Opera (1943)

Synopsis:
Pit violinist Claudin hopelessly loves rising operatic soprano Christine Dubois (as do baritone Anatole and police inspector Raoul) and secretly aids her career. But Claudin loses both his touch and his job, murders a rascally music publisher in a fit of madness, and has his face etched with acid. Soon, mysterious crimes plague the Paris Opera House, blamed on a legendary “phantom” whom none can find in the mazes and catacombs. But both of Christine’s lovers have plans to ferret him out. Read More »

Mark Sandrich – Holiday Inn (1942)

Synopsis:
Lovely Linda Mason has crooner Jim Hardy head over heels, but suave stepper Ted Hanover wants her for his new dance partner after femme fatale Lila Dixon gives him the brush. Jim’s supper club, Holiday Inn, is the setting for the chase by Hanover and manager Danny Reed. The music’s the thing. Read More »

Jacques Becker – Rendez-vous de juillet (1949)

Synopsis:
Lucien is a young man whose ambition is to become a famous explorer, against the wishes of his middle-class parents who hope he might settle for a more conventional career. After a row with his father, he leaves home and meets up with his friends, a wild bunch of aspiring young actors, writers and film directors. The latter have offered to join Lucien on his expedition – if he can get the transportation. Lucien is so preoccupied with planning his expedition that he does not notice when his girlfriend Christine is taken from him by the theatre director she is working for. Read More »

Charles Crichton – Against the Wind (1948)

Brief synopsis
Philip Elliot, refugee Belgian priest, reports to a secret school in London for spies and saboteurs behind German lines. After training, he and two others parachute into Belgium to help destroy a records office. This mission leads to German capture of an important resistance leader; four more agents (Emile, Max, Scotty, and Michele) go in on a rescue mission. But one of them is a traitor; and other things go wrong… Read More »