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  • Joseph L. Mankiewicz – The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

    Joseph L. Mankiewicz1941-1950ClassicsFilm BlancRomanceUSA
    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

    ‘In 1900, strong-willed widow Lucy Muir goes to live in Gull Cottage by the British seaside, even though it appears to be haunted. Sure enough, that very night she meets the ghost of crusty former owner Captain Gregg…and refuses to be scared off. Indeed, they become friends and allies, after Lucy gets used to the idea of a man’s ghost haunting her bedroom. But when a charming live man comes courting, Lucy and the captain must deal with their feelings for each other.’
    – Rod Crawford (IMDb)Read More »

  • Roberto Rossellini – La macchina ammazzacattivi (1952) (DVD)

    1951-1960ArthouseComedyFilm BlancItalyRoberto Rossellini

    Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader wrote:
    This rarely shown early film by Roberto Rossellini (1948), one of his few comedies, anticipates with remarkable prescience the conceits of Godard and others about photography in the 60s. A professional small-town photographer finds that he has the power to kill his subjects by taking their picture, turning them into statues of themselves. Rossellini left this project before it was finished, and it was edited and released a few years later without his approval–but it still comes across as a remarkably suggestive fable.Read More »

  • Eliseo Subiela – No te mueras sin decirme adónde vas aka Don’t Die Without Telling Me Where You’re Going (1995)

    Eliseo Subiela1991-2000ArgentinaArthouseFantasyFilm Blanc

    This movie is a declaration of love to cinema that is used as a metaphor for the universe itself. We are the films and God is projecting them, including this one with Rachel and Leopoldo, who in a former life literally co-invented cinema as an assistant of Thomas A. Edison named William K.L. Dickson.Read More »

  • Julien Duvivier – Flesh and Fantasy (1943)

    1941-1950ClassicsFantasyFilm BlancJulien DuvivierUSA

    Two clubmen discuss the occult, introducing three weird tales: 1) Plain, bitter Henrietta secretly loves law student Michael. Then on Mardi Gras night, a mysterious stranger gives her a mask of beauty that she must return at midnight. 2) At a party, palmist Podgers makes uncannily accurate predictions, later telling skeptic Marshal Tyler that he will murder someone. The notion obsesses Tyler, with ironic consequences. 3) High wire artist Gaspar dreams of falling, then loses his nerve. He recognizes Joan from his dreams, and falls for her. Will any of his dreams, involving Joan and disaster, come true?Read More »

  • Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger – A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

    1941-1950DramaEmeric PressburgerFantasyFilm BlancMichael PowellUnited Kingdom

    After miraculously surviving a jump from his burning plane, RAF pilot Peter Carter (David Niven) encounters the American radio operator (Kim Hunter) to whom he has just delivered his dying wishes, and, face-to-face on a tranquil English beach, the pair fall in love. When a messenger from the hereafter arrives to correct the bureaucratic error that spared his life, Peter must mount a fierce defense for his right to stay on earth—painted by production designer Alfred Junge and cinematographer Jack Cardiff as a rich Technicolor Eden—climbing a wide staircase to stand trial in a starkly beautiful, black-and-white modernist afterlife. Intended to smooth tensions between the wartime allies Britain and America, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s richly humanistic A Matter of Life and Death traverses time and space to make a case for the transcendent value of love.Read More »

  • David Lowery – A Ghost Story (2017)

    2021-2030David LoweryDramaFilm BlancUSA

    In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.Read More »

  • Claude Autant-Lara – Sylvie et le fantôme AKA Sylvia and the Ghost (1946)

    Claude Autant-Lara1941-1950FantasyFilm BlancFrance

    Claude Autant-Lara’s literally haunting romantic tale Sylvia and the Phantom stars Odette Joyeaux as Sylvia, an imaginative young girl who lives in an old French castle. Fascinated by a portrait of the lover of her deceased grandmother, Sylvia fantasizes about having a romance with the lover’s ghost. On Sylvia’s 16th birthday, her father decides to amuse the girl by having the “ghost” make an appearance, and to that end engages the services of three men–a valet, a ham actor and a burglar–to impersonate the wraith. Though confused by the fact that the ghost seemingly has three distinct personalities, Sylvia nonetheless falls in love with the burglar, the most handsome of the trio. Disillusioned upon learning of her father’s subterfuge, Sylvia is unfortunately unresponsive when the real ghost (poignantly enacted by comedian Jacques Tati) makes a surprise appearance. Unfairly lambasted by American critics as “worthless,” Sylvia and the Phantom has since taken its place in cinema history as one of Claude Autant-Lara’s most beguiling works. The film was adapted from a play by Alfred Adam.Read More »

  • Edward A. Blatt – Between Two Worlds (1944)

    1941-1950Edward A. BlattFantasyFilm BlancMysteryUSA

    Passengers on an ocean liner can’t recall how they got on board or where they are going yet, oddly enough, it soon becomes apparent that they all have something in common.Read More »

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