Yes, "The Long Voyage Home" is now one of my favorite Ford Films. It wasn't always that way as I thought it was just okay in my youth. However, as a mature adult now, I'm able to see the brilliant film-making in this movie. A great movie with some great actors, dialogue, cinematography and direction.The Long Voyage Home (TCM app) 1940. Thanks to battlebeast I checked this one which I hadn't seen since a magnificent print in the '70s. Although not as great as that one, it reminded me how exquisite Toland's lighting is, and what an unerring eye (sorry) Ford had for blocking, framing and direction of his actors. And how those opening shots of sultry, swaying in the hot breeze women ever passed the Hays office is beyond me. There's some eroticism at play in plain sight! This film is definitely a masterpiece and one of Toland's and Ford's best work.
The Fighting Seabees (iTunes HD stream) 1944. Another John Wayne. He plays a hot-headed civilian who causes many deaths for disobeying military orders. Totally unsympathetic character, even if he redeems himself at the end.
Burning (WELL GO BD) 2018. Tantalizing South Korean film that peels like an onion. A triangle that is never resolved. How much is real or imagined...mysteries are solved, or are they...An examination of class, economics, genetics, psychological imbalances, reality vs. fiction.
Yeah, Webb was too busy with his TV empire to direct more films.I watched the Warner Archive Blu-ray disc of Pete Kelly's Blues last night. I've always loved this film and every time I watch it I feel the same regret that Jack Webb did not direct more movies. The film's story is very slight and the movie's strength comes from its sense of atmosphere and the excellent performances of the actors, Peggy Lee in particular.
Pete Kelly's Blues was one of the very first Warner Archive Blu-ray discs and is absolutely superb. It was this disc that alerted me to their business strategy: release films where the elements don't need much work.
I first watched Disraeli in the late '50s (TV). I have watched it several times since and I agree with you. Joan Bennett is so, so young in this. Did you watch Arliss in his other Oscar-nominated role that year, The Green Goddess?I was back at the TCM app this afternoon and watched Disraeli for the first time in probably five decades. It's definitely a curio now rather than a fine film, but it was nice seeing it again after such a long, long time.
I have seen it, but, again, not in a very long time.I first watched Disraeli in the late '50s (TV). I have watched it several times since and I agree with you. Joan Bennett is so, so young in this. Did you watch Arliss in his other Oscar-nominated role that year, The Green Goddess?