After directing such divertissements as Banana Peel (1964), Marcel Ophuls—the son of famed filmmaker Max (La Ronde, Lola Montès)—embarked on an ambitious documentary about the collaboration during WW2 between France’s Vichy government and Nazi Germany: The Sorrow and the Pity (1969). Sorrow has turned up on The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ within the… Continue reading From the DVR: The Memory of Justice (1973)
The following essay is Thrilling Days of Yesteryear’s contribution to The Classic Movie Blog Association’s Fall 2017 blogathon. Banned and Blacklisted focuses on banned films and blacklisted actors, writers, directors, and other participants in the motion picture industry, and will be underway from November 15-19. For a list of contributing blogs and the subjects discussed,… Continue reading CMBA Banned and Blacklisted Blogathon: Salt of the Earth (1954)
The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ rolled out a righteous premiere on the first day of the new year: the Joseph Losey-directed remake of Fritz Lang’s 1931 masterpiece M. Unseen in this country for many years until a couple of years ago due to a tangle of copyright issues (it got a limited release by Columbia… Continue reading Buried Treasures: M (1951)
This review of Ship of Fools (1965) is Thrilling Days of Yesteryear’s contribution to the Vivien Leigh/Laurence Olivier blogathon being held this weekend (July 9-10) by Kendra at vivandlarry.com. During my convalescence in March and April of last year, I remember that I often found myself adjusting my schedule of recording movies off The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ (ka-ching!)… Continue reading The Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier Appreciation Blogathon: Who will the next Fool(s) be?
As promised, here are my collected thoughts on three of the movies shown during the final night of Turner Classic Movies’ Shadows of Russia festival—all of which I also recorded for the dusty Thrilling Days of Yesteryear archives, including the intro to My Son John (1952) where Bobby Osbo does mention the participation of New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick and Self-Styled Siren… Continue reading Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #51 (“I Was a Communist for the TCM” edition)
Even though I returned to Castle Yesteryear yesterday around noonish, I got so preoccupied with catching up on e-mail correspondence, websites and the like that I basically accomplished diddly squat…preferring instead to sit down in front of the tube and looking for something to occupy my viewing time. I caught a showing of The Hospital (1971) last night… Continue reading While I was out…
I don’t make it a point to visit Big Hollywood too often—mostly because I haven’t had all my shots—but this recent post by editor-in-chief John Nolte sort of started in me an involuntary rolling-of-the-eyeballs. Titled “Will Ben Mankiewicz Be Allowed to Destroy Turner Classic Movies?”, it describes how Johnny-O had to mosey on over to his fainting couch because Big… Continue reading “I’m sorry…I’m just a guy who cares an awful lot about my classic movie channel…”