40’s movies marathon – part 56
December 17, 2009 1 Comment
Ivan Grozny – Part 1 (1944, Soviet Union, Eisenstein) – A delirious fantasy about Russia’s great and all-powerful Führer, a man who is worshipped by The People and will soon make Russia into a Third Rome, ready to unleash its holy fury on all who stand in its way. Watched it all. Starring Gaahl as Ivan the Terrible.
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944, USA, Rapper) – Mark Twain was born under a comet, and grew up with Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and slaveboy Jim. At twelve, he lectured the elders at the temple about the scriptures, and everyone was amazed at his understanding. Watched: 7 minutes.
National Velvet (1944, USA, Brown) – England in the 1920’s. A land of green meadows and stern but nice authority figures. Watched: 20 minutes. Introducing Elizabeth Taylor as a horse-mad 12-year old.
The Halfway House (1944, UK, Dearden) – A magical inn in Wales appears from thin air whenever someone needs help to work out their problems. The problems in this case include a couple who wants to get divorced, a captain who thinks he’s a coward, and a girl with an Irish boyfriend. Watched it all.
The Uninvited (1944, USA, Allen) – Some uninteresting people move into a house that may or may not be haunted. Watched: 12 minutes.
The Lady and the Monster (1944, USA, Sherman) – It was a dark and stormy night. The mad scientist was hard at work in his castle, connecting dead monkeys to electrodes. Watched: 8 minutes.