40’s movies marathon – part 95
April 21, 2010 5 Comments
Black Narcissus (1947, UK, Powell & Pressburger) – Deborah Kerr goes to start a nunnery in an abandoned palace in the Himalayas, where something about the air, the mountains, and the erotic paintings on the walls reminds the nuns of earthly pleasures and the lives they left behind. This is not a horror movie, which may be why it’s so scary. Watched it all.
Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947, Japan, Ozu) – A homeless boy shows up in a neighbourhood, and nobody wants to help him. They have enough to worry about already, what with no longer being able to reap the benefits of the greater Asian prosperity sphere. Watched: 19 minutes.
The Sea of Grass (1947, USA, Kazan) – Interesting: A western where the uncaring big landowner is mostly in the right, the poor homesteaders who want a share of his land are misguided, and the idealist who opposes him is kind of an asshole. Katharine Hepburn befriends all three, trying to bridge their opposing interests, but fails. I guess the movie does too, but I like what it could have been. Watched it all.
The October Man (1947, UK, Baker) – I was hoping the traumatic accident John Mills is in would give him an interesting case of madness, but he’s just a little sad, and keeps getting better. Watched: 21 minutes.
Heaven Only Knows (1947, USA, Rogell) – Another of those movies where the amusingly bureaucratic angels of Heaven interfere with events on Earth. Watched: 7 minutes.