Saturday Night Cinema: Exodus (1960)

Intelligence applied exactly where it is most rare: in the lavish, star-studded epic. Otto Preminger’s 1960 film, based on the Leon Uris novel, makes fine use of dovetailed points of view in describing the birth pains of Israel. With Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Peter Lawford, Ralph Richardson, Sal Mineo, Lee J. Cobb, Alexandra Stewart, and John Derek.


Saturday Night Cinema: Rebecca

“Alfred Hitchcock’s first Hollywood film is a sumptuous and suspenseful adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s romantic novel.” Rebecca won two Academy Awards, Outstanding Production and Cinematography, out of a total 11 nominations. Olivier, Fontaine and Anderson were all Oscar nominated for their respective roles.


Saturday Night Cinema: Roman Holiday

Tonight’s Saturday Night Cinema is the modern day fairy tale, Roman Holiday, starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. Directed by William Wyler, Roman Holiday won three Academy Awards (R) for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Costume Design and Best Writing. In this timeless classic, Hepburn is at her transcendent best as a sheltered princess who falls for an American newsman in Rome.


Saturday Night Cinema: Citizen Kane

It’s Oscar month, and it is in that spirit that I continue to salute the award-winning masterpieces that once made that now debased industry great. Tonight’s Saturday Night Cinema classic Citizen Kane, “a work of art created by grown people for grown people.”


Saturday Night Cinema: How Green Was My Valley

Tonight’s Saturday Night Cinema looks back at Hollywood’s golden age — when it was great, moral, and deeply talented. The Hollywood of today lives off the fumes of this golden era. Today’s Hollywood is incapable of the goodness displayed in this film.

Tonight’s film, “How Green Was My Valley”, is about the “majesty of plain people and the beauty which shines in the souls of simple, honest folk.”


Saturday Night Cinema: 13 Hours

In light of today’s moronic “women’s marches” opposing what they cannot exactly say, I chose a film that regrettably is not free but should be mandatory viewing for every empty-headed woman who took part in the march today.
Anyone who thinks Hillary should have been President needs to see this film.


Saturday Night Cinema: Khartoum

Khartoum is based in 1884-85 when Egyptian forces led by a British general Charles “Chinese” Gordon defended Khartoum against an invading Muslim army led by Muslim religious leader and self-proclaimed Mahdi, Muhammad Ahmad, played by Laurence Olivier.


Saturday Night Cinema: Suddenly, Last Summer

Tonight’s Saturday Night Cinema classic is Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly, last Summer starring Elizabeth Taylor at the height of her powers. The star-studded cast includes Taylor’s great friend Montgomery Clift, Katherine Hepburn (who many adore, though she’s not my cuppa).


Saturday Night Cinema: Sudden Fear

Tonight’s Saturday Night cinema classic is Sudden fear starring Joan Crawford and Jack Palance. Joan Crawford won her third and last Oscar nomination for this tense noir thriller, featuring the underrated Jack Palance in a particularly scary performance.


Saturday Night Cinema: Journey to Italy

Tonight’s Saturday Night Cinema classic Roberto Rossellini’s masterpiece “Viaggio in Italia,” Journey to Italy starring then wife Ingrid Bergman. Among the most influential films of the postwar era, Roberto Rossellini’s Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) charts the declining marriage of a couple from England.

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