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zorarose
Silke B 2 years ago

My dear Flixster-Friends,

since the new Flixster has arrived and I do not agree with it and fear that the community will disappear soon, this will be my last review.

I will miss you all awfully, so please just write me a message, if you want to stay in touch.

My last review and my legacy, will be the recommendation of my favourite movie...


DIE ENGLISCHE HEIRAT (THE ENGLISH MARRIAGE)

FIVE STARS

Germany 1934, Director: Reinhold Schünzel, Book: Ludwig von Wohl, Camera: Friedl Behn-Grund, Music: Franz Doelle.
With: Renate Müller, Anton Walbrook, Georg Alexander, Adele Sandrock.

Gerte Winter (Renate Müller) is a drivingschool-teacher. She built her own car and is pretty and independent. Douglas Mavis (Georg Alexander), a rich heir from England, proposes to her and they get secretly married in Berlin. When Douglas goes back to England, to tell his despotic Grandmother (Adele Sandrock) about his wife, he simply fails. His Grandma makes the decisions and she has other plans for him.

Gerte comes to England and learns what a wimp her husband is. His Grandma is sure the German wife must be a cheap blackmailer. And when nightclub-singer Bella Amery (Hilde Hildebrand) shows up (also to marry Douglas), the Grandmother is sure that she must be the cheap German girl. In the meantime Gerte sneaks into the lordly family and becomes friends with the old lady. She finds a good friend and accomplice in Warwick Brent (Anton Walbrook), who is the family's lawyer and who seems to be such a better match for her.

You will notice that the director and all actors were very famous in Germany in the early 30's. And they all were disliked by the Nazis. So this is an independent movie, from a little studio, which refused to follow the rules for films the Nazis established in 1933.

zorarose
Silke B 3 years ago

I recommend you see...

...this brilliant BBC-adaption.

THE TURN OF THE SCREW

FOUR STARS

UK 2009, Directed by: Tim Fywell, Camera: Tony Miller, Music: John Lunn.
With: Michelle Dockery, Sue Johnston, Dan Stevens, Nicola Walker, Eva Sayer, Josef Lindsay, Sarah Buckland, Edward MacLiam, Mark Umbers, Corin Redgrave, Wendy Albiston.

Based on the short story by Henry James, this movie really strikes a nerve. I am very prone to victorian ghost-stories. Give me an old house, a cemetery in the garden and isolation from the rest of the world and I am satisfied.

In 1921 a psychiatrist tries to find out, what it was, that the young Ann Giddens drove to commit murder. She has nothing to lose and tells him her story. After WW I she gets hired to be the governess for two orphaned children. All the domestic servants are women and she learns fast, that they don't want men to interfere with their isolated domicile. Men are brutal and act arbitraily, they force sex and it is hard to struggle against them. Soon Ann gets the feeling that there is something wrong. She sees figures and hears voices, that seem to be hallucinations. When she learns from the housekeeper, that the former gouverness has committed suicide and a male servant came to death under mysterious circumstances, Ann is convinced, that their ghosts are trying to posess the children to use them for their dark purposes.

zorarose
Silke B 3 years ago

I recommend you see...

I FOUND STELLA PARISH

3,5 STARS

USA 1935, Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, Produced by: Harry Jow Brown.
With: Kay Francis, Ian Hunter, Paul Lukas, Sybil Jason, Jesse Ralph.

Stella Parish is a very famous theatre actress in England. She is popular, but her private lives remain a mystery in public. One day a vistor comes by and blackmails Stella. She decides to leave for the USA immediately. In disguise. To save her child from being harmed by the revelation of a dark, dark secret from the past. Nobody knows where StelIa is, just a clever journalist finds out. He sneaks into her life, makes her trust him and reveals her identity to the public. Not knowing what consequences he is triggering by it.

I was anxcious to watch this movie, because watching Kay Francis is always a great pleasure to me. The movie starts out a bit lame, but surely has some funny moments. One scene is outstanding and shows what a great actress Kay was. She is marvelous in the "press-conference"-scene. Other movies gave Kay more chances to show what she was able to do with her way of acting and she looked better in other movies, too. But this one is watchable, nevertheless.

About K

Hometown:
NJ
Favorite Movies:
The Third Man, The Rules of the Game, I Know Where I'm Going!, Mulholland Drive, The Palm Beach Story, Ikiru (Doomed) (Living) (To Live), Contraband, The Lady Eve, The Shining, Duck Soup, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Black Narcissus, Pépé le Moko, Dead Man, Touch of Evil, Vertigo, Odd Man Out, I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang, Fight Club, Pickup on South Street, The Innocents, Branded to Kill, My Darling Clementine, Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete), The Big Sleep, Kiss Me Deadly, Watership Down, Orphée (Orpheus), Cat People, Piranha, L'Atalante, The Invisible Man, Steamboat Bill, Jr., Jaws, Kurotokage (Black Lizard), The French Connection, La Chienne (The Bitch), Only Angels Have Wings
Favorite Actors:
Gloria Grahame, Jean Arthur, Audrey Totter, Miriam Hopkins, Edward G. Robinson, Laird Cregar, Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Hackman, Ida Lupino, Roger Livesey, Spencer Tracy, Harpo Marx, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Tilda Swinton, Lillian Gish, Claude Rains, William Powell, Una Merkel, Lili Taylor, Henry Fonda, Diana Rigg, Peter Lorre, Simone Simon, Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Deborah Kerr, Kay Francis, Ruth Chatterton, Buster Keaton, Marlene Dietrich, Anna Karina, Helen Walker, Dorothy Malone, Gracie Allen, Carol Lombard, Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Claudette Colbert, Bette Davis, Ruth Gordon, Jean Peters, Walter Huston, James Stewart, Gary Cooper, Takashi Shimura, Edward Norton, Albert Brooks, Evelyn Keyes, Patrick McGoohan, Wendy Hiller, Erich von Stroheim, Jean Gabin, Michel Simon, James Mason, Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Stephen Rea, Valerie Hobson, Brenda De Banzie, Emily Watson, Tony Shaloub, Paul Muni, Fredric March, Kathleen Byron, Pamela Brown, Joan Blondell, Richard Widmark, María Casares, Jane Greer, Trevor Howard, Elisha Cook Jr., Glenda Farrell, Alec Guinness, Toshiro Mifune, Glenn Ford, Anna Sten, Conrad Veidt, Mary Morris, Holly Hunter, Jo Shishido, Bill Murray, Solveig Dommartin, Katrin Cartlidge, Joan Bennett, Skelton Knaggs, Ann Miller, Joseph Calleia, Jeremy Brett, Jessie Matthews

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