Posted in U.S. Film

THE SWIMMER (1968)

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A film by Frank Perry, Sydney Pollack

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard, Janice Rule

Here is a jewel of a film that you might not have heard of it. It is the favorite film of Burt Lancaster. On a Beautiful morning Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster) an athletic man but getting older in his bathing suit takes a swim in a pool of a friend of his and suddenly decide to swim in avery pool until he reaches home.

Ned runs in the wood takes a dive in a pool and swim gets out of the pool and a voice says Ned how are you? They makes small talk soon some more people arrived, they seems to know Ned. Than Ned decided out of the blue to swim from pool to pool all the way home. As the movie goes along you beginning to think what is going on here. Some of the pool owners loves him some hate him. He sees a young woman who use to be his babysitter she goes along for the ride and she confide in him that once she had a crush on him. You beginning to know that something is going on There is a fine line between fantasy and reality. The thing is when Ned is in the water he is in this fantasy when he comes back on the ground reality checks in some what. I am not going to say anymore than that just in case you didn’t see this work of art of a film. Burt Lancaster is superb in this great performance. The sequence with Janice Rule was directed by Sidney Pollack because Perry had creative differences with his producer so Sidney stepped in. And what a beautiful performances by both actors. Also introducing Janet Landgard with other string of actors who did a remarkable performances. This film is brilliant but yet disturbing.

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Posted in U.S. Film

DESERT FURY (1947)

A film by Lewis Allen.
Cast: John Hodiak, Lizabeth Scott, Burt Lancaster.
Fritzi Haller is a powerful casino owner in Chuckawalla, Nevada. Her daughter Paula (having quit school) returns at the same time as racketeer Eddie Bendix, who left under suspicion of murdering his wife. Paula and Eddie become involved; each for their own reasons, Fritzi, Paula’s old beau Tom, and Eddie’s pal Johnny try to break up the relationship. Then Eddie’s past catches up with him in an unexpected way.
Yes it is a 1947 movie in color my go what happen? yes color was invented back then I think the studios were reluctant to use it. You have a blonde bomb shell in you hands like Lizabeth Scott who is attracted to a two bit racketeer who is blame to kill his wife or shall we say to get rid of his wife. Then you have his pale, his partner in crime who has been with him for 15 years. Johnny ryan (Wendell Corey) who sees her as a distraction and does not want her in the picture plus if she is in the picture then He won’t need him. But all hell break loose when Johnny gets jealous of Paula and paula gets her way with Eddie. Pretty good movie on can see on youtube.

Posted in U.S. Film

JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG (1961)

A film by Stanley Kramer.
Cast: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark.
Judgment at Nuremberg is a 1961 American drama film dealing with the Holocaust; with non-combatant (e.g., crimes committed in violation of the Law of Nations; or the Laws of War, against a civilian population) War Crimes, and the Post-World War II geo-political complexity of the Nuremberg Trials. The picture was written by Abby Mann, directed by Stanley Kramer, and stars Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Maximilian Schell, Werner Klemperer, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, William Shatner and Montgomery Clift.
While the persecution of the Jews is shown (in newsreel footage) and discussed, the incidents and events which form the foundation of the film’s plot are largely concerned with the domestic situation in Germany prior to World War II.
The film depicts the trial of certain judges who served before and through the Nazi regime in Germany, and who either passively; actively; or in a combination both, embraced and enforced laws, which led to the judicial acts of sexual sterilization, imprisonment or execution of men and women for their religions, their racial and ethnic identities; for their political beliefs; or even for the state of their physical handicaps or disabilities.
The movie was nominated for eleven Academy Awards. Maximilian Schell won the award for Best Actor, and Abby Mann won in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. The remaining nominations were for Best Picture, Stanley Kramer for Best Director, Spencer Tracy for Best Actor, Montgomery Clift for Best Supporting Actor, Judy Garland for Best Supporting Actress, Best Art Direction, Black-and-White, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Costume Design, Black-and-White, and Best Film Editing. Stanley Kramer was given the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. This is one of the few times that a film had multiple entries in the same category (Tracy and Schell for Best Actor) and Schell was the first Best Actor winner to be billed fifth. Many of the big name actors who appeared in the film did so for a fraction of their usual salaries because they believed in the social importance of the project.
It is a superb movie one that will leave you speechless and reminds you of the horror the the second world war. It is a court drama at its best it is a must see. A all star cast.

Posted in French film

THE LEOPARD (1963)

A film by Luchino Visconti. Stars: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale. In the 1860s, a dying aristocracy struggles to maintain itself against a harsh Sicilian landscape. The film traces with a slow and deliberate rhythm the waning of the noble home of Fabrizio Corbero, Prince of Salina (the Leopard) and the corresponding rise to eminence of the enormously wealthy ex-peasant Don Calogero Sedara. The prince himself refuses to take active steps to halt the decline of his personal fortunes or to help build a new Sicily but his nephew Tancredi, Prince of Falconeri swims with the tide and assures his own position by marrying Don Calogero’s beautiful daughter Angelica. The climatic scene is the sumptuous forty-minute ball, where Tancredi introduces Angelica to society.

Posted in Films from 30’s to 60’s, U.S. Film

THE TRAIN (1964)

this movie was done differently. A German loads the train with priceless arts( paintings). The resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo. a film directed by John Frankenheimer. Starring Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield and Jeanne Moreau.Burt Lancaster performs all of his own stunts in this movie. Albert Rémy also gets into the act by performing the stunt of uncoupling the engine from the art train on a real moving train. John Frankenheimer said of this film, “I wanted all the realism possible. There are no tricks in this film. When trains crash together, they are real trains. There is no substitute for that kind of reality.” The engine that crashes into a derailed engine was moving at nearly 60 mph. The crash was staged in the town of Acquigny, with extensive safety precautions and special insurance. Only one take was possible, and seven cameras were used. The engine that we see from track level as it’s derailed was moving faster than intended. Three of the five cameras filming the derailment were smashed. The filmmakers hired a train to carry their equipment from one location to another, and this is the train we see as the art train in the film. The character of Mlle Villard is based on Rose Antonia Maria Valland – a French art historian, a member of the French Resistance, a captain in the French military, and one of the most decorated women in French history. The movie was inspired by her 1961 non-fiction book “Le front de l’art: défense des collections françaises, 1939-1945” (The Art Front: Defence of the French Collections, 1939-1945).