Criterion Blu-ray Review: Ernst Lubitsch’s ‘Cluny Brown’

Jennifer Jones was a tough nut to crack, for both directors and audiences. Someone as great as William Wyler could find it impossible to get a great performance from her, even in a dramatic role she was expected to perform well in. On the other hand, Ernst Lubitsch dug in deep to bring out her… Read More Criterion Blu-ray Review: Ernst Lubitsch’s ‘Cluny Brown’

Warner Archive Blu-Ray Review: George Cukor’s ‘Gaslight’

“Gaslighting” is thrown around a lot today, but some are probably not aware of the term’s origin. It comes from the 1944 MGM melodrama Gaslight, in which a husband torments his wife in an elaborate scheme to steal her family’s jewels. The wife is played by Ingrid Bergman, who won her first Best Actress Oscar… Read More Warner Archive Blu-Ray Review: George Cukor’s ‘Gaslight’

‘Confidential Agent’ with Lauren Bacall & Charles Boyer

Quick post here… I finally watched Herman Shumlin’s Confidential Agent, which Warner Archive first released back in 2010. I just got it  few weeks back after Lauren Bacall’s death. (I also picked up Bright Leaf, which I thoroughly enjoyed.) Confidential Agent is famous for more or less derailing Bacall’s career at Warner Bros. briefly, calling into question… Read More ‘Confidential Agent’ with Lauren Bacall & Charles Boyer