Warner Archive Blu-ray Review: William Wyler’s ‘The Letter’

In The Letter, Warner Bros.’ 1940 adaptation of the same W. Somerset Maugham play filmed in 1929 with legendary stage actress Jeanne Eagels, director William Wyler plays the role of mood conductor and Bette Davis is his lead instrument. The Letter is a rare “art film” from the Golden Age of Hollywood, in that Wyler… Read More Warner Archive Blu-ray Review: William Wyler’s ‘The Letter’

William Wyler’s ‘Carrie’: Drowning in Middle Age

Misfires can often be more interesting than classics, but there are so few of them in William Wyler’s filmography. He is the only person to direct three Best Picture winners, the only person with a resume that includes Jezebel, The Letter, The Westerner, The Big Country, Wuthering Heights, The Best Years Of Our Lives, Ben-Hur,… Read More William Wyler’s ‘Carrie’: Drowning in Middle Age

“Ben-Hur” (1959)

William Wyler’s Ben-Hur (1959) was released on Blu-ray just yesterday and I got my copy from Amazon right away. I sat through most of the features and watched pieces of the film, which looked absolutely beautiful. Here’s my review on the set: http://thecelebritycafe.com/reviews/ben-hur-blu-ray-review-09-28-2011. There is nothing like William Wyler’sBen-Hur, which was released in 1959. Hollywood just simply does… Read More “Ben-Hur” (1959)

Top 10 Hollywood Films of the 1950s

Yesterday was Alfred Hitchcock’s 112th birthday, which I celebrated by watching Rear Window again. I also took the time to write another Top 10 list for TheCelebrityCafe.com, which covered the decade he dominated: the 1950s. I consider the ’50s Hollywood’s best decade and I could probably do an infinite list of the greatest films from that decade. Anyway,… Read More Top 10 Hollywood Films of the 1950s