Sunday, December 21
Directed by John Huston, the film stars Humphrey Bogart as private investigator Sam Spade and Mary Astor as his femme fatale client. Gladys George, Peter Lorre, and Sydney Greenstreet co-star. The Maltese Falcon was Huston's directorial debut and was nominated for three Academy Awards. The story follows a San Francisco private detective and his dealings with three unscrupulous adventurers, all of whom are competing to obtain a jewel-encrusted falcon statuette.
The film was selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry in 1989 and is considered one of the greatest detective movies of all time.
Saturday, December 20
Vincent Price has one of his juiciest roles in this 1959 American horror film, directed by William Castle.
The film was a huge success. Alfred Hitchcock took notice of the low-budget film's performance at the box office, and set out to make his own low-budget horror film, which became the critically acclaimed hit Psycho (1960). Castle was himself a Hitchcock fan, and would try to imitate Hitchcock's work in later films such as Homicidal (1961).
Friday, December 19
A. O. Scott looks back at Billy Wilder's classic meditation on celebrity and Hollywood.
Sunset Boulevard was nominated for eleven Academy Awards (including nominations in all four acting categories) and won three. It is widely accepted as a classic, often cited as one of the greatest films of American cinema. Deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the U.S. Library of Congress in 1989, Sunset Boulevard was included in the first group of films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Thursday, December 18
Trailer for this comedy film, directed by Stanley Donen. The film, an adaptation of the 1945 Broadway play of the same name, features Cary Grant, Jayne Mansfield, Ray Walston, Suzy Parker, Werner Klemperer, Leif Erickson, and Larry Blyden.
Wednesday, December 17
Tuesday, December 16
Aka Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. A 1925 epic silent film directed by Fred Niblo. It stars Ramón Novarro and Francis X. Bushman, and is based on the 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace.
Shooting began in Rome, Italy in October 1923 under the direction of Charles Brabin who was replaced shortly after filming began. Additional recastings (including Ramón Novarro as Ben-Hur) and a change of director caused the production's budget to skyrocket. After two years of difficulties and accidents, the production was eventually moved back to Los Angeles and production resumed in the spring of 1925. B. Reeves Eason and Christy Cabanne directed the second unit footage.