Joan of Arc (1948)

Add Comment on December 22, 1948 by BOXOFFICE Staff

"Joan of Arc" will rank as one of the great films of this generation on several counts--importance of theme, splendor of production values, pictorial beauty, skillful handling of emotional buildup and honesty of characterizations. Victor Fleming, who directed, also was director of "Gone With the Wind." Ingrid Bergman as Joan seems to have derived inspiration from the historic story. The battle scenes, enhanced by Technicolor, are tremendous. As sheer spectacle, they top those of "Henry V." The latter part of the picture, devoted to the trial and burning of Joan, are emotionally devastating--a mood of sustained tragedy. The picture will be road-shown for a long time. EXPLOITIPS:

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Hamlet (1948)

Add Comment on October 27, 1948 by BOXOFFICE Staff

  Doubtless, critics and sincere devotees of the dramatic arts will unanimously acclaim Laurence Olivier's British-made "Hamlet" the most impressive and understandable presentation of any work of the immortal Shakespeare ever to reach stage or screen. It attains the pinnacle of perfection in performances, production values, direction, photography and other technical details -- for which a lion's share of credit is due Olivier as star, producer and director. As to its commercial potentialities: Many decry as deplorable the fact that, up to now, Shakespeare on the screen has hardly been a guarantee of financial success.

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Le Corbeau (The Raven)

Add Comment on February 23, 1948 by Ed Scheid

“Le Corbeau” is an engrossing suspense film that was directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot in 1943 during the Nazi Occupation of France. In a small French town, an anonymous hand-written letter accuses Dr. Remy Germain (Pierre Fresnay) of an illicit affair with the wife (Micheline Francey) of a colleague (Pierre Larquey). Along with the message is the drawing of a raven. (“Corbeau” translates as both raven and a writer of a poison pen letter.) Other townspeople soon receive accusatory letters, revealing hidden resentments and suspicions. Germain tries to uncover the identity of the author of the mysterious notes. One of the prime suspects is Denise (Ginette Leclerc), one of his patients, who fakes illness for bedroom visits from Germain.

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The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948)

Add Comment on January 24, 1948 by BOXOFFICE Staff

Humphrey Bogart is at his best in this grim, unrelenting adventure drama which winds a tortuous way through more than two hours of footage. Totally devoid of romance, the picture must depend on Bogart's draw, plus that of Walter Huston and Tim Holt. Both Huston, who gives a performance of Academy Award stature as a grizzly prospector, and his son, John Huston, who directed his own screenplay in down-to-earth, intensely realistic fashion, deserve the highest praise. However, the picture would benefit by judicious cutting. The intense heat, thirst and near starvation suffered by the three main characters may prove wearisome to some women patrons. Males will best appreciate this "red meat" fare.

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Out Of The Past

Add Comment on November 13, 1947 by Ray Greene

   Stolid, well-intentioned and utterly professional in execution, "Out of the Past" is a welcome attempt to reclaim several key figures in the history of American gay liberation from the dustbin of history, where generations of social prejudice have unfairly consigned them. Director Jeff Dupre has assembled a representative sampling of key figures of the still-incomplete march toward inclusion which gays and lesbians have faced since the earliest days of American history. Using period photos and journal entries read by actors including Gwyneth Paltrow and Edward Norton, "Out of the Past" f...

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The Outlaw (1943)

Add Comment on September 01, 1947 by BOXOFFICE Staff

Howard Hughes' long-awaited celluloid interpretation of the life, love and legend of Billy the Kid approaches its chore of chronicling with more regard to historical authenticity than most of the countless predecessors of similar theme. It undertakes to show "The Kid" as the confused, misled, suspicious youngster which biographers report him to have been. The film lives up to the promise of lavish production which the Hughes' banner automatically indicates and it has many phases which should attract audiences, if, when and as it gets into general release. First, there is the normal, always ...

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Spellbound

Add Comment on October 31, 1945 by Charles Martin

One of the best "sports" documentaries of the year, "Spellbound" follows eight young people as they race towards the top--and only--prize in the world's toughest, most unforgiving challenge--the National Spelling Bee. Spelling is, in its quaint and uniquely American way, the great equalizer--if you can spell, nothing else matters. By the same token, it is the only competition with absolutely no second chances--one misspelled word anywhere along the way, and you are gone. From Emily, hailing from the pampered suburbs of Connecticut, to Ashley, child of the projects in D.C.; from Ted, born of a poor farm family in Missouri, to Harry, the lovable spaz from New Jersey, all eight youngsters are drawn from the diversity of this country--with an assortment of anxious parents as well.

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