Category Archives: Drama

Gaslight controversy

Mary/ April 13, 2017/ Drama/ 0 comments

It has been three quarters of a century since George Cukor’s film, Gaslight (Cukor, 1944), filled its first audience with eerie vibes that have not diminished with passing generations. Having stood the test of time due to intriguing plot, superior acting, and solid movie making, the film Gaslight continues to have a lasting impact on viewers, especially for those who

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In Gaslight: Dependency and secrecy

Pam/ April 13, 2017/ Drama/ 0 comments

George Cukor carefully avoids the obvious effects in telling this story of a husband (Charles Boyer) attempting to drive his wife (Ingrid Bergman) insane; instead, this 1944 film is one of the few psychological thrillers that is genuinely psychological, depending on subtle clues—a gesture, an intonation—to thought and character. Boyer and Bergman are superb, and Angela Lansbury makes her debut

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George Cukor, director of influence

Lucy/ April 13, 2017/ Drama/ 0 comments

With recent attention on the film Gaslight (Cukor, 1944), let’s not overlook its director, George Cukor (1899-1983). There is much to be learned from this interesting man who got his professional start in New York. Starting in the mid 1920’s when silent movies evolved to talkies, Cukor was called to Hollywood as a voice coach thus giving him opportunities to

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The use of images in persuasion: Miracles and magic in montage

Pam/ February 9, 2017/ Drama/ 0 comments

Now and then, we must re-visit our history to know what we’ve gained in our progression of movie-watching. When we began our film exploration in January 2010, it was simply that, an exploration. However, even then, we looked at films that revealed important ways in which the movie and the spectator interact to construct their stories and to reveal their

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Sergei Eisenstein leaves an enduring legacy for filmmakers

Lucy/ February 9, 2017/ Drama/ 0 comments

Here we are in 2017, just a short eight years away from the 100-year mark since Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin (1925) was released. Credited with revolutionizing the art and craft of filmmaking through its utilization of montage and special effects, this movie also forms an essential foundation for the use of film for propaganda. The film indeed remains influential today,

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