I can't believe it's July already and it's hot, hot, hot....which I hate, hate, hate. Now I am Canadian which means we always bitch about the weather. The good news is next week my hubby and I are travelling to Quebec to visit his Aunt who lives right on the Richelieu River. He will be bringing his kayak and we will enjoy being away from our home and I am Hoping to see a dear friend of mine who will be in Montreal for his sister's wedding. I am also hoping his aunt has wi-fi but I just don't know. So if you don't see me much, then that's the reason. So this week, at Wandering Through The Shelves, the theme is one location films and since I already used Lifeboat(Alfred Hitchcock) I had to think of others and here are my 3 picks...
1. THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC- 1928
If I said I had a religious experience watching this film would you think I am nuts? Would I care? Well, I bet you know the answer to that:) I had the honour of viewing this film with my best friend last year in a church with Chorus Niagara singing to this silent masterpiece. The set is very minimalistic and you don't care because you are watching a tour de force performance by Falconetti playing Joan of Arc. The camera is almost always on her face and her acting is sublime. The fear, pain and majesty that this saint would have is brilliantly shown in this actress's hands. If you ever get a chance to see this film...see it!
2. REAR WINDOW-1954
This stars James Stewart and Grace Kelly with the great Alfred Hitchcock directing. I love this film because it is just so well handled from the director and stars down to the sets. This all takes place from the scene you see in the film. Stewart plays a photographer with a broken leg who is completely immobilized and must depend on his girlfriend and his support worker to see to his basic needs. He fills his days watching the goings on of all the tenants he can see from his livingroom window. We meet Miss Lonely hearts, the newlyweds to the gal who likes to dance in her underwear. We also view a menacing Raymond Burr attend to his ailing wife. One day his wife is no longer in her bed and We become embroiled in Stewart's theory that she is no longer of this earth. We become the voyeurs and enjoy watching what everyone is up to. It speaks to who we are as humans.
3. 12 ANGRY MEN-1957
I can watch this movie again and again. I may have even talked about it before but I am talking about it again. It starts off that we see the face of the accused and we can tell that this kid is innocent but that is just the beginning. We are brought into a room with 12 jurors who must determine whether the kid is guilty or not. We not only feel the sweltering heat from outside but the heated exchanges between most of the jurors and the one man who says the kid is innocent, played by Henry Fonda. This is not only an excellent character study but a study on race, age, ignorance, anger....a brilliant film that is another must see.
So what films would you choose??