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Nights of Cabiria (1957)

Nights of Cabiria Paramount, 1957
Producer:  Dino De Laurentiis Director:  Federico Fellini Cast:  Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Amedeo Nazzari Writers:  Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini Cinematography:  Aldo Tonti,  Otello Martelli

Editing: Leo Cattozzo Music:  Bonagura, Nino Rota
Country:  Italy Running time:117 minutes Color:  Black and White Aspect Ratio:  1.33 : 1 Language:  Italian
The misadventures of an Italian prostitute as she roams the streets looking for love, but  frequently encounters heartbreak.  She finally meets an upstanding young gentleman and falls for him... is he the one that will save her from this life? Or will she be humiliated yet again?
Awards, Honors, Reception
Academy Awards Winner:  Best Foreign Language Film - Italy
BAFTA Awards Nominated:  Best Film from any Source  Nominated:  Best Foreign Actress - Giulietta Masina 
Cannes Film Festival Winner:  Best Actress - Giulietta Masina  Winner:  OCIC Award - Special Mention - Federico Fellin…

The Broadway Melody (1929)

The Broadway Melody
MGM, 1929

Producer:  Irving Thalberg, Lawrence Weingarten
Director:  Harry Beaumont
Principal Cast:  Charles King, Anita Page, Bessie Love
Writers:  Edmund Goulding, Norman Houston, James Gleason
Cinematography:  John Arnold
Editing:  Sam S. Zimbalist, William LeVanway
Music:  Nacio Herb Brown, George M. Cohan, William Robison

Country:  United States
Running Time:  110 Minutes
Color:  Black & White
Aspect Ratio:  1.20 : 1
Language:  English


Hank & Queenie are a vaudeville sister act who come to New York City to make it on Broadway, with the help of Hank's boyfriend, Eddie Kearns.  Eddie inadvertantly falls in love with the beautiful Queenie, who also becomes a huge star, leaving her sister out of the spotlight.  Realizing that if Eddie leaves Hank it would devastate her, Queenie tries to protect her sister by getting involved with Jock Warriner, a member of New York high society.

Awards, Honors, Recognition

Academy Awards
Winner:  Outstanding Picture - MGM

A Nightmare on Elm Street Double Feature

A Nightmare on Elm Street

The Stats

The Director:  Wes Craven
The Writer:  Wes Craven
The Stars:  Heather Lagenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund
Release Date:  1984

Run Time:  91 Minutes
Color:  Color
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1
Language:  English

Whatever you do don’t fall asleep.

The Plot

Teenagers on Elm Street are being murdered under mysterious and violent circumstances… and they’re always asleep when it happens.  What dark secrets does this average, American street hold?

The Analysis

The first, and best, of the franchise, “A Nightmare on Elm Street” rose above the “dead teenager slasher” films of the 80′s and dared to do something different. Yeah, there were still dead teenagers… but the new imagery and special effects that Craven brought to the big screen at the time were unparalleled. The story still feels fresh and innovative.  Plus, it’s kind of hilarious to see a young Johnny Depp in his first major motion picture role.  The re-make of this classic is awful, so don’t EVER watch that one.  In…

B-Movie Classics: From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

From Dusk Till Dawn

The Stats

Director:  Robert Rodriguez
Writers: Quentin Tarantino & Robert Kurtzman
Actors:  George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, Quentin Tarantino, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, Salma Hayek, Tom Savini, Fred Williamson
Producers:  Gianni Nunnari, Meir Teper
Cinematography:  Guillermo Navarro

Release Date: 1996
Run Time:  108 Minutes
Color:  Technicolor
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1
Language:  English, Spanish

Did they look like psychos? Is that what they looked like? They were vampires. Psychos do not explode when sunlight hits them, I don’t give a fuck how crazy they are!

The Plot

Fugitive bank robbers, Seth and Richie Gecko, kidnap an ex-preacher and his two children to get across the border into Mexico to evade capture.  Ending up at an all night biker bar, they encounter an unholy surprise.


From start to finish, this film is pretty much pure and complete insanity from the mind of Robert Rodriguez.  Half crime thriller and half vampire splatter-fest, this film pre…

Watch the Horror Classic “Night of the Living Dead” Free Online

Thanks to the power of modern technology, and for that matter the power of the public domain, “Night of the Living Dead” is available to watch for free on YouTube HERE. If you’ve never checked it out, do yourself a favor and do so. Watch the zombie movie that started it all. Enjoy!