Ernst Lubitsch Movies: Lost 'Touch' in Our Age of Sledgehammer Filmmaking

Ernst Lubitsch movies: Subtle, sophisticated 'Touch' all but gone from contemporary filmmaking. Ernst Lubitsch movies: The forgotten, passé 'Touch' Ernst Lubitsch and William Cameron Menzies were Turner Classic Movies' “stars” on Jan. 28, '16. (This is a fully revised and expanded version of a post published that day.) Lubitsch had the morning/afternoon, with seven films; Menzies had the evening/night, also with seven features. As a […]

'The Merry Widow': Jeanette MacDonald & Maurice Chevalier Movie Magic

Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier, The Merry Widow The Merry Widow is neither one of Ernst Lubitsch's most discussed nor best-liked films. Film critics and historians generally tend to focus on a couple of his early, pre-Code Paramount talkies, One Hour with You (co-directed with George Cukor) and Trouble in Paradise, and his later comedies Ninotchka and To Be or Not to Be. But that's the […]

Hugh Martin Dies: 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' Co-Composer

Meet Me in St. Louis with Margaret O'Brien, Judy Garland Hugh Martin, best known for co-composing with Ralph Blane “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” sung by Judy Garland in Vincente Minnelli's 1944 classic Meet Me in St. Louis, died on March 10 '11 in Encinitas, Calif. He was 96. According to The Guardian's Hugh Martin obit, in addition to Garland, others who have performed […]

Deborah Kerr & Gail Russell, Burt Lancaster & Jeanette MacDonald: Packard Movies

Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Gail Russell, Donna Reed, Jeanette MacDonald, Emil Jannings, Jacques Tati, Nelson Eddy, Anthony Quinn, John Wayne, and Frank Sinatra are a few of the movie personalities to be found in the May film series at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va. (Full Schedule further below.) Screening films include Fred Zinnemann's multiple Academy […]