Cluny Brown (1946)

“Nobody can tell you where your place is.” When Hilary Ames (Reginald Gardiner) has a problem with his sink just as he’s preparing to host a cocktail party, the last person he expects to fix the problem is a young woman. He mistakes visitor Adam Belinski (Charles Boyer) for the plumber before Cluny Brown (Jennifer Jones) arrives, wrench in hand and ready to get to … Continue reading Cluny Brown (1946)

I Don’t Want to Be a Man (1918)

Ossi (Ossi Oswalda) is a girl living under strict, hypocritical judgement from her guardians. She smokes, and they say that the don’t understand how a woman can smoke… but then proceed to smoke and enjoy it, themselves. She drinks, and they chastise her for being indecent… only to enjoy alcohol themselves, just as much as the cigarettes. Tired of living under the strict rules and … Continue reading I Don’t Want to Be a Man (1918)

Favorite things about… To Be or Not to Be (1942)

The favorite film: To Be or Not to Be, a 1942 wartime comedy directed by the great Ernst Lubitsch and adapted from a story by Melchior Lengyel The synopsis: Josef Tura and his wife Maria are leading players in a theater company in Poland. Living in Warsaw just before the 1939 invasion of Poland, the troupe is putting on a play about Nazi Germany. But … Continue reading Favorite things about… To Be or Not to Be (1942)