Night Will Fall – Yom HaShoah 2024

Night Will Fall is a documentary that chronicles the making of a 1945 documentary that captured scenes at the concentration camps. “Unless the world learns the lesson these pictures teach, night will fall…but by G-d’s grace, we who live will learn.” – Narrator for German Concentration Camps Factual Survey The British cameramen were working under the supervision of producer Sidney Bernstein. Alfred Hitchcock did not take a fee during his brief time as treatment advisor–he…

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Witness for the Prosecution Gets Special Edition Blu-ray

Following the 2014 Blu-ray release, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has released a newer Blu-ray of Witness for the Prosecution. What follows is my original review of the film from a few years ago: The Oscar-nominated and Billy Wilder-directed Witness for the Prosecution is one of the best courtroom dramas in cinematic history. Let’s discuss the ending first. The film concludes with the following voiceover narration: “The management of this theater suggests that, for the greater…

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Stalag 17 Is Available on Blu-ray

One of the best films to take place during a World War II POW camp, Stalag 17 is currently available to bring home on 4K Ultra HD. The brand new HDR/Dolby Vision and HD masters also come by way of a 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative. Because of the bonus features porting over, it is safe to make the upgrade to 4K UHD without having to worry about losing the previous features.…

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The Apartment: One Of The Best Billy Wilder Films

The Apartment, a multiple Oscar-winning film, is one of the greatest Billy Wilder films ever made and appropriate New Year’s viewing. Be a mensch. Do you know what that means? The gist of the film is that insurance clerk Calvin Clifford (C.C.) “Bud” Baxter lets senior coworkers use his Upper West Side apartment for their affairs. He does this in hopes of helping him climb up the ladder at work. Meanwhile, he is attracted to…

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Some Like It Hot Arrives on 4K Ultra HD

Three years after getting a Criterion Collection Blu-ray, Some Like It Hot makes its debut on 4K Ultra HD by way of Kino Lorber. “Well, nobody’s perfect.” – Osgood Fielding III (Joe E. Brown) Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond base their script on a 1935 French film, Fanfare of Love. Problems finding the original script meant having to work off of the 1951 German remake, Fanfares of Love. While there’s also a strong push for original…

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Love in the Afternoon: Billy Wilder’s Lubitsch Film

Love in the Afternoon, starring Gary Cooper and Audrey Hepburn, is Billy Wilder’s best attempt at making a film in the spirit of his late mentor, Ernst Lubitsch. Ariane Chavasse (Audrey Hepburn) is a cello student and overhears a conversation between her private detective father, Claude Chavasse (Maurice Chevalier), and a client, Monsieur X (John McGiver). Claude’s specialty is going after the spouses who are unfaithful. Anyway, Monsieur X insists that he will kill American…

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Witness for the Prosecution: A Billy Wilder Classic

The Oscar-nominated and Billy Wilder-directed Witness for the Prosecution is one of the best courtroom dramas in cinematic history. Let’s discuss the ending first. The film concludes with the following voiceover narration: “The management of this theater suggests that, for the greater entertainment of your friends who have not yet seen the picture, you will not divulge to anyone the secret of the ending of Witness for the Prosecution.” For this reason, I certainly will not…

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Sabrina: Billy Wilder Classic Still Has It

Sabrina may not be in the top tier level of Billy Wilder’s filmography but the romantic comedy teams three of the biggest stars of the era. Sabrina Fairchild (Audrey Hepburn) is the daughter of Larrabee family chauffeur, Thomas Fairchild (John Williams).  Because of his job, the two of them live right above the mansion’s garage.  She has a crush on David Larrabee (William Holden), the playboy of the family.  Upset with this, the film becomes…

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Stalag 17 Is One Of The Best POW Films

Stalag 17 finds a way to mix comedy and drama to give audiences one of the best films to take place in a POW camp during World War II. The film is set at a Nazi prison camp in Austria while the Battle of the Bulge is taking place in 1944.  Clarence Harvey “Cookie” Cook (Gil Stratton) provides the narration for the POW camp-set film.  Manfredi and Johnson are shot during an attempt to escape. …

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Ace in the Hole Is Still Relevant

While Ace in the Hole was not a commercial success on upon release in 1951, the film is still relevant when it comes to media sensationalism. The concept of media sensationalism dates back to the 16th or 17th centuries.  It’s not something that is going to go away anytime soon.  We still see it in the very media we consume to this day.  Much like Network predicted the likes of Fox News, Ace in the…

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