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Of Love and Other Demons: 'Blonde Venus' (Josef von Sternberg, 1932)

Films like Josef von Sternberg’s Blonde Venus demonstrate the absurdity of the moral policing of the production code. With the world siphoned from shades of grey to convenient black and white, life was simplified to the point of alienation. 556 more words

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Film Noir Friday: The Letter (1940)

William Wyler directs The Letter, a 1940 film noir based on the 1927 play of the same name by W. Somerset Maugham. The screenplay is by Howard E. 672 more words

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Director: William Wyler

Produced by: Samuel Goldwyn… 1,288 more words


If You Could Only Cook (1935)

There’s a lovely innocence to the early days of the screwball comedy and once again it’s Jean Arthur that best personifies the leading lady of both this film and the genre in general. 567 more words

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Eating Up the Whole Earth: The Little Foxes (1941)

Regina Hubbard Giddens (Bette Davis) is a ruthless woman. It’s natural enough: Her family made its fortune by cheating and exploiting people, both in business and in marriage — which, to them, is nothing more than another commercial transaction. 1,474 more words


Foreign Correspondent (1940)

Foreign Correspondent is a spy story in which anything can happen. Similar to films like The Lady Vanishes and The 39 Steps you never know where such a plot that’s taken leave of its senses will lead next. 523 more words


Before and After: A Look at THE LETTER

Welcome to a new Wildcard Wednesday and another installment in our series of posts comparing the Pre-Code and Under-the-code versions of several classic films. This week we’re covering  1,219 more words