Elegant. Impish. Gamine. Audrey. This Saturday would be Audrey’s 90th birthday. Schedule a marathon with these classics from DVD Netflix. In each of these films, Audrey’s joy is infectious. She can dance, sing, make you laugh or feel wistful. And she has some killer dresses.
This year, April 23 marks the 455th birthday of William Shakespeare. From thrillers that will “make your hair stand on end,*” to Broadway musicals, these are not adaptations put to film. Rather, these movies use Shakespeare as a foundation to tell a story relevant to its audience.
These sophisticated films of the 1950s highlight the noir sensibility and the femme fatale.
Val Lewton isn’t quite the household name he ought to be. Today, his films are seen as prime examples of low budget horror that rely on simple lighting and strong storytelling rather than special effects makeup or schlocky monsters.
My latest for DVD Netflix focuses on Alfred Hitchcock’s output during the 1940s, a decade fraught by global war. It was a time laced with suspicion, doubt, daring, and misplaced trust. He knew what plagued an audience’s psyche. These stomach-knotting thrillers use the paranoia and instability of World War II to his advantage.