WINCHESTER ’73

By Christine Bamberger Winchester ’73 – 1953 – dir. Anthony Mann It has been said that this film has every western cliché in the repertoire: dance hall floozy who’s a good girl at heart, trusty sidekick, shooting contest with incredible … Continue reading

THE MAN FROM LARAMIE

Written by Christine Bamberger The Man From Laramie – 1955 – dir. Anthony Mann Prominent among the James Stewart films most often shown on television in the 1960s and ’70s were the five westerns that he made with director Anthony … Continue reading

Nick and Nora’s Infinite Guest List: THE THIN MAN

By Christine and Robert Bamberger The Thin Man – 1934 – dir. W.S. Van Dyke Most people get a terrific kick out of the interplay between William Powell and Myrna Loy in the Thin Man movies, especially in the original, … Continue reading

A Sex Symbol Named Fred: TOP HAT

By Chris Bamberger TOP HAT (1935) dir. Mark Sandrich In 2007 National Public Radio played an excerpt of Fred Astaire singing “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” and asked listeners to describe in a single phrase the quality of his … Continue reading

MY MAN GODFREY

By Christine Bamberger My Man Godfrey NOTE: If you’ve not seen this evening’s movie before, you may wish to enjoy our program note after viewing My Man Godfrey. Does My Man Godfrey have a happy ending? Somehow I have trouble … Continue reading

SILK STOCKINGS

By Christine Bamberger Silk Stockings has often been cited as one of the last great MGM musicals, and indeed it was the last to emerge from the prestigious Arthur Freed unit at the studio. It was the final romantic lead … Continue reading

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE

Written by Christine Bamberger USA, 1950. 112 min. MGM/ Loew’s Inc. Cast: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe, Marilyn Monroe. Music: Miklós Rózsa; Cinematography: Harold Rosson; Production Design: Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons; Produced by: Arthur Hornblow, … Continue reading

PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE

Written by Christine Bamberger USA, 1985. 90 min. Warner Brothers/ Aspen Film Society. Cast: Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger, Milton Berle. Music: Danny Elfman; Cinematography: Victor Kemper; Production Design: David Snyder; Produced by: Richard Abramson, William McEuen; … Continue reading

NORTH BY NORTHWEST: Quintessence of Hitchcock and Rarified Genre

Written by Christine Bamberger U.S.A, 1959. 136 min. MGM / Loew’s Inc. Cast: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis, Martin Landau; Music: Bernard Herrmann; Cinematography: Robert Burks; Produced by: Alfred Hitchcock; Written by: Ernest Lehman; Directed … Continue reading