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King of Kings (1961)

King of Kings (1961)
Movie Review Directed by Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without a Cause, Johnny Guitar) and dramatically narrated by Orson Welles, King of Kings is a reverent telling of the life of Christ while providing a historic context of the Roman occupation of Judea. Almost three hours long this 1961 version is a perennial holiday favorite. While some critics have pointed out or criticized Jeffrey Hunter’s too pretty blue-eyed Nordic Jesus, Hunter’s performance also comes across as more compassionate and sensitive than perhaps some of the other interpretations by various actors on the same theme. Beautifully shot in...
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Simon of the Desert (1965)

Simon of the Desert (1965)
Movie Review I’m not even sure how to describe this surreal film by Spanish director Luis Buñuel other than as  Buñuelesque  Surrealism. Simon of the Desert was shot in black and white and was the last film in which Buñuel used Mexican actors or collaborated with the great Mexican cinematographer, Gabriel Figueroa. The protagonist is a Christian ascetic named Simon (Claudio Brook) who does penance and hopes to achieve worthiness in the eyes of God by spending his life atop a column in constant prayer and meditation subsisting wholly on lettuce and water. The character is modeled on Saint Simon...
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From Chitty Chitty Bang Bang To Pussy Galore

From Chitty Chitty Bang Bang To Pussy Galore
Movie Reviews Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) Full disclosure.  My all time favorite childhood film was and remains Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. So it seems only fitting that my first post at Cinema Nostalgia should be about this “fine four fendered friend”. Unlike kids today who can see their favorite films whenever they like and as often as they like (thanks first to VHS and now DVD) my generation had to wait for holidays or whenever the networks decided to rerun these shows. So it was always a special treat for me whenever Chitty came on tv. The opening credits introduce us to Chittys’ previous...
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