Alone in Berlin is based on a real life wartime campaign by one couple of writing and distributing postcards criticising the regime. It was an act of freedom from totalitarianism.
When the fish out of water meets the stranger comes to town, you get the odd couple. The pleasures of The Guard come from the knowing way the writer-director plays with genre.
Some quotes on films and the film business.
In another universe Skyfall would have been the final Bond film. The villain is the security services, seen in the shadows in a darkened mirror.
‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ is thought of as a Christmas film about virtue being recognised. But Capra’s movie is also about the ties that bind communities together.
‘Silk Stockings’ is one of the last musicals from MGM producer Arthur Freed. It can be read as a commentary on the whole genre, as it’s made obsolete by rock ‘n’ roll.
My Favorite Wife reunited Cary Grant and Irene Dunne for a quirky comedy. It doesn’t quite work, but it has some fine comic moments.
“You never see the music; you only feel it. In American films there is music all the time to tell you how to feel.”
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon is one of 14 Holmes films pumped out during and after World War II, updated to the time. This is Holmes as propaganda.
Director Leo McCarey remade Love Affair almost two decades later as An Affair to Remember, with almost the same script. This version has a lighter touch.