March 13: Cinema

1927: Metropolis opens in the US

There can be no understanding between the hands and the brain unless the heart acts as mediator.

Metropolis-1927Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist epic science-fiction drama film directed by Fritz Lang. The silent film is regarded as a pioneering work of the science-fiction genre in movies, being among the first feature-length movies of the genre.

1942: The Ghost of Frankenstein opens in the US

All NEW Thrills!

The_Ghost_Of_Frankenstein-1942The Ghost of Frankenstein is an American horror film, and the fourth in a series of films produced by Universal Studios based upon characters in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. The film features Lon Chaney Jr. as the Monster, taking over from Boris Karloff, who played the role in the first three films of the series, and Bela Lugosi in his second and final appearance as the demented Ygor. The supporting cast features Lionel Atwill, Cedric Hardwicke, Ralph Bellamy and Evelyn Ankers.

1953: Moulin Rouge (1952) opens in the UK

The most startling and daring love story ever told!

Moulin_Rouge-1953Moulin Rouge is a British drama film directed by John Huston, and set in Paris in the late 19th century, following artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in the city’s bohemian sub-culture in and around the burlesque palace, the Moulin Rouge. The screenplay is by Huston, based on the novel by Pierre La Mure.

The film stars José Ferrer as Toulouse-Lautrec, with Zsa Zsa Gabor as Jane Avril, Suzanne Flon, Eric Pohlmann, Colette Marchand, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Katherine Kath, Theodore Bikel, and Muriel Smith.

1969: The Love Bug opens in the UK

It’s a Love-in for Herbie… the incredible little car who shifts for himself!

The_Love_Bug-1969The Love Bug is an American comedy film and the first in a series of films made by Walt Disney Productions that starred an anthropomorphic pearl-white, fabric-sunroofed 1963 Volkswagen racing Beetle named Herbie. It was based on the 1961 book Car, Boy, Girl by Gordon Buford.

The movie follows the adventures of Herbie, Herbie’s driver, Jim Douglas (Dean Jones), and Jim’s love interest, Carole Bennett (Michele Lee). It also features Buddy Hackett as Jim’s enlightened, kind-hearted friend, Tennessee Steinmetz, a character who creates “art” from used car parts. English actor David Tomlinson portrays the villainous Peter Thorndyke, owner of an auto showroom and an SCCA national champion who sells Herbie to Jim and eventually becomes Jim’s racing rival.

1980: The Brood opens in the UK

They’re Waiting… For You!

The_BroodThe Brood is a Canadian science fiction psychological horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg, and starring Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, and Art Hindle. The film follows a man uncovering an eccentric psychologist’s therapy techniques on his institutionalised wife, amidst a series of brutal murders committed from an offspring of mutant children that coincides with the investigation. The film’s soundtrack was composed by Howard Shore, in his film score debut.

1980: The Electric Horseman opens in the UK

REDFORD. FONDA. ELECTRIC.

The_Electric_Horseman-1979The Electric Horseman is an American western adventure-romance film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda and directed by Sydney Pollack. The film is about a former rodeo champion who is hired by a cereal company to become its spokesperson, and then runs away on a $12 million electric-lit horse and costume he is given to promote it in Las Vegas.

1987: Stand By Me opens in the UK

“If I could only have one food to eat for the rest of my life?”

“That’s easy. Pez. Cherry flavor Pez. No question about it.”

Stand_By_Me-1987Stand by Me is anAmerican coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell. The film, whose plot is based on Stephen King’s novella The Body (1982) and title is derived from Ben E. King’s eponymous song, which plays over the ending credits, tells the story of four boys in a small town in Oregon who go on a hike to find the dead body of a missing child.

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