|Anastasia 1956 N/R, 105 min.|
Director: Anatole Litvak
Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes, Akim Tamiroff, Martita Hunt, Felix Aylmer, Ivan Desny, Natalie Schafer, Sacha Pitoeff, Karel Stepanek, Gregoire Gromoff, Ina De La Haye, Katherine Kath, Marguerite Brennan, Eric Pohlmann
In 1928, a young Parisian woman (Ingrid Bergman) was recruited to impersonate the daughter of Czar Nicholas II. It was rumored that Anastasia had escaped the Bolshevik's execution of Russia's royal family and, if found, was eligible for the inheritance. As the story progresses, it becomes apparent that she knows much more than an impostor would about intimate details of Anastasia's life. The question remains, is she really Anastasia? Ingrid Bergman won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as Anastasia.
|The Assassination Bureau 1969 PG, 106 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama / Adventure / Comedy / Thriller
aka: The Assassination Bureau Limited
Director: Basil Dearden
Cast: Oliver Reed, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Curd Jurgens, Philippe Noiret, Warren Mitchell, Beryl Reid, Clive Revill, Vernon Dobtcheff, Annabella Incontrera, Jess Conrad, George Coulouris, Kenneth Griffith, Katherine Kath, Ralph Michael
Based on a Jack London story, this film is set on the eve of World War I and involves journalist Sonya Winter (Diana Rigg) who offers money to the head of the Assassination Bureau, Ivan Dragomiloff (Oliver Reed), to target himself as the next victim. Dragomiloff takes the deal, and the chase is on as his assassins set out to eliminate him him, while Dragomiloff, in turn, tries to end their lives.
|Fury at Smugglers Bay 1961 N/R, 92 min.|
Director: John Gilling
Cast: John Fraser, Peter Cushing, Bernard Lee, Michele Mercier, William Franklyn, George Coulouris, Liz Fraser, Miles Malleson, June Thorburn, Katherine Kath, Tommy Duggan, Christopher Carlos, Juma, Maitland Moss, Humphrey Heathgate
Pirates, led by Black John (Bernard Lee), have been smuggling in and around Christopher's (John Fraser) 18th-century village, which is run by his constable father, Squire Trevenyan (Peter Cushing). It falls on Christopher's shoulders to enlist aid in fighting the pirates. He performs his duty, and the fighting begins–and ends with both Black John and Squire Trevenyan dead. Christopher becomes the new leader of the town.
|Gigot 1962 N/R, 104 min.|
Director: Gene Kelly
Cast: Jackie Gleason, Katherine Kath, Gabrielle Dorziat, Jean Lafebvre, Albert Remy, Yvonne Constant, Jacques Marin
Gigot (Jackie Gleason) is a deaf-mute custodian who barely earns enough for his own subsistence, but he comes to the aid of a prostitute and her little girl. 6 User Reviews
|Amazing||Michae 07/05/2012 |
| I saw this movie when I was 3 and I still remember this movie. I cried when I saw this movie. I am a film maker and this movie has never left my memories. I would love to have a copy of this movie. When I found out that Gene Kelley was the director I was even more floored. Just an amazing movie. I will never forget this movie.|
| 06/17/2012 |
| An excellent movie. As in the other reviews, any movie that after 40 years still brings back such strong endorsements, should easily qualify Gigot as a classic. I wish TCM would show it.|
|Bluecoyote 02/19/2012 |
| I always thought of Jackie Gleason as a very good comic and when I saw this movie in school I first thought we were going to see a comedy. Was I wrong. To this day some 40 years later the film still strikes me hard. It was embarrassing to cry in school. I will always remember this movie.|
|mrscokelady 08/18/2011 |
| Loved this movie but could not remember the name of it. So I am glad I finally looked it up on GOOGLE.|
|A classic||yanki161 12/21/2010 |
| I agree very much with the first reviewer. It has been many years and I, too, am a devoted fan and would love to see it again. I remember it as one of the saddest stories I've ever seen and quite profound. While I have always enjoyed and laughed at his Poor Soul routine on his show, in the movie, as Gigot, he is not going for laughs. The scene I recall most is with the little girl on the carousel and he is so concerned about her. He is running around the carousel trying to keep up with her and falling over many times. Everyone is laughing at him and to some it might seem like slap stick but that was the saddest of all the moments for me. Almost too painful to watch. Maybe the plot line would seem hokey by today's standards. Probably the critics would say he is unrealistic and sappy. I can't think of any other actor or character that could have better portrayed Gigot than Gleason. I think the whole character of Gigot, someone so innocent, simple and good, so well captured and performed by Gleason, just wouldn't be believable or palatable to today's audience. I remember it as a 9 but, for fear of the aforementioned, I gave it a 7.|
|A tribute to Jackie Gleason||1fatts 03/14/2007 |
| I have not seen the film in forty years, and my memory of it is no doubt flawed.|
Perhaps if I saw it now, as a more expreinced, far more aged man, I might find the plot forced and the acting hammy. I certainly remember that there was maore slapstick for slapstick's sake than I thought called for, even way back then.
But Jackie Gleason broke my heart. The scene of the mute trying to explain God to the little girl is still somewhere in my mind as a kind of icon of decency, frustrated in its inability to communicate.
I grew up with the Jackie Gleason Show, and his work in The Hustler and Requiem for a Heavyweight demonstrated how fine a seriious actor lay beneath the surface of Ralph Kramden and the Poor Soul. Gigot is not a great film, but it is memorable for Gleason's work. And as his "silent film", it is unique.
|Moulin Rouge 1952 N/R, 118 min.|
Director: John Huston
Cast: Jose Ferrer, Colette Marchand, Suzanne Flon, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eric Pohlmann, Christopher Lee, Katherine Kath, Mary Clare, Lee Montague, Jill Bennett, Peter Cushing, Claude Nollier, Muriel Smith, Georges Lannes, Walter Crisham
This is the film biography of French artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (Jose Ferrer). Because of his own physical growth deformity, he sought the outcasts of society and cafe frequenters where he painted their likenesses on canvas. The film catches Paris of that time in beautiful fashion. Then there's the terrific theme song. In addition to two Academy Awards, the film was nominated for five others, including Best Picture, Actor (Ferrer), Supporting Actress (Colette Marchand), and Director.
|1. Anastasia (1956)|
2. The Assassination Bureau (1969)
aka: The Assassination Bureau Limited
3. Circus World (1964)
4. Fury at Smugglers Bay (1961)
5. Gigot (1962)
6. Moulin Rouge (1952)
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