The Mummy – Terence Fisher (1959)

Having hit gold with their adaptations of Universal classic horrors Frankenstein (Curse of Frankenstein, 1957) and Dracula (Horror of Dracula, 1958), Hammer delved further into the back catalogue of monsters and villains in its 1959 production, The Mummy.  Unlike the previous two adaptations, this one seems relatively similar to its Universal predecessor in tone and feel, making it feel like a necessity for the company … Continue reading The Mummy – Terence Fisher (1959)

La Strada – Federico Fellini (1954)

Federico Fellini is one of Italy’s greatest and most influential filmmaker with a style and substance rarely matched in European art house film, especially in earlier work.  A number of his pictures have recently made it into the Sight & Sound top 100 poll with his masterpiece 8 ½ even finishing within the top 10.  He’s a director who often portrays the struggles of humanity in the … Continue reading La Strada – Federico Fellini (1954)

The 39 Steps – Alfred Hitchcock (1935)

The wrong man scenario is one that Alfred Hitchcock not only seemed to be obsessed with, but one that he made his own.  When choosing the best of his “wrong man”, there’s no doubt that his 1935 adaptation of John Buchan’s The 39 Steps would at least reside near that top.  The apparent master of suspense is firing here on all cylinders, creating ideas and … Continue reading The 39 Steps – Alfred Hitchcock (1935)