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Movie Quote of the Day – The Lady Eve, 1941 (dir. Preston Sturges)

Jean Harrington: I need him like the axe needs the turkey.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Strawberry Blonde, 1941 (dir. Raoul Walsh)

Virginia: I don’t want him to think I’m staring at him. You look, Amy, and tell me what you think.
Amy: Well, the only one I can see clearly from here is the horse. . .and I’m disappointed in him.

Movie Quote of the Day – Ball of Fire, 1941 (dir. Howard Hawks)

Prof. Bertram Potts: What are you going to do?
Sugarpuss O’Shea: Come here. I’m going to show you what yum-yum is. Here’s yum. [kisses him] Here’s the other yum.  [kisses him again] And here’s yum-yum. [kisses him a third time]
Prof. Bertram Potts:  Excuse me.
Sugarpuss O’Shea: Hey, where are you going?

Movie Quote of the Day – Citizen Kane, 1941 (dir. Orson Welles)

Charles Foster Kane: Don’t go, Susan. You mustn’t go. [beat] You can’t do this to me.
Susan: I see. So it’s you who this is being done to. It’s not me at all. Not how I feel. Not what it means to me. [laughs] I can’t do this to you? [beat] Oh, yes I can.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Maltese Falcon, 1941 (dir. John Huston)

Detective Tom Polhaus: [picks up the falcon] Heavy. What is it?
Sam Spade: The, uh, stuff that dreams are made of.

Movie Quote of the Day – High Sierra, 1941 (dir. Raoul Walsh)

Roy Earle: Of all the 14 karat saps. . .starting out on a caper with a woman and a dog.

Auteur of the Week: Steven Spielberg (1 of 4)

First off may I say that I love Steven Spielberg and I can only think of one of his films that I absolutely did not like, the rest I love to pieces. Second, I’m going to be spending the next four weeks worth of Auteur of the Week discussing Spielberg’s filmography. Thirdly, I’ve seen all but one of his films – A.I.: Artificial Intelligence – but I will get it watched before I get to that part of his filmography, I swear. I know some people who do not like Spielberg at all or who like certain films of his and not others. I think that’s a good thing, to be universally liked would be boring. Part of what I love so much about Spielberg is the diversity of his filmography – you’ll find everything from literary adaptations to dramas to action to sci-fi to biopic and back again. I’m only going to talk about the films he has directed, not the films he’s produced. It would take far more than four weeks if we included Spielberg the producer in the mix. I hope you enjoy this trip through his filmography.

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Oscar Vault Monday – Citizen Kane, 1941 (dir. Orson Welles)

Love it or hate it, Citizen Kane made an indelible mark in cinematic history and will forever be lauded as one of the great films ever made. The American Film Institute listed it as the #1 American film on both their 1998 list of the 100 Greatest American Films and their Ten Year Anniversary list from 2007. Everybody knows that quote “rosebud….” whether they know what it refers to or no. It did not, however, win the Academy Award for the Best Picture of 1941. No, indeed, that award went to the schmaltzy Zanuck produced, John Ford directed family drama/literary adaptation How Green Was My Valley. I recently saw that film, and I must say I found it to be the most boring of all the Best Picture winners I’ve seen (I’ve only got six left to watch!) I can see why it won though, Academy Politics and John Ford at the helm and Darryl F. Zanuck as producer. But it definitely is not a film that endures or a film many will remember, other than perhaps how much it bored them, the way thatCitizen Kane will. Kane is a classic in every sense of the word. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards, ultimately only winning one. Those nominations were Best Film Editing – Robert Wise (who would go on to become a great director/producer in his own right, winning four Academy awards), Best Score, Best Sound, Best B&W Cinematography, Best B&W Art Direction, Best Actor Orson Welles, Best Director Orson Welles, Best Original Screenplay Orson Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz (won) and Best Picture. It was up against Blossoms In The Dust, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Hold Back The Dawn, One Foot In Heaven, Sergeant York, Suspicion, The Little Foxes, The Maltese Falcon and winner How Green Was My Valley.

Beware, if you’ve never seen the film before there will be at least one really big spoiler.

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