Directed by Norman Jewison
Screenplay by William Rose, based upon the novel by Nathaniel Benchley
Starring Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan Arkin, Brian Keith, Jonathan Winters, Paul Ford and Theodore Bikel
The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming might’ve been nominated for Best Picture – and Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay, and a couple others – but it had zero chance of winning. And by zero, I mean zero. There’s always one or two of those kind of films in any Best Picture race and in 1966 The Russians are Coming was it.
One reason was history: Since the beginning, only six comedies have won the Oscar for Best Picture. Ironically, at the time Russians came out, it would’ve had a better chance than it does today, because at that time five comedies had won Best Picture. In the fifty years since, just one. In a very real way its zero chance of winning in 1966 has steadily fallen below zero since. Continue reading
Directed by George Cukor
Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner, based upon “My Fair Lady” by Alan Jay Lerner, and “Pygmalion” by George Bernard Shaw
Starring Rex Harrison, Audrey Hepburn, Wilfrid Hyde-White and Stanley Holloway
Lessons – life is lessons. As this project has been my life in so many ways for a good five years, it stands to reason this Project is lessons. The primary? Immediate plaudits – worldly rewards, you might say – do not last. The Oscars themselves are proof of this. Though you can win one and think you’ve really become something special, the reality is that all you’re left with is a hunk of gold-plated britannium. And the gold? It’s barely on there.
What does this mean? Continue reading
Eerily prescient of the lunacy infecting the national discourse. Yes, it’s funny, but also sad the characters are far less absurd — and therefore more believable — these days than they were in 1964.
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard,
Screenplay by William Anthony McGuire
Starring William Powell, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan and Myrna Loy
For the first time in this series – in what is my 50th post in this series – we start with a quiz. From the list below, find the outlier and tell me why it’s the outlier:
2005 – Brokeback Mountain
1990 – Goodfellas
1982 – ET
1980 – Raging Bull Continue reading