Ivan the Terrible – Part 2 (1946, USSR, Eisenstein) – Josef Stalin, Tsar of Muscovy, is now at the peak of his power, but there are very few people left he can trust. Only fear keeps his underlings in line. Watched it all. There isn’t a single frame in this movie that isn’t carefully composed to the point of absurdity. It’s like this isn’t a movie at all, but what movies could have been like if they’d been invented by painters. This second part wasn’t shown until 1958, because Stalin didn’t like what he saw in the mirror.
Monsieur Beaucaire (1946, USA, Marshall) – You know, in addition to all the comedy teams of the 30′s and 40′s I don’t like, I don’t think I particularly like Bob Hope either. I don’t ask much, only that the jokes be funny. Watched: 12 minutes.
Bedlam (1946, USA, Robson) – Boris Karloff is the sadistic head of an 18th century madhouse. He clashes with an idealistic woman who thinks the inmates should be treated humanely. The acting is stiff, (apart from Karloff), but the mood is enjoyably grim, and reminds me of Corman’s The Masque of the Red Death. Watched it all.
Tangier (1946, USA, Waggner) – Sure, take the name of an Arab city, and throw in some Thousand And One Night-ish fonts and music. That should do the trick. Watched: 6 minutes.
Black Angel (1946, USA, Neill) – Some fancy dame has been murdered, and her admirers and lovers are all suspects. I think the police should look closer at that Peter Lorre fellow, he looks fishy. Watched: 15 minutes.