EFC II #158 – The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#158 – The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
Dir. Orson Welles
Starring: Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders, Ted de Corsia, Erskine Sanford

The one hundred and fifty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the Orson Welles directed mystery starring himself and Rita Hayworth, The Lady from Shanghai.

Recorded in May 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yeah, it’s quite remarkable how good Orson Welles’ films turn out even after heavy studio interference. Worth a look.

EFC II #132 – In a Lonely Place (1950)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#132 – In a Lonely Place (1950)
Dir. Nicholas Ray
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid, Art Smith, Martha Stewart, Jeff Donnell, Robert Warwick

The one hundred and thirty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a brooding film noir about a Hollywood writer, played brilliantly by Humphrey Bogart, In a Lonely Place.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s not a knockout masterpiece, but it’s a VERY good film that does a lot with its short running time.

EFC II #129 – Sunset Boulevard (1950)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#129 – Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Dir. Billy Wilder
Starring: Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Eric von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Lloyd Gough, Jack Webb, Cecil B. DeMille, Buster Keaton

The one hundred and twenty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Billy Wilder’s portrait of a faded silent film star trying to recapture her former glory, Sunset Boulevard.

Recorded in December 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Screenplay (Charles Brackett, D. M. Marshman Jr., Billy Wilder), Best Black-and-White Art Direction (Hans Dreier, John Meehan, Samuel M. Comer, Ray Moyer), Best Score (Franz Waxman)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Definitely, a true Hollywood classic, I loved this.

EFC II #122 – Gilda (1946)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#122 – Gilda (1946)
Dir. Charles Vidor
Starring: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia, Steven Geray, Joe Sawyer, Gerald Mohr

The one hundred and twenty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the classic film noir starring Rita Hayworth, Gilda.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a classic film noir, with an incredibly compelling set of main characters and a razor sharp script.

EFC II #88 – Cat People (1942)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#88 – Cat People (1942)
Dir. Jacques Tourneur
Starring: Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph, Jack Holt

The eighty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a mysterious story with elements of horror, fantasy and film noir, Cat People.

Recorded in October 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a subtle yet effective film, I loved it.

EFC II #65 – Touch of Evil (1958)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#65 – Touch of Evil (1958)
Dir. Orson Welles
Starring: Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff, Joanna Cook Moore, Ray Collins, Dennis Weaver, Valentin de Vargas, Mort Mills, Victor Millan

The sixty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a deftly crafted film noir from Orson Welles, Touch of Evil.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, definitely, a stellar film noir.