EFC II #211 – Rashomon (1950)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#211 – Rashomon (1950)
Dir. Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Kichijiro Ueda, Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyō, Masayuki Mori, Noriko Honma, Daisuke Katō

The two hundred and eleventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the Japanese master Akira Kurosawa’s first masterpiece, a tale of perception and lies, Rashomon.

Recorded in October 2017.

Oscar Wins: Outstanding Foreign Language Film

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: I’m ok. It’s a good film, if you’re a Kurosawa fan.

Luke: Yes definitely, an excellent film, Kurosawa’s first masterpiece.

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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.