Film #618: Brief Encounter (1946)
1946 / Best Actress / Best Director

Film #618: Brief Encounter (1946)

In my previous review of David Lean’s Summertime I praised the director in bringing out the subtleties in Katharine Hepburn’s Jane Hudson despite the film itself occasionally lapsing into melodrama. However, if you want the best example of Lean’s realistic storytelling than look no further than the film for which he garnered his first Best … Continue reading

Film #154: The Razor’s Edge (1946)
1946 / Best Picture / Best Supporting Actor / Best Supporting Actress

Film #154: The Razor’s Edge (1946)

One of the most interesting elements of this blog is reading the background on some of the films that I’m reviewing. Back in the 1940s, the film industry was dominated by the studio heads and then head of 20th Century Fox Daryl F Zanuck really wanted the rights to W. Somerset Maughn’s The Razors Edge … Continue reading

Film #136: Great Expectations (1947) & Film #137: Henry V (1946)
1946 / 1947 / Best Actor / Best Picture

Film #136: Great Expectations (1947) & Film #137: Henry V (1946)

Next up we have adaptations of two classic works of British literature from two classic British directors. The directors in question are David Lean and Laurence Olivier who helmed productions of Dickens’ Great Expectations and Shakespeare’s Henry V. When writing about any of these films it’s always tempting to go into plot detail but with … Continue reading

Film #100: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
1946 / Best Actor / Best Director / Best Picture / Best Supporting Actor

Film #100: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Even though all these films are over sixty years old some of them still resonate and are relevant in today’s environment. That’s especially true of the winner at the 1947 ceremony, The Best Years of Our Lives, which does in fact share some similarities with the final scenes of this year’s winner The Hurt Locker. Continue reading