Ground Breaking Comedy Movie

SILVER STREAK 1976

Someone had the great idea to make the sidekick a Black Dude in a Buddy Movie and they struck gold, forever changing how movies are cast. It also launched stand up comic Richard Pryor into orbit. The Movie stars Gene Wilder and Jill Clayburgh (They have chemistry together) in an old fashion train journey picture reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock. All the cast is marvelous especially the great Patrick McGoohan as a colorful villain. There would be no Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Chris Tucker or Martin Lawrence if there hadn’t been a Richard Pryor breakthrough.

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ICONS THAT STARTED A NEW GENRE IN FILM

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Jules Verne

Walt Disney

 BY FAR the best live-action film Disney ever produced the celebrated novel by Jules Verne and set in the late 19th Century. Underwater photography was hardly new in 1954, but never had it been used so extensively nor to such visually beautiful effect, and the art designs–particularly those for the Nautilus–are justly celebrated.

But for all its beauty, it is the performances which make the film work. James Mason does not merely play Nemo, he seems to be Nemo; after seeing his performance it is impossible to imagine any other actor in the role. Kirk Douglas and Peter Lorre are Ned Land and Conseil of the Verne novel have surprising chemistry and lend the film considerable dash.

At the time of its release, LEAGUES was the single most expensive motion picture ever made and every penny of the money spent shows in the onscreen result. While many of Disney’s live-action films are fondly recalled, few have had enduring fame, it remains both a landmark and one of the most influential films of its decade.

Truly enjoyable from start to finish.

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