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Old January 18 2011, 05:37 PM   #76
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Re: Movies Seen in 2011

1. In the Heat of the Night (A)
2. The Passion of Joan of Arc (B)
3. The Passion of the Christ (A)
4. Mamma Mia! (B)
5. All About Eve (A)
6. Looking for Anne (B-)
7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (B+)
8. The King's Speech (A)
9. How Green Was My Valley (B-)

Best known today as the film that "stole" Citizen Kane's Best Picture Oscar (or, if you prefer, The Maltese Falcon's).

The film is a somewhat uneasy mixture of sentimentalism and what was probably gritty realism for the time in which the film was made. However, you'd have to say this is the most nicely-appointed miner's house you'd ever see. The main character's decision to become a coal miner rather than try to get a better job comes across extremely arbitrarily (and, again, I rather doubt anybody who'd watched a father and five brothers come home from a coal mine every day for years would be eager to go down there himself, to the point of spurning other opportunities). There are some really strong moments, though.
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