The quintessential femme fatale of film noir uses her sexual attractiveness and ruthless cunning to manipulate men in order to gain power, independence, money, or all three at once. She rejects the conventional roles of a devoted wife and loving mother that mainstream society prescribes for women, and in the end, her transgression of social norms leads to her own destruction and the destruction of the men who are attracted to her. Film noir‘s portrayal of the femme fatale, therefore, would seem to support the existing social order — and particularly its rigidly defined gender roles — by building up the powerful, independent woman, only to punish her in the end.
After the success of “The Jazz Singer ”, Talkies were no longer a joke to those who laughed upon the idea of the merging of sound and images. Possibilities opened for a long list of young mediocre actors who could speak their dialogues well. In Simple words, there were no limitations in cinema anymore. It was a great development and everyone in the industry had something to benefit from it except the stars of the silent era.
A lot of actors went out of work once the talkies completely took over and no one had more to lose than the biggest star of Hollywood then, Charlie Chaplin. City Lights was his ultimate test and the world was rather curious if he would be able to entertain like before now that dialogues are a viable option.
Charlie Chaplin used sounds in Citylights but not in the way people expected, as the film started, there was a political speech where the characters are saying something, which sounded nothing more than a harsh squeal, this is how Chaplin took a dig on talkies “silently”.
City Lights is the story of a tramp, played by Chaplin who falls for the blind flower girl [Virginia Cherrill]. The blind flower girl mistakes the tramp for a rich man and the tramp promises the girl to pay for her eye operation.
The tramp saved a man who was going to commit suicide; this man turns out to be a millionaire [Harry Myers] and becomes his friend. The millionaire is mostly drunk and has a dual personality; he despises the tramp when he is sober while he becomes a really caring and protective friend of the tramp when he is drunk.
The Tramp was quite a familiar character by then as Chaplin used to play the tramp in most of his films of the 1920s. However this time, Chaplin deepened the character and gave him more meaning and a subtle amount of Fragility. In a time when Talkies was such a rage, Chaplin retained the tramp’s charm by not indulging him in words. Also, Words and Voice limits one’s connect to those who can understand, but it was the silence that gave Chaplin and The Tramp a universal appeal.
Charlie Chaplin used to work with accomplished and beautiful actresses who were equally beautiful; either it is “The Kid” or “Modern Times” or “The City Lights”, the lead actresses were quite a charmer. Virginia Cherrill was brilliant as the blind flower girl, she deliberately underplayed her part showing the right amount of innocence as you’d expect from a poor blind girl and later displayed a little carefree attitude as the circumstances of her life improves.
Citylights is a treasure of classic comedy scenes; the open elevator scene on the streets, the attempted suicide at the canal, the parties with the rich millionaire and of course the boxing scene where Chaplin fights a boxer for money and does everything to avoid being hit. These were some of the greatest scenes in cinema and they were all in one single movie. My favourite is of course the heart wrenching climax, which is perhaps one of my favourite scenes from any Charlie Chaplin film. And I have seen a lot of them.
A great scene after another great scene, that’s how masterpieces look like. These scenes from Chaplin’s career has been imitated in one way or the other by so many film makers that you can easily say that Charlie Chaplin was one of the most influential person in Cinema.
“One night the Piazza San Marco was darkened, and “City Lights” was shown on a vast screen. When the flower girl recognized the Tramp, I heard much snuffling and blowing of noses around me; there wasn’t a dry eye in the piazza. Then complete darkness fell, and a spotlight singled out a balcony overlooking the square. Charlie Chaplin walked forward, and bowed. I have seldom heard such cheering.” wrote Late Roger Ebert in his review of City Lights.
Much of the credit for the success of the Captain America films must be laid at the feet of Evans, who performs Steve Rogers decent and empathetic but with a powerful sense of melancholy befitting a guy out of time. The greatest superhero narratives come when the heroes are faced with challenges they will not be well-equipped to confront and a villain with a vision that is enough to turn the stars’ strengths. When he’d to tease out friend from foe inside the authorities, he’s given everything to function the greatest outside danger, Captain America, the superb soldier created to fight the Nazis, located new depth.
My expertise can be summed up by me in four words: Marvel’s greatest film yet.
And it is not even close.
The launch of Spider-Man, the best character creation of the Marvel comic book empire, is only one demonstration of how exceptional the Marvel touch would be to the DC regime. The Russos understand we have seen Spider Man’s origin story onscreen twice in this century, so when Stark requests Parker how he got his powers, he only mumbles “It Is Complicated,” and leaves it at that. Holland’s variant of Parker is closer as opposed to Andrew Garfield iteration, which can be a massive development to the goofy character of Toby Maguire.
The changing allegiances give an opportunity to rebound distinct pairs of characters off of each other to the Russos, and it is evident where their interests lie this is. Unusually high collectively are Renner and Downey, who catch the raw fury of a longtime friendship.
Civil War is stuffed with broken storylines and characters meant to link to the universe that was larger but which bogs down the narrative that was current. Captain America: Civil War is an enjoyable time at the pictures, and among the finest of its breed, if you feel superhero exhaustion setting in however you can be excused.
There are some movies which remain popular generations after generations. I’ve come up with a list of the best rated movies. These movies are ranked according to their success (awards and nominations) popularity, and ratings.
1. The Shawshank Redemption
Year: 1994, Rating: 9.2
It is an American drama film adapted from the Stephen king novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. It was directed by Frank Darabont and starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. The film tells the story of a banker, Andy Dufresne, who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murder of his wife and her lover. But he claims to be innocent. During his time at the prison, he befriends a fellow inmate, Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding. The guards protect him after the warden starts using him in his money laundering operation.
2. The Godfather
Year: 1972, Rating: 9.2
It is an American crime drama directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It starred Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. They portrayed the leaders of the fictional Corleone New York crime family. The story is about how Michael Corleone, just a family outsider, turns into a Mafia boss. The movie is based on Puzo’s best selling novel ‘The Godfather’.
3. The Godfather II
Year: 1974, Rating: 9.0
This movie was also directed by Francis Ford Coppola starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. It was a sequel to ‘The Godfather’. It won the Oscar for ‘Best Picture’. The story is about the new Don Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) protecting his family business and his fathter’s (De Niro) journey to finding the family enterprise in New York City.
4. Pulp Fiction
Year: 1994, Rating: 8.9
It is an American black comedy crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The movie has been popular for its ironic mix of violence and humor and it’s strong dialogues. It has won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. It starred John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman. This film is about Los Angeles mobsters, small-time criminals, fringe players and mysterious briefcase.
All these movies are timeless. People of every generation still love watching these movies again and again. These movies always inspire movie makers.