1,001 Movies – Week 26

“Brewster McCloud” to “Bringing Up Baby”


Brewster McCloud (1970) – Robert Alman’s follow-up to M*A*S*H is a devilishly difficult film to describe. Bud Cort plays the title character, a man who is secretly living underneath the Houston Astrodome and is building a pair of wings in order to fly. Rene Auberjonois is sort of the films narrator but he slowly turns into a bird during the course of the movie. Sally Kellerman may be a murderess or Brewster’s guardian angel or both. It’s all extremely odd but intoxicating just the same.  (GS)

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) – Possibly the first sequel ever to actually top the original. That has a lot to do with advances (in just four years!) in filmmaking, in terms of both technical possibilities and philosophy, but it makes a lot of difference.  James Whale pulls out all the stops to give us a near-perfect, gothic black comedy that doesn’t stint on the horror elements.  If only it weren’t for the headache-inducing performance of Una O’Connor…  (KCL)

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) – David Lean’s WWII epic is undoubtedly one of the greatest war movies ever made. Alec Guinness gives a mesmerizing performance as Col. Nicholson.  (GS)

Brigadoon (1954) – Two Americans travel to Scotland on a hunting trip and discover a small town with a secret past.  Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse are excellent as Tommy and Fiona with songs and dances to match. (SF)

Bringing Up Baby (1938)
– Katharine Hepburn’s only screwball comedy.  She never could decide whether she succeeded or not; she does.  And Cary Grant sings!  (KCL)


 Originally published in Raspberry World – Volume 2, Issue 1 (June/July 2007) 

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