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How well do you know Orson Welles?

It’s Orson Welles appreciation month at Film Misery and in honor of the man whose legend is larger than life I have created a quiz based on his life and career in film. There are 25 questions ranging from easy to ridiculously hard. It’s multiple choice, so give it a shot! Orson Welles Quiz!

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REVIEW: ‘F for Fake’ (1973)

Grade: A- Ever have one of those moments where you begin to think that everything you’ve ever known is a lie? Ever have what I like to call a Truman Show moment? No? Then you should check out Orson Welles free-form essay about the world of fakery, appropriately titled F for Fake. The last effort […]

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Reader Top 5 Hitchcock Films

The poll results are in and here are the top 5 Hitchcock film based on your votes: 5 and 4) North by Northwest and The Birds (tie) 3) Rear Window 2) Psycho 1) Vertigo All the rest of the list was pretty close. Check it out after the jump. If you want to defend your […]

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REVIEW: ‘Rope’ (1948)

Grade: A- When it comes to camera techniques, fewer are admired more than the infamous tracking shot. These shots have been used more frequently than ever in recent years, mostly for the sake of gimmick. However, when it is pulled off by a filmmaker who knows what they are doing, it can be a spectacle. […]

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3 Hitchcock Books Worth Reading

One of the best ways to get to know one of your favorite auteurs, besides watching their films, is to read their biographies. The better the director, the more books available about them. With all the choices out there for Hitchcock biographies, I thought I would take a look at them and find 3 that […]

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User Review: ‘Rear Window’

Hitchcock month has begun at Film Misery! During the month of July we will be taking a look at Alfred Hitchcock’s life and work as part of our Career Appreciation series. Earlier this week I sent a query for reviews of your favorite Hitchcock film. The first response came from reader G1000 who has done […]

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REVIEW: ‘Monsieur Verdoux’ (1947)

Review: B+ There is a moment in Charlie Chaplin’s Monsieur Verdoux when the protagonist replaces wine with a home brewed poison. As he finishes concocting, the writer/director/composer/star breaks the fourth wall, looks right at the camera and declares “it’s time for a little experiment.” This attitude seems to represent Chaplin’s attitude towards the film. He […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Circus’ (1928)

Review: A- One of Chaplin’s most underrated films and the one that Chaplin himself tried so very hard to forget is the 1928 feature The Circus. Released in between two of his better known films, The Gold Rush (1925) and City Lights (1931), The Circus features some of the tramp’s most hilarious bits and represents […]

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10 Things You May Not Know About Charlie Chaplin

1) According to legend Chaplin’s infamous tramp costume was assembled when he took various costume pieces from other stars in the Keystone male dressing room. He borrowed Fatty Arbuckle’s enormous trousers, Charles Avery’s size extra small jacket, Ford Sterling’s size fourteen shoes, and a small derby hat belonging to Arbuckle’s father in law. This has […]

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REVIEW: Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Kid’ (1921)

Grade: A In the opening slide of the film The Kid it is described as “a picture with a smile, and perhaps a tear.” There may not be a kinder, more appropriate way to describe Charlie Chaplin’s first ever feature length film. The Kid is a masterful blending of Chaplin’s comic genius, which he had […]

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You think you know Chaplin?

In honor of this month’s Career Appreciation of the great Charlie Chaplin, I have created the first Monthly Quiz featuring questions about Chaplin and his films. You don’t have to be an expert to give it a shot. Try to do it without consulting IMDB or Wikipedia. Launch the Charlie Chaplin Quiz!

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