CHARADE (Stanley Donen, 1963)

Stanley Donen’s best film by far, the scintillating mystery-comedy-thriller-romance Charade, has often been described as “the best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock didn’t direct.” Not so—not by a long shot. A stylish, purely superficial entertainment that is not really about anything, Charade is dwarfed by the achievement of North by Northwest (1959), the “Hitchcock movie” with […]

ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Norman Z. McLeod, 1933)

Although not quite so wonderful as the Disney-produced 1951 animated version directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske, Norman Z. McLeod’s Alice in Wonderland, which is populated by heavily made-up actors, is a gem. It is quaint, richly Victorian although much simpler than the two books upon which it is based, Alice’s Adventures […]