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Watch List – 01/06/2017

Let’s start the New Year off with legs – Musicals that show a lot of legs! For this week’s featured selections, MovieZoot is proud to exhibit some of the best legs in Hollywood history with the beautiful gams of Cyd Charisse in Black Tights, Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel, and Doris Day in The Pajama Game. These dames really know how to help us ring in another New Year with their high-kicks and long, sleek beautiful movie-star legs!

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Black Tights

Black TightsBlack Tights is a 1961 Terence Young directed black & white musical drama starring Cyd Charisse, Moira Shearer and Roland Petit that is a mash-up of four outstanding ballet dance performances choreographed by Roland Petit – Carmen, La croqueuse de diamants, Deuil en 24 heures and Cyrano de Bergerac. Also known as “Un Deux Trois Quatre!” in France, this film inspired many mid-century young women to pursue a career in dance. C’est Magnifique!

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer BlondesGentlemen Prefer Blondes is the 1953 Howard Hawks rom/com musical starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe playing tow showgirls that are best friends on a quest for finding a rich husband. Ah, the 50’s – where anything was possible in America!

The Blue Angel

The Blue AngelThe Blue Angel is a 1931 Josef von Sternberg black & white musical drama starring Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron and Emil Jannings telling the story of an educator so smitten by a cabaret dancer that he loses everything in the name of love, eventually losing his very life! Eyes up boys – it’s dangerous down there!

The Pajama Game

The Pajama GameThe Pajama Game is an iconic 1957 rom/com musical directed by George Abbott and Stanley Donen and starring Doris Day and John Raitt. The Pajama Game tells the story of conflict between management and labor as worker’s demand a 7 and ½ cent raise in their hourly wages. Although a comedy, this film paved the way for a later films, including Norma Rae, starring Sally Field, that explore the many contributions of women in the American labor movement. Also worth noting, John Raitt, playing the male lead, is the father of famed country singer Bonnie Raitt’.

The Street Fighter

untitled8The Street Fighter, again staring Sonny Chiba, is also another Martial Arts/Action thriller released in 1974 and directed by Shigehiro Ozawa. Also staring Goichi Yamada, Yutaka Nakajima, Tony Cetera and Masafumi Suzuki, it tells the story of a tough mercenary, a master of martial arts who, when the Japanese Mafia and Yakuza try to hire the him to kidnap the daughter of a billionaire for ransom but fail to meet his exorbitant price, try to kill him to conceal their plan. As any good martial arts hero of the era, he promptly offers his services to protect her. Chiba is at his best here and these moves in this movie help to define his film legacy.

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Martial Arts books and Posters of Sonny Chiba
Available from amazon.com.

The Bodyguard

untitled7The Bodyguard (aka Karate Kiba) is a 1976 Martial Arts/Action/Crime thriller directed by Ryuichi Takamori and Simon Nuchterm staring Shin’ichi (Sonny) Chiba, Jiro Chiba, Etsuko Shihomi and Aaron Banks, and tells the tale of a karate master and anti-drug vigilante who returns to his home in Japan, where he announces his intention to wipe out the nation’s drug industry and offers protection for those who inform on the drug-traffickers. Interestingly, Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” movie paid homage to this film when Samuel L. Jackson’s character quoted Ezekiel 25:17 from the bible, as did Chiba’s character in this film (with minor edits, of course)!

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Martial Arts books and Posters of Sonny Chiba
Available from amazon.com. Click on link.
The Ultimate Guide to Martial Arts Movies of the 1970’s
by Dr. Craig D. Reid

On the Warrior’s Path, 2nd Edition: Philosophy, Fighting and Martial Arts Mythology
by Daniele Bolelli

Mythologies of Martial Arts (Martial Arts Studies)
by Paul Bowman

Sonny Chiba movie posters

New Fists of Fury

untitled6New Fists of Fury is the 1976 Wei Lo martial arts drama starring Jackie Chan, Nora Miao, Ming Cheng Chang and Shen Lin Chang and tells the story of a brother and sister who escape from Japanese-occupied Shanghai to Japanese-occupied Taiwan, to stay with their grandfather who runs a Kung-Fu school there. However, the master of a Japanese Karate school in Taiwan has designs on bringing all other schools on the island under his domination, and part of his plan involves the murder of the siblings’ grandfather. Undaunted, the brother and sister reestablish their grandfather’s school, leading to a final confrontation with the Japanese Karate master.

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Books about Jackie Chan:
Available at amazon.com. Click on title for link.
I Am Jackie Chan: My Life In Action
by Jackie Chan

Living With Jackie Chan
by Jo Knowles

Jackie Chan: Inside The Dragon
by Clyde Gentry lll

The Essential Jackie Chan Source Book
by Jeff Rovin

36 Crazy Fists

untitled5“36 Crazy Fists” is a 1977 Martial Arts/Action/Drama film directed by Chi-Hwa Chen, billed as staring Jackie Chan (but he is nowhere to be seen in the movie — he was the fight choreographer and stunt man!), and actually stars Siu-Hung Leung, Michelle Yim and Lau Chan. “36 Crazy Fists” tells the story of a man struggling to learn Kung Fu to avenge the death of his father who was murdered by Manchurian gangsters. Lots of stellar martial arts action, and wonderful set-ups for humor, but somehow the punch lines never seem to hit home. Maybe it was lost in translation? Or editing … but still a great martial arts period piece!
 

Books about Jackie Chan:
Available at amazon.com. Click on title for link.
I Am Jackie Chan: My Life In Action
by Jackie Chan

Living With Jackie Chan
by Jo Knowles

Jackie Chan: Inside The Dragon
by Clyde Gentry lll

The Essential Jackie Chan Source Book
by Jeff Rovin

My Name is Nobody

untitled4My Name is Nobody is a 1973 Tonio Valerii spaghetti western comedy starring Terence Hill and Henry Fonda telling the story of Jack Beauregard, once the greatest gunslinger of the Old West, who only wants to move to Europe and retire in peace, but a young gunfighter, known only as “Nobody,” idolizes him and wants to see him go out in a blaze of glory. Nobody arranges for Jack to face the 150-man gang known as The Wild Bunch and earn his place in history. This was the last western movie role for Henry Fonda, while Terence Hill was still ‘riding high’ at the box office coming off the recent successes of his Trinity series.

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Red River

untitled3Red River is the 1948 black & white Howard Hawkes western starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift as a father and adopted son at odds about most things, but principally, how to best devise a cattle drive from the Red River Texas ranch to Abilene, Kansas with all kinds of unpleasant surprises along the way, and thus establishing the Chisholm Trail. The film also stars Walter Brennen, Joanne Dru, Coleen Gray, Harry Carey Sr. and Jr., John Ireland and Noah Beery, Jr. This is an epic John Wayne western nominated for 2 Academy Awards.

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Rage at Dawn

untitled1Rage at Dawn is a 1955 Tim Whelan western drama starring Randolph Scott, Forrest Tucker, Mala Powers and Edgar Buchanan telling the complex story of the Reno Brothers and their sister who believe they are above the law, until the Peterson Detective Agency sends a former Civil War secret agent to set up the brothers in a train robbery sting. Oh – and of course, Scott’s character, the stinging agent/detective, also wins the heart of the sister.

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One Eyed Jacks

untitled2One Eyed Jacks is the 1961 western drama directed by and starring Marlon Brando along with co-stars Karl Malden, Slim Pickens, Katy Jurado and Ben Johnson. After pulling a bank heist in Mexico, the outlaw Rio (Brando) and his partner, Dad Longworth (Malden), make a run for it, but Dad has bigger plans than freedom. He betrays Rio and absconds with the loot, and Rio ends up in prison. Years pass before Rio finally breaks free to enact his long-plotted revenge. Tracking Dad to California, Rio learns he’s become a sheriff — which is no deterrent — but when Rio falls for Dad’s stepdaughter, he has second thoughts. Interestingly, director Brando walked off this – his only cinematic directorial effort – after shooting over 7 hours of film which was later shortened to just 141 minutes by Paramount Pictures for its release.

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The Christmas Wife

the-christmas-wifeThe Christmas Wife is the 1988 David Hugh Jones Holiday drama starring Jason Robards and Julie Harris where an aging widower, afraid to spend the Christmas Holiday along decides to hire himself a spouse to spend the vacation with him in his lovely mountain retreat and finds true romance in this heart-warming tale base on a story by Helen Norris. The Christmas Wife is kind-of like a Holiday-themed Pretty Woman for older people, except she’s not a hooker!

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