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Miracle on Main Street (1939)
Nice Film On A Personal Reformation
Miracle On Main Street, put out by an independent studio, which was later bought up by Columbia, is an unusual film even for 1939 (one of the best years for Hollywood movies ever). The stars were Margo (best known for a role in Lost Horizon and for being the niece of Xavier Cugat and wife of Eddie Albert), Lyle Talbot (as usual playing a bad guy), and Walter Abel, Jane Darwell, and William Collier Sr.
The story was about an "Exotic Dancer" (Margo) and con-artist (Lyle) whose small illicit dance venue is raided by police, a couple who are then separated, and while escaping, the girl seeks shelter in a Roman Catholic Church, and sees a baby dressed in swaddling blankets abandoned on the altar. She uses the baby as cover to look like a young mother to escape the church which the police have surrounded. She takes the baby home and promptly falls in love with it (can't say I blame her, the baby was adorable!), and passes him off as her own child. She abandons her sinful life and becomes a seamstress to support herself and the child, and then graduates to becoming a designer of clothes as well.
She meets Walter Abel on the rebound from his divorce and he falls for her and even likes the baby as well. It looks like her life will turn out great but then Lyle comes back, demanding money before he can go away again. Margo is forced to ask it from Walter, using a lie that the baby is sick, but when he finds out about her lie and her former lifestyle will he break off their relationship?
Jane Darwell plays the landlady and Collier plays a drunken doctor who lives in the same apartment complex and befriends her.
I think this would be a nice film to re-watch around Christmastime. I liked the themes of turning from sin to find a better life for oneself, and showing that true love can prevail, but only if honesty is at the core of a relationship.
Hunting Hitler (2015)
Compelling Documntery, Would Have Been Better If More Studious
Hunting Hitler really was fascinating overall, though I could have done without some of the ever present dramatic sound effects whenever a new light was shined on something from the past in uncovered FBI files which would help complete the puzzle they were all working together on for years. "Da da!" the sound effects would go, as the researchers would look at each other meaningfully and say "This is huge!" I would have preferred a more studious simplicity to it all. Intelligent people don't NEED sound effects and pregnant pauses and meaningful, knowing looks, nor do they need to hear the Lord's name taken in vain multiple times when new discoveries were made. Just the facts, please. :)
I think they should have started the documentary where they ended up: Germany, and the escape routes for the vicious Nazis escaping the Allies, places in Germany itself, Norway, Spain, Rome, instead of jumping immediately into South American countries like they did. If those were the last living places for Hitler they should have gotten there in a more linear fashion, rather than jumping around in a sometimes confusing patchwork of places that did not have had any real meaning at all in the grand scheme of things.
I enjoyed it overall, but also having a FORMER FBI guy interviewed at the end, instead of someone working for them TODAY in a head capacity, doesn't mean much. Opinions are opinions. Facts are facts. There never was a body of Hitler recovered. The Soviets covered up a lot and so did the USA. No forensic evidence whatsoever available that this heinous mass murderer ever died in that bunker. My own father was in the 82nd Airborne Division and saw the pit where Hitler's body was supposed to have been burned by the Soviets. He said that only three weeks later there was grass growing back in that pit. Highly unlikely, he said to me years ago, after starting a gasoline fire in a pit, that grass would grow that quickly. "I've always doubted Hitler killed himself in that bunker."
Bottom line: the Allies FAILED to catch him, and then covered up mountains of evidence that he escaped to try and plan a future "Fourth Reich" in another part of the world closer to America in an attempt to destroy her. While Hitler failed to destroy America back then, today we still have his closet henchmen - and women - doing his evil, devious, National Socialist propaganda under the name of modern socialism in America - in our media, in the DNC and many RINOs, and in shady political organizations which seek to cause division among Americans and destroy her from within.
There could possibly be a fourth season of this documentary, but it would be totally remiss if it didn't cover what is taking place today politically that had its origins in the sick National Socialist mind of Adolf Hitler.
Jinsimi Dadda (2019)
This K-drama was painfully boring and I've watched 500 of them over 15 years so I know what's good and interesting and which shows are just fluff without much, or anything, of importance to say. They should have gotten permission to have a sequel to Goblin instead, but focusing on the same characters of the Grim Reaper and Sunny come back to life. The characters in this series were total snore-fests, and so predictable to the long time K-drama fan as to be intolerable. Typical K-drama tropes galore embellish this bowl of tasteless pablum. Sorry, this one didn't touch my heart at all. Go watch Goblin instead, or My Mister from 2018 to see a REAL masterpiece.
Wang-i doin nam-ja (2019)
From the very first few minutes of The Crowned Clown (2019) I was hooked, and knew I was on rarefied ground in K-DramaLand: Masterpiece Level! Its fantasy story of a mere clown becoming an excellent King in the old Joseon era was electrifying, the cinematography amazingly beautiful (more like a first run theater film than a television drama), and the entire cast's acting performances were out of this world superb, remarkable, and perfect in every way. The developing love story was also beautiful to witness, and often I would find myself transfixed by the tentative, gentle, poetical, and sweet love scenes between the male lead Yeo Jin Goo (The Moon Embracing The Sun, I Miss You, and Lee Se Young (Trot Lovers, I Miss You), and I would re-watch their scenes together multiple times.
The first time I had ever laid eyes on Yeo Jin Goo was when he was a little tyke in his first movie, 2005's Sad Movie, in which he played a schoolboy who grieved when his beloved mother (Jung Ah Yum, who played the wicked stepmother in A Tale of Two Sisters) died from ovarian cancer. I knew even back then watching him in that performance that I would see him again in future because he was simply unforgettable in that short role, and I've enjoyed watching him grow up on screen in the years since. That's one of the best perks of being along term K-drama fan: watching the child actors grow up to become stars in their own right. In the case of Yeo Jin Goo that success is richly deserved.
I've always felt that many Korean historical dramas tend to be too long-winded, going on and on till they reach a cumbersome fifty to sixty episodes, but at only sixteen episodes The Crowned Clown is just perfect for those K-drama fans who have never watched an historical K-drama before and would like to sample a beautiful one for the first time. In fact, part of me would have loved to have seen this one go longer, at least to twenty episodes, just so that I wouldn't have to say goodbye to this wonderful cast so soon!
I also loved the instrumental pieces on the OST, particularly the tension music with the wild violin, and the sad goodbye piece with the mournful cello playing, often bringing me to tears.
This is a Korean drama that I plan on returning to and re-watching several times in the future, it was that splendid. It hit all the necessary high notes in its "song" to its viewers. As usual when a drama touches people's hearts this deeply people wonder if there will ever be a sequel, but sadly most K-dramas do not get them. It's just a fact of K-drama life. Enjoy this beautiful masterpiece as it is, like a magnificent ship passing in the dusky early night. And bring tissues!
Saedeu mubi (2005)
14 Years Later and I still adore this movie!
Many of my top favorite Korean stars are in Sad Movie (2005) and every few years I have to dust off my old DVD and re-watch this gem. The story covers 4 couples (including one mother and son) and how they inadvertently interact with one another. Each couple experiences sadness and tragedy and you will be swept up into their stories and forget that time exists outside of watching this beautiful movie. Why can't Hollywood make such sublimely lovely films like this one, filled with the arts of sympathy and inspiration, sadness and recovery? This film is essentially timeless. It doesn't matter if it's "old", it's perfect for any time period. Discover this treasure for yourself. Enjoy!
I watched 1957 Interlude with June Allyson, Rossano Brazzi, Keith Andes, Marianne Cook and Jane Wyatt in a small role; June's character is an American in Munich and meets and falls in love with orchestra conductor Rossano, while another man, a friend from home who is a doctor doing research in Munich, also tries to woo her at the same time. The trouble is Rossano is married and his wife (Cook) is clinically insane and tries to commit suicide at one point (with June trying to save her). Someone here compared it to Jane Eyre, but it's only a VERY light comparison; the spirituality and emotional power behind Jane Eyre was totally missing in this soap opera. June's character doesn't even end up with Rossano at the end, she does the noble thing and goes back to America with Keith's character, leaving Rossano to take care of his mentally fragile wife. Eh. Some classical music was nice and it was fun seeing Munich and Salzburg in 1957 but other than that this was kind of a wasted film. (I had to laugh when they showed the outside of Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg, which I recognized immediately, the camera shows June and Rossano walking in and the camera cuts and suddenly they are in this HUGE room with a HUGE modern piano in it and I knew immediately that indoor scene was shot someplace else besides Mozart's birthplace! I've been there and walked around and all the rooms are tiny and the hallways and staircase are very narrow. They might have been able to fool some people, but not me). Also, what was it with June Allyson constantly wearing white in this movie? Everything she wore was totally white except for one scene where she wears a robe. I kept laughing. Maybe they wanted her to look virginal while kissing two different men? LOL
A Breath of Scandal (1960)
Loved it! It's Not Citizen Kane But Who CARES?
I can't believe all the criticism of this film, it's a light ball of fluff, it's funny and fun, and Sophia is gorgeous and so is John Gavin who just died last month at age 86. Give it a break! It's not a masterpiece but it wasn't trying to be. Filmed on location in Italy and Austria the cinematography features a royal world gone by, and Sophia's character is a pip of a princess who makes everyone nervous because she keeps doing scandalous things like shooting at weather vanes and riding forbidden wild stallions and desiring romances with undesirables. Enter John Gavin an American who is good at heart and doesn't know she is a Princess at first, he thinks he hurt her by frightening her horse which threw her to the ground, so he takes her back to an inn to recover, only she's perfectly fine, she just loves the way he looks and is smitten. Then the real (royal) world comes back into play and she is called to be a responsible Princess again and possibly marry royalty but she just can't forget that handsome American who lives in Pittsburgh. :) Must say the clothes design in this movie was Oscar worthy, Sophia wears breathtakingly beautiful clothes, if you love the rich fashions of days gone by you should watch it with a keen eye toward its style. A nice film to drink hot cocoa to on a cold winter night.
The Caretaker (1963)
No likeable characters, thin on plot
Sorry I have to disagree with most folks here. This is a disagreeable movie from the get go. Donald Pleasance's character never shuts up and he's not likeable at all, if I were Robert Shaw's character I would have given him a fiver for a drink and sent him on his way, under no circumstances would I allow him in my house. Alan Bates' character is completely repugnant and completely wacko. All the talk talk talk might have worked well for a stage play but for a film version it was painful. If they were going to film an original stage play why not do a musical at least, it would have been wonderful if they had recorded the original casts of My Fair Lady, Fiddler On The Roof, The Sound Of Music, etc. and not this annoying dusty old thing with cantankerous characters you yourself wouldn't take a shine to if you met them in person. Pass.
After the Ball (1957)
I absolutely LOVED this movie!
What sourpusses among the other reviewers for this lovely film, covering the British hall music era from 1880's to after the WW1 era, and in particular one very famous male impersonator singer, dancer entertainer named Vesta Tilly. I thought Pat Kirkwood's Vesta Tilly was WONDERFUL! Even inspirational. I was happy the movie didn't shortchange scenes of actual stage performances. For the first time I actually enjoyed a performance by Laurence Harvey as Vesta's husband and manager, for once he wasn't cold and taciturn in a role but warm, smiling, supportive and loving. He should have played more characters like this one! The old songs were great to hear and if you flip on subtitles you can sing along with the original lyrics to the great old tunes. This movie was made in the 1950's so there would be people in their 70's or older still alive who would have remembered Vesta and her popularity on the English music hall stages of the turn of that century. I was left with a warm glow watching this movie. You can see it for free with an Amazon Prime membership streaming if you have a ROKU or similar device. Take yourself out of the harsh modern era and go back to a time when entertainment was more wholesome and enjoyable and just plain fun.
To Paris with Love (1955)
Pleasant Paris in 1955
While this gentle romantic film To Paris With Love (1955) is admittedly no masterpiece it does provide you with a nice cast, irreplaceable views of post-War Paris in 1955, including the grand old cars, stylish fashions men and women wore back then, the kind of music they listened to, how clean everything looked and how polite people were with one another in that era. All in Technicolor (it says Technicolor on the print itself right on the title frame, not Eastman Color as someone else stated, which is different and tends to diffuse more with time).
Alec Guinness is sweet in the film as he visits Paris with his 20 year old son (Vernon) in the hopes of finding a nice French girl for him. Little does he know that his son also hopes to find a nice older French woman for him. What occurs instead is that the son falls for an older woman and the father falls for a younger woman! I thought that both situations were understandable -- both women were attractive -- but still one senses early on they will merely end up being temporary flirtations and not the real thing.
If you are a romantic person you will probably enjoy the film. If you're not you're probably better off watching something else more realistic. I liked it. To each their own.
Seven Nights in Japan (1976)
An update of The Student Prince
Lovely romantic British film that is far more like an update of Sigmund Romberg's The Student Prince than the American film Roman Holiday. It's too bad this is only available on Region 2 PAL DVD more Americans can enjoy it. Just seeing Michael York in his hay day is worth the price of admission, and next the lovely scenes of Japan. A gentle and worthwhile film, even if a bit risqué.
I liked the music too and the scenes with the little Japanese children. As with The Student Prince the ending is pretty predictable, the prince in love with the Japanese tour guide will probably have to give her up at the end, and marry an English maiden hand picked for him instead.
However stick it out because life is a journey, not just a destination.
Unforgettable, destined to be a classic
I regularly watch Korean television dramas because of their exceptionalism (I have completed 316 as of this writing!) and so the excellence of this cast was no surprise to me when I started watching A Werewolf Boy (I had bought it on DVD off Amazon two years before it even showed up on streaming Netflix).
However the depth of the story was a surprise to me, and I think the quality of the film itself is spectacular - gorgeous cinematography, music, great sets, solid writing, and fluid, romantic direction.
The story is even conceivable: the premise is that scientists during the Korean War had taken orphan young boys (there were plenty of them during that war), isolated them from human contact so that they could not learn languages or social skills, and programmed them to be vicious animals -- all for the war effort. The thought was that if they could breed a group of young men who acted like wolves in combat they would be an excellent fighting force and capable of viciousness that even human soldiers could not duplicate at their worst.
Then the scientist dies, the war ends, the wolf boys scatter -- all except one. The house, barn, and grounds are the only home he has ever known. When the home is rented by a young family they are at first frightened of this animal-like boy and then, in their innocence and kindness, try to feed him, clothe him, socialize him, teach him to speak (which they fail at - at first!).
However the young teen girl in the home, schooled at home because of sickness, is pursued by the son of their landlord and he basically is criminally insane and quite capable of rape or murder. So, who is the REAL monster? This slime-ball young man, or the gentle (until provoked) young man who was raised as a wolf?
Although it doesn't start off that way the romance between the girl and the wolf boy becomes the focus of the story by the time it ends. The faithfulness of the wolf boy in loving his "owner" (she pets him on the head like a puppy) is the most poignant and unforgettable aspect of the story. He will do anything for her, even patiently wait for her for decades if need be. That's the constant love of a tamed animal for his owner. If only most human beings could love unconditionally like that.
The Book Thief (2013)
This lovely and haunting film really touched my heart and my daughter's who watched with me. The Book Thief is based on a novel and after seeing the film I had to get the book too and now both my daughter and I are sharing reading it. It is not as violent as some films on the Holocaust, and it's very humane: war seen through the eyes of two children, Liesl and Rudy, both played by outstanding child actors. Loved the score by John Williams too; he should have won the Oscar for it, though he did win a Grammy. I loved the cinematography too. The film is not too long so it would be a great intro to WW2 history for children today, many who have short attention spans. This is a film that will stay with you. I loved it.
2 Weeks (2013)
Extraordinary and Exciting Korean Drama
Not to be missed, folks! This is so much better than about 3/4's of all the K-dramas I have watched so far, equaling 136 at last count. Jun Ki Lee leaves his pretty boy looks behind him after his military service to get into a modern story of a man who changes dramatically when he discovers he has a biological daughter he's never known about before, and that she is sick and that without his help she will die.
I love the way Koreans have their characters grow and change and reform for the better. Petty gangsters become decent human beings. Fast women reform and become noble. It's very inspirational and you rarely see that king of process on American shows.
The little actress who played his daughter was so adorable I wanted to capture her out of the screen and make her my own daughter! She was perfect for Jun Ki Lee. I always say they are the most loving couple in K-drama history!
A ghostly masterpiece
This was a 4 episode Korean drama that aired in Feb. and March, 2014. It is available to watch on the dramaload.com site, you can download avi video files and English subs for it there.
The story is beautifully shot and well written, has a lovely musical score, and the two main actors are breathtakingly beautiful to look at, especially the lead actor.
A young artist has lost his memory after an accident and no longer remembers the girl he loved in high school, whose ghost follows him around, hoping to find some way to get him to remember her. A grim reaper warns her that if he does remember her that she will have to leave his side permanently. The grim reaper gives her a box of matches with the word Lupin on it and tells her that whenever a match is lit that the boy will be able to see her for just that amount of time that each matchstick burns.
Little by little he regains his memory but then he falls in love with her ghost and does not want to part from her.
The whole ambiance of this short drama is haunting and I wished it had gone on for more episodes. I will be following the careers of these two lead actors because they were so impressive in their roles.
If you love Korean drama do not miss this one.
Very sad and mystical
This is one of the saddest movies I have ever seen. I love Nam Gil Kim and bought this DVD off Amazon; even though it was a low budget independent film I will watch anything he is in. The man seethes with a Brando-like sensuality in every K-drama and film I see him in. There may be other even more handsome Korean actors out there but there's just something about this guy the others don't have, a touch of sadness and forlorn resolution, which is perhaps why his characters so often die in the end.
Woo-seul-hye Hwang is also very lovely in this film. Her character has to learn in the most difficult, violent ways possible that life is hard and unfair -- the male character she falls in love with already knows it's hard and nothing really surprises him but kindness when he finds it -- rarely. The girl suffers so much in this story, and only finds comfort in this man on the run from the police.
I don't want to give away too many plot details, but if you don't mind sad stories and you like the actors then give this one a try. I would say it's not for anyone age 17 or younger. Adult material is pretty much consistent throughout.
One of the best romances ever from Korea!
I watched The Classic a number of years ago and have since re-watched it several times. It's very much a part of my heart, one of the best Korean films I've ever seen. Ye Jin Son and Seung Woo Cho have a potent romantic chemistry together that is simply unforgettable (I wish they'd pair them up again sometime). Jo In Sung is also nice in the second male lead role. I have followed all their careers in the years since and they are all prolific artists. The screenplay is excellent and the direction is solid. The soundtrack is one of its best features, just beautiful!
This is the type of film that would receive so many more fans in America if it was on Streaming Netflix. Ye Jin Son's other most popular movie, A Moment To Remember, made a year after The Classic, is on Netflix, but not this stunner. It's a shame. I am very happy to see, however, that The Classic has received over 4000 votes here on IMDb. Korean films and actors seem to get short shift on this website, for whatever reason, but The Classic continues to find its audience who are hungry for pure romantic escapism in an entertainment world that pushes a much more violent world view on us. Korea is the nation to go to for entertainment that is geared toward timeless feelings like love and devotion. They are not afraid of sentimentality in their films and dramas.
Bomui walcheu (2006)
Breathtaking and unforgettable Korean Drama
Spring Waltz remains my favorite of the "Four Seasons" K-dramas. I love the cast and find the story very powerful, the main theme is forgiveness. The young man Jae Ha has many demons related to being abandoned by his alcoholic father as a child. He carries these personal demons deep within himself until as an adult he meets a girl Eun-young who somehow reminds him of a girl he lost in childhood whom he deeply cared about.
How Jae Ha comes to forgive those who wronged him, and how he comes to a place where he can trust and love again, is often a painful journey to watch, but inspiring all the same.
The romance is hard to beat in Spring Waltz. I totally disagree with the other reviewers here in that I think the two leads have VERY strong chemistry between them! The way they look at each other is breathtaking! Very few American shows ever show this deep level of spiritual combined with physical passion between the leads.
There's also American actor of Korean descent Daniel Henney as eye candy, many great character actors, and an absolutely gorgeous soundtrack with lots of genius composer Yiruma romantic pieces.
Don't miss Spring Waltz! It's a classic for a reason.
Soosanghan Gajungboo (2013)
Suspenseful K-drama with magnificent performances
Here we have Ji-Woo Choi (Winter Sonata, Stairway To Heaven) giving a MAGNIFICENT performance as an unsmiling housekeeper to a family who just lost their mother to suicide. The children remaining latch on to her, despite her failings, because they are grieving the loss of their mother and dealing with a wimpy father who was having an affair with a co-worker which brings on the wife's suicide. If he had only kept his pants on she never would have died! (Though eventually he does feel his guilt and re-commits to his children, dumping the co-worker).
The children are all great little actors in this show; how Korea keeps finding these incredible child actors I have no idea, but they knock it out of the ballpark compared to child actors from Hollywood, bringing depth to their characters, even the tiny five year old girl who is an absolute treasure of a performer. I am not sure I could even read a script at five years old, much less have the emotional depth to bring dramatic emotions to the surface.
Don't miss this addictive drama, it gets 10 stars from me!
When a Man Loves (2013)
Reformation of a gangster / loan shark
Flawed but nevertheless engrossing drama of a man and woman's reformation into grown up human beings. Song Seung Hun gives a brilliant and unforgettable performance as a former gangster - loan shark trying to live a decent life after falling in love with Shin Se Kyung's feisty but often childish and girlish character, the daughter of a poor bookstore owner. The secondary characters will probably drive you a bit nuts during this series but stick with it anyway. All the fears and joys of an older man slavishly in love with a young girl are expertly displayed in a very intimate and interesting script.
This probably won't be in many people's Top Ten Dramas List because much of it is depressing - it's in the melodrama category, after all - but it's still worthy enough to be enjoyed. I marathon-ed it, so that should tell you something!
Deurim hai (2011)
I loved this K-drama about high school kids pursuing their artistic dreams, and I'm a 55 year old woman! The soundtrack was awesome, and toe tapping, good for dancing! I even bought the CD on Amazon.
Dream High was on Streaming Netflix but for some unknown reason they recently removed it. I am so glad I got to enjoy it before it was taken off! You can still see it on the DramaFever website but it's not as much fun when watching on a computer instead of a 60 inch HDTV - plus unless you pay monthly on that site to take the ads off you are interrupted with them on DramaFever every ten minutes. Annoying!
I particularly enjoyed the story of the fat girl who lost weight in order to be taken seriously by her peers. Her transformation was beautiful.
The boy I liked the best ended up winning the girl in the end, but that was hard because the other boy was very nice too. I felt sorry for his character, he was obviously still in love with her.
Apparently there is a Dream High 2 sequel but none of the same cast returned so I will not be bothering with that one. I am not sure why they bother doing that -- bring back the same cast whom people felt close to the first time around.
Pulls At The Heartstrings
Postman to Heaven aka Heaven's Postman is a film which will take you to another dimension, a twilight zone of romantic lyricism that few films can reach. It's an intimate movie and a thoughtful one. Quiet and pensive, humorous at times, but always deep, because we are dealing here with feelings of loss people have after tragically losing someone they love.
The two stars are perfection: Hyo Ju Han (Spring Waltz) a wonderfully expressive actress with a rare childlike presence, who can show you about twenty different emotions in one ten second close-up, and Jae-Joong Kim (Protect the Boss) who has a sublime dignity and reserve about him which is perfect for the part of the postman. It's difficult to imagine anyone else in their parts.
A simple film but a profound one. I won't talk about the plot here for risk of revealing spoilers but if you are a romantic at heart and consider yourself a spiritual person buy Postman to Heaven and go with the flow. It's a keeper.
Operation Proposal (2012)
Heartfelt and beautiful K-drama
Operation Proposal = addictive gem! Yet another Korean drama with profound lessons for people who are up to learning something deep about life and love and themselves, instead of simply wanting to be "entertained" with sex and gore and foul language, which is the diet of American TV shows and films today. I watched on Streaming Netflix the day before it was stupidly removed by them. So glad I did! I loved it! It's the story of a young man and a young girl who fall in love as children at age 8, attend the same schools through college, yet they never can seem to connect romantically and actually say "I love you" to one another. When he sees the girl he has loved his whole life getting ready to marry another man he is distraught and is visited by a male angel who gives him an elixir to go back in time and change his mistakes with the girl which led her to seek solace in someone else.
Even after multiple chances to fix his mistakes he still makes more of them! He has to be the most bungling hero in K-drama history but still endearing due to his sweetness.
Baseball figures largely in the storyline and the metaphors with the passion of sport and the passion of love erupt continuously.
If you are a romantic at heart don't miss this winner. It's probably available on DramaFever website or YouTube.
Chanranhan yusan (2009)
Very nice K-drama
I enjoyed Brilliant Legacy aka Shining Inheritance very much. It's from 2009 and features a great cast and interesting story. It is available to watch with English subtitles on Instant Netflix.
The actor who plays the autistic teen brother was the highlight for me in this series. He was brilliant at showing the inner world of autism. If you have a family member with autism you will definitely be touched by his storyline.
The music soundtrack is perfect for this series. I wish American television could produce something as inspiring and compelling as Shining Inheritance or other top-notch K-dramas I have watched, like I'm Sorry, I Love You, 49 Days, Autumn Sonata, etc. All we ever get are boring reality shows.
Groucho Marx's Home Movies (1933)
1 minute and 38 seconds of family fun
This is bittersweet footage of Groucho's first two children (Arthur and Miriam) and himself with his first wife Ruth, taken in 1933 outside their California home. The two children leave for school, kissing their mother goodbye and waving to her as they skip away. Then Groucho leaves the house, sans mustache, but smoking his cigar and tries to kiss his wife twice, once with the cigar and the second time without, but their lips do not touch (on purpose?). Ruth stays behind and Groucho skips along like he is going to school too. He and the children take off for their day leaving wife Ruth to tend the home. Then we cut to a picture of the 4 of them mugging for the camera.
You notice a few things -- there was a lot of empty space around Groucho's home. Lots of palm trees. This was filmed before CA was very developed, obviously; it must have seemed a paradise back then. I'll bet that street is a jungle of homes and cars today! There was no gate around Groucho's home, no security. Anyone could just walk up to the house from the sidewalk and knock on the door; the house was not fancy, not a mansion; they might not even have owned a car.
Also I thought Ruth his first wife was very pretty and natural looking. She smiled broadly and laughed at Groucho, which belies what the grown up Arthur said about his mother in the documentary Marx Brothers In A Nutshell. He said she had no sense of humor where their father was concerned. Judging by these home movies he was flat out wrong! But who knows what really goes on between two people in a marriage? Groucho would go on to have other wives and another daughter, Melinda, but this time capsule is a charming moment which shows a happy home life in 1933. Whether this was reality, who knows? but it could have been taken at a happier time for the marriage.
Preserved by the Smithsonian and available on the Treasures of the American Film Archives box set.