Post by tomishereagain on Feb 25, 2022 8:42:45 GMT -6
Nightmare Alley (1947) t power j blondell c gray
Stanton Carlisle, having grown up without a family in a Christian orphanage, is fascinated by the acts in the traveling carnival in which he works, especially in how most of them, with some truly logical explanation, are deemed fantastical by the carnival-goers who easily buy into the illusion without much thought. While he too is caught up by the Geek show but solely in wondering how a person ends up so low as to be a geek, he is most taken by Zeena's mind-reading show - he often her audience assistant - in how she so easily dupes the crowd. When he learns that Zeena and her behind-the-scenes assistant, her alcoholic husband Pete, once had one of the best acts on the nightclub circuit - far more polished than what they now do in that it was all out in the open, the "mind-reading" done by code - Stan believes that learning the code is his ticket to bigger and better things away from the seedy carnival life. As such, he tries to use his masculine charms on Zeena to ingratiate himself more fully into the act, while he, with an eye for the young women, is truly more enamored with Molly, strongman Bruno's assistant, such not sitting well with Bruno. Out of circumstance, Stan not only learns the code from Zeena, but perfects the art of the "sell" i.e. the smooth talk to pull the wool over people's eyes in such an act as Zeena's, largely using what he learned of religion solely through osmosis while he was growing up. Out of further circumstance, he, with Molly by his side, strikes out away from the carnival with his new mentalist act, "The Great Stanton". In meeting Lilith Ritter, a "psychologist" in the audience one evening, he believes he has found a way to parlay the act into substantial money by swindling the wealthy out of their fortunes solely by telling them what they want to hear. But in Lilith, he has also found another in his ilk, someone not averse to larceny if it reaches her end goal of her own wealth and comfort at anyone's expense.
Country: United States Genre: Drama Release: 1947-10-09 Director: Edmund Goulding Production: Twentieth Century Fox Cast: Coleen Gray, Tyrone Power, George Chandler, Joan Blondell, Taylor Holmes, James Flavin, Mike Mazurki, George Davis, Ian Keith, Helen Walker, James Burke, Oliver Blake, Henry Hall, Paul Bradley, Rudy Germane, Clancy Cooper, Sayre Dearing, Chet Brandenburg, Edward Clark, George Beranger, Florence Auer, Harry Cheshire, June Bolyn, Julia Dean, Charles Flickinger, Bill Free, Nina Gilbert, Leo Gray, Al Herman, Hollis Jewell
Post by tomishereagain on Feb 25, 2022 8:46:12 GMT -6
Nightmare Alley (2021) b cooper c blanchett w dafoe
Stan burns down his home and takes a job as a carny with a traveling carnival. Stan is disturbed at how any man could sink to the level of performing as a geek. Clem explains that he seeks out alcoholic or drug-addicted men with troubled pasts, and lures them in with promises of a "temporary" job and opium-laced alcohol. He then uses their dependence until they sink into madness and depravity, thus creating a new geek. Stan also works with clairvoyant act "Madame Zeena" and her alcoholic husband, Pete. He and Zeena warn Stan not to ever use these skills otherwise people get hurt. Meanwhile Stan becomes attracted to fellow performer Molly and approaches her with an idea for a two-person act away from the carnival.
Country: United States, Mexico, Canada Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime Release: 2021-12-17 Director: Guillermo del Toro Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures, Double Dare You DDY, Searchlight Pictures Cast: Toni Collette, Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett
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Jul 30, 2022 13:20:39 GMT -6