Karen Bacellar

About Author:
Karen Bacellar is a writer/director based in New York. Two of her short films, Act Like Me and Evelyn Victorious are on the festival circuit. She holds an MA in Film Studies from University College London and a BFA in Film & TV Production from NYU Tisch. She also likes to imagine herself as the reincarnation of Vivien Leigh...but only on Sundays.

Website: http://www.blondescarlett.com

‘The Mummy’s Curse,’ not Universal’s best monster movie effort, but worth a watch

‘The Mummy’s Curse,’ not Universal’s best monster movie effort, but worth a watch

Forty 1940s Films

Universal’s mummy series plateaus with 1944’s The Mummy’s Curse, except in its depiction of Princess Ananka's resurrection.…

‘The Lady Eve,’ Sturges on con artists and romance

‘The Lady Eve,’ Sturges on con artists and romance

Forty 1940s Films

The Lady Eve is all about the game of romance. Jean has a great monologue at the beginning of the film that really shows this…

‘The Woman in Green,’ a classic Sherlock Holmes film

‘The Woman in Green,’ a classic Sherlock Holmes film

Forty 1940s Films

The Woman in Green begins with a mystery that Scotland Yard cannot solve. Several women have turned up murdered around London, all with a finger…

‘Strangler of the Swamp,’ PRC’s best film

‘Strangler of the Swamp,’ PRC’s best film

Forty 1940s Films

Strangler of the Swamp Written by Frank Wisbar and Harold Erickson Directed by Frank Wisbar USA, 1946 “Old legends – strange tales – never die…

‘That Night In Rio,’ Hollywood, Romance, and Carmen Miranda

‘That Night In Rio,’ Hollywood, Romance, and Carmen Miranda

Forty 1940s Films

Romance and harmless conflict run amuck in Irving Cummings’s That Night In Rio. The film follows American entertainer, Larry Martin (Don Ameche), as he impersonates…

‘Cover Girl,’ Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth’s Breakout Film

‘Cover Girl,’ Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth’s Breakout Film

Cover Girl Directed by Charles Vidor Written by Virginia Van Upp Starring Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, and Lee Bowman USA, 107 min.    At the…

A Matter of Life and Death,’ WWII romance, popular psychology, and patriotism

A Matter of Life and Death,’ WWII romance, popular psychology, and patriotism

Forty 1940s Films

‘A Matter of Life and Death (Stairway  To Heaven)’  Written & Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger Starring David Niven, Kim Hunter, and Roger…

‘White Heat’ does not delve deep into psychology

‘White Heat’ does not delve deep into psychology

Forty 1940s Films

‘White Heat’   Directed by Raoul Walsh   Written by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts   Starring James Cagney, Virginia, Edmond O’Brien   USA, 114…

‘Letter From An Unknown Woman’ illustrates the futility of childhood romantic fantasies

‘Letter From An Unknown Woman’ illustrates the futility of childhood romantic fantasies

Forty 1940s Films

Letter From An Unknown Woman Directed by Max Ophüls Starring Louis Jordan and Joan Fontaine USA, 86 min – 1948. “Have you ever shuffled faces…

‘The Mummy’s Hand,’ gives mummy Kharis less agency

‘The Mummy’s Hand,’ gives mummy Kharis less agency

Forty 1940s Flicks

The Mummy’s Hand Directed by Christy Cabanne Written by Griffin Jay Starring Dick Foran, Peggy Moran, and Tom Tyler USA, 67 min – 1940. “You…

‘Brief Encounter,’ a housewife’s inner thoughts

‘Brief Encounter,’ a housewife’s inner thoughts

Forty 1940s Films

David Lean’s Brief Encounter is on the surface a tale about unrequited love, much like many other romantic films past and present (from Casablanca to…

‘The Ghost Train,’ hovers between comedy and suspense

‘The Ghost Train,’ hovers between comedy and suspense

Forty 1940s Films

The Ghost Train Directed by Walter Forde Written by J.O.C. Orton, Val Guest, & Marriott Edgar Starring Arthur Askey, Richard Murdoch, Kathleen Harrison, and Carole…

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