The Cinephiles’s Corner looks at skullduggery on trains, hearts and flowers on the Seine, glam in the U.K, and heartbreak in L.A.

It’s time for another look at (relatively) recent Blu-Rays and DVDs aimed at the hardcore movie lover  — though more casual viewers looking for something beyond Hollywood’s latest mass-market offerings are certainly allowed to kibitz at the Corner as well. Today’s selections are from Hollywood, off-Hollywood, England, and France and were made mostly in the 1930s or the 1970s, though we will be looking at one from 1998 — only yesterday!

And so we begin…(after the flip, that is.)

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Good yontif, from Hollywood

A lot of the offices around movietown are going to be minus a number of employees a bit early this evening. Tonight is the first night of the most widely celebrated of all Jewish holidays, Passover. (Jewish holidays all start at sundown, just fyi.)

Here’s the thing, we Jews have an issue with holidays. The serious holidays are deliberately intended to be no fun at all, and the fun ones are really minor — even Hanukkah is actually not such a big deal, religiously speaking, and, though latkes are delicious, it’s really not that much of a fun holiday either. Passover is the only that’s both major on the Jewish calendar and also kind of enjoyable and interesting. Still, we’ve sometimes tried to think of ways to make the holiday based on the Book of Exodus even more popular.

They really should have acknowledged Anne Baxter and Yvonne de Carlo. Oh well, happy Pesach. This year, try matzoh with peanut butter and honey if you’ve never. It’s goood.

  

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