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Vive Legrand!

Vive Legrand!

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 30th 2019

John Anderson’s thoughtful obituary in The New York Times for the enormously gifted and stunningly versatile film composer and musical performer Michel Legrand, who died Saturday at age 86, contains s

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The Out-of-Their-Depths Gang

The Out-of-Their-Depths Gang

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 15th 2018

“Nobody’s perfect” is the final line of dialogue in what’s regarded one of the most perfect period movie comedies ever made, the Billy Wilder/I.A.L. Diamond Some Like It Hot (1959). Nobody’s Perfec

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A Cultural Force Turns 75

A Cultural Force Turns 75

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 24th 2017

In the introduction to his 2016 critical study Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power, film historian Neal Gabler writes: “It may seem peculiar to freight an entertainer with th

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Singers Duet

Singers Duet

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 18th 2016

Her recent #1 album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway and Barbra: The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic! concert tour (which covered nine cities in late summer and will extend to four more dates star

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Conflict Smoothed by Chemistry

Conflict Smoothed by Chemistry

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 19th 2016

Moviemaking is often battlefield conflict, constant struggle, endless tinkering and self-inflicted wounds – even in the case of a now-iconic romance, burnished by time, that opened nationwide 43 yea

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