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The Uncommon Mr. Ritt

The Uncommon Mr. Ritt

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 2nd 2018

The 26-movie legacy of director Martin Ritt (1914-1990), born 104 years ago today, utilized virtuosic acting, writing and technical talent as varied as they come, but film buffs and scholars have a

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Georgia on Their Mind

Georgia on Their Mind

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 3rd 2017

Making note of today’s National Georgia Day observance, it’s only fitting that movie lovers should celebrate the state as the Southeastern U.S. center of film and television production it has become

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The Comeback of Conrack

The Comeback of Conrack

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 27th 2017

When Conrack (1974), the first film adaptation of Pat Conroy’s 1972 memoir The Water Is Wide, opened theatrically 43 years ago today, critical and audience reaction was muted, despite the best effo

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The Ritt Stuff

The Ritt Stuff

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 8th 2016

When Martin Ritt (1914-1990) died 26 years ago today, it meant that the last of his 26 theatrical features was the one released to poor critical and box-office response just 10 months prior, Stanle

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Conrack's Lessons

Conrack's Lessons

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 28th 2016

When it opened in theatres 42 years ago yesterday, the film version of Pat Conroy’s The Water Is Wide, in keeping with the rhythm of its off-coastal South Carolina island setting, churned up ripple

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