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The Fog of War and Filmmaking

The Fog of War and Filmmaking

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 24th 2017

When the Academy Award®-winning producer and Oscar®-nominated stars of Lawrence of Arabia (1962) were reunited four years later for another big-budget period epic, cinematic lightning did not strik

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The Face Among the Generals

The Face Among the Generals

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 2nd 2016

Peter O’Toole (1932-2013), born 84 years ago today, easily deserved an Academy Award® for each of the eight times he was nominated as Best Actor but since he brought a glimmer of star quality, a da

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Adapting from and to 1984

Adapting from and to 1984

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 12th 2015

George Orwell’s book Nineteen Eighty-Four was published on June 6, 1949. In a Cold War world, its themes of dehumanization, repressive conformity, adulation of authoritarian leaders and eternal war

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Shadows Play

Shadows Play

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 19th 2015

Following the moral quagmire of Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and the magical whimsy of Alice (1990), Woody Allen next visited another recurring subject for him: death. That is, his one-act play D

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Diane and Donald

Diane and Donald

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 5th 2015

Faces made for movie screens – one from Australia that made a vivid impression in only a handful of appearances, the other from England who was a regular and welcome presence for 40 years – are th

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