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A Master Class in Filmmaking

A Master Class in Filmmaking

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 2nd 2019

As she approaches her 82nd birthday at month’s end, acting eminence Vanessa Redgrave abides. Courtesy of Cohen Media Group, two opportunities to watch her cast her spell are occupying theaters: a spar

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Monsieur Delerue's Noteworthy Legacy

Monsieur Delerue's Noteworthy Legacy

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 12th 2018

Composer Alexandre Desplat, who won his second Best Original Score Academy Award® last Sunday for 2017’s The Shape of Water (his first came for 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel), spoke fondly of hi

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Barriers and Lances Broken

Barriers and Lances Broken

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 16th 2018

Two towering, Oscar®-honored Westerns of the early 1950s, each led by pantheon male stars, nonetheless gained power and stature by the presence of an immigrant woman in a supporting role that burni

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Christmas Presents of 1952 – Part One

Christmas Presents of 1952 – Part One

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 22nd 2017

Opening on Christmas day at the cozy, now long-gone Beverly-Canon Theater in Los Angeles 65 years ago came that rare movie gift: an adaptation of a hit Broadway play featuring five members of its or

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Unscripted Coincidences

Unscripted Coincidences

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 2nd 2017

As serendipity goes in the movie business, it just so happened that two prominent adaptation screenplays by now-90-year-old veteran scribe Alvin Sargent opened as major studio releases within days

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