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In a More Interesting Direction

In a More Interesting Direction

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 7th 2018

The New York Times obituary headline referred to the veteran actress of 100+ stage productions and 25+ movies as a “patrician star of stage and film.” For a time though, now-beloved Academy Award® and

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Dragonwyck's Depths

Dragonwyck's Depths

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 10th 2018

Opening 72 years ago today, Dragonwyck (1946) remains a defiantly hybrid movie not easily pigeonholed, with screenwriter and first-time director Joseph L. Mankiewicz blending together an unsettling

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A Dark Directorial Debut

A Dark Directorial Debut

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 2nd 2018

Newly ensconced at Twentieth Century Fox in the fall of 1943, writer/producer Joseph L. Mankiewicz wrote the following commentary about a soon-to-be-published Gothic novel the studio was considering

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Preminger Hits the Pavement

Preminger Hits the Pavement

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 25th 2016

While working on the bruising film noir Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950), producer/director Otto Preminger was breaking free of the patterns of his life as a prominent studio filmmaker. The protagonis

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Film Festivity

Film Festivity

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 25th 2015

The 53rd annual New York Film Festival is off and running through October 11, serving a feast of important new movies from Hollywood and abroad along with screenings of restored classics sparklingl

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