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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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Hilda's Notorious Homecoming

Hilda's Notorious Homecoming

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 9th 2018

By the ripe old age of 27, Jean Simmons had already portrayed many aspects of womanhood on screen, from gawky innocence to stately courtesans to noir femme fatales. When a number of films about worl

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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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