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The Cameraman and the Count

The Cameraman and the Count

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 18th 2018

Today marks the dual birthday of two men who gave the The Barefoot Contessa (1954) her breathtaking screen life and tragic death. Arriving in theaters 64 years ago this month, The Barefoot Contessa&nb

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Haunted Households

Haunted Households

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 30th 2018

When houses aren’t merely homes but also bastions of horror and/or sorcery, imaginative moviemakers and genre fans regularly pounce with neverending relish. Opportunity knocks this weekend in theaters

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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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