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Religious Experience

Religious Experience

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 29th 2017

To its producer/co-screenwriter, The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), a prestigious screen version of A.J. Cronin’s 1941 book that premiered in New York 73 years ago today, was the inaugural production

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January's Relationship Roundup

January's Relationship Roundup

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 17th 2017

The New Year’s arrival is always greeted with personal resolutions aimed at self-improvement, whether they concern weight control, fortifying one’s health, bonding more solidly with spouses and lov

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Overabundance on Offer

Overabundance on Offer

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 28th 2017

When it held its gala New York world premiere 63 years ago this week, there was already too much muchness about writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s glamorous The Barefoot Contessa (1954) to admi

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Suddenly This Summer

Suddenly This Summer

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 6th 2017

So much of the controversial content of and colorful lore surrounding the film version of Tennessee Williams’ startling 1958 one-act play Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) is overheated that it’s a wond

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The Unquiet Conflicts of The Quiet American

The Unquiet Conflicts of The Quiet American

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 26th 2017

Films derived from well-crafted books nearly always walk a fine line of absolute fidelity to the original author weighed against the needs of cinematic storytelling. One of the most notorious exampl

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