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Cowboys and Kings

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 11th 2019

On today’s birthday of San Francisco native Delmer Daves (1904-1977), we celebrate two Twilight Time Daves-directed entries from 60 years ago, both startlingly adult and somewhat undervalued in the fi

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April Preorders / On a Bernstein Birthday Note

April Preorders / On a Bernstein Birthday Note

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 4th 2018

From directors who make movies for the adults in the room – craftsmen like Jacques Demy, Philip Dunne, Martin Ritt and Paul Schrader – come four provocative examinations of how human fallibility sh

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The Ethical Romantic Goes Forth

The Ethical Romantic Goes Forth

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 28th 2017

Delmer Daves’s considerable moviemaking reputation is most visible in the writing and/or direction of marvelously well characterized Westerns of the 1950s (Broken Arrow, Jubal, 3:10 to Yuma, The Han

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Twilight Annals of War

Twilight Annals of War

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 11th 2016

Revisiting favorite war movies – and their varying elements of bravery in battle, crises of conscience, cruelties of leadership, lone-wolf espionage, soldierly camaraderie, unexpected heroism, jeopa

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The Bernstein Effect

The Bernstein Effect

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 4th 2016

Born 94 years ago today, film, stage and classical composer Elmer Bernstein (1922-2004) wrote melodies so intertwined with our cherished memories of favorite movies – among them grandiose period ep

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