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Letter of Distrust

Letter of Distrust

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 1st 2016

“Starting out as an all-star espionage saga with a state secret as the supposed Grail, this quickly reveals itself as a serpentine tale of treachery and double-dealing. What makes the film so powerf

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The Seasonal Hand of Providence

The Seasonal Hand of Providence

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 11th 2015

Despite the care and craft lavished on it, director Fred Zinnemann’s 1964 historical epic Behold a Pale Horse was not a critical or box-office success. But he still had the backing of the studio fo

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Joan, the Ideal Jane

Joan, the Ideal Jane

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 22nd 2015

Born 98 years ago today, Joan Fontaine (1917-2013) was most celebrated for the qualities of her three Academy Award®-nominated roles as withdrawn, almost otherworldly young women of unflashy but in

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