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The Magnificent Agnes

The Magnificent Agnes

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 6th 2018

One of the many pleasures afforded by the spiffy new Criterion Blu-ray of Orson Welles’ beautifully mounted, achingly elegiac and shabbily treated film adaptation of The Magnificent Ambersons (19

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Confederacy of Rebels

Confederacy of Rebels

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 6th 2018

Director Nicholas Ray, fresh from the bold genre reinvention of Johnny Guitar (1954), the box-office success of Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and the critical acclaim of Bigger Than Life (1956), owed a

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Historic November

Historic November

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 20th 2018

No doubt about it: Twilight Time’s three-title November slate is historic, naturally in their period settings but preternaturally in the stature of the talents involved. It marks a welcome-back to tow

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Barriers and Lances Broken

Barriers and Lances Broken

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 16th 2018

Two towering, Oscar®-honored Westerns of the early 1950s, each led by pantheon male stars, nonetheless gained power and stature by the presence of an immigrant woman in a supporting role that burni

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Positively Cinemascopic

Positively Cinemascopic

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 22nd 2017

For its pictorially lavish first two 1953 Technicolor-hued releases in the breakthrough widescreen stereophonic-sound format of Cinemascope, Twentieth Century Fox went with historical pageantry in T

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