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Fellowship of the Ring

Fellowship of the Ring

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 26th 2017

Real lives are often shabby, dimly lit and lonely, but they can still have dreams and still be the stuff of rich storytelling. Director John Huston and producer Ray Stark recognized and realized th

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From Obsession to Inspiration

From Obsession to Inspiration

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 31st 2016

In The Hustons, biographer Lawrence Grobel writes that a film version of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1956) was the picture John Huston “had most wanted to make when he first considered becoming a

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Divine Deborah

Divine Deborah

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 14th 2016

The New York Film Critics Circle had a thing for Deborah Kerr playing a nun: both of her in-habited performances claimed their Best Actress Award. The first came for her work as the fallibly heedles

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