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An Inauspicious Start to a Poisonous Triumph

An Inauspicious Start to a Poisonous Triumph

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 24th 2018

“What brought a nice young kid like Sue Ann to a shocking moment like this?” proclaimed the ads featuring an aroused young woman firing a pistol and heralding the opening of “a crazy, mixed-up love st

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What It Takes to Make a Village

What It Takes to Make a Village

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 25th 2018

In the creation of movies that linger in the memory, the little details matter enormously – bits of telling dialogue, shot composition, directorial choices, costumes, props, music – in transporting

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Dragonwyck's Depths

Dragonwyck's Depths

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 10th 2018

Opening 72 years ago today, Dragonwyck (1946) remains a defiantly hybrid movie not easily pigeonholed, with screenwriter and first-time director Joseph L. Mankiewicz blending together an unsettling

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Glory (?) Train

Glory (?) Train

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 17th 2018

“It carried them to the peak of glory…It will carry you to the peak of adventure!” That opening day copy for the full-page ad heralding the New York premiere of director John Frankenheimer’s World W

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Successful Saturday Satire

Successful Saturday Satire

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 9th 2018

In his December 2013 New Yorker essay One and a Half Cheers for Satire, Robert Mankoff, the magazine’s cartoon editor for 20 years, wrote: “The playwright George S. Kaufman famously said, ‘Satire is

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