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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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Impressive Expresses

Impressive Expresses

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 7th 2017

On Friday, the lavishly appointed, star-adorned new movie adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express powers into movie theaters dressed to the nines with 65mm lensing and jazzed up

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Simon Says Volumes

Simon Says Volumes

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 10th 2017

In The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, David Thomson writes: “When people see Boudu Sauvé des Eaux/Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932, Jean Renoir) or L’Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo) for the first t

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Six Degrees of Scorpio Connections

Six Degrees of Scorpio Connections

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 19th 2017

The age of institutional paranoia and conspiratorial malevolence was coming into full cinematic flower in the early 1970s, and one espionage thriller arrived on the cusp of it all. Opening in theate

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The Unfathomable Jeanne

The Unfathomable Jeanne

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 23rd 2017

“It is her appearance that makes her so immediately compelling: that tenebrous face and those dark unsmiling eyes. Among movie stars, the decisive factor – the dividing line between effectiveness a

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