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The Uncommon Mr. Ritt

The Uncommon Mr. Ritt

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 2nd 2018

The 26-movie legacy of director Martin Ritt (1914-1990), born 104 years ago today, utilized virtuosic acting, writing and technical talent as varied as they come, but film buffs and scholars have a

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Newman's Coming into His Own

Newman's Coming into His Own

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 26th 2018

On today’s 93rd birthday of the revered screen icon Paul Newman (1925-2008), fans are thankful for his legacy of 57 performances in feature films both monumental and somewhat less meritorious betwe

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Keeping Faith with Faulkner

Keeping Faith with Faulkner

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 12th 2017

“The people of Faulkner…the language of Faulkner…the world of Faulkner,” the original one-sheets boasted. But Jerry Wald’s sweat-drenched, star-packed, Cinemascope production, the first screen coll

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Yul's Faulkner Exception

Yul's Faulkner Exception

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 18th 2016

At this time during the years 1951, 1952, 1953, 1977, 1978 and 1985, the great Yul Brynner could be seen on a Broadway stage, playing his signature Tony®- and Academy Award®-winning role of King Mon

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Reckoning with Robson / The Northern Route

Reckoning with Robson / The Northern Route

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 4th 2015

Born 102 years ago today in Montreal, Mark Robson (1913-1978) – like his fellow RKO alumnus Robert Wise – had a great mentor, producer Val Lewton, who saw in both Robson and Wise, then learning the

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