In Like Flynt

August 1, 2016

Director Miloš Forman’s The People vs. Larry Flynt premiered 20 years ago, on October 13, 1996, the closing night of the New York Film Festival. […]

The Cowboys and the Divorcée

February 1, 2016

Written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Arthur Miller, directed by Oscar winner John Huston, and starring two Hollywood legends — Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe — The Misfits premiered in New York City February 1, 1961. […]

The Awakening of ‘Anger’ 25 Years Later

December 1, 2015

This year, as part of its annual selection of fully restored classics, the 72nd International Venice Film Festival presented, along with Federico Fellini’s Amarcord (1973), Akira Kurosawa’s Red Beard (1965) and Sergei Eisenstein’ Alexander Nevsky (1938), among others, Charles Burnett’s To Sleep with Anger (1990) — the most recently made of all the dramatic features chosen. […]

When the South Rose Again

January 1, 2015

One century ago, on February 8, 1915, David Wark Griffith’s ‘The Birth of a Nation’ premiered under its original title, The Clansman, at Clune’s Auditorium in Los Angeles. […]

The Gutting of ‘Greed’

November 1, 2014

The editor described the first part of the picture as “quite humorous at times,” which would have helped audiences accept the tragedy of the second half. […]

A Star is Reborn, Remade, Remodeled

September 1, 2014

Hollywood’s business is the merchandising and recycling of myth — especially the myth of the tragic Hollywood star (Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, etc.) in biopic or documentary form. […]

When Film Followed Television’s Lead

March 1, 2012

Because the shortsighted Hollywood film industry did not want anything to do with the new invention called television in the mid-1940s, the radio industry took over the burgeoning medium. New York became the dominant center for the first decade of TV, as the radio studios were located in Manhattan. […]

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