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. […]

Les Beatles Nouvelle Vague: A Hard Day For Night

July 1, 2014

It is hard to believe now, but in the early 1960s, the young, long-haired Liverpudlian lads John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr (known collectively as the Beatles) were considered to be an insidious force, challenging British as well as American stereotypes of youthful masculinity, just as their distinctive, infectious “beat music” threatened to take over the pop charts of both countries. […]

Separating the Bums from the Contenders

May 1, 2014

Sixty years after its premiere in June 1954 in Japan, of all places (New York and Los Angeles followed in July), On the Waterfront is still regarded as a seminal film because of its immense influence on acting. […]

Dancing with Myself

March 1, 2014

Cover Girl (1944) is a famous movie for two reasons — one intentional and the other accidental. The film’s legacy is of a time when women were celebrated for their glamour and sexuality. […]

Sex Sells… a Century Ago

November 1, 2013

The early silent film Traffic in Souls (1913) remains just as timely as when it was released 100 years ago. The sex slave trade today operates with the same methodology as depicted in this exposé of forced prostitution based on the Rockefeller White Slavery Report of 1910. […]

Making Love and War

July 1, 2013

From Here to Eternity (1953) is a transitional film in the American motion picture industry. It is probably the first major Hollywood release to express anti-establishment themes and the new morality. […]

One in Eight Million

March 1, 2013

Sixty-five years after the semi-documentary film The Naked City (1948) premiered in March 1948, it still reveals much about New York City that has not changed. […]

Wartime Precedent

November 1, 2012

Director Ridley Scott’s award-winning film ‘Black Hawk Down’ was based on a distinguished nonfiction book entitled ‘Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War’ by Mark Bowden. […]

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