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. […]

Mad Cowboy

May 1, 2013

There are no shortage of Huds in high places in our society today. […]

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. […]

THIS MONTH IN FILM HISTORY: Mercury Rising

September 1, 2012

What makes The Right Stuff one of the great films — one that celebrates an American spirit of achievement — is the zeal of the producers, director, actors, cinematographer Caleb Deschanel and post-production crew to create a documentary look with experimental techniques and editing. […]

Shipping Out and Shaping Up

May 1, 2012

In many American homes in the early 20th century hung a framed poem by Rudyard Kipling, If, which begins with “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you. If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you…” and ends with “You’ll be a Man, my son.” […]

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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