Frankly, Selznick Did Give a Damn

November 1, 2009

Why David O. Selznick feared a tombstone epitaph as the man who made Gone with the Wind (1939) is mysterious. This film was his Tara as much as it was Miss Scarlett’s. […]

Vive le Francois!

May 1, 2009

In 1959, the Nouvelle Vague, or New Wave, revolutionized the concept of film editing and scene construction in international film. […]

Fruitless ‘Aran’

March 1, 2009

Documentarian Robert J. Flaherty was regarded by the poet e.e. cummings as “a god among men,” an opinion echoed by Orson Welles, who compared Flaherty to the poets Walt Whitman and Henry David Thoreau. […]

‘Broadway’ Playback

January 1, 2009

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s film legacy is its musicals. Perhaps because it was the most politically conservative of the major studios, MGM was more comfortable with melodramas and musicals than with social issues. […]

A ‘Lion’ For All Seasons

November 1, 2008

A medieval historical romp like The Lion in Winter was considered to be an old-fashioned project in the revolutionary political year 1968, especially after the success of such socially provocative films of 1967 as Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night and even Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, which presaged the New Hollywood. […]

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