Celebrity, Italian Style

January 1, 2010

La Dolce Vita. For 50 years, since the Federico Fellini movie was released in January 1960, those three words have been synonymous with delicious deca- dence among a jet-set mix of expatriate movie stars, high-society types and jaded Italian aristocrats based around Rome. […]

Barry Levinson’s ‘Rain Main’

January 1, 2010

Starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, Rain Man opened 21 years ago this December. It made a lot of money and won a lot of awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture. […]

John Landis’ ‘Animal House’

November 1, 2009

My father, the late actor/director Ray Danton, was a gifted man. He was handsome, had a baritone voice, stood over six feet and weighed a chiseled 190 pounds in his prime. […]

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. […]

Mervyn LeRoy’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’

May 1, 2009

Fantasy has had a rather schizophrenic time in Hollywood––one year being the worst possible genre to pour money into unless it’s going straight to video, the next year sweeping the Academy Awards with 11 Oscars. […]

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. […]

An Ear for a Career

January 1, 2009

A very summer, my family got invited to the Paramount Studio picnic by my uncle, Al Zuniga. New movie and TV stars would appear; most notably for me were the Cartwrights from Bonanza. Al was Paramount’s trailer editor and his job really intrigued me. […]

Jacques Tati’s ‘Playtime’

January 1, 2009

Comedy, as they say, is all in the timing. Therefore, a comic’s best friend has got to be the film editor. But how does one become a good comedy editor? First, I believe, a person must have a natural instinct for what’s funny. […]

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