Down Went ‘McGinty’

August 1, 2015

Seventy-five years ago, on August 14, 1940 — back when studios still owned theatres — The Great McGinty, written and directed by Preston Sturges, premiered at the Paramount Theatre in New York’s Times Square. […]

Knockin’ on History’s Door

June 1, 2015

Sometimes a title can be misleading, but in the case of The Authentic Death & Contentious Afterlife of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid: The Untold Story of Peckinpah’s Last Western — the title, including ampersand — is part and parcel of ACE member Paul Seydor’s exactingly told story. […]

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. […]

Mark Rydell’s ‘The Cowboys’

November 1, 2014

In our family, movies were special events because most of our entertainment came from television. So I don’t remember seeing a lot of films, but there is one that holds a very special place in my heart. […]

The Savagely Quiet One: Remembering Sidney Meyers

November 1, 2014

In 1960, after college, the army, UCLA film school, paying my dues as a can-carrying apprentice and assisting (mostly on commercials, but also some documentaries and industrials), I received a call from the editor Peggy Lawson, who said, “Sidney needs an assistant; I’m recommending you.” […]

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