This Quarter in Film History

One in Eight Million

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. […]

This Quarter in Film History

Wartime Precedent

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 Quarter in Film History

THIS MONTH IN FILM HISTORY: Mercury Rising

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. […]

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Shipping Out and Shaping Up

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.” […]

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When Film Followed Television’s Lead

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. […]

This Quarter in Film History

The Original Road

Forty years ago, Steven Spielberg transformed television narrative with his made-for-TV movie Duel, which aired on ABC in November 1971. […]