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    • Vic Damone (1928-2018)

    • Vic Damone, the legendary singer who came up in the big band era and saw his popularity as a crooner develop into a long career as a recording artist, nightclub entertainer, actor and radio-TV presenter, died February 11, 2018 in Miami Beach, FL at the age of 89.

      No less a figure than Frank Sinatra once proclaimed singer Vic Damone as possessing the "best pipes in the business," which he parlayed into a popular recording career in the late 1940s and 1950s with such hits as "You're Breaking My Heart," "Again" and "My Heart Cries for You," among many other lush romantic ballads. Damone also enjoyed a secondary career as an actor, largely as lovestruck youth in such Hollywood musicals as Deep in My Heart (1954) and Kismet (1955). Like many pop crooners, Damone was unmoored by the rise of rock-n-roll in the early 1960s, though he segued successfully into the casino circuit in the 1970s, where he remained active and in fine voice until his retirement following a stroke in 2001. Though never a cultural institution like Sinatra or Nat "King" Cole, Vic Damone's rich baritone provided him with a slew of hits in the 1950s and a career on stage that compared with and even outlasted many of his contemporaries.

      Born Vito Rocco Farinola on June 12, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY, Vic Damone was one of five children and the only son of electrician Rocco Farinola and his wife, Mamie Damone, both of whom were immigrants who hailed from Sicily. Music was an important component of Damone's life from an early age; his mother taught piano, while his father played guitar. However, he drew his greatest inspiration from Frank Sinatra, whose meteoric rise to pop stardom inspired the younger man to take singing lessons. These were cut short when his father suffered a serious injury in a work accident, prompting Damone to drop out of school and work as an usher and elevator operator at the Paramount Theater in Manhattan. While bringing Perry Como to his dressing room following a performance at the theater, Damone asked the singer if he would hear him sing in order to judge if he had talent. His rendition of "There Must Be a Way" impressed Como, who referred Damone to a local bandleader. After adopting the stage moniker of Vic Damone, he made his professional debut as a singer in early 1947 with a performance on WHN radio in New York shortly before capturing first place on "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" in April of that year. This in turn led to regular appearances on the Godfrey show, where he met Milton Berle. The comic helped to broker a contract for Damone to perform at the La Martinique and Aquarium nightclubs, which afforded him major exposure. By the summer of 1947, Damone had signed with Mercury Records, which released his debut single, "I Have But One Heart." The record reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, as did its immediate follow-up, "You Do."

      Damone was soon hosting his own radio program, Saturday Night Serenade, while playing live dates at major New York theaters such as the Copa and even his previous employers, the Paramount. In 1948, he scored four Top 30 singles, including a duet with Patti Page on "Say Something Sweet to Your Sweetheart," before returning to the Top 10 with the million-seller "Again" in 1949. His next release that year, "You're Breaking My Heart," became his first and only single to top the pop charts, though he would visit the Top 10 on several occasions in the late '40s and early '50s, most notably with a 1950 cover of "Tzena, Tzena, Tzena," an Israeli folk song adapted by the Weavers, and "My Heart Cries for You," which reached No. 4 in 1950. That same year, he signed a film contract with MGM, which led to his screen debut as an amorous Frenchman in pursuit of Jane Powell in Rich, Young and Pretty (1951). After scoring one more Top 5 hit with "My Truly Truly Fair" in 1951, Damone was inducted into the Army, where he served until 1953. Mercury kept him in the spotlight during this period by releasing a steady string of material recorded by Damone prior to his tour of duty, including the Top 10 hits "Here in My Heart" (1952) and "April in Portugal" and "Ebb Tide," both in 1953.

      Upon his return from military service, Damone resumed his film career, enjoying featured or co-starring roles in major musical productions like Hit the Deck (1955) and the screen adaptation of Kismet (1955). His singing career, however, entered the doldrums, prompting him to leave Mercury for Columbia in 1956. That year, Damone would score a No. 4 hit with "On the Street Where You Live," from the musical "My Fair Lady," but the single would prove his final visit to the Top 10 pop charts. Though his albums performed well, Damone had lost his ground on the singles chart to the growing rock-n-roll movement, and by 1961, he had left Columbia for Capitol. The label attempted to groom Damone into a mature balladeer with 1962's "Linger Awhile with Vic Damone" (1962), which, like its five follow-ups, earned him critical acclaim but few record sales. From 1962 to 1963, he hosted an NBC variety series called "The Lively Ones," which featured an impressive array of jazz and folk performers.

      Damone again changed labels in 1965, moving to Warner Bros., where he earned a Top 30 hit with "You Were Only Fooling." It also reached No. 8 on the adult contemporary charts, where he would consistently place in the Top 40 for the next half-decade, until earning his final U.S. chart hit with "To Make a Big Man Cry," which reached No. 31 on the adult contemporary charts in 1969. Damone's finances took a downward turn in the early 1970s, forcing him to declare bankruptcy. But after staging a major concert in Las Vegas in 1971, he became a staple of the casino and nightclub circuit, which returned him to solvency. Damone soon became such a popular figure in this arena that he expanded his touring to the United Kingdom, where he was received warmly by audiences. Damone's popularity overseas prompted him to return to recording, issuing several albums through RCA between 1992 and 1995. He remained active until 2000, when a minor stroke brought his stage career to a close with a farewell concert in Palm Beach, FL. In 2009, he penned his autobiography, Singing Was the Easy Part, shortly before breaking his retirement with a special one-off performance in 2011.

      by Paul Gaita

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    • 22nd Annual Kansas Silent Film Festival - Feb. 23-24


    • For its 22nd annual event, the Kansas Silent Film Festival will spotlight 'Women in Silent Film', showcasing several shorts and features all of which will star, be directed by, produced by or written by a woman. On the last weekend in February, from Friday night through Saturday night, come rain or snow or shine, the festival will feature films from the silent era with live musical accompaniment, but showcasing women is a first! All films will be shown on a big screen like they were originally, and most are shown on film or DVD, if necessary.

      The 2018 Kansas Silent Film Festival will continue to be staged at White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus in Topeka on Friday night, February 23rd and all-day Saturday, February 24th. The event is free and open to the public.

      Friday night kicks off with three different shorts featuring female stars as 'Slapstick Divas'. First is Louise Fazenda in the 1919 Mack Sennett comedy, HEARTS AND FLOWERS co-starring Ford Sterling playing a cocky hotel orchestra leader who has his hands full when he flirts with one girl too many. New Hampshire pianist, Jeff Rapsis will provide the impressive music. CINDERELLA CINDERS highlights the work of Alice Howell, employed as a cook, who also masquerades as royalty at a high society bash. The background score for this chaotic comedy will be by organist Bill Beningfield. Finally, aspiring detective Gale Henry finds herself way over her head in a mysterious Chinese laundry in THE DETECTRESS, also a 1919 short. Organist Marvin Faulwell and percussionist Bob Keckeisen will provide the lively musical score. The feature for Friday night is WHY BE GOOD? starring one of 1929's most famous stars, Colleen Moore with Neil Hamilton (more famous for playing Commissioner Gordon on the BATMAN TV-series later in his career). Moore plays Pert Kelly out to have a good time, but so much so that she gets a bit of a reputation. Since she's in a relationship with the boss's son at work, his dad thinks she's not good enough so a little test is devised...will Pert pass inspection? The jazzy score for this feature will be performed live by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

      Saturday morning begins with a special presentation at 9:00 am for early risers. This will be a documentary connected with this year's theme. The official KSFF morning session starts at 10:00 am with MATRIMONY'S SPEED LIMIT, a 1913 short made in Fort Lee, New Jersey - the earliest film capitol. In front of and behind the camera is film pioneer, Alice Guy Blache who made over 400 films in her career, both in France and in the U. S. Live music will be supplied by organist Marvin Faulwell and percussionist Bob Keckeisen. SUSPENSE, a short film also from 1913, stars its writer/director, Lois Weber as a woman (with her infant child) who is threatened by an intruder while her husband rushes home in hot pursuit by the police. The exciting musical score will be delivered by Bill Beningfield at the organ. Saturday morning's feature will be BACK TO GOD'S COUNTRY, a 1919 Canadian feature by writer, producer and star Nell Shipman as a woman confronted by her father's killer in a remote arctic location where she must use her instincts to survive. A native of Canada, Shipman carved out a unique career in films outside of Hollywood that allowed her to play strong, adventurous women in films that she had a hand in creating. She continued making films into the 1940's. This gripping movie will be accompanied by organist Marvin Faulwell and percussionist Bob Keckeisen.

      After a lunch break, the Saturday KSFF schedule will resume with a D. W. Griffith short starring Dorothy Gish (sister of Lillian) in HER MOTHER'S OATH from 1913. Jeff Rapsis will supply the music. A look at 'Serial Queens' follows with a chapter from a 1920 serial adventure featuring a woman in peril - it's Chapter 2 'The Dagger of Death' from A WOMAN IN GREY. This fifteen-chapter serial played in theaters week to week and starred Arline Pretty as the adventurous lady. Live music will be provided by organist Marvin Faulwell.

      Saturday afternoon's first feature is 1915's FILIBUS, an Italian serial film featuring a woman leading a double life. She is a baroness to the world, but to the underworld, she is a criminal mastermind called Filibus and is aided in her crimes by a one-of-a-kind zeppelin. This interesting little film from Italy has a woman in the power position of villain--at a time in Italy when women had limited independence. This film shows a woman fully independent and capable of out-maneuvering her male opponents. The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra adds a rousing live music score for this recently discovered gem.

      The afternoon break will allow time for our special guest, author Cari Beauchamp to autograph copies of her books for attendees in the Lobby. Read more about Cari in our Cinema-Dinner description below.

      After the break, the shorts will continue with THE WATER NYMPH, a 1912 Mack Sennett comedy featuring the radiant Mabel Normand in the lead. This film inaugurated a series of comedies featuring Mack Sennett's Bathing Beauties. The Mont Alto Orchestra's pianist and conductor, Rodney Sauer will provide the music. FOX TROT FINESSE, a 1915 domestic comedy short follows with stars Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew, a turn-of-the-century comedy couple who were very popular up until the death of Mr. Drew in 1919. Music will be supplied by Jeff Rapsis. The final Saturday afternoon feature will be MGM's 1921 version of CAMILLE. You may know the story from the later, more famous MGM sound version with Garbo, but before her there was another star who was known just by one name--Nazimova. She was a Russian-born performer who recreated herself as Alla Nazimova and appeared in what would today be called art films. Her smoldering, young co-star is Rudolph Valentino.

      Saturday's traditional Cinema-Dinner will continue a 10-year tradition with a great meal and a guest speaker - Cari Beauchamp, author of WITHOUT LYING DOWN: FRANCIS MARION AND THE POWER OF WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD and MY FIRST TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. She will address attendees with stories about the many creative women of early Hollywood.

      Saturday's evening double feature will conclude the event with AMARILLY OF CLOTHESLINE ALLEY, a grand Mary Pickford feature from 1918 featuring a script by Francis Marion and a rousing score by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. The second feature, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH from 1926 is the rarest film being shown at the Festival and contains a unique story about a world ruled by women, who discover one man over 14 left alive on planet earth. Of course, it's a comedy! Music will be provided by Marvin Faulwell and Bob Keckeisen.

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    • Dick Dinman Salutes YOUNG MR. LINCOLN Director John Ford!

    • DICK DINMAN SALUTES "YOUNG MR. LINCOLN" DIRECTOR JOHN FORD: In honor of the just released Criterion Collection's magnificent 4K Blu-ray restoration of director John Ford's beloved classic "OUNG MR. LINCOLN producer/host Dick Dinman showcases his chat with the prolific director Andrew V. McLaglen who knew director Ford both intimately and professionally from the early '30s until Ford's demise in the '70s and Andrew relates some never before heard and frequently hilarious stories about this charismatic yet crotchety and unpredictable cinema giant.
      PLUS: Tributes to Ford from Lee Marvin, Roddy McDowell, Richard Widmark, Robert Wagner, Charlton Heston, James Stewart, Jack Lemmon and Maureen O'Hara.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • 60s VERITÉ at NYC's Film Forum - 1/19-2/6


    • Part of Carnegie Hall's city-wide festival The '60s: The Years That Changed America

      Talking heads, pushy interviewers, voice-of-God narration - fed up with conventional documentaries, Time-Life editor/correspondent Robert Drew looked for another way. In the late 1950s, with cameraman Richard Leacock, he developed lightweight 16mm synchronous sound cameras, and found it: the invisible filmmaker.

      Joined by D.A. Pennebaker, Albert and David Maysles, Bill Jersey, and many others, they chronicled events as they happened, capturing the decade in a way impossible before: JFK, the Civil Rights Movement, the war in Vietnam, drug culture, drag culture, the rock and folk scenes, hippie counterculture, as well as the seemingly mundane.

      "60s Verité" features more than 50 modern classics which not only changed the recording of social history, but revolutionized filmmaking itself. From the observational cinema of Drew Associates to the collaborative work of Pierre Perrault and Jean Rouch; from Lionel Rogosin's Apartheid South Africa docufiction, to Jim McBride's confessional-skewering mockumentary; from William Greaves' avant-garde Symbiopsychotaxiplasm to Agnes Varda's verité-infused Cléo from 5 to 7, and everywhere in between.

      Plus nine films by Jean Rouch, one of the inventors of cinéma vérité: The Mad Masters, Mammy Water, Moi, Un Noir, Chronicles of a Summer, The Lion Hunters, Jaguar, Little by Little, The Human Pyramid, and Punishment.

      Programmed by Elspeth Carroll.


      Films in this Series

      JANE & Lonely Boy
      Friday, January 19
      2:00 6:40*

      CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7
      Friday, January 19
      4:10

      THE QUEEN
      Friday, January 19
      8:30*

      GIMME SHELTER
      Friday, January 19
      10:20

      CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7
      Saturday, January 20
      12:30 7:45

      Will the Real Normal Mailer Please Stand Up? & A Visit with Truman Capote
      Saturday, January 20
      2:20

      GIMME SHELTER
      Saturday, January 20
      4:10 9:45

      JANE & Lonely Boy
      Saturday, January 20
      6:00

      AND THIS IS FREE & Sunday
      Sunday, January 21
      4:00
      THE ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN
      Sunday, January 21
      7:30

      GIMME SHELTER
      Sunday, January 21
      9:00

      THE ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN
      Monday, January 22
      3:50

      THE BUS
      Tuesday, January 23
      2:00 8:20

      DONT LOOK BACK
      Tuesday, January 23
      4:00 10:15

      A TIME FOR BURNING
      Tuesday, January 23
      6:20

      WINTER SOLDIER
      Wednesday, January 24
      2:00 5:20 8:40*

      SAD SONG OF YELLOW SKIN
      Wednesday, January 24
      4:00 7:20

      A MARRIED COUPLE
      Thursday, January 25
      2:00 4:00 6:30

      FACES
      Thursday, January 25
      8:30

      ON THE ROAD WITH DUKE ELLINGTON
      Friday, January 26
      2:00 6:15*

      DONT LOOK BACK
      Friday, January 26
      3:30

      MONTEREY POP
      Friday, January 26
      5:25 10:00

      MEDIUM COOL
      Friday, January 26
      7:45

      DONT LOOK BACK
      Saturday, January 27
      12:30

      MINGUS
      Saturday, January 27
      2:25

      Take This Hammer & Baldwin's N*****
      Saturday, January 27
      4:05

      MOONEY VS. FOWLE
      Saturday, January 27
      6:15*

      MUHAMMAD ALI: THE GREATEST
      Saturday, January 27
      8:15

      MONTEREY POP
      Saturday, January 27
      10:30

      POUR LA SUITE DU MONDE
      Sunday, January 28
      1:15

      DONT LOOK BACK
      Sunday, January 28
      8:50

      THE CHAIR
      Monday, January 29
      7:20

      LAW AND ORDER
      Monday, January 29
      9:00

      POUR LA SUITE DU MONDE
      Tuesday, January 30
      2:00

      THE CHAIR
      Tuesday, January 30
      4:05

      LAW AND ORDER
      Tuesday, January 30
      5:45

      BLACK NATCHEZ & I Am Somebody
      Tuesday, January 30
      7:30

      BASIC TRAINING
      Wednesday, January 31
      2:00 5:25 8:40

      HIGH SCHOOL
      Wednesday, January 31
      3:50 7:05

      DAVID HOLZMAN'S DIARY
      Thursday, February 1
      2:00 6:30 10:00

      SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM TAKE ONE
      Thursday, February 1
      4:45 8:15*

      SHOWMAN
      Friday, February 2
      2:00 6:15 10:05

      PORTRAIT OF JASON
      Friday, February 2
      4:10 8:00

      MONTEREY POP
      Saturday, February 3
      12:30

      ONE STEP AWAY
      Saturday, February 3
      2:20

      YANKI NO!
      Saturday, February 3
      3:50

      ONE P.M.
      Saturday, February 3
      5:15

      LE JOLI MAI
      Saturday, February 3
      7:50

      The Railrodder & Buster Keaton Rides Again
      Sunday, February 4
      12:40

      COME BACK, AFRICA
      Sunday, February 4
      5:30

      HOSPITAL
      Sunday, February 4
      7:30

      COME BACK, AFRICA
      Monday, February 5
      2:00

      The Railrodder & Buster Keaton Rides Again
      Monday, February 5
      3:55

      TITICUT FOLLIES
      Monday, February 5
      7:25

      HOSPITAL
      Monday, February 5
      9:15

      CRISIS: BEHIND A PRESIDENTIAL COMMITMENT
      Tuesday, February 6
      2:00 5:10 8:20*

      PRIMARY
      Tuesday, February 6
      3:45 6:50*

      *Guest Introductions


      For more information, links and showtimes, visit www.filmforum.org

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    • Wayne and Ford: The Films, the Friendship, and the Forging of an American Hero


    • By Nancy Schoenberger

      For over twenty years John Ford and John Wayne were a blockbuster Hollywood team, turning out many of the finest Western films ever made. Their most productive years saw the release of one iconic film after another: Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Searchers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence. But by 1960, the bond of their friendship had frayed, and Wayne felt he could move beyond his mentor with his first solo project, The Alamo. Few of Wayne's following films would have the brilliance or the cachet of a John Ford Western but, taken collectively, the careers of these two men changed movie making in ways that endure to this day. Drawing on previously untapped caches of letters and personal documents, Nancy Schoenberger dramatically narrates a complicated, poignant, and iconic friendship, and the lasting legacy of that friendship on American culture.


      Nancy Schoenberger is a professor of English and creative writing at the College of William and Mary. She is the author of Dangerous Muse: The Life of Lady Caroline Blackwood, and coauthor with her husband, Sam Kashner, of books on Oscar Levant, George Reeves, and the relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. She lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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    • Hank & Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart


    • By Scott Eyman

      Henry Fonda and James Stewart were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood for forty years. They became friends and then roommates as stage actors in New York, and when they began making films in Hollywood, they roomed together again. Between them they made such memorable films as The Grapes of Wrath, Mister Roberts, Twelve Angry Men, and On Golden Pond; and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Destry Rides Again, The Philadelphia Story, It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, and Rear Window.

      They got along famously, with a shared interest in elaborate practical jokes and model airplanes, among other things. Fonda was a liberal Democrat, Stewart a conservative Republican, but after one memorable blow-up over politics, they agreed never to discuss that subject again. Fonda was a ladies' man who was married five times; Stewart remained married to the same woman for forty-five years. Both men volunteered during World War II and were decorated for their service. When Stewart returned home, still unmarried, he once again moved in with Fonda, his wife, and his two children, Jane and Peter, who knew him as Uncle Jimmy.

      For Hank and Jim, biographer and film historian Scott Eyman spoke with Fonda's widow and children as well as three of Stewart's children, plus actors and directors who had worked with the men--in addition to doing extensive archival research to get the full details of their time together. This is not another Hollywood story, but a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary friendship that lasted through war, marriages, children, careers, and everything else.


      Scott Eyman has written fifteen books, three of them New York Times bestsellers, including John Wayne: The Life and Legend. His most recent book is Hank and Jim. He has been awarded the William K. Everson Award for Film History by the National Board of Review. He teaches film history at the University of Miami and lives in West Palm Beach with his wife, Lynn.

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    • Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film

    • by Alan K. Rode

      Academy Award®-winning director Michael Curtiz (1886-1962)--whose best-known films include Casablanca (1942), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Mildred Pierce (1945) and White Christmas (1954)--was in many ways the anti-auteur. During his unprecedented twenty-seven-year tenure at Warner Bros., he directed swashbuckling adventures, westerns, musicals, war epics, historical dramas, horror films, melodramas, comedies, and film noir masterpieces. The director's staggering output of 180 films surpasses that of the legendary John Ford and exceeds the combined total of films directed by George Cukor, Victor Fleming, and Howard Hawks.

      In the first biography of this colorful, instinctual artist, Alan K. Rode illuminates the life and work of one of the film industry's most complex figures. He begins by exploring the director's early life and career in his native Hungary, revealing how Curtiz shaped the earliest days of silent cinema in Europe as he acted in, produced, and directed scores of films before immigrating to the United States in 1926. In Hollywood, Curtiz earned a reputation for his explosive tantrums and his difficulty communicating in English. However, few directors elicited more memorable portrayals from their casts, and ten different actors delivered Oscar®-nominated performances under his direction.

      Rode also investigates Curtiz's dramatic personal life, discussing his enduring creative partnership with his wife, screenwriter Bess Meredyth, as well as his numerous affairs and children born of his extramarital relationships. His meticulously researched biography provides a nuanced understanding of one of the most talented filmmakers of Hollywood's golden age.


      Writer and film scholar Alan K. Rode is the author of Charles McGraw: Film Noir Tough Guy. He is the host and producer of the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs, California, and director-treasurer of the Film Noir Foundation.

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    • Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking


    • by Eric Lax

      Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) is a cinephile's dream: the chance to follow legendary director Woody Allen throughout the creation of a film-from inception to premiere-and to enjoy his reflections on some of the finest artists in the history of cinema.

      Eric Lax has been with Woody Allen almost every step of the way. He chronicled Allen's transformation from stand-up comedian to filmmaker in On Being Funny (1975). His international best seller, Woody Allen: A Biography (1991), was a portrait of a director hitting his stride. Conversations with Woody Allen comprised interviews that illustrated Allen's evolution from 1971 to 2008. Now, Lax invites us onto the set-and even further behind the scenes-of Allen's Irrational Man, which was released in 2015, and starred Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone. Revealing the intimate details of Allen's filmmaking process, Lax shows us the screenplay being shaped, the scenes being prepared, the actors, cinematographers, other crew members, the editors, all engaged in their work. We hear Allen's colleagues speak candidly about working with him, and Allen speaking with equal openness about his lifetime's work. An unprecedented revelation of one of the foremost filmmakers of our time, Start to Finish is sure to delight not only movie buffs and Allen fans, but everyone who has marveled at the seeming magic of the artistic process.

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    • Sophia Loren: Movie Star Italian Style

    • by Cindy De La Hoz

      From the humblest of beginnings in her native Italy, Sophia Loren would flourish on the world stage as one of the most beautiful and talented actresses the screen has ever known. A prize in a beauty contest at age 16 led to a career that has lasted more than sixty years and performances in a diverse canon of films, including The Pride and the Passion, Houseboat, Marriage Italian Style, Grumpy Old Men, and Two Women, for which she was awarded the first Best Actress Oscar given to the star of a foreign film.

      Sophia Loren: Movie Star Italian Style is a photographic tribute to the beloved icon, recounting the star's extraordinary life and notable films with famous costars and directors and quotes by Sophia and those who have known her best. Filled with hundreds of rare color and black-and-white photographs, it's a volume as stunning as its ageless subject.


      Cindy De La Hoz is the author of several books on film and fashion- among them, Audrey and Givenchy, Lucy at the Movies, and Lana: The Memories, the Myths, the Movies, which Leonard Maltin called "one of the best books about a star I've ever read." She has also edited numerous books on film history and women's lifestyle subjects. Cindy lives in Philadelphia, PA.

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  1. DVD Reviews

    • Updated: January 3, 2011, 10:42 AM ET
    • Dick Dinman & Alan K. Rode Salute CASABLANCA Director Michael Curtiz

    • DICK DINMAN & ALAN K. RODE SALUTE "CASABLANCA" DIRECTOR MICHAEL CURTIZ: Producer/host Dick Dinman's guest Alan K. Rode, author of the just released and universally praised bio MICHAEL CURTIZ: A LIFE IN FILM, regales Dick with numerous previously unknown facts about the incredible film career and chaotic romantic life of one of the most prolific and volatile yet sensitive film directors of all time.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Updated: January 3, 2011, 10:42 AM ET
    • Dick Dinman's "Best of '17" Classic Blu-ray Releases!

    • DICK DINMAN SALUTES YEAR'S BEST CLASSIC BLU-RAY RELEASES: Producer/host Dick Dinman picks his choices for the best classic Blu-ray releases of the year among which one of the biggest surprises is Classic Flix' s shockingly magnificent rendering of the brilliant Anthony Mann/John Alton noir masterwork T-MEN and guest Classic Flix head honcho David Kawas reveals the wallet-busting challenges inherit in restoring a classic previously only available in dupey second rate dvd renditions.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Updated: January 3, 2011, 10:42 AM ET
    • Dick Dinman & George Feltenstein Salute Restored & Uncut "THE SEA WOLF"!

    • DICK DINMAN & GEORGE FELTENSTEIN SALUTE RESTORED & UNCUT "THE SEA WOLF"!: Warner Home Video's Senior Vice President of Classic and Theatrical Marketing George Feltenstein regales producer/host Dick Dinman with the arduous challenges inherent in bringing the Michael Curtiz classic THE SEA WOLF to it's full uncut glory for the first time in more than 60 years and both celebrate the Blu-ray releases of the lyrically romantic Gene Kelly/Cyd Charisse/Vincente Minnelli classic BRIGADOON as well as the long sought after Robert Taylor/Richard Widmark western thriller THE LAW & JAKE WADE and HELL ON FRISCO BAY in which Alan Ladd faces death in his revengefull quest to bring mobster king Edward G. Robinson to justice.
      PLUS: George and Dick salute the continuing quality of The Criterion Collection as both preview Criterion's upcoming Oscar-winning comedy classic THE PHILADELPHIA STORY which will be restored from pristine newly discovered elements.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Dick Dinman & William Wellman Jr. Salute the BEGGARS OF LIFE!

    • DICK DINMAN & WILLIAM WELLMAN JR. SALUTE THE "BEGGARS OF LIFE": Popular author, actor, producer and raconteur William Wellman Jr. and producer/host Dick Dinman rave about Kino Lorber's marvelous Blu-ray release of legendary director William Wellman's favorite of his silent films BEGGARS OF LIFE in which the notorious Louise Brooks plays a train-hopping hobo who dresses like a boy to escape the law and discourage the lecherous advances of Wallace Beery and his rambunctious band of hoboes.

      PLUS "DICK'S PICKS": Flicker Alley's sensational 2K Blu-ray restoration of THE LOST WORLD pits Wallace Beery against the meanest prehistoric monsters that KING KONG's cutting edge special effect animation genius Willis O'Brien can devise.


      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Dick Dinman & Eddie Muller Reach Their BREAKING POINT!

    • DICK DINMAN & EDDIE MULLER REACH THEIR "BREAKING POINT": TCM's acclaimed "Noir Alley" host Eddie Muller joins producer/host Dick Dinman in a noir-ish duet as both sing the praises of Michael Curtiz' alternately tough and tender John Garfield masterpiece THE BREAKING POINT (which Eddie feels is Curtiz' best directed feature) and the Criterion Collection's shimmeringly spotless Blu-ray release of this Warner Bros. gem is certain to restore this comparatively obscure film to it's rightful position as one of the finest film noir classics ever committed to celluloid.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Web Reviewer Glenn Erickson Launches 'CineSavant'


    • Web reviewer Glenn Erickson, aka 'DVD Savant' has established a new home under a new identity, 'CineSavant.' Reviewing independently since 1998, the Savant database has grown to over five thousand reviews and articles, and become one of the most respected and sought-out review pages on the web for news and opinions about classic films on disc. Readership boomed when the page Trailers from Hell picked up Glenn's reviews as featured content in 2015.

      A varied background helps add perspective to Glenn's reviews; from the UCLA Film School he worked in special effects, and then moved on to TV commercial work, and trailers for The Cannon Group. A long stint with MGM/UA Home Video led to editing large-scale DVD extras and other special projects. He began writing for the web in 1997 as 'MGM Video Savant.' Working with the film curators at MGM, Glenn helped detect and produced the restoration of the original ending of the film noir classic Kiss Me Deadly. Glenn has published two books of reviews, and has been writing and researching for TCM since 2004.

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    • Library of America's The Moviegoer on LAURA

    • Library of America's new regular web feature called The Moviegoer is devoted to great films inspired by classic American writing. This biweekly column features columns by Megan Abbott, David Denby, Wendy Lesser, Charles McGrath, Farran Smith Nehme, Carrie Rickey,Terrence Rafferty, Harold Schechter, Michael Sragow, & others and launched on January 27, 2016.

      American literature has proven an endlessly renewable resource for filmmakers, its originality and vitality inspiring whole catalogues of memorable movies. Now Library of America, the acclaimed nonprofit publisher of the nation's greatest writing, presents The Moviegoer, a biweekly column in which curator Michael Sragow (Film Comment) and other leading writers and critics offer fresh, penetrating examinations of the best of these films, gems that readers will want to revisit or watch for the first time. Standing at the intersection of classic American writing and classic filmmaking, The Moviegoer, offers not reviews but full scale reevaluations that explore the creative alchemy involved in translating a masterwork from page (or stage) to screen. It takes its inspiration, and its catholic compass, from the hero of Walker Percy's famous novel, and, in the words of curator Sragow, "aims to generate new enthusiasm for cinema as well as for literature."

      To read the entry in the series on Laura by Megan Abbott and to sign up for an alert when a new Moviegoer is published, click here.

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    • Acclaimed documentary TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL released on DVD & Blu-ray

    • FilmRise has announced the September 1 Blu-Ray and DVD release of Tab Hunter Confidential. After an incredible year on the film festival circuit and a theatrical run across fifty cities in the United States, the acclaimed documentary will be available to rent or own from all major retailers. Based on Hunter's New York Times best selling memoir, producer Allan Glaser and director Jeffrey Schwarz (I Am Divine) have assembled dozens of past and present Hollywood stars, and most importantly the man himself, to talk frankly about being a survivor of the Hollywood roller coaster. The Blu-Ray & DVD will be available nationwide at all major retailers, with autographed copies only available on Tab Hunter's official website, www.tabhunter.com. Click here to learn more and order Tab Hunter Confidential on Blu-Ray & DVD (with optional autograph).

      Throughout the 1950s, Tab Hunter reigned as Hollywood's ultimate heartthrob. In dozens of films, and in the pages of countless magazines, Hunter's astonishing looks and golden-boy sex appeal drove his fans to screaming, delirious frenzy, solidifying him the prototype for all young matinee idols to come. Bristling against being just another pretty face and wanting to be taken seriously, Hunter was one of the few to be able to transcend pin-up boy status. He earned his stripes as an actor to become a major movie star and recording artist. But throughout his years of stardom, Hunter had a secret. He was gay, and spent his Hollywood years in a precarious closet that repeatedly threatened to implode and destroy him. Decades later, Hunter's dramatic, turbulent and ultimately inspiring life story has become an explosive documentary feature.

      Tab Hunter Confidential offers unprecedented access to the man behind the marquee smile, who shares first hand what it was like to be a manufactured movie star during the Golden Age of Hollywood and the consequences of being someone totally different from his studio image. The film traces Hunter's dizzying rise to Hollywood super-stardom, his secret life in an era when being openly gay was unthinkable, and his ultimate triumph when the limelight finally passed him by and true love won.

      Punctuating Tab's on-screen presence are rare film clips and provocative interviews with friends and co-stars including John Waters, Clint Eastwood, George Takei, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, Portia de Rossi, Noah Wyle, Connie Stevens, Robert Osborne, and dozens more.

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    • "Hank and Jim" Screenings at NYC's Film Forum - Oct. 27-Nov. 16


    • At the height of the Depression, struggling young New York actors Henry Fonda (from Omaha) and James Stewart (from Indiana, Pennsylvania) became best friends and stayed that way for the rest of their lives (despite political differences so extreme they had to declare a verbal moratorium), eventually becoming among the most respected and beloved of stars, and each embodying, in his own distinctive way, America's idea of itself.

      Hank and Jim: the Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart, a new book by Scott Eyman (published by Simon & Schuster), will be available at our concession during the series.

      Scott Eyman will introduce the following screenings, with a book signing after each film:

      Friday, October 27
      Rope 6:20
      The Wrong Man 8:00

      Saturday, October 28
      Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 4:55
      12 Angry Men 7:30

      Sunday, October 29
      It's a Wonderful Life 1:30

      Scott Eyman is the author of fifteen books, three of them New York Times best-sellers. His subjects have included John Wayne, Cecil B. DeMille, Louis B. Mayer, John Ford, Ernst Lubitsch, Mary Pickford, and Hollywood's transition to sound film; he was also the co-author of Robert Wagner's autobiographies Pieces of My Heart: A Life and You Must Remember This. He has been awarded the William K. Everson Award for Film History by the National Board of Review. Eyman also teaches film history at the University of Miami.


      Films in this Series

      THE WRONG MAN & ROPE
      Friday, October 27

      THE WRONG MAN
      12:30 4:15 8:00

      ROPE
      2:35 6:20 10:10
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      12 ANGRY MEN & MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
      Saturday, October 28

      12 ANGRY MEN
      3:00 7:30

      MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
      12:30 4:55
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      VERTIGO
      Saturday, October 28
      9:30

      IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
      Sunday, October 29
      1:30

      ANATOMY OF A MURDER
      Sunday, October 29
      4:00

      THE GRAPES OF WRATH
      Sunday, October 29
      7:00

      12 ANGRY MEN
      Sunday, October 29
      9:30

      DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK & FORT APACHE
      Monday, October 30

      DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK
      12:30 5:05 9:45

      FORT APACHE
      2:35 7:15
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
      Tuesday, October 31
      12:30

      BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE
      Tuesday, October 31
      3:00 7:40

      VERTIGO
      Tuesday, October 31
      5:10 9:45

      THE OX-BOW INCIDENT & BROKEN ARROW
      Wednesday, November 1

      THE OX-BOW INCIDENT
      12:30 3:50 7:15

      BROKEN ARROW
      2:05 5:25 8:50
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      WINCHESTER '73 & BEND OF THE RIVER
      Thursday, November 2

      WINCHESTER '73
      12:30 4:15 8:00

      BEND OF THE RIVER
      2:25 6:10 9:55
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
      Friday, November 3
      12:30 4:45 9:00

      THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER
      Friday, November 3
      2:45 7:00

      CALL NORTHSIDE 777 & THE BOSTON STRANGLER
      Saturday, November 4

      CALL NORTHSIDE 777
      2:45 7:10

      THE BOSTON STRANGLER
      12:30 4:55 9:20
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      THE GRAPES OF WRATH
      Sunday, November 5
      1:30

      ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST
      Sunday, November 5
      4:15

      REAR WINDOW
      Sunday, November 5
      7:30

      THE MOON'S OUR HOME & NEXT TIME WE LOVE
      Monday, November 6

      THE MOON'S OUR HOME
      12:30 4:05 7:40

      NEXT TIME WE LOVE
      2:15 5:50
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      THE LADY EVE
      Monday, November 6
      9:30

      YOUNG MR. LINCOLN & JEZEBEL
      Tuesday, November 7

      JEZEBEL
      12:30 4:30 8:40

      YOUNG MR. LINCOLN
      2:30 6:35
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      DESTRY RIDES AGAIN & DAISY KENYON
      Wednesday, November 8

      DESTRY RIDES AGAIN
      2:30 6:35

      DAISY KENYON
      12:30 4:25 8:30
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      THE GRAPES OF WRATH
      Thursday, November 9
      1:00 3:30

      YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE
      Thursday, November 9
      6:30

      REAR WINDOW
      Friday, November 10
      12:30 5:15 10:00

      VERTIGO
      Friday, November 10
      2:45 7:30

      THE LADY EVE
      Saturday, November 11
      12:30 4:45 9:00

      THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
      Saturday, November 11
      2:30 6:45

      THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE & THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
      Sunday, November 12

      THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
      1:30 6:15

      THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
      3:55 8:45
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE & THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
      Monday, November 13

      THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
      12:30 5:15

      THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
      2:55
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX
      Monday, November 13
      7:45

      FAIL-SAFE & THE BEST MAN
      Tuesday, November 14

      FAIL-SAFE
      12:30 4:45 9:10

      THE BEST MAN
      2:40 7:00
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      THE FAR COUNTRY & THE NAKED SPUR
      Wednesday, November 15

      THE FAR COUNTRY
      12:30 4:20 8:10

      THE NAKED SPUR
      2:30 6:20 10:10
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST
      Thursday, November 16
      1:00 7:30

      FORT APACHE
      Thursday, November 16
      4:20

      For more information, links and showtimes, visit www.filmforum.org

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  1. New Books

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    • Hank & Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart


    • By Scott Eyman

      Henry Fonda and James Stewart were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood for forty years. They became friends and then roommates as stage actors in New York, and when they began making films in Hollywood, they roomed together again. Between them they made such memorable films as The Grapes of Wrath, Mister Roberts, Twelve Angry Men, and On Golden Pond; and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Destry Rides Again, The Philadelphia Story, It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, and Rear Window.

      They got along famously, with a shared interest in elaborate practical jokes and model airplanes, among other things. Fonda was a liberal Democrat, Stewart a conservative Republican, but after one memorable blow-up over politics, they agreed never to discuss that subject again. Fonda was a ladies' man who was married five times; Stewart remained married to the same woman for forty-five years. Both men volunteered during World War II and were decorated for their service. When Stewart returned home, still unmarried, he once again moved in with Fonda, his wife, and his two children, Jane and Peter, who knew him as Uncle Jimmy.

      For Hank and Jim, biographer and film historian Scott Eyman spoke with Fonda's widow and children as well as three of Stewart's children, plus actors and directors who had worked with the men--in addition to doing extensive archival research to get the full details of their time together. This is not another Hollywood story, but a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary friendship that lasted through war, marriages, children, careers, and everything else.


      Scott Eyman has written fifteen books, three of them New York Times bestsellers, including John Wayne: The Life and Legend. His most recent book is Hank and Jim. He has been awarded the William K. Everson Award for Film History by the National Board of Review. He teaches film history at the University of Miami and lives in West Palm Beach with his wife, Lynn.

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    • Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film

    • by Alan K. Rode

      Academy Award®-winning director Michael Curtiz (1886-1962)--whose best-known films include Casablanca (1942), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Mildred Pierce (1945) and White Christmas (1954)--was in many ways the anti-auteur. During his unprecedented twenty-seven-year tenure at Warner Bros., he directed swashbuckling adventures, westerns, musicals, war epics, historical dramas, horror films, melodramas, comedies, and film noir masterpieces. The director's staggering output of 180 films surpasses that of the legendary John Ford and exceeds the combined total of films directed by George Cukor, Victor Fleming, and Howard Hawks.

      In the first biography of this colorful, instinctual artist, Alan K. Rode illuminates the life and work of one of the film industry's most complex figures. He begins by exploring the director's early life and career in his native Hungary, revealing how Curtiz shaped the earliest days of silent cinema in Europe as he acted in, produced, and directed scores of films before immigrating to the United States in 1926. In Hollywood, Curtiz earned a reputation for his explosive tantrums and his difficulty communicating in English. However, few directors elicited more memorable portrayals from their casts, and ten different actors delivered Oscar®-nominated performances under his direction.

      Rode also investigates Curtiz's dramatic personal life, discussing his enduring creative partnership with his wife, screenwriter Bess Meredyth, as well as his numerous affairs and children born of his extramarital relationships. His meticulously researched biography provides a nuanced understanding of one of the most talented filmmakers of Hollywood's golden age.


      Writer and film scholar Alan K. Rode is the author of Charles McGraw: Film Noir Tough Guy. He is the host and producer of the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs, California, and director-treasurer of the Film Noir Foundation.

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    • Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking


    • by Eric Lax

      Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) is a cinephile's dream: the chance to follow legendary director Woody Allen throughout the creation of a film-from inception to premiere-and to enjoy his reflections on some of the finest artists in the history of cinema.

      Eric Lax has been with Woody Allen almost every step of the way. He chronicled Allen's transformation from stand-up comedian to filmmaker in On Being Funny (1975). His international best seller, Woody Allen: A Biography (1991), was a portrait of a director hitting his stride. Conversations with Woody Allen comprised interviews that illustrated Allen's evolution from 1971 to 2008. Now, Lax invites us onto the set-and even further behind the scenes-of Allen's Irrational Man, which was released in 2015, and starred Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone. Revealing the intimate details of Allen's filmmaking process, Lax shows us the screenplay being shaped, the scenes being prepared, the actors, cinematographers, other crew members, the editors, all engaged in their work. We hear Allen's colleagues speak candidly about working with him, and Allen speaking with equal openness about his lifetime's work. An unprecedented revelation of one of the foremost filmmakers of our time, Start to Finish is sure to delight not only movie buffs and Allen fans, but everyone who has marveled at the seeming magic of the artistic process.

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    • Sophia Loren: Movie Star Italian Style

    • by Cindy De La Hoz

      From the humblest of beginnings in her native Italy, Sophia Loren would flourish on the world stage as one of the most beautiful and talented actresses the screen has ever known. A prize in a beauty contest at age 16 led to a career that has lasted more than sixty years and performances in a diverse canon of films, including The Pride and the Passion, Houseboat, Marriage Italian Style, Grumpy Old Men, and Two Women, for which she was awarded the first Best Actress Oscar given to the star of a foreign film.

      Sophia Loren: Movie Star Italian Style is a photographic tribute to the beloved icon, recounting the star's extraordinary life and notable films with famous costars and directors and quotes by Sophia and those who have known her best. Filled with hundreds of rare color and black-and-white photographs, it's a volume as stunning as its ageless subject.


      Cindy De La Hoz is the author of several books on film and fashion- among them, Audrey and Givenchy, Lucy at the Movies, and Lana: The Memories, the Myths, the Movies, which Leonard Maltin called "one of the best books about a star I've ever read." She has also edited numerous books on film history and women's lifestyle subjects. Cindy lives in Philadelphia, PA.

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  1. DVD Reviews

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    • Dick Dinman & Alan K. Rode Salute CASABLANCA Director Michael Curtiz

    • DICK DINMAN & ALAN K. RODE SALUTE "CASABLANCA" DIRECTOR MICHAEL CURTIZ: Producer/host Dick Dinman's guest Alan K. Rode, author of the just released and universally praised bio MICHAEL CURTIZ: A LIFE IN FILM, regales Dick with numerous previously unknown facts about the incredible film career and chaotic romantic life of one of the most prolific and volatile yet sensitive film directors of all time.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Dick Dinman's "Best of '17" Classic Blu-ray Releases!

    • DICK DINMAN SALUTES YEAR'S BEST CLASSIC BLU-RAY RELEASES: Producer/host Dick Dinman picks his choices for the best classic Blu-ray releases of the year among which one of the biggest surprises is Classic Flix' s shockingly magnificent rendering of the brilliant Anthony Mann/John Alton noir masterwork T-MEN and guest Classic Flix head honcho David Kawas reveals the wallet-busting challenges inherit in restoring a classic previously only available in dupey second rate dvd renditions.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Dick Dinman & George Feltenstein Salute Restored & Uncut "THE SEA WOLF"!

    • DICK DINMAN & GEORGE FELTENSTEIN SALUTE RESTORED & UNCUT "THE SEA WOLF"!: Warner Home Video's Senior Vice President of Classic and Theatrical Marketing George Feltenstein regales producer/host Dick Dinman with the arduous challenges inherent in bringing the Michael Curtiz classic THE SEA WOLF to it's full uncut glory for the first time in more than 60 years and both celebrate the Blu-ray releases of the lyrically romantic Gene Kelly/Cyd Charisse/Vincente Minnelli classic BRIGADOON as well as the long sought after Robert Taylor/Richard Widmark western thriller THE LAW & JAKE WADE and HELL ON FRISCO BAY in which Alan Ladd faces death in his revengefull quest to bring mobster king Edward G. Robinson to justice.
      PLUS: George and Dick salute the continuing quality of The Criterion Collection as both preview Criterion's upcoming Oscar-winning comedy classic THE PHILADELPHIA STORY which will be restored from pristine newly discovered elements.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Dick Dinman & William Wellman Jr. Salute the BEGGARS OF LIFE!

    • DICK DINMAN & WILLIAM WELLMAN JR. SALUTE THE "BEGGARS OF LIFE": Popular author, actor, producer and raconteur William Wellman Jr. and producer/host Dick Dinman rave about Kino Lorber's marvelous Blu-ray release of legendary director William Wellman's favorite of his silent films BEGGARS OF LIFE in which the notorious Louise Brooks plays a train-hopping hobo who dresses like a boy to escape the law and discourage the lecherous advances of Wallace Beery and his rambunctious band of hoboes.

      PLUS "DICK'S PICKS": Flicker Alley's sensational 2K Blu-ray restoration of THE LOST WORLD pits Wallace Beery against the meanest prehistoric monsters that KING KONG's cutting edge special effect animation genius Willis O'Brien can devise.


      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Dick Dinman & Eddie Muller Reach Their BREAKING POINT!

    • DICK DINMAN & EDDIE MULLER REACH THEIR "BREAKING POINT": TCM's acclaimed "Noir Alley" host Eddie Muller joins producer/host Dick Dinman in a noir-ish duet as both sing the praises of Michael Curtiz' alternately tough and tender John Garfield masterpiece THE BREAKING POINT (which Eddie feels is Curtiz' best directed feature) and the Criterion Collection's shimmeringly spotless Blu-ray release of this Warner Bros. gem is certain to restore this comparatively obscure film to it's rightful position as one of the finest film noir classics ever committed to celluloid.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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  1. Press Release

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    • Web Reviewer Glenn Erickson Launches 'CineSavant'


    • Web reviewer Glenn Erickson, aka 'DVD Savant' has established a new home under a new identity, 'CineSavant.' Reviewing independently since 1998, the Savant database has grown to over five thousand reviews and articles, and become one of the most respected and sought-out review pages on the web for news and opinions about classic films on disc. Readership boomed when the page Trailers from Hell picked up Glenn's reviews as featured content in 2015.

      A varied background helps add perspective to Glenn's reviews; from the UCLA Film School he worked in special effects, and then moved on to TV commercial work, and trailers for The Cannon Group. A long stint with MGM/UA Home Video led to editing large-scale DVD extras and other special projects. He began writing for the web in 1997 as 'MGM Video Savant.' Working with the film curators at MGM, Glenn helped detect and produced the restoration of the original ending of the film noir classic Kiss Me Deadly. Glenn has published two books of reviews, and has been writing and researching for TCM since 2004.

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    • Library of America's The Moviegoer on LAURA

    • Library of America's new regular web feature called The Moviegoer is devoted to great films inspired by classic American writing. This biweekly column features columns by Megan Abbott, David Denby, Wendy Lesser, Charles McGrath, Farran Smith Nehme, Carrie Rickey,Terrence Rafferty, Harold Schechter, Michael Sragow, & others and launched on January 27, 2016.

      American literature has proven an endlessly renewable resource for filmmakers, its originality and vitality inspiring whole catalogues of memorable movies. Now Library of America, the acclaimed nonprofit publisher of the nation's greatest writing, presents The Moviegoer, a biweekly column in which curator Michael Sragow (Film Comment) and other leading writers and critics offer fresh, penetrating examinations of the best of these films, gems that readers will want to revisit or watch for the first time. Standing at the intersection of classic American writing and classic filmmaking, The Moviegoer, offers not reviews but full scale reevaluations that explore the creative alchemy involved in translating a masterwork from page (or stage) to screen. It takes its inspiration, and its catholic compass, from the hero of Walker Percy's famous novel, and, in the words of curator Sragow, "aims to generate new enthusiasm for cinema as well as for literature."

      To read the entry in the series on Laura by Megan Abbott and to sign up for an alert when a new Moviegoer is published, click here.

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    • Acclaimed documentary TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL released on DVD & Blu-ray

    • FilmRise has announced the September 1 Blu-Ray and DVD release of Tab Hunter Confidential. After an incredible year on the film festival circuit and a theatrical run across fifty cities in the United States, the acclaimed documentary will be available to rent or own from all major retailers. Based on Hunter's New York Times best selling memoir, producer Allan Glaser and director Jeffrey Schwarz (I Am Divine) have assembled dozens of past and present Hollywood stars, and most importantly the man himself, to talk frankly about being a survivor of the Hollywood roller coaster. The Blu-Ray & DVD will be available nationwide at all major retailers, with autographed copies only available on Tab Hunter's official website, www.tabhunter.com. Click here to learn more and order Tab Hunter Confidential on Blu-Ray & DVD (with optional autograph).

      Throughout the 1950s, Tab Hunter reigned as Hollywood's ultimate heartthrob. In dozens of films, and in the pages of countless magazines, Hunter's astonishing looks and golden-boy sex appeal drove his fans to screaming, delirious frenzy, solidifying him the prototype for all young matinee idols to come. Bristling against being just another pretty face and wanting to be taken seriously, Hunter was one of the few to be able to transcend pin-up boy status. He earned his stripes as an actor to become a major movie star and recording artist. But throughout his years of stardom, Hunter had a secret. He was gay, and spent his Hollywood years in a precarious closet that repeatedly threatened to implode and destroy him. Decades later, Hunter's dramatic, turbulent and ultimately inspiring life story has become an explosive documentary feature.

      Tab Hunter Confidential offers unprecedented access to the man behind the marquee smile, who shares first hand what it was like to be a manufactured movie star during the Golden Age of Hollywood and the consequences of being someone totally different from his studio image. The film traces Hunter's dizzying rise to Hollywood super-stardom, his secret life in an era when being openly gay was unthinkable, and his ultimate triumph when the limelight finally passed him by and true love won.

      Punctuating Tab's on-screen presence are rare film clips and provocative interviews with friends and co-stars including John Waters, Clint Eastwood, George Takei, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, Portia de Rossi, Noah Wyle, Connie Stevens, Robert Osborne, and dozens more.

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    • "Hank and Jim" Screenings at NYC's Film Forum - Oct. 27-Nov. 16


    • At the height of the Depression, struggling young New York actors Henry Fonda (from Omaha) and James Stewart (from Indiana, Pennsylvania) became best friends and stayed that way for the rest of their lives (despite political differences so extreme they had to declare a verbal moratorium), eventually becoming among the most respected and beloved of stars, and each embodying, in his own distinctive way, America's idea of itself.

      Hank and Jim: the Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart, a new book by Scott Eyman (published by Simon & Schuster), will be available at our concession during the series.

      Scott Eyman will introduce the following screenings, with a book signing after each film:

      Friday, October 27
      Rope 6:20
      The Wrong Man 8:00

      Saturday, October 28
      Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 4:55
      12 Angry Men 7:30

      Sunday, October 29
      It's a Wonderful Life 1:30

      Scott Eyman is the author of fifteen books, three of them New York Times best-sellers. His subjects have included John Wayne, Cecil B. DeMille, Louis B. Mayer, John Ford, Ernst Lubitsch, Mary Pickford, and Hollywood's transition to sound film; he was also the co-author of Robert Wagner's autobiographies Pieces of My Heart: A Life and You Must Remember This. He has been awarded the William K. Everson Award for Film History by the National Board of Review. Eyman also teaches film history at the University of Miami.


      Films in this Series

      THE WRONG MAN & ROPE
      Friday, October 27

      THE WRONG MAN
      12:30 4:15 8:00

      ROPE
      2:35 6:20 10:10
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      12 ANGRY MEN & MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
      Saturday, October 28

      12 ANGRY MEN
      3:00 7:30

      MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
      12:30 4:55
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      VERTIGO
      Saturday, October 28
      9:30

      IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
      Sunday, October 29
      1:30

      ANATOMY OF A MURDER
      Sunday, October 29
      4:00

      THE GRAPES OF WRATH
      Sunday, October 29
      7:00

      12 ANGRY MEN
      Sunday, October 29
      9:30

      DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK & FORT APACHE
      Monday, October 30

      DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK
      12:30 5:05 9:45

      FORT APACHE
      2:35 7:15
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
      Tuesday, October 31
      12:30

      BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE
      Tuesday, October 31
      3:00 7:40

      VERTIGO
      Tuesday, October 31
      5:10 9:45

      THE OX-BOW INCIDENT & BROKEN ARROW
      Wednesday, November 1

      THE OX-BOW INCIDENT
      12:30 3:50 7:15

      BROKEN ARROW
      2:05 5:25 8:50
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      WINCHESTER '73 & BEND OF THE RIVER
      Thursday, November 2

      WINCHESTER '73
      12:30 4:15 8:00

      BEND OF THE RIVER
      2:25 6:10 9:55
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
      Friday, November 3
      12:30 4:45 9:00

      THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER
      Friday, November 3
      2:45 7:00

      CALL NORTHSIDE 777 & THE BOSTON STRANGLER
      Saturday, November 4

      CALL NORTHSIDE 777
      2:45 7:10

      THE BOSTON STRANGLER
      12:30 4:55 9:20
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      THE GRAPES OF WRATH
      Sunday, November 5
      1:30

      ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST
      Sunday, November 5
      4:15

      REAR WINDOW
      Sunday, November 5
      7:30

      THE MOON'S OUR HOME & NEXT TIME WE LOVE
      Monday, November 6

      THE MOON'S OUR HOME
      12:30 4:05 7:40

      NEXT TIME WE LOVE
      2:15 5:50
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      THE LADY EVE
      Monday, November 6
      9:30

      YOUNG MR. LINCOLN & JEZEBEL
      Tuesday, November 7

      JEZEBEL
      12:30 4:30 8:40

      YOUNG MR. LINCOLN
      2:30 6:35
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      DESTRY RIDES AGAIN & DAISY KENYON
      Wednesday, November 8

      DESTRY RIDES AGAIN
      2:30 6:35

      DAISY KENYON
      12:30 4:25 8:30
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      THE GRAPES OF WRATH
      Thursday, November 9
      1:00 3:30

      YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE
      Thursday, November 9
      6:30

      REAR WINDOW
      Friday, November 10
      12:30 5:15 10:00

      VERTIGO
      Friday, November 10
      2:45 7:30

      THE LADY EVE
      Saturday, November 11
      12:30 4:45 9:00

      THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
      Saturday, November 11
      2:30 6:45

      THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE & THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
      Sunday, November 12

      THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
      1:30 6:15

      THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
      3:55 8:45
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE & THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
      Monday, November 13

      THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
      12:30 5:15

      THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
      2:55
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX
      Monday, November 13
      7:45

      FAIL-SAFE & THE BEST MAN
      Tuesday, November 14

      FAIL-SAFE
      12:30 4:45 9:10

      THE BEST MAN
      2:40 7:00
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      THE FAR COUNTRY & THE NAKED SPUR
      Wednesday, November 15

      THE FAR COUNTRY
      12:30 4:20 8:10

      THE NAKED SPUR
      2:30 6:20 10:10
      DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

      ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST
      Thursday, November 16
      1:00 7:30

      FORT APACHE
      Thursday, November 16
      4:20

      For more information, links and showtimes, visit www.filmforum.org

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To Kill a Mockingbird - 50th Anniversary DVD
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Out of the Past DVD
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Rear Window DVD
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    12:00pm Casablanca
    Added: 1:00pm Virginia City
    12:15pm Casablanca
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  • Wednesday, March 20, 2011

  • Removed: 10:00pm Springfield Rifle
    12:00pm Casablanca
    Added: 1:00pm Virginia City
    12:15pm Casablanca
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  • Wednesday, March 20, 2011

  • Removed: 10:00pm Springfield Rifle
    12:00pm Casablanca
    Added: 1:00pm Virginia City
    12:15pm Casablanca