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    • The Wages of Fear on DVD

    • With tolerance of political dissent at an all time low, Criterion has picked a fine time to resurrect and spruce up its early disc of Henri-Georges Clouzot's The Wages of Fear (spine number 36). This uncompromising, bleak thriller received a release in the United States, but only after twenty minutes or so of acidic content were excised. Many a foreign picture was condemned as propaganda in the 1950s and refused import, just as the exportation of a few American films (like the juvenile delinquency pictur Blackboard Jungle was 'discouraged' so as to suppress negative images of the U.S. abroad.

      The Wages of Fear is from a book by a French expatriate who witnessed conditions in South American mining regions. One doesn't have to be Ché Guevara on a motorcycle to see that most of what it reports is true. The tough, exciting film version is a meat grinder of suspense that doesn't flinch from its philosophy of universal bleakness - there are no heroes among these desperate men risking death for a grubstake paycheck.

      Synopsis: Dozens of unemployed foreigners languish in a tiny oil town in an unnamed South American country. Ex-criminal Monsieur Jo (Charles Vanel) arrives as broke as the others, expecting help from his old pal and fellow Frenchman Mario (Yves Montand). They put the touch on Mario's roommate Luigi (Folco Lulli), while Mario mistreats Linda (Véra Clouzot), the maid and chattel of the local saloon keeper. Then opportunity knocks. The all-powerful Southern Oil Company needs 200 gallons of nitroglycerine transported over near-impassable roads up to where a drilling fire has killed dozens and threatened a slowdown in oil production. SOC foreman BIll O'Brien (William Tubbs) decides to hire bums from the village - they have no union and nobody will miss them should they get blown to bits. O’Brien's experts think that fate is almost a certainty.

      Writer Georges Arnaud's 1953 view of human nature openly attacked the notion that business and industry are run according to the rules of fair play and goodwill. The Wages of Fear's Southern Oil Company owns everything in an impoverished corner of a Latin nation and wastes no time or money on the squalid local conditions. An oil-drenched town festers outside the guarded SOC fence, harboring losers and ex-criminals stuck there as prisoners of the local economy: The only way in or out is by plane, and raising the airfare is impossible without an SOC job. The barrio is a microcosm of society run on the business model: Those lucky to have meager sources of income watch the others starve. Ex- Parisian bus driver Mario takes advantage of his roommate Luigi. Tough guy Jo has difficulty muscling in on local territory -- there is just no room for another bum in town, no matter how aggressive he may be.

      The Wages of Fear shows the production-minded American oilmen playing a particularly ugly game of life and death. They react to a deadly oil fire by roughly discarding their bandaged and maimed workers, and offering the unemployed foreigners the suicidal explosives transport job as if it were a favor. Mario, Jo and the rest accept SOC's offer as a fatalistic challenge. The men compete and cheat one another to be picked to drive two trucks up to the oil camp, and one even commits murder to secure a slot. Such things are trifles in a place where life is so cheap.

      Ethics and virtue have no value in this cruel, isolated society. Charles Vanel's tough guy Jo is a case in brutality, while the most likeable character Mario is almost sadistic in his treatment of Linda, the maid who pledges a dog-like devotion to him. Folco Lulli and Peter Van Eyck are the other driving team, a softhearted Italian with health problems and a proud German with a suspect background.

      This unstable male unit has to work as a team, reminding us of other stories about male groups under pressure. Robert Aldrich's The Flight of the Phoenix has some similarities, especially the early death of a sentimental young Italian who doesn't make the cut for the harrowing truck run. But Clouzot's hard-bitten attitude toward human nature steers The Wages of Fear in the direction of Luis Buñnuel and Sam Peckinpah: Nobody exists in a state of grace. SOC management is ruthless because the company expects maximum profits and considers all other values secondary. The trapped vagrants quickly lose respect for human dignity. Nobody is innocent, not even the locals or their children who play naked in the rancid puddles, like pigs.

      The truck drive is one of the most famous extended suspense sequences in film history. It's not a race, as the trucks drive extremely slowly to avoid jarring their delicate cargo. Fate puts daunting obstacles in their path. A giant boulder must be removed with explosives. A hairpin turn next to a cliff can only be navigated by backing the trucks out on a crumbling wooden platform. The men hold up well considering the constant threat that they might be blown to smithereens at any moment; all except for Jo, the tough guy. The pressure reveals his macho posturing as a bluff, and even Mario's bullying can't keep him from whimpering in fear. The uphill haul proves to be a horrible ordeal.

      The standard pattern for this kind of film is that any hardship can be overcome and that group loyalty and sacrifice can redeem the worst of men. The difference in The Wages of Fear is that Arnaud and Clouzot refuse to play that game. Camaraderie is worse than an illusion, it's a joke. The film insists that man's best efforts come to less than nothing when harnessed for manipulation by unfeeling bosses and owners. Anyone who ever felt exploited by an employer will feel a personal stake in the story, which makes its extreme case without uttering a single political speech. Clouzot purposely dashes audience expectations by offering a happy ending and then snatching it away. The director wants his adventure film to have the most downbeat finale imaginable.

      Criterion's DVD of The Wages of Fear replaces a good early disc from 1998 with a far better looking restoration, with new extras that concentrate on the career of director Henri-Georges Clouzot. A recent French documentary uses new interviews to recount the hard times when Clouzot was accused of collaboration and banned from working for two years. Clouzot's brother and writing partner, his second wife, and actors like Brigitte Bardot testify to his character and talent. Great film clips are offered from other Clouzot pictures including an interesting selection in which Peter Ustinov is seen acting in French. But viewers who have not seen the masterpiece Les Diaboliques should be warned that a film clip spoils its key scene.

      One extra isolates some of the scenes dropped by the American distributor DCA (which cleaned up with imports like Rodan and The Crawing Eye). Although much more material was trimmed simply to knock down the film's running time, the snippets seen here impute political motivations. The SOC foreman O'Brien callously announces his decision to put men in harm's way for expediency's sake, and various other clips demonstrate how SOC's irresponsible job offer is in itself sufficient to have deadly consequences among the unemployed rabble.

      Actually, the charge that the film was bowdlerized to remove anti-American content is difficult to make stick, as the short version did not (and couldn't) remove the basic situation of the oil company exploiting their captive work force. The shorter cut doesn't make the behavior of the drivers seem any more noble, either. They are actively complicit in their own degradation.

      References in the insert booklet essays establish that star Montand and his companion, star Simone Signoret were sympathetic to Communist causes, but The Wages of Fear is too pessimistic about human nature to endorse anything so naïve as Communism. The irony is that no other economic or political system would allow a dissenting film like The Wages of Fear to be produced, let alone exhibited. American film distribution in the 1950s found a compromise...it allowed some of the film to be shown.

      The excised clips imply that one dialogue exchange between Bimba and Luigi contains hints of homosexuality. Perhaps Bimba is overtly gay in the book or something, for the fact that he shaves regularly and says he hates women isn't exactly proof for that conclusion. It's another cliché, but I'm more inclined to think that Bimba may be dodging an earlier wartime role as a German soldier.

      The excisions also dropped Jo's final bleak assessment of human dreams, his vision of the afterlife: "Nothing! Nothing!" There's no need to credit the owners of DCA with the ability to weed out content because it too closely resembled Sartre existentialism...those trims were probably just made for time.

      Interviews new and archival are included with assistant director Michel Romanoff, author Marc Godin, and star Yves Montand. The insert booklet has a perceptive essay by author Dennis Lehane, and excerpts from a 2002 book. The producers for Criterion are Debra McClutchy and Alexandre Mabilon.

      For more information about The Wages of Fear, visit Criterion Collection. To order The Wages of Fear, go to TCM Shopping.

      by Glenn Erickson

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  1. New Books

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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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    • Backwards & In Heels: The Past, Present And Future Of Women Working In Film


    • It's almost 2018 yet Hollywood is still an old-boys club treating all women like second-class citizens. Screen Junkies and Fandango host and pundit, Alicia Malone, pulls back the curtain in this call-to-action truth teller. Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, Mila Kunis, Emmy Rossum, Jessica Chastain and Lena Dunham are only a few of the thousands of women in the film industry being discriminated against for their gender. The pay-gap in Hollywood is only part of the problem.

      "After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels..." - Ann Richards

      Women have been instrumental in the success of American cinema since its very beginning. One of the first people to ever pick up a motion picture camera was a woman, as was the first screenwriter to win two Academy Awards, the inventor of the boom microphone and the first person to be credited with the title Film Editor. Throughout the entire history of Hollywood women have been revolutionizing, innovating, and shaping how we make movies, yet their stories are rarely shared. This is what film reporter Alicia Malone wants to change. Backwards and in Heels tells the history of women in film in a different way, with stories about incredible ladies who made their mark throughout each era of Hollywood. From the first women directors to the iconic movie stars and present day activists--each of these stories are inspiring in the accomplishments of women, and they also highlight the specific obstacles women have had to face. Backwards and in Heels combines research and exclusive interviews with influential women and men working in Hollywood today, such as Geena Davis, J.J. Abrams, Ava DuVernay, Octavia Spencer, America Ferrera, Paul Feig and many more, as well as film professors, historians and experts. Think of Backwards and in Heels as a guidebook--your entry into the complex world of women in film. Join Alicia Malone as she champions Hollywood women of the past and present, and looks to the future with the hopes of leveling out the playing field.


      Alicia Malone is a film reporter, host, writer and self-confessed movie geek. She first gained notice hosting movie-centric shows and reviewing films in her native Australia, before making the leap to Los Angeles in 2011. Since then, Alicia has appeared on CNN, the Today show, MSNBC, NPR and many more as a film expert. Currently, she is a host on FilmStruck, a cinephile subscription streaming service run by the Criterion Collection and Turner Classic Movies, and she is the creator and host of the weekly show, Indie Movie Guide on Fandango. Alicia is passionate about classic films, independent movies and supporting women in film. In 2015, Alicia gave a TEDx talk about the lack of women working in film and why this is important to change. In 2017, she was invited to give a second TEDx talk, where she spoke about the hidden stories of the earliest women working in Hollywood. Alicia has also spoken at conferences around America, and because of this, was named of one the 100 Worthy Women of 2016. Alicia has traveled the world to cover the BAFTAs, the Oscars, the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and SXSW. She is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and over the years has interviewed hundreds of movie stars and filmmakers. She also wrote this bio, but knew it would sound way less egotistical if written in third person.

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    • Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood


    • As screen icon Kirk Douglas approaches his 100th birthday, he and his wife of 62 years, Anne Buydens, share secrets to longevity in life and love told through candid commentary and priceless correspondence between each other and famous friends from celebrities to world leaders, spanning almost a century.

      Part of Turner Classic Movies' publishing program, this book is the story of film legend and centenarian Kirk Douglas and his wife of nearly sixty-three years, Anne. Their stories of enduring love and a lifetime led on the world stage unfold through the couple's own candid commentary and priceless letters from their personal archives. Carefully maintained by Anne over the course of more than six decades and never before made public, the correspondence includes details of their courtship and marriage, set against the backdrop of Kirk's screen triumphs in films ranging from Lust For Life to Paths of Glory and Spartacus.

      Through the letters themselves and Kirk and Anne's words, never-before-told stories emerge about the legendary figures they knew so well, including Lauren Bacall, Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, the Kennedys, and the Reagans; fascinating first-hand accounts of film sets and star-studded dinner parties; and tales of travel to over forty countries as goodwill ambassadors. Complemented by previously unpublished photos, Kirk and Anne candidly details the adventurous, oftentimes comic, and poignant reality behind the glamour of a Hollywood life, as only a couple of sixty-two years (and counting) could tell it.


      Kirk Douglas, a living legend at age 100, has distinguished himself as an actor, producer, philanthropist, and author. His numerous recognitions for achievements both on and off screen include an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and France's Legion of Honor. Over a career spanning seventy years, he starred in some eighty films.

      Anne Buydens Douglas built her career in the film industry as a publicist. She met Kirk Douglas during the making of Act of Love (1953) and they married soon after. Anne would become his closest advisor and eventually take the reins as president of their independent production company, Bryna Productions.

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  1. DVD Reviews

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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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    • Dick Dinman Salutes Cagney/Wilder Comedy Classic ONE, TWO, THREE

    • DICK DINMAN SALUTES CAGNEY/WILDER CLASSIC "ONE, TWO, THREE": Kino Lorber's KL Studio Classics division has just released on Blu-ray Billy Wilder's break-neck mile-a-minute cold war comedy classic ONE, TWO, THREE in which Hollywood great James Cagney gives one of the richest, funniest, most breathlessly paced performances of his career and joining producer/host Dick Dinman to salute this frantically paced comedic milestone is classic film distributor and popular writer, producer and director Michael Schlesinger whose commentary is one of the highlights of this much requested and long awaited Blu-ray release.

      PLUS: "Dick's Picks" salutes KL Studio Classics Blu-ray releases of Hitchcock's LIFEBOAT, THE INDIAN FIGHTER, MARJORIE MORNINGSTAR, A FAREWELL TO ARMS, TOUGH GUYS, DAREDEVILS OF THE RED CIRCLE, THE SHIEK and SON OF THE SHIEK, ZAZA and the 3-D Archive's brilliantly immersive 3-D restoration of THOSE REDHEADS FROM SEATTLE.

      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 Tracy/Hepburn, Scott/McCrea Hits!

    • DICK DINMAN & GEORGE FELTENSTEIN SALUTE TRACY/HEPBURN, SCOTT/McCREA HITS!: Warner Home Video's popular Senior Vice President of Classic and Theatrical Marketing George Feltenstein rejoins producer/host Dick Dinman as both salute the Blu-ray release of George Stevens' WOMAN OF THE YEAR which teamed Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn for the very first time (and which together with Criterion's astounding Blu-ray incarnation of Michelangelo Antonioni's countercultural masterpiece BLOW-UP continues Warner Home Video's highly acclaimed association with the prestigious Criterion Collection) as well as the spectacular looking Warner Archive Blu-ray release of Sam Peckinpah's legendary masterwork RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY in which iconic western stars Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea unite for the first and only time.
      PLUS: The underrated Glenn Ford/Henry Fonda contemporary western comedy THE ROUNDERS, Henry Fonda in SPENCER'S MOUNTAIN, the Sci-Fi hits WORLD WITHOUT END, WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH and much in demand cult classic FROM HELL IT CAME in which a marauding and perpetually scowling tree terrorizes even more wooden thespians.

      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.

      COMING SOON: JAMES CAGNEY RULES IN BILLY WILDER'S ONE, TWO, THREE!

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    • Dick Dinman & George Feltenstein Salute Kelly & Astaire Musicals!

    • DICK DINMAN & GEORGE FELTENSTEIN SALUTE KELLY & ASTAIRE MUSICALS: Warner Home Video and it's Warner Archive continue their celebrated tradition of releasing the greatest musicals of dancing legends Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire in pristine Blu-ray quality with the respective Blu-ray releases of Kelly's IT'S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER and Astaire's FINIAN'S RAINBOW and producer/host Dick Dinman welcomes back Warner Home Video's Sr, Vp. of Classic and Theatrical Marketing George Feltenstein as both explore the immense challenges and difficulties both films faced during each of their production periods and the myriad of reasons that both films are far more popular today than they were in their initial releases.

      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.

      COMING SOON: TRACY & HEPBURN! SCOTT & McCREA!! TABONGA!!!

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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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    • 3-D Funhouse at MoMA in NYC - Sept. 1-10


    • 3-D Funhouse is a weeklong tribute to the enterprising 3-D Film Archive, whose curators have dedicated themselves to collecting, restoring, and presenting in digital form the stereoscopic films of the analog era. It takes a lot of dedication and detective work to reassemble these wonders of midcentury technology, many of which were discarded by their producers once the 1950s 3-D fad had passed. Presented here are four newly restored features, ranging from the studio musical Those Redheads from Seattle (1953) to the feisty independent science-fiction film Gog (1954), as well as a program of rare 3-D shorts.


      Organized by Dave Kehr, Curator, Department of Film.


      3-D Rarities. 1922-53
      Friday, September 1, 4:00 p.m.
      Tuesday, September 5, 4:00 p.m.
      Saturday, September 9, 1:00 p.m.

      September Storm. 1960.
      Directed by Byron Haskin

      Friday, September 1, 7:00 p.m.
      Sunday, September 3, 1:00 p.m.
      Saturday, September 9, 7:00 p.m.

      Those Redheads from Seattle. 1953.
      Directed by Lewis R. Foster

      Saturday, September 2, 4:00 p.m.
      Monday, September 4, 4:00 p.m.
      Thursday, September 7, 7:00 p.m.

      Gog. 1954.
      Directed by Herbert L. Strock

      Saturday, September 2, 7:00 p.m.
      Monday, September 4, 7:00 p.m.
      Sunday, September 10, 4:00 p.m.

      Dragonfly Squadron. 1954.
      Directed by Lesley Selander

      Sunday, September 3, 4:00 p.m.
      Tuesday, September 5, 7:00 p.m.
      Wednesday, September 6, 4:00 p.m.


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

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