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    • San Francisco Silent Film Festival Begins June 1

    • SFSFF Announces Lineup for the 22nd San Francisco Silent Film Festival, June 1-4, 2017, Castro Theatre, San Francisco

      SFSFF has announced the complete lineup for the 22nd annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival, which will take place June 1-4 at SF's landmark movie palace, the Castro Theatre. The program features a diverse and lively schedule of silent-era films, all with live musical accompaniment by accomplished musicians from around the world.

      This year's program features many new film restorations, including two full-length titles SFSFF has had a direct hand in restoring (The Three Musketeers, 1921, and Silence, 1926), as well as a very special discovery: a reel from a lost 1927 Louise Brooks/Wallace Beery comedy (Now We're in the Air)! Films from nine countries will be represented--France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, Sweden, UK, USA, and the USSR--as well as two titles helmed by female directors.

      The 2017 San Francisco Silent Film Festival Award will be presented to the Netherland's EYE Filmmuseum on Saturday, June 3, with a screening of EYE's exquisitely restored 1915 Italian futuristic crime adventure, Filibus. Archivists Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi and Frank Roumen will accept the award on stage.

      SFSFF 2017 will be dedicated to film preservationist David Shepard, who recently died. Shepard was responsible for the preservation and restoration of hundreds of silent-era titles, including several restorations (The Lost World, 1925; A Page of Madness, 1926) in this year's festival. A special Saturday matinee program, Magic and Mirth, will include a collection of enchanting short films hand picked by Shepard's colleague Serge Bromberg, to be presented in tribute.


      Opening Night
      Live musical accompaniment by Berklee Silent Film Orchestra
      Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor | USA, 1925 | 76 m.
      The 22nd San Francisco Silent Film Festival opens on Thursday night, June 1 with the hilarious 1925 Harold Lloyd comedy, The Freshman. Lloyd's Harold Lamb dreams of being a big man on campus and gets advice from pamphlets such as "Clever College Clothes" and "How to Play Football." A disastrous tryout lands him a spot on the football team as a human tackling dummy before he becomes the team's water boy. But Harold holds on to his dreams, aided by his sweetheart, Peggy (Jobyna Ralston). The Freshman's climactic football game was filmed at UC Berkeley's Memorial Stadium! Restoration by UCLA Film and Television Archive.
      2017 marks the third year Berklee Silent Film Orchestra will appear at SFSFF. Incubated at Boston's world-renowned Berklee College of Music, BSFO is a group of student composers and musicians who work under the leadership of Professor Sheldon Mirowitz.
      Thursday, June 1, 7:00 pm | $22 general / $20 member
      The Opening Night Party will take place at McRoskey Mattress Company, 1687 Market Street after the screening, starting at 9:00 pm. Party tickets: $25 general / $20 member. Combo Film and Party combo: $44 general / $36 member

      Live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin
      SFSFF continues its behind-the-curtain look at the international preservation scene with another edition of this popular free program.
      Sharing their amazing preservation tales are Library of Congress's George Willeman, who has managed to sync cylinders from Edison National Historical Park with eight films from LOC's collection for his presentation on Edison Kinetophones from 1912-13; Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi from EYE Filmmuseum, whose presentation will reveal the wonders of EYE's UNESCO-inscribed Jean Desmet collection; and Heather Linville from the Academy Film Archive, sharing rarely-seen footage of globetrotting filmmaker adventuress Aloha Wanderwell.
      Friday, June 2, 10:00 am | Free admission

      Live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne
      Directed by Dorothy Arzner | USA, 1927 | 53 m. (Total program: 76 m.)
      Silent-era "It" girl Clara Bow falls for French aristocrat (Buddy Rogers!) after they are locked overnight in a Paris wax museum. There's a sticking point, though--Rogers's blueblood is betrothed to another! The Library of Congress has reconstructed the film from recovered materials, filling in missing sequences with key photos and intertitles--and in the process rescuing Bow's incandescent performance for posterity.
      Plus: SFSFF's Rob Byrne made a remarkable discovery in the National Film Archive of the Czech Republic--footage from the lost Wallace Beery/Louise Brooks comedy, Now We're in the Air! He was able to restore the 23-minute fragment in time for its premiere in this program. Restoration by San Francisco Silent Film Festival
      Friday, June 2, 1:00 pm | $16 general / $14 members

      Live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin
      Directed by Lois Weber, Phillips Smalley | USA, 1916 | 112 m.
      Legendary ballet dancer Anna Pavlova was at the height of her fame when she teamed up with director Lois Weber to make The Dumb Girl of Portici. Pavlova choreographed, produced, and starred in this historical epic, Universal's most expensive production to date and the first blockbuster ever directed by a woman. Set in mid-17th-century Spanish-occupied Naples, Pavlova's mute fisher-girl sparks a revolution. Restoration by the Library of Congress
      Friday, June 2, 3:30 pm | $16 general / $14 members

      Special Event
      Live musical accompaniment by DJ Spooky
      Directed by Oscar Micheaux | USA, 1925 | 93 m.
      One of the few surviving titles from the groundbreaking African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, Body and Soul features the great Paul Robeson in his film debut. Robeson plays dual roles--an escaped convict posing as a preacher, and the corrupt preacher's honorable twin brother.
      The prolific artist and innovator Paul D. Miller will perform the accompaniment. Miller, whose stage name is DJ Spooky, has long had an affinity for silent film. In 2004 he created and performed the extraordinary remix of D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation--Rebirth of a Nation--which he recorded in 2015 with the Kronos Quartet. He has performed his original scores for Alexander Dovzhenko's Earth and Robert Weine's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, among other titles. Miller is one of the producers of the Pioneers of African-American Cinema collection, responsible for the restoration of Body and Soul.
      Friday, June 2, 7:00 pm | $22 general / $20 members

      Live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne, Guenter Buchwald, Frank Bockius
      Directed by Arthur Robison | United Kingdom, 1929 | 99 m.
      The earliest adaptation of Liam O'Flaherty's novel, this Irish revolutionary drama anticipates film noir in its aesthetics and fast-moving narrative. Set among Dublin revolutionaries in the early days of the Irish Free State (formed in 1922), the action starts when a clandestine meeting of revolutionaries is raided by the police and the police chief is shot and killed. Director Arthur Robison's taut masterpiece was famously remade in 1935 by John Ford. Restoration by the British Film Institute
      Friday, June 2, 9:30 pm | $16 general / $14 members

      Live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne and Frank Bockius
      This enchanting collection of short films was selected by Serge Bromberg of Lobster Films to commemorate preservationist David Shepard's contribution to film culture. Titles include THOSE AWFUL HATS (USA, 1909, d. D.W. Griffith), CARTOON FACTORY (USA, 1924, p. Fleischer Studios), THE MASQUERADER (USA, 1914, d. Charlie Chaplin), FIRST PRIZE FOR CELLO PLAYING (France, 1907, p. Pathé Frères), FANTASMAGORIE (France, 1908, d. Émile Cohl), TIT FOR TAT (France, 1906, d. Gaston Velle), WHEN THE DEVIL DRIVES (UK, 1907, d. Walter Booth), DOWN IN THE DEEP (France, 1906, d. Ferdinand Zecca), THE DANCING PIG (France, 1907, p. Pathé Frères), THE WITCH (France, 1906, d. Georges Méliès). Total running time: 60 m.
      Saturday, June 3, 10:00 am | $16 general / $14 members / Free for children under the age of ten.

      Live musical accompaniment by Guenter Buchwald and Sascha Jacobsen
      Directed by Henryk Szaro | Poland, 1929 | 80 m.
      Unsuccessful writer Henryk Bielecki coaxes his friend Jerzy to suicide so he can steal the manuscript of Jerzy's book and publish it as his own. The book becomes a bestseller, leading to fame and fortune for Henryk--and a stage production. But as the play is about to go on, Henryk's secrets start to unravel. This elegant thriller is based on a novel by Polish modernist Stanisław Przybyszewski.
      Saturday, June 3, 12:00 noon | $16 general / $14 members

      Live musical accompaniment by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
      Directed by Mario Roncoroni | Italy, 1915 | 71 m.
      Glamorous Baroness de Troixmonde has a secret--her alternate identity is a criminal mastermind called Filibus! The masked sky-pirate flies around in her technologically advanced zeppelin--manned by black-suited, masked, obedient male acolytes--committing crimes and toying with the police. When a reward is offered for information leading to the capture of the notorious criminal, the Baroness visits the police station to declare her intention to prove that Filibus is no other than the detective assigned to the case! The beautifully tinted and toned print adds to the wonderment!
      Preceding the screening of Filibus, the 2017 San Francisco Silent Film Festival Award will be presented to the EYE Filmmuseum for its commitment to the preservation and presentation of silent cinema.
      Saturday, June 3, 2:30 pm | $16 general / $14 members

      Live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne and Frank Bockius
      Directed by Tod Browning | USA, 1920 | 76 m.
      San Francisco crime boss Silent Madden and his daughter, Molly 'Silky Moll' Madden, are friends with respected Confucian master Chang Lo, whose influence is shifting the Maddens' thinking toward the straight-and-narrow. But nefarious Black Mike Sylva has other ideas! Sylva frames Silent for murder and manipulates Molly into a return to crime. Lon Chaney has dual roles in the story--as the evil Sylva and as Ah Wing, Chang Lo's dedicated servant--but the real star is the tough-as-nails Priscilla Dean as Molly. Look for Anna May Wong in one of her earliest roles! The restoration of Outside the Law is part of the Universal Pictures silent film restoration initiative.
      Saturday, June 3, 2:30 pm | $16 general / $14 members

      Live musical accompaniment by the Matti Bye Ensemble
      Directed by Sergei Eisenstein | USA, 1925 | 72 m.
      Battleship Potemkin changed cinema history forever. Commissioned to mark the 20th anniversary of the failed 1905 revolution, Sergei Eisenstein's masterpiece is a vibrant paean to collective heroism. From the moment of its 1925 premiere at Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre, the film was hailed as a masterpiece and Eisenstein's theories of montage became aesthetic tools for filmmakers everywhere. But almost from the beginning, Potemkin was the object of censorship and suffered decades of re-cuts and re-translations that blunted its energy and originality--which makes it a special delight to present the film in its definitive restoration, completed in 2007.
      Saturday, June 3, 7:15 pm | $22 general / $20 members

      Live musical accompaniment by Alloy Orchestra
      Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa | Japan, 1926 | 70 m.
      A retired sailor volunteers to work odd jobs at the asylum where his wife has been confined since her attempt to drown their infant son many years before. Without intertitles, Page evokes a world as seen by the mentally disturbed--through shifting images and rapid editing--and creates a modernist tour-de-force as psychologically and aesthetically compelling as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Restoration by Lobster Films
      Saturday, June 3, 9:30 pm | $16 general / $14 members

      Live musical accompaniment by Guenter Buchwald and Frank Bockius
      Directed by Ernst Lubitsch Germany, 1919 | 60 m.
      Baron von Chanterelle has one condition in his will: His beloved nephew Lancelot must be married to inherit the estate. But Lancelot is so averse to marriage that he flees to a monastery, where the financially ailing monks devise a plan that will make everyone happy! One trip to the dollmaker and ersatz wedding later, Lancelot brings his mechanical bride back to the friary, planning to share the bequest with the brothers. What could possibly go wrong?
      Sunday, June 3, 10:00 am | $16 general / $14 members

      Live musical accompaniment by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
      Directed by Rupert Julian | USA, 1926 | 70 m.
      This Cecil B. DeMille production was considered lost for many decades and the recent discovery of materials at the Cinémathèque Française is cause for celebration! Based on a successful Broadway play, Silence opens with gallows being constructed. Jim Warren (H.B. Warner) awaits hanging for murder, but his lawyer is certain that Warren is innocent and shielding the guilty person. What follows is a gripping tale of love and sacrifice. Restoration by Cinémathèque Française and San Francisco Silent Film Festival
      Sunday, June 3, 12:00 noon | $16 general / $14 members

      With live musical accompaniment by the Matti Bye Ensemble
      Directed by Victor Sjöström | Sweden, 1917 | 60 m.
      With Victor Sjöström, August Falck, Edith Erastoff, Bergliot Husberg Terje Vigen inaugurated Sweden's Golden Age of film and confirmed Victor Sjöström's primacy as a filmmaker. Here he brilliantly captures the spirit of Henrik Ibsen's epic poem, aided by Julius Jaenzon's beautiful camerawork. Sjöström plays the sailor Terje, who braves a British blockade to find food for his starving family but is captured and imprisoned by a heartless British captain. While languishing in prison, Terje's family dies. His bitterness and desire for revenge grows until... Restoration by the Swedish Film Institute
      Sunday, June 3, 2:00 pm | $16 general / $14 members

      Live musical accompaniment by Alloy Orchestra
      Directed by Harry O. Hoyt | USA, 1925 | 100 m.
      This was the first of many film adaptations based on Arthur Conan Doyle's novel about an Amazonian land where prehistoric creatures hold sway, and for decades it could only be seen in an abridged version. This new edition combines portions of eleven film elements to present the most complete reconstruction possible. Wallace Beery arranges an expedition to the Amazon and a motley crew--including Lewis Stone, Bessie Love, and Lloyd Hughes--sign on. But the creatures engineered by Willis O'Brien (King Kong) are the true stars. Restoration by Lobster Films
      Sunday, June 3, 4:00 pm | $16 general / $14 members

      Live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne
      Directed by Heorhii Stabovyi | USSR, 1927 | 60 m.
      Set during the 1917-21 Civil War in Ukraine, Two Days tells the story of a faithful servant, Anton, who remains behind to guard the master's mansion as the family flees the approaching Bolsheviks. In the chaos of their escape, the landowner's young son is left behind and Anton hides the boy in the attic. The Bolsheviks arrive to occupy the house, and it turns out that Anton's son--whose political beliefs run counter to his father's--is their leader. What unfolds is a complex drama, full of nuance and expressively told. Restoration by the Oleksandr Dovzhenko Centre
      Sunday, June 3, 6:30 pm | $16 general / $14 members

      Live musical accompaniment by the Guenter Buchwald Ensemble
      Directed by Fred Niblo | USA, 1921 | 146 m.
      With Douglas Fairbanks, Adolphe Menjou, Nigel de Brulier, Léon Bary The story is familiar--young Gascon D'Artagnan shows up in 1625 Paris eager to join forces with the King's musketeers to save the Queen's honor--it's been told many times. But through sheer force of his exuberant physicality, Douglas Fairbanks puts his indelible stamp on Alexander Dumas's character--and creates the playbook for swashbucklers for all time. The Three Musketeers features lavish sets, romance, intrigue, and sword play aplenty! Restoration by the Museum of Modern Art and San Francisco Silent Film Festival
      Sunday, June 3, 8:15 pm | $22 general / $20 members


      ALLOY ORCHESTRA is a three-man musical ensemble that uses found percussion and state-of-the-art electronics to create scores for classic silent films. Founded more than 25 years ago, Alloy has composed numerous original scores and performed in venues around the world. Members include Terry Donahue, Roger Miller, and Ken Winokur.

      Based at Boston's Berklee College of Music, BERKLEE SILENT FILM ORCHESTRA is an international, all-student group of composers and players. This year's group includes composers Vincent Isler, Esin Aydingoz, Bernard Duc, Victoria Ruggiero, Andres Gutierrez, Jeffrey Gaiser, and Vinicius Pippa; and players Gabriela Sofia Gomez Estevez (flute/piccolo), Lindsey Stein (oboe/English horn), Stephanie Clark (clarinet/bass clarinet), Dan Pfeiffer (horn), Joey Epstein (trumpet), Ethan Santos (trombone/bass trombone), Kino Lee (keyboard), Eren Başbuğ (keyboard), Tania Mesa (violin), Nathaniel Taylor (cello), Michael Simon (bass), Patrick Hanafin (percussion)

      Percussionist FRANK BOCKIUS joined Guenter Buchwald's Silent Movie Music Company twenty years ago and has since performed for silent films around the world. Bockius will accompany Buchwald and several other performers this year.

      GUENTER BUCHWALD is a pioneer of the renaissance in silent film music. He has provided live accompaniment for thousands of titles, playing at festivals worldwide from Berlin to Tokyo, both solo and with other musicians through his Silent Movie Music Company.

      Principally a pianist, STEPHEN HORNE often incorporates flute, accordion, and various other instruments into his performances, sometimes playing them simultaneously. Horne is considered one of the world's leading silent film accompanists.

      Playing a variety of instruments that include piano, glockenspiel, violin, and percussion, the MATTI BYE ENSEMBLE is led by Matti Bye, silent-movie pianist at the Swedish Film Institute since 1989 and one of his country's leading film composers. The ensemble members include Kristian Holmgren, Henrik Olsson, and Laura Naukkarinen.

      PAUL D. MILLER, aka DJ SPOOKY, has long had an affinity for silent film. In 2004 he created and performed the extraordinary remix of D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation--Rebirth of a Nation--which he recorded in 2015 with the Kronos Quartet. He has performed his original scores for Dovzhenko's Earth and Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, among other titles.

      Reviving the tradition of silent-film orchestras, MONT ALTO MOTION PICTURE ORCHESTRA culls historic libraries of music for live musical accompaniment. Rodney Sauer, Britt Swenson, David Short, Brian Collins, and Dawn Kramer have recorded and toured widely, creating vibrant and historically appropriate musical scores.

      DONALD SOSIN scores silent films for major festivals, archives, and DVD recordings and is the resident accompanist at New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Last year, Sosin's orchestral score for Sherlock Holmes was performed on the Potemkin Steps at the Odessa International Festival.

       Tickets Information, Festival Dates and Public Contact Numbers The 22nd San Francisco Silent Film Festival will take place June 1-4, 2017 at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco. For complete ticket information, please visit the San Francisco Silent Film Festival at The all-festival PASS is available for $260 general / $230 member. For group sales, call 415-777-4908 ext.1.

       For more information, visit the SFSFF website at SILENTFILM.ORG.

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  1. New Books

    • 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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    • Elizabeth and Michael

    • By Donald Bogle

      One of the country's leading authorities on popular entertainment presents an eye-opening and unique biography of two larger-than-life legends--Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson--and their unlikely yet enduring friendship.

      From the moment Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson met, they were hooked on each other. He peered into her violet eyes and was transfixed; she, in turn, was dazzled by his talent, intrigued by his sweet-tempered childlike personality, and moved by the stories she had already heard about his troubled early life. Soon a deep friendship blossomed, unexpectedly unlike anything either had ever experienced. Through thick and thin, through their various emotional upheavals, through the peaks and valleys of their careers, through their personal traumas and heartaches, through the unending health issues and extreme physical pain that each experienced, and through the glare of the often merciless public spotlight, their bond held them together, and their love for each other endured.

      Donald Bogle skillfully recreates the moving narrative of Taylor and Jackson's experiences together and their intense emotional connection, without shying away from the controversies that swirled around them. Through interviews with friends and acquaintances of the two stars, as well as anonymous but credible sources, Elizabeth and Michael emerges as a tender, intimate look at this famous "odd couple" and a treasure to their millions of fans.

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  1. DVD Reviews

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      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 or

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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.

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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 or


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    • Dick Dinman Salutes Undervalued Star Van Johnson!

    • DICK DINMAN SALUTES UNDERVALUED STAR VAN JOHNSON: Kino Lorber's KL Studio Classics division has just released on Blu-ray a sparkling brand new 4K restoration of the riveting suspense thriller 23 PACES TO BAKER STREET and producer/host Dick Dinman welcomes noted author and classic film aficionado John McElwee to the show as both pay tribute to the versatile and undervalued 23 PACES TO BAKER STREET star Van Johnson.

      PLUS: "Dick's Picks" salutes KL Studio Classics Blu-ray releases of I WAKE UP SCREAMING, Elia Kazan's BOOMERANG, THE HOUSE ON 92nd STREET, THE LODGER, Preston Sturges' BEAUTIFUL BLONDE FROM BASHFUL BEND, Fritz Lang's WESTERN UNION, Henry King's DAVID & BATHSHEBA and PRINCE OF FOXES, NO HIGHWAY IN THE SKY, THE SICILIAN CLAN and BOY ON A DOLPHIN (stunning new 4K restoration!).


      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 or

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  1. Press Release

    • 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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    • Alec Baldwin to Host TCM's THE ESSENTIALS

    • Legendary Late Night Host David Letterman, Emmy and Golden Globe® Winner Tina Fey and Oscar-Winning Director William Friedkin Set to Join as Special Guests Throughout the Season.

      Premieres May 6 & Airs Saturdays at 8 p.m.

      Turner Classic Movies announced that Emmy® winner and Oscar® nominee Alec Baldwin will host The Essentials, TCM's popular franchise showcasing "must see" classic films. Joining Baldwin each week throughout the season will be one of three special guests: late-night television icon David Letterman, acclaimed actress, writer and comedian Tina Fey and legendary filmmaker William Friedkin. Together, Baldwin and his guests will introduce a hand-picked classic and offer color commentary on its cultural significance, its influence on other films, behind-the-scenes stories and their own personal reflections. The new season of The Essentials, which airs every Saturday night, premieres May 6 at 8 p.m. (ET).

      The Essentials will kick off with special guest David Letterman joining Baldwin to discuss a plethora of poplar classics including:
      • The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) - airing May 6
      • East of Eden (1955) - airing on May 13
      • No Time for Sergeants (1958) - airing on May 27
      • The Big Sleep (1946) - airing on June 16

      Tina Fey will make her guest appearance starting on June 24 to discuss her favorite classic films including:
      • Rear Window (1954) - airing June 24
      • The Lady Eve (1941) - airing on July 1
      • The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) - airing on July 8
      • Singin' in the Rain (1952) - airing on August 5

      Rounding out the entertaining new season, William Friedkin will join Baldwin to highlight another round of notable films such as:
      • The Quiet Man (1952) - airing on Aug. 12
      • The Manchurian Candidate (1962) - airing on Aug. 19
      • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - airing on Sept. 2
      • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) - airing on Sept. 23

      Baldwin takes over The Essential's hosting duties following the death of his close friend and colleague, Robert Osborne, who hosted the franchise from 2006 to 2015. A longtime friend of TCM and supporter of classic films, Baldwin has appeared frequently on the network, including as co-host of The Essentials with Robert Osborne from 2009 to 2011. He demonstrated his skill as an interviewer in 2008, when he joined one of his idols, Gene Wilder, for an hour-long discussion at Wilder's home in the special Role Model: Gene Wilder. Baldwin turned the tables on Osborne in 2015 by interviewing the longtime TCM host for Private Screenings: Robert Osborne, a one-hour special that premiered as part of TCM's 20th Anniversary celebration. This past October, Baldwin was the on-air host for a month-long look at the world's greatest and most influential documentaries for TCM's Spotlight showcase.

      "I have some big shoes to fill hosting The Essentials, and I plan on doing Bob proud with this new season of The Essentials," said Baldwin. "Dave, Tina and Billy each bring a unique perspective to the movies in our lineup, and they have some fascinating, and even surprising, insights to share as we shine a spotlight on some of our favorite 'must-see' films from over a century of epic moviemaking."

      Additionally, select titles from The Essentials will also be available at 30,000 feet through Delta Studio, Delta Air Lines' industry-leading, free in-flight entertainment collection. Delta operates the world's largest in-flight entertainment-equipped fleet, offering up to 300 movies, 750 TV shows, 100 foreign film titles, 2,400 songs, 18 channels of live satellite TV on select aircraft and a selection of games on aircraft with seat-back entertainment systems.

      To view a promo and for more information including a complete schedule, bios, images and film information, please visit

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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, 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

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To Kill a Mockingbird - 50th Anniversary DVD
was $14.98
Out of the Past DVD
was $17.99
Rear Window DVD
was $14.98


  • Wednesday, March 20, 2011

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

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

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