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Short Film Saturday: Easter Eggs (1907)

The Movie Rat Posted by Bernardo Villela on Apr 19, 2014

I only recently discovered the works of Segundo de Chomon. He seems a worthy Spanish counterpart to Georges Méliès. This is a presentational, magic style of silent film implementing many invisible cuts, but it is very enjoyable. read more
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The Mortal Storm (1940)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Apr 19, 2014

The Mortal Storm Directed by Frank Borzage Written by Claudine West, Hans Rameau and George Froeschel based on the book by Phyllis Bottome 1940/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing/Warner Archive DVD #146 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die I read more
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Hot Docs 2014: Penthouse North (2014)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Robert Liwanag on Apr 19, 2014

Penthouse North, although named after its subject’s enviable New York residence, is actually a documentary about aging, denial and misguided nostalgia. While those three themes have been beaten to death in fiction, they can still feel fresh in non-f read more
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Hot Docs 2014: Advanced Style

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Pam on Apr 19, 2014

In our youth-obsessed culture, we don’t see a lot of old people. Think about it – when was the last time you saw someone over 65 gracing the pages of a magazine? Not a celebrity or a politician, but an actual fashion model over 65 years read more
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Birthdays

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Apr 19, 2014

Jayne Mansfield (1933-1967) Constance Talmadge (1897-1973) Image Source read more
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Saturday Double Feature: Heaven Is For Real (2014) and…

Durnmoose Movie Musings Posted by Michael on Apr 19, 2014

Saturday on the blog means Saturday Double Feature, right? Remember, the basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometim read more
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I Like Tubby Men

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on Apr 19, 2014

"Yeah, well, he's well covered." Hot Millions (1968) Hot Millions opens on affable embezzler, Marcus Pendleton (Peter Ustinov), finishing up the warden's taxes on the day of his release from prison. Under the credits, we see him read more
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TCMFF 2014, Day 2 — 70s Cinema, Silents, and Pre-Codes

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Apr 19, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014: For the first full day of movies, my friends Jessica (Comet Over Hollywood) and Carley (The Kitty Packard Pictorial/The Black Maria) decided to kick things off with 1944′s On Approval.  Knowing that On Approval was playi read more
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On the set of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954)

Classic Cinema Gold Posted by Art on Apr 19, 2014

  On the set of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954)   “There’s No Business Like Show Business” is a 1954 20th Century-Fox musical-comedy-drama starring Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, Donald O’Conn read more
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Hitchcock in the 40s—New film series begins May 13, 2014

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Apr 18, 2014

Hitchcock in the 40s—New film series begins May 13, 2014 New film series announced The 2014-15 Film Club is back at The Venue 1550 at the Daystar Center, 1550 S. State St., Chicago. Hosted by Stephen Reginald, the film club will featu read more
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‘Movies are a necessity to our lives’ – TCM Film Festival round-up

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Apr 18, 2014

“What are you most excited about,” several people asked when I arrived in Hollywood at the Turner Classic Film Festival last Wednesday. I fumbled for words like Ralphie trying to tell Santa what he wants for Christmas as I thought of the read more
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Films Losing the Religious, One Way or Another

The Movie Rat Posted by Bernardo Villela on Apr 18, 2014

Is there any winning with Hollywood and religious-themed fare? Many times, especially in recent examples, it feels like there isn’t. Frequently the film industry is pilloried for its content, as if visual fictions shape the lives of young people more read more
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Classic Links: TCM Classic Film Festival 2014 Edition

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Apr 18, 2014

This week's very special edition of Classic Links is all about the TCM Classic Film Festival 2014. Many fine bloggers were given media credentials this year and their posts have more than justified the honor of being able to report on this transforma read more
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Sorcerer (1977, William Friedkin)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Apr 18, 2014

It’s incredible how much concern director William Friedkin is able to get for his characters in Sorcerer. Now, the film’s really kind of like four or five movies in one–there are four prologues, with very full ones for Bruno Cremer read more
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Overlooked Gems: The Efficiency Expert (1992)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Lesley Coffin on Apr 18, 2014

Many films make the claim of being Capra-esque, describing humanist comedies as their own genres.  Sometimes these attempts come off as grating (the remake of Mr. Deeds and last year’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty).  Other times, these old-fashio read more
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The Rise of getTV and the Accessibility of Classic Film

Backlots Posted by Lara on Apr 18, 2014

For more than 12 years, the accessibility of classic film on mainstream television has been limited to a single channel. Following the change of direction that American Movie Classics (AMC) undertook in 2002, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has been th read more
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Classic Films in Focus: EASTER PARADE (1948)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Apr 18, 2014

This colorful MGM musical includes all the bonnets and fancy new outfits one might expect from a movie called Easter Parade, but the chief attraction of the 1948 film is the pairing of two of the genre’s biggest stars, Fred Astaire and Judy Gar read more
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Rome, Open City (1945)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Apr 18, 2014

Rome, Open City (Roma città aperta) Directed by Roberto Rossellini Written by Sergio Amidei, Federico Felini, and Roberto Rossellini 1945/Italy Excelsa Film Repeat viewing/Netflix rental #192 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die IMDb users say read more
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The Strange Woman (1946, Edgar G. Ulmer)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Apr 18, 2014

The Strange Woman opens with Dennis Hoey as a drunken widower and Jo Ann Marlowe as his evil little daughter. Herb Meadow's script is real bad in this opening, but it's nineteenth century kids playing and one of them is a psychopath, how g read more
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The Campus Vamp (1928) A Silent Film Review

Movies Silently Posted by Fritzi Kramer on Apr 18, 2014

By Fritzi Kramer on April 18, 2014 in Blog, Feature, Silent Movie Review Carole Lombard shows her stuff in this late-silent era comedy. She is the titular vamp who is determined to steal her gal pal’s man. Of course, the gal pal has other idea read more
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Hot Docs 2014: The Notorious Mr. Bout (2014)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on Apr 18, 2014

When alleged international arms dealer Viktor Bout was arrested in 2008, the media had a field day. Called a “merchant of death” and fictionalized by Nic Cage in Lord of War, Bout made fantastic headlines, especially in a terrorist-sensi read more
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Hot Docs 2014: David & Me (2014)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on Apr 18, 2014

Proving the guilt of an innocent man might be called a sub-genre of documentary at this point. So it is with David & Me. The convicted man in question is David McCallum arrested at the age of 16 for the kidnapping, robbery and murder of Nathan read more
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The Great Villain Blogathon: Herbert MacCaulay from The Thin Man (1934)

Stardust Posted by Vanessa Buttino on Apr 18, 2014

The Great Villain Blogathon: Herbert MacCaulay from The Thin Man (1934) This post is in conjunction with The Great Villain Blogathon, hosted by the fabulous Speakeasy, Shadows and Satin, and Silver Screenings! MacCaulay (Porter Hall) is read more
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Barbara Hale, Happy Birthday, Born April 18, 1922; our Best Wishes to this Lovely Actress.

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Apr 18, 2014

By the time the first season of the CBS legal series Perry Mason was drawing to a close Barbara Hale had completed 38 films and had gathered a few starring roles to her résumé, including: The Window (top of the bill) & And Baby Makes Three, 194 read more
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Birthdays

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Apr 18, 2014

Hayley Mills (68) Miklós Rózsa (1907-1995) Image Source read more
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Autobiographical Films: People Who Played Themselves in Movie Biographies

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Apr 18, 2014

Many people have played themselves on film, but few have played themselves in film biographies. The reasons are obvious: the scarcity of motion picture biographies of living persons; the fact that “real” people do not necessarily make bel read more
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Pic of the Day: “Fade In to Murder” revisited

The Timothy Carey Experience Posted by Marisa on Apr 18, 2014

We wrap up the week with another look at Tony, the deli owner/frustrated actor of the Columbo episode “Fade In to Murder”. It first graced television screens across the nation on October 10, 1976. Poor Tony is merely a pawn in the elabora read more
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TCMFF 2014, Day 1 — Let the Festivities Begin!

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Apr 18, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014: Festival activities started getting underway Thursday afternoon with a “Meet TCM” panel at the Egyptian Theater and a discussion at the Hollywood Museum called “Sons of Gods and Monsters” with direct read more
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'Essentials Jr.', an August spot -- so what is 'To Be'?

Carole & Co. Posted by vp19 on Apr 18, 2014

We're running that rare publicity photo of Carole Lombard and Jack Benny because the film it's promoting, "To Be Or Not To Be" (that pose of them certainly isn't from the movie), will be part of TCM's Sunday night summer "Essentials Jr." series this read more
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John Wayne: The Life and the Legend — Enter-to-Win Trivia Question (for Twitter, Friday, April 18)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annmarie Gatti on Apr 18, 2014

Time for today’s Trivia Question (red font below) that will determine this week’s winner of John Wayne: The Life and Legend by Scott Eyman, courtesy of Simon & Schuster!  (remember, in order to win, you must have already pre-qualified read more
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