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THE OPPOSITE SEX: Are You Going To Sydney’s?

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Mar 20, 2019

Are You Going to Sydney’s? In 1956’s The Opposite Sex, Sydney’s is the spa salon standing in for New York’s Elizabeth Arden, when miracles occur and ladies transform themselves into carbon copies of the latest style icons….   Olga, played by Bewitched’s Alice read more

Still A Giant

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Mar 2, 2019

The long awaited chronicle of the personal and professional journey of a 20th Century template for quintessential Hollywood male has arrived. The quest of Rock Hudson for acceptance and recognition has long since ceased, but the fascination with such a “gorgeous hunk of man” continues. All Th read more

Handsome Johnny

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Dec 5, 2018

If you’ve been waiting for a fascinating mob saga, an erotic Hollywood expose, or a political thriller to occupy your reading pleasure, the good news is that you’ll only need one book, Handsome Johnny: The Life and Death of Johnny Rosselli: Gentleman Gangster, Hollywood Producer, CIA Ass read more

#TCMFF Festival Themes…..2010-2018

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Aug 27, 2018

Festival themes have intrigued pass holders since the 2013 fest announcment, the first year an annual theme would be revea;ed prior to pass holder purchase. In the first festival programming guidein 2010, however, beloved TCM Host Robert Osborne dubbed the first year of the festival as “four read more

Inspiration For 2019–Turner Classic Movies Film Festival 2018!

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Aug 15, 2018

The hurly-burly of hustling down Hollywood Boulevard hasn’t altered much from pass holder forays down the busiest street in LA in 2017. The hawkers and gawkers, snake-handlers and CD sellers, presenters and pass holders all navigate the obstacle course while snapping photos of their favorite star read more

Living With Grace: Life Lessons From America’s Princess

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Jun 30, 2018

Good Graces: The Legacy of Grace Kelly Motion picture archivist, Hollywood historian, and writer Mary Mallory’s newest book, Living with Grace: Life Lessons From America’s Princess, published June 30 by Lyons Press, is the latest volume about a national fashion icon, and a real princess who grew read more

Hank & Jim by Scott Eyman is…… Sleek & Slim*

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Oct 23, 2017

Hank & Jim is an enthralling double biography by Scott Eymann, author of John Wayne: The Life and Legend, and co-author with actor Robert Wagner on three books, the latest which is I Loved Her In The Movies. Eymann has crafted an entertaining history of unlikely friends who were brought togethe read more

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Oct 9, 2017

The new documentary, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, had its Texas premiere at the Dallas Docfest, held this weekend from Thursday, October 5, to Sunday, October 8, at the Studio Movie Grill. Director Alexandra Dean attended the screening and participated in a Q & A before the film on Friday read more

The Nostalgia Myth and Classic Movies in 2017 America

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Jul 17, 2017

Backlots Earlier this morning on Twitter, I saw a tweet directed at TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz, accusing him of being “SJW” (the abbreviation for Social Justice Warrior, a derogatory term for a person who engages in left-wing ideology for personal gains) because he condemned the Hollywood blacklist read more

Who Makes Me Laugh?

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Apr 14, 2017

WHO MAKES ME LAUGH? The TCM Film Festival 2017 Red Carpet Working the TCM Film Festival Red Carpet on April 6, 2017, afforded me the opportunity to ask celebrities, writers, actors, producers and TCM staff a question that follows the theme of the festival, Make ‘Em Laugh: Comedy in the Movie read more

What I Won’t Be Seeing At The TCM Classic Film Festival 2017…

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Mar 25, 2017

Since this is my eighth TCM Film Festival, I’ve come to expect certain things. I always love the excitement and the Wednesday get-togethers with dear friends the night before the festival begins. That won’t change.  Seeing familiar faces, opening the flood gates on my  cinephil read more

TCM Film Festival Memories Entice Pass Holders To Return In Larger Numbers Every Year…

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Feb 10, 2017

TCM Film Festival Pass Holders always find the last two months before a festival begins to be anxiety-driven. What other films will be screened? Who will our special guests be? What kind of panels will be organized for club TCM? Which film will be the opening night Gala Premiere on Thursday?  read more

Australian Classic Film Superfan John Sambuco Visits TCM Studios in Atlanta!

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Oct 25, 2016

Australian classic film superfan John Sambuco spent the day of September 27 as a special international guest in the TCM Studios in Atlanta. Sambuco had been on an extended visit to the U.S.A. during the month of September, and when TCM staff heard he would be in Atlanta, he was invited to spend the read more

Garnering: The Best

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Aug 27, 2016

James Garner always had that kind of optimistic cynicism that let the audience know he had the score, he felt like there was no point to all this nonsense, but that he was sticking around to see how everything was going to turn out. Such an attitude made viewers want to linger in front of the screen read more

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 2016 S.F. Film Festival Offers Appetizing Selection

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Jun 7, 2016

Nice festival play-by-play! “Beggars of Life,” courtesy of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The just concluded Twenty First Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival featured a strong weekend of thoughtful and powerful films and music from all over the world. The diverse lineup revealed read more

Mysterious Island (1961)

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Apr 9, 2016

   Mysterious Island (1961) reverberates in some ways with Disney influences from Swiss Family Robinson, future references in popular television programs, and the frightful, but ever-mesmerizing special effects of stop-motion animation hero Ray Harryhausen.   .   When I was read more

TCM FILM FESTIVAL 2016 updates film titles and guests…..

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Mar 14, 2016

Here’s a link to my latest Examiner article: I am thrilled that “All The Presudent’s Men” has been added!    read more


Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Feb 13, 2016

A first kiss is always memorable. It always intimates something more, of a moment of passion that has yet to be realized. But there is always a hint and a spark the first moment that lovers meet.   The tints and shades of the vibrant images in The Quiet Man also promise deep passion, and the e read more

Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes: Each Other’s Muse…

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Jan 23, 2016

As I was unsure of what “symbiotic” meant in the context of actors and directors,  I began to travel to the land of the “lexicons,” a green, fertile place found only in the imagination. Sometimes there’s a pot of gold, and sometimes there is a cold, hard fact that read more

Upcoming: Symbiotic Collaborations Blogathon

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Jan 22, 2016

  My contribution to CineMaven’s star-studded CLASSIC SYMBIOTIC COLLABORATIONS will feature Honorary Oscar Recipient Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes. Stay tuned! read more