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Classic Films in Focus: WHERE DANGER LIVES (1950)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 22, 2015

Robert Mitchum takes another dive into darkness in Where Danger Lives (1950), and once again he plays an easy mark for a dangerous dame, this time embodied by the sultry Faith Domergue. An icon of film noir, Mitchum made more celebrated forays into the genre both before and after this outing, but Wh read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 17, 2015

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) is a different kind of war story, but its focus on the domestic aftermath of World War II is still powerful today, nearly seventy years after its original release. It certainly spoke to the cultural moment in 1946, winning seven Academy Awards out of eight nominati read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 17, 2015

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) is a different kind of war story, but its focus on the domestic aftermath of World War II is still powerful today, nearly seventy years after its original release. It certainly spoke to the cultural moment in 1946, winning seven Academy Awards out of eight nominati read more

Classic Films in Focus: CROSSFIRE (1947)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 15, 2015

Shadowy cinematography and a twisted murder plot make Crossfire (1947) seem like standard noir fare, but this movie also has a serious message for its audience about the dangers of prejudice and bigotry. Anti-Semitism is the particular concern, with the murder of a Jewish man setting the action in m read more

Classic Films in Focus: CROSSFIRE (1947)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 15, 2015

Shadowy cinematography and a twisted murder plot make Crossfire (1947) seem like standard noir fare, but this movie also has a serious message for its audience about the dangers of prejudice and bigotry. Anti-Semitism is the particular concern, with the murder of a Jewish man setting the action in m read more

Harper Lee Talk at the Smyrna Public Library

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 14, 2015

I had the great pleasure of being the guest speaker at a celebration of Harper Lee held at the Smyrna Public Library on Monday, July 13, 2015, and it was just about the nicest event a person could possibly imagine. We had a wonderful crowd of fifty people - four of whom actually bought copies of Bey read more

Harper Lee Talk at the Smyrna Public Library

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jul 14, 2015

I had the great pleasure of being the guest speaker at a celebration of Harper Lee held at the Smyrna Public Library on Monday, July 13, 2015, and it was just about the nicest event a person could possibly imagine. We had a wonderful crowd of fifty people - four of whom actually bought copies of Bey read more

Classic Films in Focus: DARK PASSAGE (1947)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jun 24, 2015

Delmer Daves' Dark Passage (1947) is the third picture to pair Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who had become Mr. and Mrs. Bogart in 1945, after their steamy introduction to one another and the world in To Have and Have Not (1944). Dark Passage is not as celebrated as that first film or The Big S read more

Classic Films in Focus: DARK PASSAGE (1947)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jun 24, 2015

Delmer Daves' Dark Passage (1947) is the third picture to pair Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who had become Mr. and Mrs. Bogart in 1945, after their steamy introduction to one another and the world in To Have and Have Not (1944). Dark Passage is not as celebrated as that first film or The Big S read more

Classic Films in Focus: DARK PASSAGE (1947)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jun 24, 2015

Delmer Daves' Dark Passage (1947) is the third picture to pair Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who had become Mr. and Mrs. Bogart in 1945, after their steamy introduction to one another and the world in To Have and Have Not (1944). Dark Passage is not as celebrated as that first film or The Big S read more

Classic Films in Focus: KING KONG (1933)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jun 23, 2015

King Kong rules as the alpha ape among a crowd of cinematic simians, and the original 1933 movie that bears his name has influenced countless other films. Many of our modern blockbusters can trace their roots to King Kong; its special effects work and emphasis on big action sequences showed later fi read more

Classic Films in Focus: ZIEGFELD GIRL (1941)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jun 22, 2015

Ziegfeld Girl (1941) provides a different perspective on the Ziegfeld Follies from Best Picture Winner The Great Ziegfeld (1936); it focuses on a trio of chorines rather than the showman himself, who never actually appears in the picture. Judy Garland, Lana Turner, and Hedy Lamarr star as three youn read more

Classic Films in Focus: ZIEGFELD GIRL (1941)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jun 22, 2015

Ziegfeld Girl (1941) provides a different perspective on the Ziegfeld Follies from Best Picture Winner The Great Ziegfeld (1936); it focuses on a trio of chorines rather than the showman himself, who never actually appears in the picture. Judy Garland, Lana Turner, and Hedy Lamarr star as three youn read more

Classic Films in Focus: ZIEGFELD GIRL (1941)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jun 22, 2015

Ziegfeld Girl (1941) provides a different perspective on the Ziegfeld Follies from Best Picture Winner The Great Ziegfeld (1936); it focuses on a trio of chorines rather than the showman himself, who never actually appears in the picture. Judy Garland, Lana Turner, and Hedy Lamarr star as three youn read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS (1946)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jun 21, 2015

The Beast with Five Fingers (1946) is a surprisingly effective chiller from director Robert Florey and screenwriter Curt Siodmak, who also penned horror classics like The Wolf Man (1941) and I Walked with a Zombie (1943). For genre fans, the chief draw of the picture is Peter Lorre as an obsessed as read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS (1946)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jun 21, 2015

The Beast with Five Fingers (1946) is a surprisingly effective chiller from director Robert Florey and screenwriter Curt Siodmak, who also penned horror classics like The Wolf Man (1941) and I Walked with a Zombie (1943). For genre fans, the chief draw of the picture is Peter Lorre as an obsessed as read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS (1946)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jun 21, 2015

The Beast with Five Fingers (1946) is a surprisingly effective chiller from director Robert Florey and screenwriter Curt Siodmak, who also penned horror classics like The Wolf Man (1941) and I Walked with a Zombie (1943). For genre fans, the chief draw of the picture is Peter Lorre as an obsessed as read more

Classic Films in Focus: HIS KIND OF WOMAN (1951)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jun 20, 2015

His Kind of Woman (1951) combines film noir and cock-eyed comedy in the performances of two great stars, Robert Mitchum and Vincent Price. Mitchum handles the grimmer business, facing off against Raymond Burr and a gang of nasty lackeys, while Price hams it up gloriously as an actor who yearns to pl read more

Classic Films in Focus: HIS KIND OF WOMAN (1951)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jun 20, 2015

His Kind of Woman (1951) combines film noir and cock-eyed comedy in the performances of two great stars, Robert Mitchum and Vincent Price. Mitchum handles the grimmer business, facing off against Raymond Burr and a gang of nasty lackeys, while Price hams it up gloriously as an actor who yearns to pl read more

Classic Films in Focus: HIS KIND OF WOMAN (1951)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jun 20, 2015

His Kind of Woman (1951) combines film noir and cock-eyed comedy in the performances of two great stars, Robert Mitchum and Vincent Price. Mitchum handles the grimmer business, facing off against Raymond Burr and a gang of nasty lackeys, while Price hams it up gloriously as an actor who yearns to pl read more
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