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Classic movies, from noir to screwball, from westerns to romance.
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Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

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Released by United Artist in 1959, Odds Against Tomorrow is the compelling story of three diverse men and a “One roll of the dice and we’re through forever” heist that brings these unlikely bedfellows together.
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Hereafter and the storytelling Clint Eastwood

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Hereafter is a quiet, thoughtful movie that illustrates once again how Clint Eastwood's focus is entirely on telling a story, which is why his movies tend to be so good.
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More Link Love

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Available to be read in full at Fandor's Keyframe blog, my list of highlights from the Illuminating the Shadows conference at Northwestern University's Block Museum. Below, the moment that may interest my readers the most; should it prompt a comment urge, the splendid Fandor editor Kevin Lee would love to hear from you over there.
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D.O.A. (1950)

This public domain movie is a classic example of film noir and one of my favorite movies. In it, a guy is poisoned by radiation poisoning put in his drink, and he knows he is going to die, but with his remaining time he dedicates himself to discovering who killed him, and why.
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Captain from Castile (1947)

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Henry King, like King Vidor, with whom I once used to often get him confused, was a director who evolved with movies from the silent era to sound and then the threshold of Hollywood’s first great decline.
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The Sea Beast (Millard Webb, 1926)

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Since reading Moby Dick a few years ago, I’ve been interested in seeing different film and stage versions of it. I was especially intrigued to see John Barrymore playing Ahab, as sadly only one of his full Shakespearean roles survives on film.
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The Killer is Loose (1956)

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The Killer is Loose has holes — blast it with a Tommy gun it has such holes. It’s a little movie with a story that churns single-mindedly forward until its title character sprawls dead on a well-kept suburban lawn and all is once again right with the world — you can get back to your TV dinner now.
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Nomadic Existence: Chicago (1927)

Nomadic Existence: Chicago (1927) | Classic Movies | Scoop.it
From my Retro-Fit column in Nomad Widescreen, on the 1927 silent version of Chicago (which may or may not have been directed primarily by Cecil B. DeMille on the QT)
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Famous Firsts: The Grim Reaper (La commare secca, 1961)

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At the unripe age of 21, Bernardo Bertolucci made his directorial debut directing a film Pier Paolo Pasolini lost interest in making after he had started work on Mamma Roma (1962), only his second directorial effort.
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Witness for the Prosecution (1957) | Piddleville

Witness for the Prosecution (1957) | Piddleville | Classic Movies | Scoop.it
Clever and sly, Witness for the Prosecution has the appearance of being a modest little film that manages to sneak up on you with great performances and a great ending.
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Cinema Viewfinder: Easter Parade

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...Done right, the restored versions of classic films often look better, sharper, and truer to their original film elements than they may have ever looked before, particularly on something with the deep and wide visual range of a Blu-ray disc.
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Topaze (Harry d’Abbadie d’Arrast, 1933)

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Topaze is a rather obscure but entertaining comedy-drama from RKO (sadly not on DVD, though it did come out on Laserdisc – but at time of posting it can be found online at YT), adapted from a French play by Marcel Pagnol, which sees Barrymore cast wildly against type.
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How Do Studios Decide What Movies Get Sequels? « the m0vie blog

How Do Studios Decide What Movies Get Sequels? « the m0vie blog | Classic Movies | Scoop.it
This is a question which has bothered me for quite a while now, because it seems like there should be an obvious answer, but I can’t really make a lot of decisions fit based on that.
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George Stevens' Giant (1956), in One Scene

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As the Siren's contribution to her friend Raymond de Felitta's valiant efforts to resurrect the sadly shredded reputation of the marvelous George Stevens, she was going to write up the movie Giant. After noodling around for a couple of weeks, she decided that all she really needed was this scene, one that ranks with the Siren's favorites in all of 1950s cinema and constitutes a remarkable piece of acting by the perpetually underappreciated Rock Hudson.
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Upstream (1927)

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It has been a few months shy of two years since I first learned about the cache of American films from the silent era found in the New Zealand Archive, and almost as long since I learned that a long-lost film by John Ford called Upstream was among them.
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Slander (1957)

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For decades Hollywood kept a tidy grip on the public reputations of its stars. When the talent got reckless, the studios moved quickly and discreetly to douse any brush fires - often with outside assistance, be it from cops or columnists.
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So Evil My Love: Missionary Turns Murderer

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I managed to see a sleeper a few days ago, “So Evil My Love,” (1948); it was one of those rare times I was actually able to sit down and watch a movie without interruptions ... It’s a story of a missionary widow (Ann Todd) who falls for a con-man (Ray Milland) who turns the pious woman into a cold blooded murderer.
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American Rebel: Eastwood bio disappointing read

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I found this book on Clint Eastwood disappointing. While any biography is going to be interpretative, this feels less interpretative than peppered with a lot of personal opinion.
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Noir Repository: The Phenix City Story

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Phenix City is a small Alabama town filled with vice. Illegal gambling houses running crooked games, prostitution, rigged elections, and murder are the status quo. A small group of vocal citizens have longed worked to rid their town of corruption but are always squashed by the local crime syndicate.
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Screenwriters, Directors, Bitterness and True Grit: Talking With Raymond De Felitta

Screenwriters, Directors, Bitterness and True Grit: Talking With Raymond De Felitta | Classic Movies | Scoop.it
The Siren recently got an email from Raymond De Felitta about her James Agee post. That led to a back-and-forth about screenwriters and directors, which was a lot of fun, since Raymond is both. The Siren asked his permission to post our musings...
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The Damned Don't Cry (1950)

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“The only thing that counts is that stuff you take to the bank--that filthy buck that everybody sneers at but slugs to get.”
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When Music Kills the Mood

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Last October my wife and I had an awful experience with a silent film, a modern score and an idiot emcee. It was, to date, our only bad experience at the AFI.
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Silent Naruse - Disc 1

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What is certain about seeing Mikio Naruse's earliest existing films is that the themes he would visit in his better known films were already well established. Both Flunky, Work Hard and No Blood Relation are about the sticky and fragile ties of love, money, happiness and family.
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The Strange Love of Martha Ivers(1946)

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The story begins, One rainy night, when Martha Ivers, a young girl wanting to get out from under her rich, domineering aunt's thumb, is caught trying to run away with her friend, Sam Masterson.
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