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Michael Piccoli, RIP

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On May 19, 2020
We shouldn’t let the death of the great French actor Michael Piccoli go unmentioned. I just watched Belle de Jour again a couple of weeks ago and he was great as the sleazy bachelor who encourages Catharine Deneuve to go into prostitution. But there’s so many great performances: Godard’s Le Mépris, a number of Buñuel […]

Max Von Sydow, RIP

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On March 11, 2020

It took 63 years, but Max von Sydow finally lost that chess match with death. Von Sydow was genuinely one of the greatest actors of cinema history. His work with Bergman isn’t exactly hip these

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Danny Aiello, RIP

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On December 13, 2019
One of the truly great character actors is no more. Do the Right Thing (of course). But also Léon the Professional, Fort Apache the Bronx, Purple Rose of Cairo, and so many others, plus the father in Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” video, of which he was not a fan. And when your first two screen […]

Medium Cool Indeed

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On October 11, 2019

For an actor who was never really successful or a star, Robert Forster sure was in a lot of interesting films. And whatever you make think of Tarantino he’s always had a brilliant eye for great

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Fonda

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On August 16, 2019
Peter Fonda was more myth than actor, thanks to him living a lifetime of fame based on Easy Rider. That movie doesn’t necessarily age well, especially the acid trip scene in New Orleans, but you can’t really overstate its importance. Fonda also had quality acting chops of his own, possibly equal to his sister if […]
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World War II did not lead to a wave of great literature, especially given its overwhelming importance in the twentieth century. But it sure led to a wave of great film. Perhaps no other event has so dominated global film. Some of this is of course lucky timing–the postwar world saw arguably the artistic peak […]
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