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This is the grave of Preston Sturges. Arguably the greatest comedic director since Chaplin, Sturges was born in 1898 in Chicago. His mom was an artist-type and pretty eccentric. She left her husband when Sturges was a baby and went to Paris to start an singing career. That didn’t really go anywhere. She returned to […]

Milos Forman

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On April 17, 2018

As you may have seen, Milos Forman has died. Ultimately, his career is defined by a couple of great movies, followed by a series of solid but not spectacular Hollywood productions. Nothing wrong with

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Sekigawa’s Hiroshima

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On March 2, 2018
I have long been fascinated with World War II movies. Unlike literature, where the war didn’t lead to as many great works as one might think, there are an amazing number of astounding World War II movies. Some were made at the time, some after the war. It coincided with probably the greatest period of […]
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The Art of Monstrous Men

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On November 21, 2017
I’ve been debating how to handle the great art of horrible men. There are many ways to handle this. If you don’t want to watch any Polanski films again, that’s certainly one’s right, but I am not going to stop watching Chinatown once a year. Where it gets more tricky is when the art itself […]
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Fantastic Planet

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On October 22, 2017
I subscribed to Filmstruck awhile ago and have seen some pretty interesting films on it. But perhaps none as fascinating as Fantastic Planet, from 1973. A Czech animated film, except that the director (Renè Laloux) and language was French, this film, made in Prague and begun just before the Soviet invasion in 1968, follows the […]

Under Two Jags

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On October 3, 2017

In tonight’s film, we have Stan Laurel wearing a metric ton of makeup (which he did in all his early films)! A setting in the Arab world! The British Army! It’s gold, I tell you, gold! Fro

Annie Oakley

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On October 2, 2017

Since today has unfortunately been dominated by Americans’ obsession with guns and violence, might as well make tonight’s film perhaps the first gun scene ever placed on film, a demonstrat

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