DVD Review: <em>Kitty Foyle</em>(1940) from Warner Archive
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DVD Review: Kitty Foyle(1940) from Warner Archive

Kitty Foyle (Ginger Rogers)–a working-class girl born and raised in Philadelphia, where the lines between the classes are distinctly drawn and adhered to rigidly–does the unthinkable: she falls in love with a “Main Line” boy, Wyn Strafford (Dennis Morgan), for whom she works as a typist. Though Wyn loves her in return, he faces immense pressure from … Continue reading

DVD Review: The Hildegarde Withers Mystery Collection
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DVD Review: The Hildegarde Withers Mystery Collection

In 1931, novelist Stuart Palmer introduced a new detective into the mystery pantheon, a schoolmarm spinster by the name of Hildegarde Withers. The character was relatively popular, appearing in sixteen novels and short story collections before Palmer’s death in 1968. Hildegarde is, in spirit, similar to her much more famous British counterpart, Miss Marple, the star … Continue reading

The Story of Film: An Odyssey — The Work of Alice Guy-Blaché
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The Story of Film: An Odyssey — The Work of Alice Guy-Blaché

In the first episode of his 2011 documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey (airing tonight at 10PM EST on TCM), Mark Cousins examines the technical roots of film by taking viewers on a brief visual tour of, among other places, the factory of the Lumière brothers in France. Fascinated by the possibilities of motion pictures, … Continue reading

The Story of Film: An Odyssey — Chapter One, “The Birth of the Cinema”
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The Story of Film: An Odyssey — Chapter One, “The Birth of the Cinema”

This fall, Turner Classic Movies will play host to The Story of Film: An Odyssey. This fifteen-part documentary, which originally aired on British television back in 2011, is the brainchild of film critic Mark Cousins, based on his 2004 book of the same name. The documentary provides an overview of the history of cinema worldwide, … Continue reading

Summer Under the Stars: Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
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Summer Under the Stars: Unfaithfully Yours (1948)

The early 1940s in Hollywood were the unofficial Age of Sturges.  Writer/director/producer/general wunderkind Preston Sturges made eight films in the period between 1940 and 1943, and several of these pictures—chiefly among them Sullivan’s Travels, The Lady Eve (both 1941), The Palm Beach Story (1942), and The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (filmed in 1942, released in 1944)—have become veritable comedy classics in the … Continue reading

William Holden, the “Golden Boy”
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William Holden, the “Golden Boy”

William Holden had a long and storied career in Hollywood, ultimately starring in more than sixty films and garnering an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in 1953’s Stalag 17. His breakthrough had come three years earlier in another film for his Stalag director, Billy Wilder: the seminal 1950 classic Sunset Boulevard. But before making his … Continue reading

Movie Review: Turbo
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Movie Review: Turbo

The Fast and the Furious with snails. That’s how writer-director David Soren pitched Turbo, the latest release from DreamWorks Animation. And yes, the film is just that implausibly simple: gastropod Theo (Ryan Reynolds) yearns to move as fast as the cars driven by his Indy-racing heroes like Guy Gagne (Bill Hader). But Theo’s inherent slowness—along … Continue reading

Animation 2013: Coming Attractions (and Prior Distractions)
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Animation 2013: Coming Attractions (and Prior Distractions)

These days, the art of producing animated features in Hollywood feels like a hit-or-miss game. Some films succeed spectacularly–and deservedly–due to stunning visuals, intriguing story lines, and spot-on vocal performances (a majority of the Pixar oeuvre prior to 2011; many of DreamWorks’ recent productions, most notably 2010’s How to Train Your Dragon; Nickelodeon’s endlessly inventive, Oscar-winning Rango … Continue reading