Monthly Archives: February 2015

456 pages = 62 minutes

My paperback edition of Wilkie Collins’ “The Moonstone” runs to 456 pages, but when Monogram Pictures decided to film the famed novel in 1934, they boiled it all down to 62 minutes. Here’s how they did it. First, they updated … Continue reading

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The Blonde Lady of Film Noir

If I’m not mistaken Lizabeth Scott was the last of the leading ladies of classic film noir. Her later life was sufficiently reclusive that I thought she had passed away years ago. In her heyday Scott’s forte was playing rough-edged … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About “Expressionism”–in Movies

Recently I almost jumped out of my seat, spilling my popcorn, when a commentator on a DVD made the bald statement that Fritz Lang was not an Expressionist. Wow, I said to myself, Lang was one of the most expressionistic … Continue reading

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The First Modern Peplum

The peplum, or sword-and-sandal film had been an Italian film specialty since the days of the silent film, indeed, films like “Cabiria” and “The Last Days of Pompeii” helped put Italian cinema on the map, but Carmine Gallone’s 1937 film … Continue reading

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Re-Floating the “Mary Deare”

CAUTION: CONTAINS “SPOILERS” I don’t know where Michael Anderson’s “The Wreck of the ‘Mary Deare’” stands in the eyes of movie lovers these days. I don’t think it’s very much spoken of, which leads me to suspect that it’s dwelling … Continue reading

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