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Notes On: TOUCH OF EVIL and F FOR FAKE.

Let’s get this out of the way up front: I love Orson Welles. Along with John Cassavetes and Terrence Malick he’s part of my personal American Filmmaking Pantheon, so don’t expect this blog post to be anything but a mash … Continue reading

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Notes on: CASABLANCA and SABRINA

What is it that makes Bogart so romantic? The confidence, or the tortured look that knows what it belies? His career is filled with men that were fallen, torn, but wanted to be more than that were. Perhaps that’s the … Continue reading

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Notes on ROAD TO MOROCCO and SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS

Hollywood always loved the road film, even if they were shot entirely on a back lot. Exotic locales, a revolving cast of characters, episodic plots, the road film was a perfect platform for studios to display the range of their … Continue reading

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Notes on HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER and ROOSTER COGBURN

The early 70s marked a turning point for the American western. Arguably the prototypical American film genre, the western had existed since at least Edwin S Porter’s THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY in 1903, an early landmark of the silent cinema. … Continue reading

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