Wednesday, May 20 2009
The 1934 Production Code’s puritanical stance towards sexuality is often highlighted by contemporary historians, but it also held extremely reactionary political mandates that forbade movie representations of conflicts between capital and labor.
Wednesday, July 23 2008
Mann scatters fragments of Shakespeare’s King Lear into the mix along with the familial clinches of Eugene O’Neill’s dour compositions
Sunday, March 30 2008
Hooray for 'Hollywood': Second volume of '30s 'Forbidden' films is a fascinating collection.
Sunday, June 17 2007
In its infancy, the cinematic artform went through some formidable technological and stylistic changes. The ten DVDs discussed here highlight the very definition of the Golden Age of filmmaking.
Wednesday, January 10 2007
From solid single issues to amazingly complete film and television compilations, the works highlighted here argue for DVD's continued importance.
Wednesday, July 26 2006
Tensions caused by the growth of urbanization and industrialization and the dying out of the frontier, the excesses of the robber barons and the risk they pose to democracy, and the angst of Civil War veterans trying to find their place in the world, again, set the stage for this virtuous, wealthy, 19th century family.
Monday, February 23 2004
Edward Dmytryk makes fine use of the French Quarter's Byzantine ironwork, its shadowy foyers, and the Escher-like twists of its courtyards and balconies.
Sunday, January 1 1995
One gets the feeling that Preston Sturges shot his creative wad early on, then exhausted by fighting the suits' efforts to censor his work.