Articles tagged john huston, orson welles, william wyler

John Huston and Truman Capote’s Bizarre Confection, ‘Beat the Devil’

Beat the Devil, playing at the Film Forum, is so tongue-in-cheek that it would seem to have caused disfiguration.

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The Working Man’s Heist in ‘The Asphalt Jungle’

The heist film finds its genesis in John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle, a top-notch and unglamorous depiction of criminal life in the city.

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Play Out the Play: Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight

Bursting with vertiginous momentum, Chimes at Midnight presents a wonderfully sociable anti-sociality.

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Criterion Draws Fresh Restorations From Welles With ‘Chimes at Midnight’ and ‘The Immortal Story’

In his late period, Orson Welles was just getting started.

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The Ontology of the Story in ‘The Immortal Story’

A story is told, not lived. It's experienced as a sort of opiate, a momentary deferral of lived experience.

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Extra Large Popcorn, Please: The Film Forum’s “Return of the Double Feature”

Originating as a practical means to ensure financial solvency, the “double feature” may now serve a more profound aesthetic purpose.

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Rooting for Harry Lime: ‘The Third Man’ As Morally Ambiguous Heterotopia

The Third Man's film-noir vision of a fractured postwar landscape creates an ‘other space’ (heterotopia), through which its moral realities and boundaries still resonate.

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1 Sep 2015 // 9:40 AM

Double Take: The African Queen (1951)

What a time they had, Charlie and Rosie. They'll never lack for stories to tell their grandchildren. And what a time we had at Double Take discussing the spiritual and romantic journey of the African Queen.

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Orson Welles Is Like the Eccentric Uncle in ‘Around the World With Orson Welles’

A combination of sublime and ridiculous makes for a surprisingly enjoyable show.

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The ‘Magician’ Is Orson Welles, But Not As You Know Him

The story of extravagant talent unfulfilled is turned on its head in this simplistic yet entertaining retelling of Orson Welles' career

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‘Broadcast Hysteria’ Revisits When a Pop Culture Event Went Wildly Viral

This deeply researched account reveals the history and misconceptions behind the legendary piece of radio theater, "War of the Worlds".

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Orson Welles Is Still Having the Last Laugh in ‘Magician’

Chuck Workman's Magician presents a vision of a man who made an equitable bargain with his genius and enjoyed a life larger than most of us could imagine.

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‘Odd Man Out’ and ‘The Lady From Shanghai’ Set the Stage for Carol Reed’s ‘The Third Man’

These two movies can be seen as cinematic cousins of Carol Reed's The Third Man, sharing some lineage while nonetheless carving out their own idiosyncratic identities.

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4 May 2015 // 1:29 PM

Remembering Orson Welles at 100

Forgive Orson Welles his excesses from steaks and milkshakes to impossible dreams and wish him a happy birthday wherever he is.

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Orson Welles: The Lion in Winter, and at Lunch

Taken from long-lost recordings and filled with Hollywood gossip and personal revelations, this collection of transcripts proves why Orson Welles was one of the great conversationalists of all time.

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Orson Welles and ‘40s Film Noir

As Welles had created shadowy noir images in the war years, by the end of the war, he captured the cultural climate of the emerging postwar era in his underrated 1946 noir, The Stranger.

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‘Citizen Kane’ Is a Labyrinth Without a Centre

The labyrinth structure of the film calls for the audience to be shown a solution, the potential 'centre' of the film.

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Orson Welles’ Subversive Genius: ‘The Third Man’, Film Noir and the Cold War

Could it be that Orson Welles was directing the films he was acting in even when he wasn't officially "directing" them?

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Director Spotlight: Aspects of Orson Welles

From Citizen Kane (1941) to his "mutilated masterpiece" follow-up The Magnificent Ambersons to The Trial (1962), the essayists in this collection will take you on a journey into the filmic realms and mind of the filmmaker whom many call genius.

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Internet Saved the Radio Star: The Rise of Podcast Drama

Welcome to Night Vale, the news show from a town that doesn't exist, has quickly and unexpectedly become America's favourite podcast. As the next stage in audio fiction's evolution takes shape, it also confirms the curious, enduring appeal of stories on the radio.

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On Truth and Dark Turns in 'Tickled'

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"The tickling wormhole seems to be getting deeper...

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