Mervyn Leroy
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"Come Again, Little Girl": 32 Films That Begin With Someone Leaving a Mental Institution (1904-2012)
17 Mar 2016 // 9:30 PM

These 32 films make the case for the recently-escaped-or-released-mental-patient narrative as its own subgenre, replete with a language of recurring themes, plot devices, and character archetypes.


The Guys Who Bond in the Sky: 'Toward the Unknown'
3 Aug 2011 // 5:00 PM

All this aircraft is blatantly fetishized, with Bond at one point giving his plane an impulsive and passionate smack of the lips.


All the Lonely Women in 'Home Before Dark' and 'The Night Digger'
27 Feb 2011 // 3:59 PM

It's a woman's film in which the problem is the marriage, a state that other films end on happily as the fulfillment of all a heroine's narrative promises.


'Phantom of Paris' and 'Gentleman's Fate' Tie Up John Gilbert's Career
29 Feb 2016 // 9:20 PM

Disguises, dual identities, and reversals of fortune haunt John Gilbert, matinee idol.

'Broadminded' and 'Elmer the Great' Are the Depression Era's Cinematic Escapism
15 Oct 2014 // 10:00 AM

That Joe E. Brown, he's got a mouth on him.

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"No Dollars in Duende": On Making Uncompromising, Spirited Music

// Sound Affects

"On the elusive yet clearly existential sadness that adds layers and textures to music.

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