Michael Curtiz
Columns // 3 Articles
Reviews // 6 Articles
Blogs // 8 Articles
//Columns

The Hollywood Star as Fetish Object: Joan Crawford in 'Mildred Pierce'
4 Jun 2017 // 9:30 PM

Joan Crawford embodies the universal cipher: a flat, empty surface that reflects anything but reveals nothing. There was never a more perfect actress.

Ruining Their Reputations: Pre-Code Movies Have a Naughty Reputation That's Not Always Deserved
1 Jul 2012 // 6:10 PM

Not every pre-Code film is a Scarface or Baby Face; some are only mediocre faces.

//Reviews

The Comancheros
1 Jun 2011 // 4:58 PM

A Texas Ranger and a smooth-talking gambler go undercover to take down a notorious gang of gunrunners.

White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life
9 Nov 2009 // 3:58 PM

While they might be right out of the Saturday Evening Post with their Norman Rockwell-esque moralizing and message, one cannot deny how thoroughly entertaining and iconic they both are.

//Blogs

From Hungary to Hollywood: "The Undesirable"
23 May 2016 // 9:45 PM

At just over an hour, a lot happens in this broadly gestured, melodramatic story set in Transylvania.

A Profile of the Great Profile: 'The Mad Genius' and 'The Great Man Votes'
19 Nov 2015 // 3:30 AM

Two performances from John Barrymore take us from pre-Code camp to prescient political satire.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

The Thoughtful Absurdity of 'Spaceplan'

// Moving Pixels

"Spaceplan is a goofy game that still manages to pack a potent emotional punch.

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