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David Lazar's 'Celeste Holm  Syndrome' Appreciates Hollywood's Unsung Character Actors

David Lazar's Celeste Holm Syndrome documents how character actor work is about scene-defining, not scene-stealing.

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'We’ll Always Have Casablanca'

Even if you don't agree with Umberto Eco that "Casablanca is not one movie; it is 'movies'," you can still learn a lot by reading Isenberg's book and have a great time in the process.

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'Pink Slipped', a Study of Women Working in Silent Film, Questions the Source

Film history is re-written both deliberately and inadvertently, and so the consideration of it as "fact" becomes tricky, as Jane Gaines' work reveals.

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Was '60s Sexploitation Cinema More Than Just Pornography?

Film history work Lewd Looks argues that sexploitation films provided an underground and important bridge between the end of old Hollywood and the start of something else.

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'Reinventing Hollywood' Educates, Illuminates and Connects Films Past and Present

David Bordwell effectively argues that the change in the era of bold, different, sometimes difficult films from the '40s made a permanent mark of cinematic storytelling that resonates to this day.

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Glistening Male Bodies in Film: 'Descended From Hercules'

This is an extensive and thoughtful survey of the peplum that's limited only by its ambition.

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Trailing the Artisans of Oneiric Worlds in Anand Pandian's 'Reel World'

Reel World reconciles the recondite with the banal, the sublime with the quotidian, and the real with the mythological.

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Her Own Brand of Stardom: 'Nicole Kidman: BFI Film Stars Series'

The British film historian Pam Cook examines 20 years worth of Nicole Kidman's varied career to place this unique actress within a new context as Australia's first global star.

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Hollywood’s Ancient Worlds by Jeffrey Richards

It’s a truism that period movies are never about the time in which they were set, but about the time in which they were made, and Richards finds this particularly true of the ancient world epic.

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Abel Ferrara by Nicole Brenez

Strangest of all is the fan-club enthusiasm of Brenez's approach.

David Sterritt

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