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Audrey Hepburn + Rome = Grace, Class, and Beauty

William Wyler's Roman Holiday crosses the postcard genre with a hardy trope: Old World royalty seeks escape from stuffy, ritual-bound, lives for a fling with the modern world, especially with Americans.

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Sam Wasson's 'The Big Goodbye' Puts Roman Polanski's 'Chinatown' in Its Place

Social historian Sam Wasson's The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood, is a graceful and compelling elegy to both Roman Polanski's landmark film, and the end times of old Hollywood.

Film

Lost In Hollywood: Dietrich and Von Sternberg's American Cinema

Across six films from 1930-1935 newly restored in a Criterion Collection box set, director Josef von Sternberg and star Marlene Dietrich brought controversy and style to the Hollywood template.

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Elsa Lanchester Was Born to Defy Heteronormativity

The reissue of autobiography Elsa Lanchester, Herself, brings forth an engaging woman who helped to queer Hollywood well beyond her role in The Bride of Frankenstein.

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Film History 'Nobody’s Girl Friday' Is a Wise Counterpoint to the "Great Man" Auteur Theory

We've always been aware that films are not immaculately created. Smyth's work is a meticulously researched history of how women entered, developed, sustained, and grew within the Hollywood dream factory.

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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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Double-agents, Movie Stars, Studio Moguls, and 'Hitler in Los Angeles'

While America was riveted by the "Red Scare" on the one hand, it failed to see what the other hand, the Nazi threat, was doing.

Film

What Did Hollywood Do to Female Director, Elaine May?

Director Elaine May belongs to that list of otherwise male creative geniuses who naturally clash with the commercial system, including Erich Von Stroheim, Orson Welles, and Otto Preminger.

Games

Navigating the Hollywood Monsters of the 'Resident Evil' Videogame Franchise

From crawling to walking to running to the White House: dissecting 20 years of zombie evolution, courtesy of Resident Evil.

Music

Queen: Queen on Air - The Complete BBC Radio Sessions

An early collection of BBC radio sessions show Britain's glam rock kings taking their painstaking technique to a looser environment, with often winning results.

Music

Carly Van Skaik - "Blue Diamond Eyes" (audio) (premiere)

Carly Van Skaik unveils Mazzy Star-evoking tune ahead of debut EP's release.

Film

There Are No Accidents on 'Mulholland Drive'

David Lynch's Mulholland Drive unfolds in a series of desires, warnings, and deals that are often made under duress by unseen malevolent forces, or motivated by darkness within.

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Criterion Puts Charlie Chaplin in a Different 'Limelight'

Criterion's official release of Limelight should finally give Charlie Chaplin the proper recognition he deserves for his sound films.

Television

Can Television Be a Solution to Hollywood's Diversity Problem?

We are living in the second Golden Age of Television, and not just because the writing is so good: TV is where we can tune in for real diversity.

Film

Tom Cruise: Hollywood's Last Great Movie Star

Tom Cruise is the most consistent movie star Hollywood has, and when he stops making films, his absence will signify the end of an era.

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'A Life of Barbara Stanwyck, Steel-True' Has Moments of Energy and Verve

The long-awaited first volume of an encyclopedic biography of Barbara Stanwyck’s life and career arrives on shelves with plenty of flaws for the second installment to correct.

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If You Tickle Us, Do We Not Laugh?

The Criterion release of Ernst Lubitsch's farcical antidote for Nazism, To Be or Not To Be proves worthy of a masterpiece, with a pristine transfer and extras that illustrate how only he could have done it.

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The Surprises that Quiet Epiphanies Can Present to the Attentive Wanderer: Jim Gavin's 'Middle Men'

Jim Gavin's background (a stint assisting Jeopardy, working for a plumbing firm and other odd jobs) enables him to present "middle men" striving to get by or get ahead as equals, not from a position of condescension, parody, or romanticism.

Film

'American Pop'... Matters: Ron Thompson, the Illustrated Man Unsung

More than just a rock performance piece, American Pop is an engrossing drama with a pathos that burns through the animation cells in certain scenes even to this day.

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'Full Service': Shenanigans from Film's Golden Age

If you’re looking for an unvarnished account of the closeted sexual shenanigans of Hollywood’s Golden Age — and a good trashy read at the same time — then Full Service is the full enchilada.

Adam Tschorn
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'French Cinema' Is a Tangled, Rumpled Jumble of a History

French Cinema is a popular history that makes its own eccentric claims on what that history should be.

Comics

Cirulnick & Manpearl have their Shootout with Legend

Wyatt Earp the entrepreneur rather than the gunfighter is perhaps the most audacious image for a world where capitalism has gone on strike. In the concluding issue of Earp: Saints for Sinners creators Matt Cirulnick and David Manpearl not only reassert the emotional core of Earp's story, but imply a way out of our financial crisis.

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Laura Huxley Has Her Say About Laura Huxley in 'Huxley on Huxley'

Aldous Huxley's second wife discusses her life before, during and after her marriage to the eminent author of Brave New World and The Doors of Perception.

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'The Starlet': Wishing, Fervently, for a World Without Fanny Packs

The prose is slick, the dialog believable, the humor subtle, and the characters self-destructive. What more could you want in a summer read?

Books

A Murder Mystery From the Early Days of Cinema

This murder mystery won't do Thomas Edison's rep any favors, but it's a mighty fun read.

Music

Marina & The Diamonds: The Family Jewels

Marina has very ambitious goals for herself, which I can't imagine the majority of her audience really sharing on her behalf.

Music

India's Fair Skin Ambassadors Welcome Hip-Hop's New Dark Knight (video)

Since Shahrukh Khan is showing Akon around Bollywood, imagine that awkward moment when the two are out on the town and they encounter the Fair and Handsome advertising chair, and Shahrukh Khan says to Akon, "I'd like you to meet my sponsor."

Books

High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly by Donald Spoto

In his biography of Grace Kelly, Donald Spoto spends much time trying to polish a gem that shines all on its own.

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The Hills: Season Five

At the end of the day it's all about the bodies, the cars and the clothes, as well as the incredible things that occasionally come out of the cast-members' mouths.

Film

A Tough Road for Hollywood's Female Film Directors

Like most big-time movie directors, Kasi Lemmons had a studio driver to take her to and from the set of her new film, Talk to Me. "He said he'd driven 130 directors," Lemmons recalled. "And I was the first woman director he'd driven."

Mary F. Pols
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Conversations with the Great Moviemakers of Hollywoods Golden Age at the American Film Institute

"I'm just rebellious because I don't want to make shit."

David Sterritt

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