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Alfred Hitchcock May Be a Moralist, but He Does Not Moralize

Hitchcock’s Moral Gaze argues that Hitchcock examined the darkest edges of his characters to help his audience understand their connection with the act of watching, gazing, and sometimes not connecting.

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The Difference Between Remembering and Watching an American Classic: 'The Hustler'

Often associated with Minnesota Fats and the glamour of pool, The Hustler is more about the dark underside of the game and the lives of its lead characters, with Jackie Gleason's well-recalled turn as Fats playing only a minor role in the drama.

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The Golden Age of Television

There was a time when television was still understood to be a mingling of media: a hybrid of stage, film, and radio.

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Cool Hand Paul Newman

An actor for the ages; whose Luke was a model for the ensnared individual, struggling to survive in the smothering organizational order enveloping us.

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Paul Newman's Influential, Classic Performances in The Hustler and The Verdict

In an era of relatively reserved American cinema, when most actors would be concerned with their images as leading men, Newman was not afraid to experiment and go with his artistic impulses.

Matt Mazur
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Edward R. Murrow: The Best of Person to Person

He stood up to one of America's most notorious politicians and upheld the principles of truth and justice. It's just too bad Edward R. Murrow applied that strategy to everything he did, including celebrity interviews.

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Inside The Actors Studio - Icons

Tuning in to see stars at their most bat-shit loony is one of the most pure forms of contemporary American entertainment, so there is a grain of merit to be found in each episode.

Matt Mazur
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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Historians and pulp comic fans knew their story, but most didn't. The enduring image of the affable outlaws was born in this classic 1969 film. That the story is fairly true to life is even more remarkable.

Glenn McDonald
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Cars (2006)

Thrilling in its shiny surface detail, the NASCAR scene stretches before you like an anthropomorphized vista: this is the immediate future of animation, and Pixar, recently and loudly sold to Disney, means to own it.

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Robert Altman Collection: Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould, Robert Duvall, Carol Burnett - PopMatters

This uneven collection is a definite example of the adage 'when he's good, he's very good, but when he's bad, he's very bad'.

Matt Mazur
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Our Town (2003)

Our Town is revered for its simple structure and shorthand summation of the human journey.

Samantha Bornemann
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A New Kind of Love (1963)

The film offers up a timeless double standard: a man who has many sexual partners is considered masculine, but a woman with multiple partners is a slut.

Kevin Jagernauth
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Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)

The viewer is left feeling that the Manhattan Project would have been a fantastic topic for a miniseries, but is an awful one for a 120-minute studio flick.

Matthew Callan
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Nobody's Fool (1994)

Paul Newman plays Donald 'Sully' Sullivan, a shiftless 60-year-old forever dodging his responsibilities.

Jesse Hassenger
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Road to Perdition (2002)

The perfectly grim surface evokes eons of pain, as well as a highly stylized contemporary sensibility, not so much cynical as skeptical and self-aware.

Cynthia Fuchs
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