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Author: Joe Meyers


Killing 1960s radicals for sport

Film critic Michael Atkinson once wrote of “the uncelebrated genius of Peter Watkins” and I agree with his assessment of the position of the 80-year-old creator of “The War Game,” “Culloden,”

Capturing Hemingway’s work on film

It’s an understatement to say that Ernest Hemingway was not well served by Hollywood. “The Sun Also Rises,” “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” “The Old Man and the Sea,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and the

A feminist case for Elizabeth Taylor

Walker and Company published a smart little book  — “The Accidental Feminist” — in which the cultural critic M.G. Lord shows us how Elizabeth Taylor became an unlikely political barrier breaker both

Mel Gibson before the fall

Remember those long ago days before Mel Gibson turned into a ranting, drunken, anti-Semitic mess and his career imploded? Today’s kids probably find it hard to believe there was a time when the raspy,

When Steve McQueen made a big mistake

A documentary by Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna examines a troubled period in the life of movie star Steve McQueen when he tried to take more control of his destiny, with disastrous results. The

When Hollywood built films around women

Now 67, Streep has become a sui generis figure in Hollywood — the only American woman of her generation who has not been forced into television or mediocre roles in movies. Almost without exception,

The elusive Tuesday Weld in her prime

Hollywood got very nervous about movie violence in 1968 as a result of the terrible events of that year. In 1967, “Bonnie and Clyde” was condemned in some quarters for glamorizing violence, so when

In praise of Robert Vaughn

The Warner Archive DVD-on-demand operation does a great job of serving fans’ needs for obscure movies both on the high and low ends of the Hollywood scale. The company has brought unjustly neglected

Remembering the late, great Madeline Kahn

William V. Madison delivers an honest and appreciative biography of a terrific actress in “Madeline Kahn,” published by the University Press of Mississippi. Madison talked with many admirers — from

‘Imagine That!: an exceptional life

If I wasn’t already committed to attending CrimeCONN at the Westport Library tomorrow, I would be heading to the Barnes and Noble store in Westport at 2 p.m. for the launch of the new James Mapes