Rent it now: Ed McBain classic via Japan, ‘High and Low’

American crime fiction heavily influenced French filmmakers Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard who turned to lesser-known U.S. novelists David Goodis and Lionel White for the great films “Shoot the
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‘Of Gods and Men’: austere terror in a monastery

Xavier Beauvois’ film “Of Gods and Men” was the official French submission in last year’s foreign language film Oscar race, but the panel that picks the five nominations left this one off the list.
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Fabled flops that gave ‘Spider-Man’ a run for its money

After I caught the matinee of “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” that I wrote about in this space last week, I picked up Steven Suskin’s 2006 book “Second Act Trouble” (Applause Books) and had a great
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‘Anything Goes’: Ethel & Frank at the dawn of television

With a fresh production of the Cole Porter classic “Anything Goes” in previews in New York — starring Sutton Foster — the new Entertainment One DVD of a 1954 TV version of the musical is perfectly
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Natalie Dessay returns to the scene of an earlier triumph

The great French soprano Natalie Dessay played a key role in blowing some of the cobwebs off the Metropolitan Opera four years ago when new general manager Peter Gelb plastered strikingly
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Rent it now: Francois Truffaut’s ‘The Wild Child’

Black-and-white moviemaking more or less ceased in the mid-1960s when the movie studios began to receive significantly lower fees from TV networks for movies that were not shot in color. Despite the
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‘Spider-Man’ goes back to the drawing board

After filing my report here on the Sunday matinee of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” — where the widely reported technical problems with the show finally seemed to be under control — the musical was
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Redford vs. Goldman on ‘All the President’s Men’ creation

An excerpt from Michael Feeney Callan’s new biography of Robert Redford in the April Vanity Fair should stir up controversy in Hollywood. The book fragment is about the making of the 1976 classic
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