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Rent it now: unexpected thrills in a French kitchen

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D.A. Pennebaker has been making good documentaries for so many years now that film buffs have learned to follow the director-cameraman-editor wherever his interests might take him. Pennebaker’s long list of films includes the classic Bob Dylan documentary, “Don’t Look Back” (1967), as well as the Clinton campaign film “The War Room” (1993) he made […] [Read More]
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Bad Movies We Love: ‘Youngblood Hawke’

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The sexual revolution of the late 1960s put an end to one of my favorite Hollywood genres — the lurid potboilers adapted from the naughty novels of hugely popular (and now forgotten) writers such as Harold Robbins and Grace Metalious. The filmmakers of the 1950s and 1960s couldn’t get away with the smut to be […] [Read More]
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‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’: The lost art of letter writing

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We’ve gained so much through the technological advances of recent years, but we’ve lost some wonderful things, too. Near the top of my list of sad losses is the end of letter writing brought about by the rise of emails and texting and the social networks. A decade ago, when I was packing up my […] [Read More]
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#FridayReads ‘My Lunches with Orson’

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2013 was a great year for books about old-time Hollywood. First, we had the fantastic “Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations” and then “My Lunches with Orson” (Metropolitan Books) which preserves a number of conversations director Henry Jaglom had with Orson Welles 30 years ago. The appeal of both books is their presentation of no holds […] [Read More]
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Alison Fraser & the music of Tennessee Williams

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Ghostlight Records has preserved a cabaret show called “Tennessee Williams: Words and Music” by the terrific singing actress Alison Fraser who has graced countless New York shows over the past 30 years, from the original production of William Finn’s landmark musical “March of the Falsettos” to the recent, daffy Charles Busch comedy “The Divine Sister.” […] [Read More]
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‘Mothers and Sons’: a new chapter in McNally’s gay history

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The Terrence McNally play, “Mothers and Sons,” deals with the lingering impact of the AIDS crisis on those who survived the devastation of the 1980s and 1990s but it also looks at a younger generation of gay men who want to put that history behind them in a new century with all sorts of new […] [Read More]
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‘Keep Quiet’: when good people do bad things

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Some of our best thriller writers have been taking chances with the form and breaking out of any boxes reviewers or readers might have put them in. Last night, I started the new Andrew Gross book, “Everything to Lose,” which is set in post-recession suburbia and continues the author’s recent use of female protagonists to […] [Read More]
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A forgotten romantic comedy by Wendy Wasserstein

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“The Object of My Affection” broke new romantic comedy ground in 1998 in its story of a New York City woman who befriends and then falls in love with a gay man. While this plot might have seemed radical to moviegoers in Peoria or Duluth, screenwriter Wendy Wasserstein knew that this sort of unrequited passion […] [Read More]
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