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WWII comes alive in ‘Sleep in Peace Tonight’

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James MacManus takes us back to London in early 1941 — when the United States was still refusing to aid Britain — in his vivid new historical novel “Sleep in Peace Tonight” (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press). The novel deals with the vital role President Franklin Roosevelt’s right-hand man, Harry Hopkins, played in bringing FDR […] [Read More]
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Frank Capra retrospective highlights earlier, darker films

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That indispensable non-profit Manhattan movie house, Film Forum, is launching a major two-week Frank Capra retrospective on Friday, with many of the screenings featuring new digital restorations. Although the director had a run a huge hits lasting more than two decades, he was often saddled with the label “Capracorn” implying that he was hopelessly sentimental […] [Read More]
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‘American Hippie’: Israeli counterculture relic resurfaces

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Never released in this country, and long forgotten in its homeland, the 1972 Israeli production “An American Hippie in Israel” has been generating cult movie attention since Grindhouse Releasing put out a three-disc DVD last year. Bob Murawski, who runs Grindhouse, deserves most of the credit for this oddball revival because it was his decision […] [Read More]
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#FridayReads ‘New York Mid-Century 1945-1965

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A very pleasing combination of first-rate text and wonderfully chosen illustrations, the new Vendome Press book “New York Mid-Century 1945-1965” takes us through one of the peak periods in the history of New York, in terms of the arts and pop culture. Our guides through this dazzling time and place are Annie Cohen-Salal, Paul Goldberger […] [Read More]
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‘The Country House’: master craftsmanship on Broadway

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The old-fashioned virtues of the “well-made play” are on view in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of “The Country House” by Donald Margulies, opening tonight on Broadway. There will be critics who complain that the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright’s view of a theatrical clan gathered in Williamstown, Massachusetts, is too tidy, but I relished every […] [Read More]
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A Stamford homecoming for ‘Naked Kiss’ star Michael Dante

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Time has healed the wounds inflicted on the Samuel Fuller film “The Naked Kiss” when it opened in 1964. Fuller’s portrait of a prostitute (Constance Towers) trying to go straight with a new life in a new town went unreviewed in most magazines and newspapers, and moviegoers had to travel to some rather disreputable B-movie […] [Read More]
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‘The Cosmoplitans’: movie to TV exodus continues

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Add Whit Stillman to the growing list of smart movie directors who are finding shelter in the ever-expanding world of TV. The creator of “Metropolitan,” “Barcelona” and “Damsels in Distress” recently unveiled a pilot for a potential series, “The Cosmopolitans,” produced by Amazon for its home video entertainment division. The witty and beautifully produced half-hour […] [Read More]
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Rent it now: the still provocative British classic ‘Victim’

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Video distributors love to celebrate anniversaries with reissues of their major titles. “Ben-Hur” appeared in 2011 in a belated deluxe 50th anniversary edition — the restoration of the 1959 best picture Oscar winner was so complicated that Warner Home Video delivered the DVD set two years late. A multi-disc anniversary edition of the 1961 hit “West Side […] [Read More]
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