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‘Super Fly’: New York City 43 years ago

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It was good to see the Gordon Parks Jr. film “Super Fly” included on the list of 100 best New York City films in the current “Hollywood” issue of Vanity Fair. Coincidentally, a few weeks ago, I watched the film for the first time in 43 years when it was shown as part of the […] [Read More]
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‘The Whites’: whatever it is, it’s great

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There has been a lot of publishing world chatter over the past week about the new Henry Holt novel “The Whites” and its unusual author billing — “Richard Price Writing As Harry Brandt.” Writing under a “pseudonym” that is exposed on a book’s cover is bizarre, to say the least, but in a New York […] [Read More]
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Bad Movies We Love: ‘Where Love Has Gone’

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“50 Shades of Grey” author E.L. James has nothing on the late great Harold Robbins when it comes to bestselling smut. Robbins too was accused of peddling porn disguised as popular fiction and had his own problems with small town libraries (and bookstores) banning his racier titles. But readers in the 1950s and 1960s couldn’t […] [Read More]
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Missing Alistair Cooke on ‘Masterpiece Theater’

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When I was researching a piece on the new “The Jewel in the Crown” DVD recently I had a great time paging through a lavishly illustrated history of “Masterpiece Theatre” that PBS put out in 1996 to mark the series’ 25th anniversary. The show has suffered over the past decade or so from increased competition […] [Read More]
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The elusive Tuesday Weld in her prime

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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 Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were both killed in the spring of 1968 — and riots erupted in cities all […] [Read More]
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A forgotten piece of smut from 1968

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The terrific Warner Archive program released another horribly fascinating DVD a few years ago — a painfully out of touch MGM comedy from 1968, “The Impossible Years.” When I say “out of touch” I don’t mean that the passage of time has been unkind to this 47-year-old movie. Based on a hit Broadway play from a few […] [Read More]
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‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’: Alain Resnais classic restored

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It will be my pleasure to introduce a screening of the recent restoration of Alain Resnais’ 1959 art house classic, “Hiroshima Mon Amour” Thursday night at the Avon Theatre Film Center in Stamford. The event is part of the regular French Cinematheque series co-sponsored by the Alliance Francaise in Greenwich and the Stamford non-profit theater. […] [Read More]
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‘Twelve Days’: countdown to war with Iran

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The new Alex Berenson novel “Twelve Days” (published today by G.P. Putnam’s Sons) picks up where last year’s “The Counterfeit Agent” left off — ex-CIA agent John Wells has survived captivity and a near-death experience in Istanbul, but a plot to convince the United States that Iran is involved in nuclear terrorism is still in […] [Read More]
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