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‘Dear Heart’: Angela Lansbury saves bizarre love story

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Warner Archive has put out a DVD-on-demand version of a long-forgotten 1964 romantic comedy “Dear Heart” starring Geraldine Page and Glenn Ford. It was widely panned 50 years ago, and more or less disappeared for decades, but it now has considerable value as a New York City time capsule and as an illustration of the […] [Read More]
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Bad movies we love: 12 Crown drive-in ‘classics’

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The 12 DVD set, “Drive-In Cult Classics” (Mill Creek Entertainment), contains 32 movies produced by the now-defunct, B-picture studio Crown International Pictures between 1959 and 1988. Terrible by any standard of writing, directing and acting, the movies are nevertheless terrific fun to watch now as artifacts from an archaic form of theatrical presentation — the drive-in. […] [Read More]
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‘The Staircase’: forerunner of HBO’s ‘The Jinx’

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If you love the current HBO true-crime series “The Jinx” and got hooked on NPR’s “Serial,” you should check out a riveting forerunner — the 2004 multi-part non-fiction murder investigation “The Staircase.” The French production, written and directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (below), digs into the murder trial of the Durham, North Carolina novelist and […] [Read More]
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‘The Nomad’: songs of a female explorer

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The new musical at the The Flea Theater — “The Nomad” — is based on the life of a Swiss woman who turned her back on Europe and spent her adulthood in the Sahara. Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904) defied many of the conventions of her time. She refused the limits placed on her gender, often passing […] [Read More]
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‘Broadway Backwards 10’: musical role reversal

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The tenth annual “Broadway Backwards” benefit was presented Monday night with a starry line-up of singers, dancers and comedians. The sold-out show produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS raised a record $466,717 for that charity and the LGBT Center on 13th Street where the first show took place a decade ago. In 2006, someone came […] [Read More]
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‘Iceman’: Chicago’s gift to New York City

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I’ve never understood people who complain that serious plays depress them. They have enough problems in their own lives, they say, why would they want to see something downbeat, etc. etc. What’s depressing to me is one of those 90-minute off-Broadway comedies that seems designed as a try-out for a writing job with HBO or […] [Read More]
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‘Targets’: 1968 gun violence thriller still relevant

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Warner Archive reissued Peter Bogdanovich’s 1968 debut film “Targets” on DVD and it remains a deeply unsettling experience all these years later. Shot in 1967 as a cautionary tale about mental illness and guns, the movie’s summer 1968 release date couldn’t have been worse – it opened in the wake of the assassinations of Martin Luther King […] [Read More]
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‘Follies of God’: the women who inspired Tennessee Williams

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James Grissom took a huge chance by sharing so much of his research work on Facebook during the many years he spent putting together “Follies of God” (Knopf), the fantastic new book about Tennessee Williams and the actresses who inspired the playwright. Grissom’s social network page has been full of wonderful excerpts from interviews he’s […] [Read More]
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