Monthly Archives: December 2012

Here’s to a Classic 2013!

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How I Almost Ruined IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

There I was at the IFC Center in New York, about to see a 35mm print of Frank Capra’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE in a theater filled with excited fans. Even better, Donna Reed’s daughter was on hand to introduce … Continue reading

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Screening Report: THE SEARCHERS (1956); DETOUR (1945); and THE PASSENGER (1975) at IFC Center

On Friday, the IFC Center in New York City kicked off a week-long festival of road movies selected by Walter Salles, director of the upcoming adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s ON THE ROAD. I saw three of the iconic films presented this … Continue reading

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Tippi Hedren + New Titles Announced for 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival

“THE BIRDS is coming!” to the TCM Classic Film Festival next April, along with star Tippi Hedren, Turner Classic Movies announced today. The still-gorgeous, 82-year-old actress and animal activist will be in person at the fourth annual TCMFF in Hollywood April 25-28 … Continue reading

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She Works Hard For the Money: The Columbia Pictures Pre-Code Collection on DVD from TCM

Sex sells, the old saying goes. It also employs, or at least it did in movies made before enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code began in 1934. In the The Columbia Pictures Pre-Code Collection, a five-film DVD set from … Continue reading

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Make Friends with Baby Peggy – Tonight on TCM

1924 was a busy year for Peggy-Jean Montgomery: she starred in four feature films; headlined seven comedy short subjects; served as on-stage mascot for the Democratic National Convention at Madison Square Garden; and became one of the first merchandized celebrities, … Continue reading

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