Category Archives: Screening Report

Rare Ernst Lubitsch Film Screens at New York Jewish Film Fest

“What would Lubitsch do?” a sign in Billy Wilder’s office famously read. It was both a testament to Wilder’s respect for the German-born director (for whom he co-wrote two films) and a tribute to Ernst Lubitsch’s ability to balance light … Continue reading

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Orson Welles’ EVIL – Still Touching Third Rails, 57 Years Later

TOUCH OF EVIL was supposed to be Orson Welles’ triumphant return to Hollywood after a decade in overseas exile. Sadly, that’s not how it turned out. “Universal loved the rushes,” Joseph McBride, author of three books on Welles, said last … Continue reading

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Ben and Frank Mankiewicz Talk CITIZEN KANE, Bobby Kennedy, and Living up to a Famous Name

As a host of Turner Classic Movies, Ben Mankiewicz is accustomed to interviewing living legends. Yesterday in New York City, he turned the mic on a legend he knows better than any other: his dad, Frank Mankiewicz. “There aren’t many fathers who … Continue reading

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Ellen Burstyn on Women in Film: “What Women in Film?!”

Despite winning an Academy Award for ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE in 1975, star Ellen Burstyn wasn’t offered the lead in Alice, the CBS-TV spin-off that debuted the following year and aired for nine seasons. “I didn’t have anything to … Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad and the Stretched

This is a story about good news and bad news. It’s also a tale of one man’s obsession with film and television aspect ratios, and why you should be too (if not obsessed at least aware). We’ll start with the Bad … Continue reading

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Candice Bergen Remembers George Cukor’s Final Film

“He was so much smarter than anyone else,” Candice Bergen said of director George Cukor, the subject of a 50-film retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center continuing through January 7. The 67-year-old actress, a five-time Emmy winner for … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve with Donna Reed’s Daughter

The climax of Frank Capra’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE may be the most reliably tear-inducing sequence in American film. But at a Christmas Eve screening at New York City’s IFC Center with special guest Mary Owen, daughter of Donna Reed, … Continue reading

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