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The Farmer’s Daughter: Loretta Young Goes to Washington

The Farmer’s Daughter, starring Loretta Young, is a Capra-esque film about a young farm girl who stumbles into politics. The film values the American democratic process and stresses the importance of being politically well-informed so that one can play an … Continue reading

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Celeste Holm brings maturity and warmth to All About Eve

Celeste Holm passed away on Sunday, and if the name doesn’t ring a bell, then watch All About Eve immediately. In a film ridiculously full of amazing performances, Celeste Holm radiates warmth and intelligence as Bette Davis’ friend Karen.  Holm … Continue reading

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Singin’ in the Rain Sparkles at 60

I thought I’d seen Singin in the Rain too often to notice anything new about it, but the beautifully remastered 60th anniversary print proves me wrong.  Each frame is sharper, and the details sparkle.  For the first time, I noticed … Continue reading

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Singin’ in the Rain: Watch it in theaters on July 12!

Seriously, buy your tickets now to watch this glorious musical in theaters next week at a special 60th anniversary screening, courtesy of Turner Classic Movies: http://www.fathomevents.com/classics/event/singinintherain.aspx?d=7/12/2012 If you’ve never seen Singin’ in the Rain before: lucky you, watching it for … Continue reading

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The Palm Beach Story: Sex Gets in the Way for Joel McCrea and Claudette Colbert

Speaking of sex-as-subtext in classic films, The Palm Beach Story was on TCM this week. Preston Sturges’ screwball gem is all about how sex keeps getting in the way of a wife’s scheme to help her husband by divorcing him … Continue reading

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Casablanca: Still Gorgeous at 70

At a recent 70th anniversary screening, Casablanca proved to be as gorgeous and entertaining as ever. Honestly, what can I say about it that hasn’t already been said? I suppose I could say that it’s as though celluloid was invented … Continue reading

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Random Harvest: Greer Garson and Ronald Colman in all their Old Hollywood Glory

Random Harvest was on Turner Classic Movies the other morning, and even though I’ve already watched the film several times, I just had to sit down and watch it again. It’s such an all-around beautiful movie – a beautiful love … Continue reading

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The Artist: Silently Singin’ in the Rain

Oscar favorites usually underwhelm me (I’m looking at you, The King’s Speech!), but The Artist is a delightful exception. It’s a beautiful silent picture, an examination of the transition from silent films to talkies, and an exploration of the experience … Continue reading

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