Monthly Archives: February 2011

Better Suited as One Act Plays

Belonging to the stage first, Look Back in Anger (not to be confused with Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now, 1973) skipped the pond and garnered several Tony nominations in 1958.  John Osborne’s drama became stamped with “Angry Young Men” from a critic’s … Continue reading

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Drug Addled Bobby

Relative newbie Al Pacino entered the public’s conscience in Godfather (1972) as well-intentioned, reluctant gangster heir Michael Corleone.  Director Francis Ford Coppola dominated critical and proletariat success with that trilogy, and Pacino as the leader upon which action revolved became a secure casting … Continue reading

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Beautiful Biutiful

Pedestrian Oscar polls have been sent.  Nominees selected.  Quibbling about domestic supremacy in the Best Picture category continues.  Championing great “foreign” films may be a broken record, but with enough fight, maybe the status quo will change.  To that end, … Continue reading

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Flints of Fury

During my UPenn ugrad Nazi Cinema course, Fritz Lang stuck in my memory due to his powerful M (1931) showing with a shockingly chubby Peter Lorre.  The lecture talked about the duplicity in the German language with whether the title … Continue reading

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