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Four Faces West

Westerns are all about values: good and bad, law and lawlessness, etc. Joel McCrea and Frances Dee’s ‘bad man’ saga isn’t faith based, exactly, but it’s great for humanitarian values, the simple notion that the good in people should be encouraged. And one important detail may make it unique. Hint: John Milius might be strongly prejudiced against this picture.

Four Faces West


Kl Studio Classics

1948 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 89 min. / Street Date December 19, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Joel McCrea, Frances Dee, Charles Bickford, Joseph Calleia, William Conrad.

Cinematography: Russell Harlan

Film Editor: Edward Mann

Original Music: Paul Sawtell

Written by C. Graham Baker, Teddi Sherman, William & Milarde Brent from the novel Pasó por aquí by Eugene Manlove Rhodes

Produced by Vernon E. Clark, Harry Sherman

Directed by Alfred E. Green

Faith-based westerns exist, but much more numerous are lightly inspirational sagebrush pictures that deal
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Crime of Passion

Witness the ‘fifties transformation of the femme fatale, from scheming murderess to self-deluding social climber. Barbara Stanwyck redefines herself once again in Gerd Oswald’s best-directed picture, a searing portrayal of needs and anxieties in the nervous decade. With fine support from Raymond Burr, Virginia Grey and Royal Dano.

Crime of Passion



1957 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 84 min. / Street Date September 5, 2017 /

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr, Fay Wray, Virginia Grey, Royal Dano.

Cinematography: Joseph Lashelle

Art Direction: Leslie Thomas

Original Music: Paul Dunlap

Original Story and Screenplay by Jo Eisinger

Produced by Herman Cohen, Robert Goldstein

Directed by Gerd Oswald

A key title in the development of the Film Noir, 1957’s Crime of Passion shows how much the style had departed from the dark romanticism and expressive visuals of the previous decade. The best mid-’50s noirs strike a marvelously cynical and existentially bleak attitude regarding crime and society.
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The Noose Hangs High

Even lesser Abbott & Costello movies are still comedy gravy to the avid fans of the fast-talking duo. Their first film deal away from Universal yields a so-so production graced with a string of their patented old-time comedy routines. And the transfer beats anything we’ve yet seen.

The Noose Hangs High



1948 / B&W / 1:37 Academy / 77 min. / Street Date August 15, 2017 / available through ClassicFlix / 24.99

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Joseph Calleia, Leon Errol, Cathy Downs, Mike Mazurki, Fritz Feld, Murray Leonard, Ellen Corby, Russell Hicks, James Flavin, Minerva Urecal, Fred Kelsey.

Cinematography: Charles Van Enger

Film Editor: Harry Reynolds

Assistant Director: Howard W. Koch

Original Music: Walter Schumann

Written by John Grant, Howard Harris from an earlier screenplay by Charles Grayson, Arthur T. Horman story by Julian Blaustein, Daniel Taradash, Bernard Feins

Produced and Directed by Charles Barton

A few famous movie comedy teams prospered with good will and parted with hugs,
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Scott Reviews Charles Vidor’s Cover Girl [Masters of Cinema Blu-ray Review]

How did a film like Cover Girl slip away? When it was shown at the TCM Classic Film Festival in 2012, it was considered something of a discovery, with Robert Osborne frequently singling it out in pre-festival interviews and publicity as a must-see, which makes me feel a little better about having not heard of it at all before seeing it a few months prior at the New Beverly. But the film was immensely popular in its day. Its success instantly pulled Gene Kelly out of limbo at MGM, where he’d been assigned to a series of B-movies and rarely allowed to dance his own choreography, when he was even allowed to dance at all.

Columbia Pictures was not interested in placing such limitations on him. The film’s producer, composer Arthur Schwartz, must have known how lucky they were, because they gave Kelly immense control over its production, especially his dance numbers.
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You’ll Never Get Rich

“Am I decent?” They said that Ginger Rogers gave Fred Astaire sex appeal, but the teaming of Astaire and Rita Hayworth is something else. Columbia’s 1941 release is a weak service comedy until the dancing starts, at which point it becomes one of the better musicals of the year – and the breakout vehicle for Ms. Hayworth.

You’ll Never Get Rich


Twilight Time

1941 / B&W/ 1:37 flat full frame / 89 min. / Street Date April 18, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Robert Benchley, John Hubbard,

Osa Massen, Frieda Inescort, Guinn ‘Big Boy’ Williams, Cliff Nazarro.

Cinematography: Philip Tannura

Art Direction: Lionel Banks

Film Editor: Otto Meyer

Original Music: Cole Porter

Written by Michael Fessier, Ernest Pagano

Produced by Samuel Bischoff

Produced and Directed by Sidney Lanfield

Freed from his Rko contract in 1939, Fred Astaire never signed another long-term deal. He instead jumped from studio to
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The 25 most iconic movie entrances

Robert Keeling Apr 25, 2017

Saluting the movie characters who make an impression, the minute they appear on the screen...

One thing that unites all of cinema’s most iconic characters is that they were able to make a memorable first impression. Whether it’s bursting onto the scene in a flurry of noise or slowly skulking their way into shot, there’s a fine art to ensuring a character makes an instant impact on screen. An iconic entrance is not just about a momentary impact however, it can also emphasise a character’s importance and help to cement their influence over the rest of the movie.

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There are any number of contributory factors that can be blended together in order to make an entrance truly memorable. These include the accompanying music, the choice of camera shot, the
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Rushes. Michael Ballhaus, Kathryn Bigelow's "Detroit," Tony Scott Adapts Henry James

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveriesNEWSMichael Ballhaus (second from right) on the set of Martin Scorsese's The DepartedMichael Ballhaus, the great German cinematographer whose innovative work connects Rainer Werner Fassbinder to Martin Scorsese, has died at the age of 81.Goodness, could it be true, The Lost City of Z director James Gray and Brad Pitt finally teaming up? And for a sci-fi? Indeed: the film, titled Ad Astra, will be shooting this summer.Recommended VIEWINGKathryn Bigelow has been attached to several projects following the success and controversy of Zero Dark Thirty, and now we have a first look at her next feature, Detroit, set during 1967 riots in the city. It will be in cinemas this summer.The teaser trailer for Joachim Trier's Thelma, possibly headed to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. We spoke to Trier about his English language debut, Louder Than Bombs,
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David Reviews Michael Curtiz’s Mildred Pierce [Criterion Collection Blu-Ray Review]

With the new release of Mildred Pierce, the Criterion Collection appears to be solidifying a trend over the past couple years of providing a showcase for some of the greatest female actors from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Since late 2014, stars like Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night, The Palm Beach Story), Rita Hayworth (Gilda, Only Angels Have Wings) and Rosalind Russell (His Girl Friday) have made their first appearances in the Collection, in what can be considered career-defining roles. These additions seem to be addressing a notable blind spot for Criterion. As impressive as their reach has been in bringing many of the most iconic women from the past hundred years of world cinema to the forefront, the continuing absence of silver screen legends like Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Greta Garbo and Elizabeth Taylor, just to name a few, seems like a lingering oversight, a problem yet to be
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Scenic Routes: It’s love at (obscured) first sight in one of the great movie entrances

In Scenic Routes, Mike D’Angelo looks at key scenes, explaining how they work and what they mean.

In the real world, making an entrance is something that you have limited control over. The people you’re hoping to wow may not be where you expected them to be; even worse, they may not see what you wanted them to see. In a movie, however, a director can painstakingly craft our initial view of a character, creating the precise impression that he or she desires. Often, this involves strategically hiding the actor at first, the better to whet our appetites. One option is simple, sustained absence—let others talk the character up for a while, then engineer an abrupt, striking introduction. (Rita Hayworth hair-tossing her way into the frame in Gilda qualifies; so does the moment in The Third Man when a beam of light cast from a window across
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Makeover Movie ‘The Dressmaker’ Is a Costume Designers’ Cinderella Fantasy

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Makeover Movie ‘The Dressmaker’ Is a Costume Designers’ Cinderella Fantasy
For veteran Australian director Jocelyn Moorhouse, black comedy “The Dressmaker” was like “Unforgiven” with a sewing machine. In the movie, a Paris fashion designer (Kate Winslet) returns to her dusty, hateful outback town in the early ’50 to exact revenge with haute couture style.

For the film’s two costume designers, Margo Wilson (who focused on Winslet) and Marion Boyce (who handled the rest of the wardrobe), “The Dressmaker” was like “Cinderella” meets “Pygmalion.” At first, Winslet transforms the shopkeeper’s dowdy daughter (Sarah Snook) into a princess. Then the other wicked women pay Winslet to use her sartorial magic on them.

“She had been working for many years as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, so she needed to look different from the rest of the town,” Wilson told IndieWire. “Her mentor was Madeleine Vionnet, one of the leading designers [between the Wars]. Her wardrobe was very simple, rich, royal colors with no florals or patterns.
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Miss Sadie Thompson

Rita Hayworth in 3-D, in a hot story that was acceptable for 1925 and 1932, but too racy for repressed 1953. On a tropical island, a prostitute cabaret singer battles a fiery preacher missionary inspector for her freedom. Hayworth is dynamite, and it takes all of her talent to keep the show afloat, with so much interference from the equally repressed censors. Miss Sadie Thompson 3-D 3-D Blu-ray Twilight Time 1953 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 91 min. / Street Date July 12, 2016 / Available from Twilight Time Movies Store29.95 Starring Rita Hayworth, José Ferrer, Aldo Ray, Russell Collins, Diosa Costello, Harry Bellaver, Wilton Graff, Peggy Converse, Henry Slate, Rudy Bond, Charles Bronson, Jo Ann Greer. Cinematography Charles Lawton Jr. Original Music George Duning, Morris Stoloff, Ned Washington, Lester Lee Written by Harry Kleiner from a story by W. Somerset Maugham Produced by Jerry Wald Directed by Curtis Bernhardt

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Yes!  3-D on Blu-ray shows no sign of going away,
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Criterion Review: Gilda

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★★★★★ 'There never was a woman like Gilda', proclaimed the poster for Charles Vidor's classic 1946 film noir, and indeed, the mark that Rita Hayworth's character left on cinema is indelible. The woman who once sent the inmates of Shawshank State Penitentiary wild with desire has undeniable erotic appeal, but her definition as the archetypal femme fatale belies not only her legitimacy as a rounded character, but also as an empowered narrative agent with a range of complex and often contradictory motivations. Indeed, Hayworth's famous observation that men 'wanted to go to bed with Gilda, but woke up with Rita', is never truer than in the film itself.
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Top Ten Tuesday – The Top Ten Black Dresses In The Movies

The Little Black Dress—From Mourning to Night is a free exhibit currently at The Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri). The exhibit runs through September 5th.

The Little Black Dress – a simple, short cocktail dress—is a sartorial staple for most contemporary women. Prior to the early 20th century, simple, unadorned black garments were limited to mourning, and strict social rules regarding mourning dress were rigidly observed.Featuring over 60 dresses from the Missouri History Museum’s world-renowned textile collection, this fun yet thought-provoking exhibit explores the subject of mourning, as well as the transition of black from a symbol of grief to a symbol of high fashion. You’ll also see fascinating artifacts—from hair jewelry to tear catchers—that were once a regular part of the mourning process. Plus, you’ll have the chance to share your own memories of your favorite
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iZombie Season 2 Episode 15 Review: “He Blinded Me…With Science”

iZombie has been juggling so many different storylines this season that it would be understandable if fans of the show had forgotten who exactly Drake is working for or what Rita/Gilda’s real name is (for the record, it’s Rita, not Gilda). There’s been a ton going on throughout the CW series’ outstanding second season, and while that can sometimes be frustrating, as the show prioritizes one story ahead of another or becomes too confusing for its own good, it also leads to fantastic sequences like the final 10 minutes of “He Blinded Me…With Science.” That’s not to say that the rest of

iZombie Season 2 Episode 15 Review: “He Blinded Me…With Science”
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Extended Promo For iZombie Season 2, Episode 15: “He Blinded Me With Science”

The CW has released an extended promo video for the next brand new episode of iZombie, which is titled “He Blinded Me With Science,” and can be viewed at the top.

Unfortunately, no official synopsis is available at this time, but we can examine a few details culled from last night’s episode, “Eternal Sunshine of the Caffeinated Mind,” as well as the newly presented footage.

Blaine is once again a zombie: Not long ago, we learned that anyone who had received the cure would eventually revert back to being one of the undead. While this prospect is less than desirable for most, it actually worked in Blaine’s favor. After having his throat slit by Mr. Boss and his crew before being buried in a shallow grave, the crime boss we love to hate soon awakened with a new lease on living death. I can’t wait to see
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iZombie season 2 episode 14 review: Eternal Sunshine Of The Caffeinated Mind




Things aren't looking good for Major or Blaine in the latest episode of iZombie season 2...

This review contains spoilers.

2.14 Eternal Sunshine Of The Caffeinated Mind

The good news? Blaine didn't stay dead when Mr. Boss had his throat cut for moving in on his Utopium business. The bad news? This brings Blaine (and soon Major) one step closer to the inevitable death that, so far, all "cured" zombie-rats have faced. In the short term, however, it brings the drug war between Blaine and Mr. Boss out in the open.

Now that Mr. Boss knows it's Blaine who's been causing so many problems for him, Blaine has to make some moves. Luckily, he has the zombie edge. Does Mr. Boss even know about zombies? It seems like someone who is so in touch with Seattle's underworld would be in on this not-so-well-kept secret, but who knows. Something tells me Mr.
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Harlock Space Pirate 3-D

Ray guns! Space armadas! Storm troopers! Toei's manga became a pricey 3-D animated motion capture epic just three years ago, but was denied a release stateside. This collector's disc set gives us rude 'n' raucous space battles, along with a pirate's bounty of original Japanese extras. Don't worry, the 3-D visuals are excellent. Harlock: Space Pirate 3-D 3-D + 2-D Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 2013 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 115 (Japanese) 111 (International) min. / Kyaputen Harokku / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 34.95 Original Music Tetsuya Takahashi Written by Harutoshi Fukui, Kiyoto Tareuchi from the manga by Leiji Matsuimoto Produced by Joseph Chou, Yoshi Ikezawa, Rei Kudo (Toei Animation) Directed by Shinji Aramaki

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Suppose they had a space war and nobody came? Toei Animation's 3-D extravaganza Harlock: Space Pirate 3-D was prepped and primed to take the world by storm, but like too many foreign super-productions it didn't even get a U.
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This adult film noir masterpiece showcases the most glamorous pin-up dream girl of the 1940s. Rita Hayworth, a young Glenn Ford and a sinister George Macready form a sophisticated, poisonous love triangle. Criminal intrigues and killer striptease fill out the bill. Gilda Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 795 1946 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 110 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date January 19, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia, Steven Geray, Joe Sawyer, Gerald Mohr, Ludwig Donath, Argentina Brunetti, Eduardo Ciannelli, Ruth Roman. Cinematography Rudolph Maté Film Editor Charles Nelson Music underscore Hugo Friedhofer Written by Marion Parsonnet, Jo Eisinger, E.A. Ellington Produced by Virginia Van Upp Directed by Charles Vidor

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Some of the best 'movie' times I remember were seeing classic pictures cold, with no knowledge beforehand. Back at film school they'd show us things we'd never heard of, often in prints of incredible good quality.
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Recommended Discs & Deals of the Week: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘Gilda,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Marielle Heller)

Writer-director Marie Heller paints an accurate, honest, and vibrant portrait of her young protagonist, Minnie (Bel Powley), in The Diary of a Teenage Girl. With the use of some beautiful hand-drawn animation, an enlightening and funny narration, and Powley’s versatile performance, this is about as intimate as a subjective picture gets. We experience the world as this young girl does. What’s exciting for Minnie feels truly exciting, and
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Blu-ray Review: Criterion's Gilda Offers Caged Beauty

Many things have been written by plenty of film historians and critics on the essential film Gilda, the 1946 classic directed by Charles Vidor. Is it a drama or does it rest solely in the genre of film noir? Was Rita Hayworth's Gilda an example of a femme fatale or was she a pawn being used by the two men in her life, Ballin (George Macready) and Johnny (Glenn Ford) as they further their intense personal and working lives?Does it matter? The new Criterion Collection blu-ray will serve audiences who side with any of the above arguments. The fact is, Gilda is one of the more important films to come out of the 1940s. Like many films of that era, it skirted with disaster when it...

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