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Highlights from 90 Years of Oscars

The first Academy Awards were handed out back in 1929. The “show” looked decidedly different then – it was in fact a dinner, the ceremony itself took 15 minutes and the awards had already been announced three weeks earlier. There were also far fewer categories. The first winner was Wings (1927), a film that is chiefly … Continue reading Highlights from 90 Years of Oscars

10 Hollywood Icons and Their Political Awakening

A few days ago, I finished Steven J. Ross’s book “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics”, where the writer has profiled the political careers of ten liberal and conservative Hollywood figures. He chose his subjects well, because they differ a lot from each other. Some of them were movement politicians, meaning they … Continue reading 10 Hollywood Icons and Their Political Awakening

Dark Victory

NEVER A LOVE SO EXQUISITE! SHE SMILED AT THE COST, AND BRAVELY PAID THE RECKONING WHEN HER HAPPY HEART’S HAPPY DANCING  WAS ENDED! Cancer is a disease that used to be reserved for courageous screen heroines in particular, but this movie is a fine example of how Hollywood used to turn predictability into great entertainment. It’s … Continue reading Dark Victory

Santa Fe Trail

A THOUSAND MILES OF DANGER, A THOUSAND THRILLS A MILE! In the 1850s, West Point graduates Jeb Stuart and George Custer (Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan) team up to hunt down the radical abolitionist John Brown (Raymond Massey) who keeps attacking Southerners along the Santa Fe Trail. One of director Michael Curtiz’s rare misfires still benefits … Continue reading Santa Fe Trail