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Stanley Donen, 1924–2019

In the clip above, from the 1998 Oscars, Martin Scorsese presents that year’s winner of the Honorary Academy Award, Stanley Donen. There’s a lovely montage featuring some of the best scenes from Donen’s movies and then the man himself steps out, receives his Oscar and goes on to sing and dance! One of the best … Continue reading Stanley Donen, 1924–2019

Albert Finney, 1936–2019

A great actor and movie star, Albert Finney, is dead at the age of 82. In the clip above, an interview from 1984, he talks about finding the right way to play then-Pope John Paul II in a TV movie, adopting advice from John Gielgud who told him to borrow a few physical details or … Continue reading Albert Finney, 1936–2019

My 12 Favorite Films

Compiling a list of what you believe are the greatest films ever made is a daunting task. Every critic and movie buff has a more or less available list hidden somewhere in their minds (or plainly written down, carefully cultivated). I have resisted to do the latter for many years, even though my list really … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Films

On the Town: Beyond Broadway

THEY PAINT THE TOWN WITH JOY! After several successful collaborations between Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen in the 1940s, MGM gave them a chance to direct a movie. They had choreographed and worked in other ways on films like Anchors Aweigh (1945) and Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949). When they decided on … Continue reading On the Town: Beyond Broadway

Singin’ in the Rain: Wet and Wild

SINGIN’ SWINGIN’ GLORIOUS FEELIN’ TECHNICOLOR MUSICAL! I’m a little bothered by the fact that some of the movies we consider to be absolute masterpieces were actually received with much less fanfare by both critics and audiences at the time of their premiere. When Singin’ in the Rain opened in 1952, few people thought of it as a … Continue reading Singin’ in the Rain: Wet and Wild

Charade: What Hitch Would Do

IT’S A GUESSING GAME OF MIRTH AND MYSTERY! Sometimes you have to walk a difficult road to make something happen. When screenwriters Peter Stone and Marc Behm tried to sell their script “The Unsuspecting Wife” to the majors in Hollywood, they were rejected. Stone and Behm then turned the story into a novel and renamed … Continue reading Charade: What Hitch Would Do