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Calendar, Night&Day 90 Years Young

90 Years Young

The masterful director Howard Hawks had a simple strategy: Craft great scenes. String enough of ‘em together, and you have a great movie. The Big Sleep (1946), starring Humphrey Bogart as smart-mouth punching bag Philip Marlowe and Lauren Bacall as…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Return of Archibald Leach

The Return of Archibald Leach

Archibald Leach was a con man. Too harsh? He wouldn’t think so. But if you prefer, call him a self-made man. In Hollywood in the 1930s, Leach transformed himself from a gawky, overeager British vaudevillian into a dapper romantic lead…
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Film, Fast Track to Nowhere

Fast Track to Nowhere

Converting a fondly remembered cartoon series — one of the first Japanese animes syndicated on American TV — into a prospective franchise, the Matrix masters, Larry and Andy Wachowski, have taken another step toward the total cyborganization of the cinema.…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best DVD Selection

Amoeba Music 1855 Haight (at Stanyan), www.amoebamusic.com Amoeba's already known far and wide for its amazing array of LPs, CDs, 45s, and other musical forms, but equally impressive is its huge selection of DVDs. New, used, rare, and out-of-print…
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Culture, Books

The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood

By David Thomson Knopf (2004), $27.95 Let's be clear: This book is not a history, per se, any more than Thomson's Biographical Dictionary of Film is a dictionary. The Whole Equation is a messy and fanciful long-take, one with room…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Local Film Critic

Last year, Thomson, a Brit living in Pacific Heights, released a fourth edition of his massive Biographical Dictionary of Film. It's an odd, addictive book, nearly 1,000 pages of the author's highly personal sketches (with room for both Rin Tin…
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Dining, Eat Shanghai Express

Shanghai Express

Maybe it's inevitable after writing about movies and food on a concurrent basis for a decade or so, but most of the restaurants I've been to lately remind me of a film I've seen five or six times, or one…
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Karen Morley: Still Sexy After All These Blacklisted Years

LOS ANGELES -- There's an irony at the center of The Unvanquished, the festival series "that honors filmmakers who have faced repression and censorship." The blacklisted honorees have been sharp, humorous individuals -- though at the time of their persecution…
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Second Time Around

The Big Sleep The enormous reputation of this convoluted thriller has everything to do with the charisma of stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall and, critically, the latter-day cachet of director Howard Hawks, considered the ultimate filmmaker by everyone from…
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Second Time Around

The Big Sleep (Pre-Release Version) This version of The Big Sleep is a rediscovery of a lost original that never played U.S. theaters. Warner Bros. held back the whodunit in 1945 in favor of time-sensitive movies with war-related themes. Meanwhile,…
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