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Calendar, Night&Day Tough Guys and Long Legs

Tough Guys and Long Legs

Throughout its first decade, Noir City mixed well-worn classics and long-forgotten obscurities with a bracing chaser of guest appearances by appreciative elder icons. Nothing succeeds like success — a distinctly un-noir sentiment, but festival maestro Eddie Muller is way too…
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Film, Just a Bowl Full of Sugar

Just a Bowl Full of Sugar

In a mid-1980s Saturday Night Live sketch, Julia Louis-Dreyfus played a college freshman home for Thanksgiving. Dressed in a tie-dyed T-shirt and full of newfound contempt for her parents' lifestyle, money, and morals, she screamed, "I won't eat your bourgeois…
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Culture, Stuff Back to the Future

Back to the Future

When the lights finally came up in the Washington, D.C., movie theater, Leonard Nimoy sat still, silent, and a bit shaken. He could scarcely believe what he had seen -- and what he had not seen. The movie was beautiful,…
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Second Time Around

A Tribute to Robert Wise One of the last of the old-style Hollywood craftsmen, Robert Wise made his share of both gems and junk. There wasn't always a lot of choice back in the '40s and '50s -- making as…
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Tribute

Wise Blood Oscar-oriented fans of Robert Wise might think that he's led a secret life. Best-known for producing and co-directing West Side Story and producing and directing The Sound of Music, he's also made a half-dozen or so enduring cult…
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Second Time Around

"Robert Ryan: King of Noir" The first Hollywood release about anti-Semitism -- Crossfire -- was based on Richard Brooks' novel The Brick Foxhole, which involves the murder of a homosexual. The producer, Adrian Scott, and the screenwriter, John Paxton, changed…
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