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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Hardcore Hemingway (and Ronald Reagan!) in <i>The Killers</i>

New on Video: Hardcore Hemingway (and Ronald Reagan!) in The Killers

Why can't Hollywood come up with any original ideas, amirite? Ernest Hemingway's short story "The Killers" is a slip of a tale, a mere 10 pages depending on where it's printed (that's what it clocked in at in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Cult Classics: <i>The Swimmer</i> is a Strange 1960s Drama

Cult Classics: The Swimmer is a Strange 1960s Drama

Frank Perry's The Swimmer (1968) is a somewhat forgotten film. Acclaimed at the time of it's release, it never found a sizable audience due to it's unusual subject matter. Now, after a few recent showings on TCM, it comes…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cities at Night, In Black & White

Cities at Night, In Black & White

New York and Los Angeles are sometimes unrecognizable in films noir because A) it was often taken for granted that those movies simply needed a big city as a backdrop, and B) many of those films lacked location photography. San…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rock and Historical Roles

Rock and Historical Roles

Just as it lurks in the bay, often behind a wall of fog, Alcatraz lurks in most Bay Area residents’ minds as a legend relegated to memory. Its story has been retold so many times through the cinema, whether by…
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News, The Snitch This Day in History: Battle of Alcatraz

This Day in History: Battle of Alcatraz

Today marks the sixtieth anniversary of a bloody escape attempt from prison turned tourist attraction, Alcatraz. During the afternoon of May 2nd, 1946, five prisoners put into action a series of carefully planned events which all came to naught…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

Summerwind Nathaniel Dorsky flips the switch and the hypnotic Arbor Vitae unspools in the basement screening room of his quiet Richmond District apartment. "Eighty percent of the film was shot within an hour and a half walk of my front…
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Second Time Around

The Killers Burt Lancaster made a staggeringly potent film debut as "the big Swede" who refuses to dodge fate in the 1946 expansion of Ernest Hemingway's short story "The Killers." In the heart-chilling opening sequence (straight out of Hemingway), he…
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Second Time Around

"Red Hollywood" Prison movies are rarely merry romps, but the 1947 drama Brute Force is a particularly ferocious slice of postwar angst. It presents us with a very metaphorical Prison; an existential hellhole from which "nobody ever really escapes." Burt…
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