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More Films for Christmas

More Films for Christmas

Dave Kehr, formerly of the The New York Times, hit on something when he questioned why one of our favorite films is pretty much the standard bearer of Christmas movies. Kehr once wrote: With its bleak, film-noir imagery and barely suppressed undertone of suicidal despair, Frank Capra’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ (1946) has somewhat mysteriously assumed an unshakable […]

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HEDDA and LOUELLA — Boo, Hiss and Much M

HEDDA and LOUELLA — Boo, Hiss and Much Mutual Loathing

Louella was short, dumpy and unattractive, a three-times married Catholic who delivered innumerable Hollywood “excloooseeves” (as she pronounced it) for the Hearst publishing empire and its Los Angeles Examiner flagship. Orson Welles was her bete noir. Hedda, an ex chorus girl and character actress, was better looking — tall and thin, and elegant of appearance who barked out questions like […]

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