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Movies Move Us Film

Movies Move Us

Seeing commercials and trailers for upcoming films—once again with that familiar phrase “in theaters soon”—has brightened my spirits. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve appreciated watching many a movie from the comfort of my couch. But it’s just not the same as seeing it on the big screen with an audience. Read More Read More
Classic Hollywood: Broadway to Big Screen Classics Classics on Chestnut

Classic Hollywood: Broadway to Big Screen Classics

Art imitates art pretty frequently on stage and screen. It’s as if one business is the farm team for the other, with constant talent trades, back and forth – whether you’re talking actors, writers, directors, or composers. Hollywood takes material from Broadway and turns it into a movie. Broadway lifts stories from film and re-imagines them for the theater. Read More Read More
Classic Hollywood: Bad Boys: Cagney & Robinson Classics on Chestnut

Classic Hollywood: Bad Boys: Cagney & Robinson

Two gangster classics, released four months apart in 1931, didn’t just launch the careers of James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson. They doomed the pair to being typecast as tough guys. It didn’t matter that Cagney never actually said “You dirty rat!” on film, or that he won an Oscar singing, dancing, and playing Broadway legend George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy. Read More Read More
Classic Hollywood: SOME DON’T LIKE "SOME LIKE IT HOT" Film

Classic Hollywood: SOME DON’T LIKE “SOME LIKE IT HOT”

...and by “some,” I mean “me.”  I know, I know. I should be crazy about any film that tops most critics’ lists of classic comedies. Trust me, I’ve tried. What’s not to like about Marilyn Monroe at the height of her fame? Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in drag? The best closing line since “Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”? Read More Read More

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