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Film News: ‘Hitchcock For the Holidays’ to Screen Double Features at Music Box

22 December 2011 5:20 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The unmistakable silhouette of the Master of Suspense will be cast over the Music Box Theatre during the final days of the holiday season. Ten of Alfred Hitchcock’s most beloved masterworks will be presented on the big screen in inspired double bills that illustrate the startling range and enduring brilliance of the legendary filmmaker.

Even if moviegoers have seen these titles eight dozen times on DVD, they will be amazed at how fresh the films play when screened in a packed theater. No filmmaker knew how to delight and frighten an audience better than Hitchcock. When Robert Osborne held a free screening of “North by Northwest” at the Music Box last year, it felt as if the picture had been made yesterday.

Every punchline scored a belly laugh, every moment of delicious tension caused viewers to lean forward in anticipation, and when the film ended, the packed house broke out into extended, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Top 7 Films in Real Time

21 December 2011 2:32 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

Real time – in which the plot of the film covers the same amount of time as it takes to watch – can be a blessing or a curse. When a film calls attention to it, real time can become a gimmicky distraction. On the other hand, it can add a real sense of urgency if the film just allows the events to unfold before us. There are a number of different ways filmmakers use it. For example, the action may be primarily set in one location. Other ways it is used involve hostage situations, characters waiting for something, or simply following characters around from place to place. It can be a tricky thing to pull off perfectly. So I’m deciding that as long as the film makes a real attempt, and the majority of the action takes place in real time, it is fair game. »

- Shane T. Nier

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TCM Classic Film Festival To Celebrate 100th Anniversary Of Paramount Pictures

19 December 2011 3:42 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has unveiled additional programming and events for the 2012 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival, including a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Paramount Pictures. Robert Evans, longtime producer and former head of production for Paramount, is set to take part in the tribute, which will focus on the studio’s 1970s renaissance. In addition, the TCM Classic Film Festival is slated to include a look at The Noir Style, a tribute to legendary costume designer Travis Banton, a look at art deco in the movies, a collection of early cinematic rarities and much more.

TCM.s own Robert Osborne will once again serve as official host for the four-day, star-studded event, which will take pace Thursday, April 12 . Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Hollywood. Passes are on sale now through the official festival website: http://www.tcm.com/festival.

The Paramount Renaissance

The TCM Classic Film Festival will »

- Michelle McCue

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Bette Davis Movie Schedule: The Corn Is Green, Juarez, The Letter

3 August 2011 2:19 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Bette Davis on TCM: The Old Maid, Now, Voyager, The Working Man Bette Davis has a cameo in John Paul Jones (1959), which happens to be an insufferable bore despite the presence of Robert Stack in the title role, and she plays second banana to Spencer Tracy in the run-of-the-Warners-mill prison drama 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932), but she is at the center of The Corn Is Green (1945) as Miss Lily Moffat, a teacher in a poor Welsh mining town. Now, Voyager's Irving Rapper directed this film adaptation of Emlyn Williams' semi-autobiographical play — and it shows. Davis is a little too stiff in Ethel Barrymore's Broadway role, John Dall fails to convey his character's emotional turmoil, the dialogue has a theatrical lilt to it, and for the most part the potentially compelling drama feels stilted. Had William Wyler directed The Corn Is Green, it would have been a fantastic movie. »

- Andre Soares

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Personal Canon #100: "Rope"

22 June 2011 2:19 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

This article was originally published in 2006 when I kicked off the Personal Canon Project but I'm trying to get all the articles back online. 'The 100 movies I most think about when I think about the movies.'

Rope (1948)  Directed by Alfred Hitchcock | Screenplay by Arthur Laurents, Hume Cronyn, and Ben Hecht based on the play "Rope's End" by Patrick Hamilton | Starring: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger and Cedric Hardwicke | Production Company Transatlantic Pictures and Warner Bros | Released 08/28/48

Hitchcock and the Continuous Shot

Alfred Hitchcock served as auteur-theory training wheels for me. I doubt I'm alone in this. Perhaps it's the confines of his chosen genre that throw his presence as a director into such unmistakable relief. Or maybe it's his celebrity, cultivated through that famous profile, press-baiting soundbites, celebrated fetishes, and television fame. But what it comes down to is this: when watching a Hitchcock film, even uneducated moviegoers, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Farley Granger, 1925 – 2011

30 March 2011 8:25 AM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Washington Post When the war ended, he returned to Hollywood and was loaned by his studio to Hitchcock for “Rope” in 1948. In the film, based on the 1924 Leopold and Loeb case, »

- Ryan Adams

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Farley Granger: a life in clips

30 March 2011 1:26 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

We look back at Farley Granger's movie career, from the two masterpieces he made with Alfred Hitchcock to Luchino Visconti's operatic melodrama Senso

Spotted doing a cockney accent in a play while still at high school, Farley Granger was signed to a seven-year deal by MGM in 1943 and soon put to work alongside Anne Baxter and Dana Andrews in The North Star, a pro-Soviet war film about the sufferings of a Ukrainian village under the Nazi yoke.

With a script by blacklistee Lillian Hellman, The North Star – later reissued under the title Armored Attack! – was cited by the House Committee on Un-American Activities as a prime example of Hollywood communist propaganda.

After one more film – The Purple Heart (1944) – and a spell in the navy where he discovered his bisexuality, Granger found himself cast in what would become his breakthrough film, They Live by Night. Shot in 1947, Nicholas Ray »

- Andrew Pulver

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Farley Granger obituary

29 March 2011 4:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor who rose to fame in Hitchcock's Rope and Strangers On a Train, but refused to conform to Hollywood pressures

Early on in his career, the actor Farley Granger, who has died aged 85, worked with several of the world's greatest directors, including Alfred Hitchcock on Rope (1948) and Strangers On a Train (1951), Nicholas Ray on They Live By Night (1949) and Luchino Visconti on Senso (1953). Yet Granger failed to sustain the momentum of those years, meandering into television, some stage work and often indifferent European and American movies.

The reasons were complicated, owing much to his sexuality and an unwillingness to conform to Hollywood pressures, notably from his contract studio, MGM, and Samuel Goldwyn. Granger refused to play the publicity or marrying game common among gay and bisexual stars and turned down roles he considered unsuitable, earning a reputation – in his own words – for being "a naughty boy".

He was also the victim of bad luck, »

- Brian Baxter

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Farley Granger obituary

29 March 2011 4:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor who rose to fame in Hitchcock's Rope and Strangers On a Train, but refused to conform to Hollywood pressures

Early on in his career, the actor Farley Granger, who has died aged 85, worked with several of the world's greatest directors, including Alfred Hitchcock on Rope (1948) and Strangers On a Train (1951), Nicholas Ray on They Live By Night (1949) and Luchino Visconti on Senso (1953). Yet Granger failed to sustain the momentum of those years, meandering into television, some stage work and often indifferent European and American movies.

The reasons were complicated, owing much to his sexuality and an unwillingness to conform to Hollywood pressures, notably from his contract studio, MGM, and Samuel Goldwyn. Granger refused to play the publicity or marrying game common among gay and bisexual stars and turned down roles he considered unsuitable, earning a reputation – in his own words – for being "a naughty boy".

He was also the victim of bad luck, »

- Brian Baxter

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A Stranger Whom We Loved

29 March 2011 3:03 PM, PDT | Screen Comment | See recent Screen Comment news »

By Lita Robinson - March 30, 2011

Hitchcock fans, it's time to mourn; Farley Granger has passed on at the of age 85.

Known in his later years for his turn in "Hawaii 5-0," "The Six Million Dollar Man," and "Love Boat," Granger's star first rose in 1948, when he headlined the strange (and strangely short) Hitchcock picture "Rope" with John Dall and Jimmy Stewart. His reputation really soared, however, after he landed the top role in another Hitchcock picture, "Strangers on a Train." The year was 1951.

In it, Granger plays a social-climbing tennis star anxious to dump his wife for a more glamorous Senator's daughter (played by Ruth Roman). After happening upon an effete stranger, played indelibly by Robert Walker, Granger's character unwittingly gets drawn into a murder plot when he thinks he's just having an innocent conversation. The film rapidly becomes a metaphor for Communist infiltration, government conspiracy (this was Hitch's only film shot in Washington, »

- Screen Comment

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Farley Granger, Star of Hitchcock Movies, Has Died

29 March 2011 2:00 PM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

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Actor Farley Granger has died of natural causes at his home in Manhattan. He was 85.

Granger was best known for his roles in tow Alfred Hitchcock movies, “Rope” and “Strangers on a Train.” He was chosen for stardom as a teen by Samuel Goldwyn’s talent scouts and came up through the old studio system.Watch a clip of Granger acting alongside John Dall in “Rope.”

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- WSJ Staff

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R.I.P. Farley Granger (1925-2011)

29 March 2011 9:47 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

American actor Farley Granger has died of natural causes on Sunday, March 27th, aged 85. Born in San Jose, California, Granger began his cinematic career as a contract player for producer Samuel Goldwyn, making his debut in the 1943 war film The North Star (dir. Lewis Milestone). He reunited with the director the following year for Darryl F. Zanuck's The Purple Heart before enlisting for military service. Returning to civilian life, Granger next appeared in the film noir They Live By Night (1949, dir. Nicholas Ray) before embarking on the first of two collaborations with legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, taking one of the lead roles in Rope (1948) alongside John Dall.

Granger went on to appear in a number of further films for Goldwyn, taking leading roles in the likes of Edge of Doom (1950, dir. Mark Robson) and Our Very Own (1950, dir. David Miller), but after refusing to be loaned to Universal Pictures, »

- flickeringmyth

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Farley Granger of 'Strangers on a Train' dies at age 85

29 March 2011 9:04 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Actor Farley Granger died Monday (March 28) in New York of natural causes at the age of 85. He is perhaps best known for starring in the 1948 and 1951 Alfred Hitchcock classics "Rope" and "Strangers on a Train." He is pictured above, top right with Hitchcock and co-star Robert Walker on the "Train" set and below left in "Rope," below right in 2004.

"Rope" is a fictionalized version of the real-life Leopold and Loeb murders, with Granger and John Dall in the roles of the famous killers. James Stewart is their former professor who figures out what they're up to. It's a 90-minute cat and mouse movie that appears to have been done in one continuous 90-minute take. It is actually done in three long takes, but you have to be looking hard for the splices to know.

"Strangers on a Train" is the classic thriller where two strangers, played by Granger and the »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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