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Todd Haynes Reveals The Films That Inspired ‘Wonderstruck’ For TCM Marathon

Todd Haynes Reveals The Films That Inspired ‘Wonderstruck’ For TCM Marathon
With the premiere of his film “Wonderstruck” right around the corner, Todd Haynes has compiled a list of films that inspired him through the making of his film. This selection of films will be part of Turner Classic Movies’ night program this coming Thursday October 19, one day before the film hits select theaters on October 20.

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Wonderstruck” conjoins the stories of two kids living in different time periods who are both dreaming of something different: a girl from New York during the 1920s and a boy from the Midwest during the 1970s. As they seek meaning in their lives, their stories will connect through time. Here is the list of films that Haynes studied when making “Wonderstruck”:

The first one is “The Crowd,” directed by King Vidor from 1928. It is a silent film that follows the
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The Long, Hot Summer

Barns are a-burning, Paul Newman is recommended to Joanne Woodward as ‘a big stud horse’ and Lee Remick oozes sexuality all over Martin Ritt’s CinemaScope screen. William Faulkner may be the literary source, but this tale of ambition in the family of yet another southern Big Daddy is given the faux Tennessee Williams treatment — it’s a grand soap opera with a fistful of great stars having a grand time.

The Long, Hot Summer


Twilight Time

1958 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 117 min. / Street Date August 14, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Orson Welles, Lee Remick, Angela Lansbury, Richard Anderson

Cinematography: Joseph Lashelle

Art Direction: Maurice Ransford, Lyle R. Wheeler

Film Editor: Louis R. Loeffler

Original Music: Alex North

Written by Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr. from stories and a novel by William Faulkner

Produced by Jerry Wald

Directed by Martin Ritt

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Todd Haynes on Campaigning for ‘Carol’ and the Historical Appeal of ‘Wonderstruck’

26 years, 6 movies, and 1 miniseries since winning the grand Jury Prize with his debut film Poison at Sundance, Todd Haynes remains a remarkably difficult auteur to pin down. He made his first short while still in high school but decided to focus on semiotics in university instead. That knowledge would nevertheless bleed into the fabric of his work, becoming a director of significant gestures and homage. He soon became a major — and quite radical — player in both the American independent and queer film scenes of the early ‘90s before channeling that spirit to produce experimental works on Bob Dylan and Glam Rock. His period films, those great sweeping odes to Golden Age Hollywood, were radical in their own subtle way, if less avant-garde. He recently peppered that remarkable back catalogue with Wonderstruck, his first family-oriented outing.

The Locarno International Film Festival decided to acknowledge that diversity and radicalism this year by
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Best Supporting Actor 1963: Melvyn Douglas in "Hud"

The Film Experience is taking a brief trip to 1963 for the forthcoming Smackdown. That year's supporting Actor winner was Melvyn Douglas in Hud...

by John Guerin

Paul Newman as Hud makes me forget everything else. All my attention is funneled into those blue-grey eyes, the nucleus of Newman's swaggering energy. Hud emerges from this drowsy Midwestern tapestry like a geyser springing up from a desert. Why look anywhere else? The film hardly forfeits narrative or photographic attention from Hud, but he's not the only performer doing expert work in Martin Ritt’s 1963 masterwork. There's Patricia Neal's Alma, an iconic intersection of Southern exhaustion and eroticism. There's also Melvyn Douglas' Homer, which, to my constant surprise, remains perhaps the films best performance...
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It’s 007 in the saddle! Sean Connery didn’t become a career cowboy but his one stint as a Louis L’Amour hero is a diverting change of pace. And we couldn’t resist the pairing of two of moviedom’s most attractive actors — Connery and Brigitte Bardot.



Kl Studio Classics

1968 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 113 min. / Street Date July 11, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Sean Connery, Brigitte Bardot, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Peter van Eyck, Honor Blackman, Woody Strode, Eric Sykes, Alexander Knox, Valerie French, Julián Mateos, Don ‘Red’ Barry.

Cinematography: Ted Moore

Film Editor: Bill Blunden

Original Music: Robert Farnon

Written by J.J. Griffith, Hal Hopper, Scot Finch, Clarke Reynolds from the novel by Louis L’Amour

Produced by Euan Lloyd

Directed by Edward Dmytryk

It’s true, after five consecutive James Bond movies, we weren’t exactly ready to see Sean Connery as an American cowboy hero.
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Theatre Review:"Zero Hour" Starring Jim Brochu; Theatre At St. Clement's, New York

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By Lee Pfeiffer

All things come to those who wait. Having somehow inexcusably missed actor/writerJim Brochu's award-winning play "Zero Hour" that depicts the controversial life and career of Zero Mostel, I was able to see the show's most recent revival at the Theatre at St. Clement's  which is just off Broadway. The show is presented by the Peccadillo Theatre Company, which specializes in staging worthy productions in the prestigious venue that is just off Broadway. For Brochu, the one-man show is a triumph.. He wrote the script himself and the production is directed with flair by three-time Oscar nominee Piper Laurie. Mostel was a larger-than-life talent and he is played with uncanny skill by Brochu, who somehow makes himself into the spitting image of the iconic actor (he doesn't bare the slightest resemblance to Mostel off-stage). The imaginative scenario finds the entire play set in Mostel's New York painting
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Review: "The Front" (1976) Starring Woody Allen; Twilight Time Blu-ray Release

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“Don’T Mess With Huac”

By Raymond Benson

Perhaps the first film we saw that convinced us that Woody Allen could actually act—i.e., not be his nebbish, nervous comic persona from his early directorial efforts—was Martin Ritt’s 1976 comedy/drama, The Front, which appeared a year before Allen’s Annie Hall.

The Front was perhaps the first Hollywood film to tackle the subject of “the blacklist” that occurred in the movie industry in the late 1940s and throughout most of the 50s. This abominable practice was due to the investigation of “Communist infiltration” in Tinsel Town by Huac—the House Un-American Activities Committee. It was truly a dark time in U.S. history, one in which friends were pressured to “name names” or face the prospect of unemployment or worse, such as jail time. Note that the Hollywood studio heads were responsible for the actual blacklisting. The
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Stanley & Iris

Stanley & Iris


Twilight Time

1990 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 104 min. / Street Date January 17, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Jane Fonda, Robert De Niro, Swoosie Kurtz, Martha Plimpton, Harley Cross, Jamey Sheridan, Feodor Chaliapin.

Cinematography: Donald McAlpine

Original Music: John Williams

Written by: Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank, Jr. based on a novel Union Street by Pat Barker

Produced by: Arlene Sellers, Alex Winitsky

Directed by Martin Ritt

There ought to be a place on a screen for every kind of film story. True, old movies fronted a mostly false consensus picture of the world, claiming that there was a ‘normal’ baseline for our lives. The reality of most social issues was ignored in favor of pleasant fairy tales where all conflicts could be solved on a personal level. After all, movies were considered entertainment first, and carriers of vital social truths maybe about 97th. But then and now, there
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AMC and BBC adapting John le Carre’s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

Following their success with The Night Manager, AMC and the BBC are reuniting for another John le Carre adaptation, teaming once again with Ink Factory for a limited series based upon his 1963 novel The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, with Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) set to pen the script.

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold takes place during the height of the Cold War and revolved around a hard-drinking British spy who is sent to East Germany posing as a defector in order to frame an East German intelligence operative as a British double agent.

“Spy is a deep tale of intrigue in one of the most uncertain times in history,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV (via Variety).

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold was previously adapted for the big screen in 1965, with Martin Ritt directing
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The Spy: AMC & BBC Team Up with Night Manager Author

AMC and BBC One are sticking with John le Carré. After the networks' success with The Night Manager TV show, they've have announced they are adapting le Carré's classic 1963 novel, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, for television, as The Spy TV series.Simon Beaufoy is writing The Spy TV show. In 1965, director Martin Ritt made a feature film adaptation, starring Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, and Oskar Werner. Learn more from this AMC press release.Read More…
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The plot of Hitchcock’s North by Northwest was suggested by this spy film.

The Man Who Never Was I Was Monty’s Double Odd Man Out Correct

Clifton Webb starred in Ronald Neame’s 1956 film
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The BBC will follow up The Night Manager with The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

Author: Jon Lyus

Following the success of AMC and the BBC’s The Night Manager at the Golden Globes the two networks are collaborating again to bring another of spymaster John le Carré novels to the small screen. The Tom Hiddleston starring miniseries swept the boards at the Globes last weekend, winning awards for Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman and the series itself.

Word reached us from the TCA this weekend that the production team would be reuniting to adapt le Carré ‘s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. The 1963 novel centres around a British agent sent to East Germany as a defector to pass on information about a powerful enemy. It was made into a film in 1965, directed by Martin Ritt and starring Richard Burton and Claire Bloom.

The small screen has seen its share of gripping mini series in its time, and the last few years
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Le Carré's 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' set for BBC1

Le Carré's 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' set for BBC1
Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy is adapting the novel for The Night Manager producers The Ink Factory.

BBC1 is hoping to repeat the success of The Night Manager after ordering an adaptation of John le Carré’s The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.

The broadcaster has again partnered with AMC to commission The Ink Factory to produce the spy thriller set in 1962 at the height of the Cold War, just after the construction of the Berlin Wall.

Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy will adapt the book, in which British intelligence officer Alex Leamas is offered a chance for revenge after many of his agents are exposed by East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt.

Read: The story behind ‘The Night Manager

The Ink Factory, the indie established by le Carré’s sons Stephen and Simon Cornwell, will produce the series in association with Kudos founder Stephen Garrett’s new drama indie Character Seven.

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold was commissioned
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DVD Review: Paris Blues

  • CineVue
★★★★☆ Much like the multitude of heady jazz numbers that flow throughout the film, Paris Blues is a cool, breezy and laid-back character-led romantic drama with strong turns by the four likable leads, not least the late, great Paul Newman, effortlessly exuding that trademark piercing blue-eyed intensity and magnetism. The second of five memorable collaborations between director Martin Ritt and his lead, it's something of a mystery how this overlooked gem isn't mentioned in the same breath as the duos more recognised works.
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Throwback Thursday: “Bad Labor – No Coffee Break” Movies

Hollywood is filled with movies honoring working people and labor unions. I like labor unions but not everyone does – and well, labor unions (or union leaders) haven’t always been perfect. On Labor Day, we ran a pro-labor list but to reflect that other viewpoint, this edition of Throwback Thursday focuses on a Labor Behaving Badly list – films about bad or crooked union bosses, strikes gone wrong, workers behaving badly, and even a few anti-union films.

On The Waterfront (1954)

This excellent drama from director Elia Kazan is the gold standard of this kind of film, with a corrupt union boss (Lee J. Cobb) who have become a virtual dictator, treating the union like his own little army to do his bidding. One man, Terry Malone (Marlon Brando), stands up to him and breaks the power of the boss. Bad behavior indeed, and one heck of a good movie.

Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)

Union corruption,
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Cinema Gadfly – Episode 20 – The Front

My guest for this month is West Anthony, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1976 comedy-drama film The Front. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

Not sure what happened to the audio in the introduction, apologies! The Hollywood blacklist is a term for the treatment of people in the entertainment industry who refused to name names to the House Un-American Activities Committee from 1947 to 1960 For a more in depth take on the blacklist, check out the latest season of the phenomenal You Must Remember This podcast WonderCon is a comic book convention that was held annually in Sf until it was cruelly moved to the La area in 2012. Yes I’m still bitter about it. West also recommends the Gabrielle de Cuir directed Thirty Years of Treason by Eric Bentley Among the people famously blacklisted were Lillian Hellman, Lionel Stander,
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John le Carré on The Night Manager on TV: they’ve totally changed my book – but it works

They made the agent a woman, changed the location and the ending. The bestselling thriller writer on the pain and pleasure of adaptations from The Spy Who Came in from the Cold to the BBC’s new six-part series

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold provided me with my first experience of the film trade, and in retrospect it was an unusually benign baptism of fire. The director and I got along fine. I enjoyed an amiable relationship with the screenwriter, who as a former instructor in the black arts at a British spy school during the second world war turned out to know much more about espionage than I did. No great liberties were taken with my story – although I no longer see that as a criterion – and my only job was to provide the odd grace note to the screenplay while befriending Richard Burton and keeping
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Trumbo review – when Hollywood saw red

Bryan Cranston stars as Dalton Trumbo in a biting drama about the 1940s screenwriter blacklisted for his allegiance to the left

The collision of American entertainment and anti-communism in the 1940s and 50s has inspired a dizzying array of movies, both fictional and factual. Time and again, Hollywood has returned to a subject that offers a heady cocktail of drama, politics and nostalgic showbusiness intrigue; from Irwin Winkler’s Guilty By Suspicion (1991), which cast Robert De Niro as a film-maker torn between losing work and naming names, to George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), which revisited TV journalist Edward R Murrow’s on-air battles with McCarthy, via Frank Darabont’s whimsical The Majestic (2001), in which Jim Carrey’s amnesiac screenwriter winds up restoring a small-town cinema after being hounded out of Tinseltown as an anti-war “red”.

Top of the pile, however, is Martin Ritt’s 1976 gem The Front,
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Louis Digiaimo, Casting Director for ‘The Godfather,’ ‘The Exorcist,’ Dies at 77

Louis Digiaimo, Casting Director for ‘The Godfather,’ ‘The Exorcist,’ Dies at 77
Emmy winner Louis Digiaimo, whose first credit in a long career as a casting director was ‘The Godfather,” died December 19 in Oakland, New Jersey. He was 77 and had reportedly suffered a stroke earlier this year.

Digiaimo went on to cast films including “The Exorcist,” “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “Rain Man,” “Thelma & Louise,” “Donnie Brasco” (which he also produced), “Hannibal” and “Gladiator.”

Digiaimo, who was sometimes credited as Lou Digiaimo, had fruitful working relationships with Barry Levinson and Ridley Scott. For the former he cast “Tin Men,” with Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito; “Good Morning, Vietnam” (1987), with Robin Williams; “Rain Man,” with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman; and “Sleepers,” with Kevin Bacon, Robert De Niro and Hoffman.

Digiaimo served as casting director on NBC’s highly regarded crime drama “Homicide: Life on the Street” (on which Levinson was an executive producer), drawing three Emmy nominations and winning in 1998.

For Ridley Scott, Digiaimo
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Sliff 2015 Interview – Brian Jun: Director/Writer of Sleep With Me

Sleep With Me screens Saturday November 7th at 9:15pm at The Plaza Frontenac Theater as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Director Brian Juna will be in attendance. Ticket information can be found Here

Writer/Director Brian Jun’s Sleep With Me is a dark suburban drama focusing on Paul (Cliff Chamberlain) and Gabi (Danielle Camastra), a young couple unsuccessfully striving to start a family. Paul lives in the shadow of his overbearing father (played by veteran character actor Raymond J. Barry), and Gabi copes by engaging in risky activities that threaten to break up their marriage. Helmed by acclaimed regional filmmaker Brian Jun — whose previous features include “Joint Body” and Sundance competition film “Steel City” — this ensemble drama explores themes of sex, infidelity, and black-market drug use.

Brian Jun took the time to answer some questions about his film for We Are Movie Geeks
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