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Some twenty-two years ago, just a couple of months before Joseph L. Mankiewicz passed away at the age of 83, New York’s Film Forum held a retrospective of his work. The one thing I knew about Mankiewicz back then was that Andrew Sarris had consigned him to The American Cinema’s circle of hell that was “Less Than Meet the Eye.” “The cinema of Joseph L. Mankiewicz is a cinema of intelligence without inspiration” he argued. Needless to say I went rather reluctantly to see his films, but by the end of the series I was a convert to his special brand of literate, sophisticated and genuinely moving cinema.
As a sidebar to the New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is hosting a new retrospective of Mankiewicz’s films that runs »
- Adrian Curry
Written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Directed by Howard Dimsdale and Joseph L. Mankiewizc
A man (John Hodiak) wakes up in a military hospital, cognizant of the fact that he has been in battle for the United States but entirely oblivious of who he is or where he lives. Only a few cryptic pieces of paper in his pocket inform him of his name George Taylor; that a woman now hates him; and that a good pal of his, Larry Cravat, wants to meet him in Los Angeles transfer a significant amount of saved up funds through a bank account. Thus begins George’s vertiginous journey into the City of Angels, where the clues as to his true identity sometimes add up whilst other times stir further confusion. By all accounts, there are some people who view the name Larry Cravat as either a threat, as in the case of Lt. »
- Edgar Chaput
The 85-year history of the Academy Awards is rife with statistical oddities, and one that has the potential to play out this Sunday is among the most intriguing: a split between the films that win Best Picture and Best Director.
Though conventional wisdom has long held that only one film will walk away with both prizes on Oscar night, many pundits are predicting that the awards will instead go to two different movies this year, with "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron expected to snag the Best Director statuette, while "12 Years a Slave" (or "American Hustle," depending on where your loyalties lie) is the favorite to win Best Picture.
While such a split has occurred just 22 times since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences started handing out trophies in 1929, four of the first five ceremonies produced a divide between the Best Director and Best Picture prizes. "Wings," dubbed the original »
- Katie Roberts
Washington, Jan 4: Barbara Lawrence of the 'Oklahoma!' fame has passed away due to kidney failure. She was 83.
According to TMZ.com, the veteran actress, who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, died on November 13, 2013.
- Machan Kumar
Hollywood legend Barbara Lawrence -- who played Gertie Cummings in the 1955 movie "Oklahoma!" -- has died. She was 83.According to her daughter-in-law, Lawrence passed away from kidney failure on November 13.In addition to "Oklahoma!" Lawrence starred in the films "The Street With No Name," "A Letter to Three Wives," and the 1957 sci-fi classic "Kronos." She also appeared in TV episodes of "Perry Mason" and "Bonanza." Her acting career spanned from the 1940s to the early 1960s. »
- TMZ Staff
5 items from 2014
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