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Low Resolution surveys the week in TV
ModFab gets a sneak peek at Broadway's Spider-Man musical
Film of the Year asks if wider is better as screen imagery goes... (starring 1954's A Star is Born)
Bright Lights Dead Lesbian Society welcomes Watchmen's Silhouette
Scanners great piece on critical consensus and textured individual responses to films
Crazy Days has an interesting post about an Angelina Jolie related lawsuit ~ a charity donation gone wrong. As an official member of the have »
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You should get to know Douglas Sirk. He’s one of those great filmmakers, a German ex-pat who ran from the Reich and made his home in America. His first couple efforts are interesting, but when he came to Universal, he found a voice, a strange, beautiful voice that allowed him to apply his Brechtian influences to melodrama. And so you have these strange, powerful films like All that Heaven Allows, Tarnished Angels, Written on the Wind, and Magnificent Obsession. Obsession was the first of a string he did that have come to be viewed as both camp, and brilliant. John Waters absolutely loves Sirk, because he takes it so far, and you can at once laugh at the absurdity, but also get sucked into the high melodrama. Rock Hudson plays Bob Merrick, a wealthy playboy who spends his time wasting it. When he gets into a boating accident, the »
In 1935, unsung Hollywood director John Stahl tackled Lloyd C. Douglas' crypto-Christian novel Magnificent Obsession, about a carefree playboy who learns that the secret to success lies in helping others anonymously. Robert Taylor plays the redeemed nogoodnik, who becomes a skilled surgeon in order to improve the lot of Irene Dunne, a doctor's widow whose failing eyesight and dwindling bank account are both Taylor's fault. Once Taylor gives himself over to the philosophy known as "Dr. Hudson's Magnificent Obsession," and its methods of "establishing contact with the source of infinite power," he enters a community of artists »
3 items from 2009
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