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Ja from Mnpp here - The Film Experience is taking a look back at 1964 all this month and so it's the perfect time for our "Beauty Vs Beast" series to take a look at a movie that's turning 50 next month (it was released on July 22nd, 1964) and wades so deep into morally murky waters you're never quite sure which end of the screen you're rooting for (if any), making it perfect for this poll - I speak of Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie.
Starring Tippi Hedren as the titular troubled girl turned to theivery and Sean Connery as the businessman alternately turned on and repelled by that rascally blonde's baser instincts, Marnie's awash in dream symbols (so many snapping purses!) and psychiatry talk - too much of the latter by my count; like Hitch's film Spellbound I always find his movie's at their least interesting when they're explicitly spelling out his psychological obsessions. »
You'll want to make some time for this excellent "Siskel & Ebert" special from 1983, “Dial H for Hitchock,” in which the beloved and much-missed critical pair do their thing (after a few promos for their review of “The Big Chill”, for whatever reason). The show highlights an interesting bit of film history: it was made to coincide with the rerelease of several Hitchcocks in the early 80s–“Vertigo,” “Rear Window,” “Rope,” “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” “The Trouble With Harry”–all of which had been hard to see in the U.S. for some years before 1983, Hitchcock himself having intentionally kept prints scarce to increase their value. “Vertigo” and “Rear Window”, of course, are two of Hitchcock's absolutely most influential film, so it's strange to imagine a time when many film fans wouldn't ever have seen them. This isn't just a Hitchcock hagiography though: the other three films aren't quite of the same legendary status, »
- Ben Brock
She lit up movie screens and record charts in the '40s, '50s and '60s, and - as she turns 90 on April 3 - Doris Day remains one of America's Sweethearts. Here is the birthday girl in a recent shot outside her Carmel, Calif., home. Note her companion - the star has been a champion of furry friends for decades, and, in lieu of gifts on her big day, she asks for contributions to the Doris Day Animal Foundation. As Day told People in a rare 2011 interview, "I love life. I have my pets around me and good friends. »
- Stephen M. Silverman and Liz McNeil
It looks like "The Wolf of Wall Street" stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have another fact-based collaboration in the works. Per Deadline, 20th Century Fox has inked a deal to acquire rights to Marie Brenner's 1997 Vanity Fair article "The Ballad Of Richard Jewell" right in time for the Winter Olympics. The article investigates the eponymous 1996 Atlanta Olympics security guard who, after discovering a suspicious backpack on the grounds, infamously became the scapegoat of a legal rigamarole. The role is being developed for Jonah Hill, says Deadline, and Leonardo DiCaprio will player the Southern litigator who came to Jewell's aid. Vanity Fair writer Marie Brenner's "The Man Who Knew Too Much" was the inspiration for Michael Mann's Oscar-nominated whistleblower thriller "The Insider" (1999), set in the tobacco industry. Both Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio are up for acting Oscars for Martin Scorsese's best picture contender "The Wolf of Wall Street. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The project will be based on the 1997 Vanity Fair article "The Ballad Of Richard Jewell" by Marie Brenner, with Jonah Hill playing Richard Jewell, and Leonardo DiCaprio portraying a Southern lawyer who helped guide this hero-turned-pariah through a hellish ordeal that dragged on for months.
On July 27, 1996, Richard Jewell was working as a security guard at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, when he noticed an unattended green backpack at around 1 Am. He alerted police to the situation and helped clear the area. The backpack contained a pipe bomb which shortly thereafter exploded, killing one person and injuring 111 others. He was praised as a hero for the first few days after the bombing, until an Atlanta Journal-Constitution story was published revealing that the FBI was considering him a suspect, »
5 items from 2014
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