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Kirk Douglas @ 95

9 December 2011 6:50 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Issur Danielovitch Demsky was to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents in Amsterdam, New York, on this day in 1916 and, to celebrate, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the Telegraph have posted photo galleries. Both are fine as these things go, but not nearly as much fun as Douglas's own official site, which greets you with a clip (you know which one) from Kubrick's Spartacus (1960).

It was while serving in the Us Navy during World War II that Izzy Demsky changed his name to Kirk Douglas, by which time he'd already made a name for himself as a champion wrestler and as a performer in plays at Saint Lawrence University in upstate New York. He'd attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, where he met Betty Joan Perske (later to become better known as Lauren Bacall), who'd eventually score him a screen test for his first film role in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, »

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Found Film Not Alfred Hitchcock's First

3 August 2011 4:51 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Betty Compson, Clive Brook, Woman to Woman Despite some confusion in various reports, the 1923 melodrama The White Shadow, half of which was recently found at the New Zealand Film Archive, is not Alfred Hitchcock's directorial debut. It isn't Hitchcock's first ever credited effort, either. That honor apparently belongs to Woman to Woman, which came out earlier that same year. The White Shadow, in fact, was a Woman to Woman afterthought. Both movies were directed by Graham Cutts, both were produced by future British film industry stalwarts Victor Saville and Michael Balcon, both were based on works by Michael Morton (the earlier film was taken from a Morton play; the later one from a Morton novel), and both starred Clive Brook and Hollywood import Betty Compson. (Compson plays two parts in both films as well; but whereas in The White Shadow she plays two actual characters, in Woman to Woman »

- Andre Soares

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Dana Wynter obituary

10 May 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor often cast as an 'English rose', she starred in Invasion of the Body Snatchers

It could be argued that the strikingly beautiful, dark-haired Dana Wynter, who has died aged 79, did not have the film career she deserved. One of the reasons may have been that she was under a seven-year contract to 20th Century Fox, a studio that gave her few chances to display her histrionic talents. As proof, Wynter's best film, Don Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), was produced by Allied Artists, one of the "Poverty Row" studios.

Nevertheless, it was Fox that made the demure Wynter into a star, featuring her in five rather hollow, self-important CinemaScope pictures. Some of her own frustration with her image is implied in D-Day: The Sixth of June (1956) when, as a British Red Cross worker, she tells a married American army captain with whom she is romantically involved: "You »

- Ronald Bergan

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Actress Dana Wynter Dead At Age 79

9 May 2011 10:01 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »


Dana Wynter, the stunning beauty who played the female lead in the 1956 science fiction classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers has died from congestive heart failure. She was 79 years-old. Wynter's career escalated after appearing the film, which was directed by Don Siegel. She routinely dismissed theories that the movie was a criticism of McCarthyism, saying they only wanted to tell a good yarn. Wynter's other major films include Sink the Bismarck, D-Day: The Sixth of June, The List of Adrian Messenger and Airport. After the release of the latter film in 1970, Wynter concentrated on raising a family, though she did appear as a guest star in many TV series during the 1980s and 1990s. For more click here »

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Dana Wynter Pt.2: Body Snatchers 'I'd just as soon forget it'

8 May 2011 12:36 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Dana Wynter, Kevin McCarthy in Don Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers Dana Wynter Dies: Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Airport Dana Wynter herself didn't care for her performance in Invasion of the Body Snatchers. In fact, her son, Mark Bautzer, told the Los Angeles Times that Wynter didn't think the role would come to define her and "she didn't consider acting a worthy profession for an adult." She could have fooled me. Wynter is flawless as the woman on the run in Body Snatchers, and she's just as effective — and just as beautiful — in Lewis Gilbert's war drama Sink the Bismarck! (1960), opposite Kenneth More. As Burt Lancaster's bitchy wife, she manages to steal all of her scenes in Arthur Hiller's blockbuster Airport (1970). Wynter's role is mostly decorative in John Huston's mystery-comedy The List of Adrian Messenger (1963), but hers is a refreshing presence, nevertheless. Wynter's »

- Andre Soares

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Dana Wynter Dies: Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Airport

8 May 2011 12:26 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Dana Wynter Dana Wynter died Thursday, May 5, of congestive heart failure at Ojai Valley Community Hospital's Continuing Care Center, located in the small hilly community about 60 miles north of Los Angeles. She would have turned 80 on June 8. Though never a top film star, Dana Wynter holds a place of honor in film history: she is the heroine who falls asleep in the wrong place, at the wrong time, near the wrong pods in Don Siegel's 1956 sci-fi-horror classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Other notable films include Henry Koster's D-Day the Sixth of June, with Robert Taylor and Richard Todd; John Huston's The List of Adrian Messenger, with George C. Scott; and Arthur Hiller's all-star blockbuster Airport (1970). The daughter of a surgeon, Wynter (born Dagmar Winter, in Berlin) grew up in England and later Rhodesia (today's Zimbabwe) and South Africa. After abandoning pre-med studies, Wynter began her »

- Andre Soares

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Kirk Douglas To Be Special Guest At 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival

28 March 2011 12:14 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Celebration of Actor.s Life and Career to Include Conversation with Robert Osborne,

Clips from One-Man Show and Special Screening of Spartacus (1960)

Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas will be a special guest at the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. During the festival, which takes place April 28-May 1, the three-time Oscar nominee and honorary Academy Award winner will join TCM host Robert Osborne for an interview on stage, leading into a screening of Stanley Kubrick.s epic film Spartacus (1960), which Douglas also produced. The evening.s festivities will include clips from Douglas. biographical one-man show, Before I Forget (2009).

.Kirk Douglas is an American icon whose performances have struck an indelible chord with moviegoers for more than 60 years,. Osborne said. .At the age of 94, he retains the great vitality and enthusiasm which has always been the Douglas trademark. We couldn.t be more pleased that Spartacus himself will be joining us at »

- Melissa Thompson

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