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The Glass Bottom Boat

Screwball director Frank Tashlin jumps feet first into the chaste world of Doris Day comedies and emerges with his gonzo cred intact. The 1966 film, co-starring Rod Taylor, features sufficient Tashlin-inspired sight gags and winsome Day crooning to keep fans of both artists satisfied. Featuring a supporting cast of able TV vets including Paul Lynde and John McGiver, the movie lit up the box office leading to another Tashlin-Day collaboration in 1967’s Caprice (with diminishing returns).
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Review: "Who's Minding The Store?" (1963) Starring Jerry Lewis; Olive Films Blu-ray Release

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Olive Films has released the 1963 Jerry Lewis comedy "Who's Minding the Store?" on Blu-ray. The film was made at the peak of Lewis's solo career following the breakup of Martin and Lewis some years before. The movie was directed by Frank Tashlin, who collaborated with Lewis on his best productions. It can be argued that, with the exception of Lewis's inspired "The Nutty Professor" (released the same year as "Store"), his work never reached the heights that he achieved by working with Tashlin, a talented director and screenwriter who never quite got the acclaim he deserved. "Store" is one of Lewis's best movies because it's also one of his funniest. He plays Norman Phiffier, a nerdy manchild who fails at even the most elementary of careers. When we meet him he's trying to make ends meet by running his own dog-walking service, which provides some amusing sight
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Empire Dreams and the New York City of "Midnight Cowboy"

Initially a bustling urban backdrop for this new and correspondingly modern medium known as cinema, New York City has been a focal point of American movies since the inception of the form itself. Movies were made to move, and no place moved like NYC. At first, it was the city alone that dazzled filmgoers: the sheer scope and scale of Manhattan’s topography, the size of the city’s towering skyscrapers, the clustered ebb and flow of its lively population. Then stories emerged out of this concrete jungle, stories born from the teeming metropolitan setting: immigrant tragedies, gangster tales, social dramas of class inequality and economic expansion. Before long, Hollywood coopted New York, and suddenly, the bi-coastal portrayal of the Big Apple featured posh penthouses, swanky nightclubs, and a decidedly one-sided representation of the haves and have-nots (Hollywood liked the haves). As an alternative, independent filmmakers took the city’s
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Love in the Afternoon

Love in the Afternoon


Warner Archive Collection

1957 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 130 min. / Street Date February 7, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier, John McGiver, Van Doude, Lise Bourdin, Louis Jourdan, Betty Schneider.

Cinematography: William C. Mellor

Film Editor: Leonid Azar

Art Direction: Alexandre Trauner

Adapted Music: Franz Waxman

Written by: Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond from a novel by Claude Anet

Produced and Directed by Billy Wilder

A favorite of Billy Wilder-philes, Love in the Afternoon is a strong expression of the ‘romantic-Lubitsch’ vein in Wilder’s work. It’s essentially a return to the early ’30s Lubitsch comedies with Maurice Chevalier, but played in a more bittersweet Viennese register. It’s also Wilder’s first collaboration with the comedy screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond. Together they fashion the predominantly verbal comedy machine that will carry them through three or four big hits, and a few losers that have become classics anyway.
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The Manchurian Candidate

It's the classic paranoid conspiracy that won't go away... and that seems less impossible with every passing year. Laurence Harvey is a remote-controlled assassin, and Frank Sinatra seems to be under a little hypnotic influence himself... or are we just imagining it? John Frankenheimer and George Axelrod concoct a masterpiece from the novel by Richard Condon, a movie about conspiracies, that may be hiding more secrets in plain sight. The Manchurian Candidate Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 803 1962 / B&W / 1:75 widescreen / 126 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date March 15, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva, James Gregory, Leslie Parrish, John McGiver, Khigh Dhiegh Cinematography Lionel Lindon Production Designer Richard Sylbert Film Editor Ferris Webster Original Music David Amram Written by George Axelrod from the novel by Richard Condon Produced by George Axelrod, John Frankenheimer, Howard W. Koch Directed by John Frankenheimer

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
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Go Lightly to Breakfast At Tiffany’S Midnights This Weekend at The Tivoli

It’s a bit disheartening looking at the cast of Breakfast At Tiffany’S and realizing that of its main stars, only Mickey Rooney is still alive. Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, John McGiver, Alan Reed Jr., Stanley Adams, and Dorothy Whitney are all gone, as well as director Blake Edwards, screenwriter George Axelrod, and no doubt the cats who played “Cat”.

Based on the novel by Truman Capote (also deceased), Breakfast At Tiffany’S tells the story of Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) a well-scrubbed bohemian girl who lives how she wants to live – she has all-night parties, the world’s longest cigarette holder, and owns a cat with no name. She meets her new neighbor Paul(George Peppard) in the apartment building she lives in and the two become friends and later in the film find themselves falling in love.

Though I’ve never seen it,
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5 June DVD Titles You Should Know About Including 'The 39 Steps,' The Films Of Lina Wertmüller & More

Well, the dog days of summer are fast approaching, and what better way to duck out of the heat than by spending a cool day inside, AC-blasting, with your Blu-ray player and an endless supply of chilled adult beverages. June sees the release of an Alfred Hitchcock classic (beautifully restored), a trio of Lina Wertmüller gems, a nearly lost Michael Curtiz effort, a movie about the sex lives of ghosts, and a plane crash survival tale sold on the, er, ample merits of its female lead.

“The 39 Steps” (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935)

Why You Should Care: Because “The 39 Steps,” a crackling (86 minutes!) spy thriller from Alfred Hitchcock, is one of the most beloved British movies of all time, coming in at fourth place in the British Film Institute’s poll of top British films, and more recently, named the 21st greatest British film of all time by movie magazine Total Film. The film,
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Blu Monday: Tarantino Paradiso & The Animation Factory

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas: 2-Disc Deluxe Edition (1974)

Synopsis: For some unexplained reason, letters to Santa Claus are being returned to the children of Junctionville. It seems some resident has angered St. Nick by calling him “a fraudulent myth!” Skeptical Albert Mouse has to be brought to his senses “and let up a little on the wonder why.” How Albert is persuaded to change his tune paves the way for Santa’s jolly return to town – and the joyous finale of the animated fable inspired by Clement Moore’s poem and produced by the merrymaking conjures of Rankin/bass studios. The voice talents of Joel grey, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver and George Gobel make this festive fable even more fun. (

Special Features:


The 12 Dogs Of Christmas (2005)

Synopsis: A girl who uses dogs to
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New Movies Streaming on Netflix: Sept 26th – Oct 2nd

*Update* – Here’s a few more movies that came out on the first:

Tron: Legacy (2010) – Jeff Bridges King Kong (1976) – Jeff Bridges Super Troopers (2002) The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2010) – Gemma Arterton I’m a Cyborg, but That’s Ok (2006) – Chan-wook Park (dir.) New Movies on Netflix Instant Watch – Saturday October 1st Midnight Cowboy (R | 1969)

Flickchart Ranking: #476

Times Ranked: 41896

Win Percentage: 42%

How Many Top-20′: 117 Users


Directed By: John Schlesinger

Starring: Dustin HoffmanJon VoightSylvia MilesJohn McGiverBrenda Vaccaro

Genres: Buddy Film • Drama • Prostitution Film • Urban Drama

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Zelig (PG | 1983)

Flickchart Ranking: #764

Times Ranked: 10515

Win Percentage: 47%

How Many Top-20′: 10 Users


Directed By: Woody Allen

Other Woody Allen movies available to stream include:

Interiors (1978) – Diane Keaton Stardust Memories (1980) – Charlotte Rampling

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To Live and Die in La (R | 1985)

Flickchart Ranking: #1183

Times Ranked: 6337

Win Percentage: 46%

How Many Top-20′: 0 Users


Directed By: William Friedkin

Starring: William PetersenWillem DafoeJohn PankowDebra Feuer
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Exclusive: Sean Hepburn Ferrer Talks Breakfast at Tiffany's

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Exclusive: Sean Hepburn Ferrer Talks Breakfast at Tiffany's
Audrey Hepburn's son Sean Hepburn Ferrer discusses the Breakfast at Tiffany's 50th Anniversary Blu-ray edition, his mother's legacy, and more

Fans of classic cinema, or Audrey Hepburn fans, are in for a treat with the 50th Anniversary Blu-ray edition of Breakfast at Tiffany's hitting the shelves on September 20. Audrey Hepburn was nominated for an Oscar for her unforgettable performance as Holly Golightly in Blake Edwards classic, which was restored to pristine condition for this 1080p release. I had recently had the privilege of speaking with Audrey Hepburn's son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, about this classic film, the Blu-ray release, and his mother's legacy. Take a look at what he had to say below.

I believe you were less than a year old when Breakfast at Tiffany's came out. I was wondering at what age you first discovered the film?

Sean Hepburn Ferrer: Well, I was only a few
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Breakfast at Tiffany's Blu-ray Debuts September 20th

Breakfast at Tiffany's Blu-ray Debuts September 20th
The exquisite Audrey Hepburn stars as the free-spirited Holly Golightly in the unforgettable masterpiece Breakfast at Tiffany's, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and debuting on Blu-ray September 20, 2011 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Based on Truman Capote's best-selling novella, Breakfast at Tiffany's captured the imagination of audiences everywhere and made an indelible impact on movies, fashion and society at large. In director Blake Edwards' timeless classic, Hepburn's intoxicating New York party girl embarks on a wildly entertaining, comedic adventure to find love in the big city.

George Peppard is the struggling and "sponsored" young writer who finds himself swept into Holly's dizzying, delightfully unstructured lifestyle as she determinedly scours Manhattan for a suitable millionaire to marry. The film also stars Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam and Mickey Rooney and earned Oscars for Best Song ("Moon River") and Best Score.

Breakfast at Tiffany's has been fully restored and remastered
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DVD Playhouse--July 2011

DVD Playhouse—July 2011

By Allen Gardner

The Music Room (Criterion) Satyajit Ray’s 1958 masterpiece looks at the life of a fallen aristocrat as a metaphor for an India that is not only becoming Westernized, but modernized technologically and culturally beyond recognition. When the beloved music room, where he has hosted lavish concerts in the past, starts falling into disrepair as attendance drops steadily, the man realizes his way of life is vanishing. Stunningly shot in black & white, one of Ray’s finest works. Bonuses: Documentary on Ray from 1984 by Shyam Benegal; Interviews with Ray biographer Andrew Robinson and filmmaker Mira Nair; Excerpt from 1981 roundtable discussion between Ray, critic Michael Ciment, director Claude Sautet. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Full screen. Dolby 1.0 mono.

Beauty And The Beast (Criterion) Jean Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of the classic fairy tale become a beloved classic upon its 1946 release, and hasn’t faded since.
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Blu Room: The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Blu-Ray

The Manchurian Candidate Blu-RayMGM Home Entertainment1962/Rated PG-13/126 MinsList Price: $19.99 – Now AvailableIn 1952, an American unit on patrol in Korea is captured by the Chinese. Brainwashed, they perform a demonstration of the effectiveness of the Communists' techniques, while all the time imagining that they are at a meeting of the Ladies' Garden Club. Repatriated to America, Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for valor in rescuing the platoon. But the other survivors of the patrol, including Major Ben Marco (Frank Sinatra), are plagued with dreams that seem to suggest things did not occur as they remember. Shaw's mother (Angela Lansbury) is a highly political woman, pushing and controlling his stepfather Senator Iselin (James Gregory) at the expense of everything and everyone else. Shaw rejects her and goes to work for a publisher, but Communist agents have expertly programmed him and two years later are about to
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Special Report: Cinema Retro Covers "Midnight Cowboy" 40th Anniversary A.M.P.A.S Event

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Movie fans line up outside The Directors Guild Theater. (Photo: copyright Lee Pfeiffer/Cinema Retro)Alumni of a classic reunite: (L to R) John Barry, David V. Picker, Sylvia Miles, Jerome Hellman, Ann Roth and Adam Holender. (Photo: copyright Lee Pfeiffer/Cinema Retro)

By Lee Pfeiffer

Last night New York City became Hollywood-on-the-Hudson when The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted a 40th anniversary screening of Midnight Cowboy at The Directors Guild Theater. It was an extraordinary evening on every level. The program is part of the Monday Nights with Oscar series, which was created by Patrick Harrison of A.M.P.A.S. For years, Harrison has presented some of the most unique and memorable classic movie events the city has seen - and last evening was no exception. For the Midnight Cowboy tribute, some key members of the creative production team were reunited for an on-stage
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