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What John did and saw

Dillinger and Manhattan Melodrama
In anticipation of the July 1 release of Michael Mann's Public Enemies with Johnny Depp as John Dillinger, and as part of its week-long "Classic Gangsters" series, the Brattle is screening two rarely seen films this Sunday: John Milius's 1973 Dillinger and W.S. Van Dyke's Manhattan Melodrama.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 16, 2009


Dark passage

Film noir and the Production Code at the MFA
The Production Code, Hollywood's notorious self-censorship program, was instituted by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America in 1930, but it didn't go into effect till 1934, when it was administered by Joseph I. Breen.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 27, 2009


Commedia tonight

David Grimm's Miracle delivers
David Grimm's entertaining The Miracle at Naples , which the Huntington is premiering in a lively production by artistic director Peter DuBois at the Calderwood Pavilion (through May 9), is a commedia dell'arte.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  April 21, 2009


Peter Morgan's Frost-Nixon

Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon at the Colonial
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  February 03, 2009


Max Ophüls at the Harvard Film Archive

Plaisir d’Ophüls
Max at the Harvard Film Archive
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 20, 2009


Sweet smell of skill

Alexander Mackendrick at the HFA
Alexander Mackendrick, who's the subject of a tribute at the Harvard Film Archive this weekend, is a somewhat mysterious figure in movie history.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 06, 2009


Tiger by the tail

The wild and woolly cinema of John Boorman
The wild and woolly cinema of John Boorman
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  November 18, 2008


Brief fling

Carole Lombard’s nine years of stardom
Carole Lombard rose to stardom in 1934 and was dead by 1942, killed in a plane crash on her way back from selling war bonds; her last picture, Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not To Be , was released posthumously.  
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 08, 2008


Paul Newman (1925-2008)

Remembering a movie star who turned himself into a great actor
Paul Newman, who died last weekend at the age of 83, was that rarest of creatures, a movie star who turned himself into a great actor.  
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 01, 2008


Buffalo’d Bard

This West doesn’t win the East
It’s nifty that Boston has snagged the world premiere of Richard Nelson’s new play, How Shakespeare Won the West , which opens the season at the Huntington.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  September 17, 2008


When men were men

Sam Peckinpah at the Harvard Film Archive
Since Sam Peckinpah’s untimely death at the age of 59, he has acquired such legendary status that it’s startling to remember that he made only 14 films over a period of 22 years.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  September 03, 2008


The awful truth

Leo McCarey was better in the ’30s
Among the signal directors of 1930s comedies — one thinks of Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch, and George Cukor — Leo McCarey’s name has been largely forgotten.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 02, 2008


American original

Arthur Penn at the Harvard Film Archive
During the great American renaissance period in movies, Hollywood was in the hands of the counterculture.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 29, 2008


The Summer with Monika

Sensual rebellion
Harriet Andersson is the title character in this 1953 film, a teenager who combines a scruffy working-class sensuality with a slightly preposterous romanticism derived from Hollywood movies.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 16, 2008


Wild boys and girls

‘Vice vs. Virtue’ at Harvard
The series includes some of the liveliest and most adult entertainment in the history of the movie industry.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 15, 2008


Wild things

Lamorisse’s White Mane and Red Balloon
There is no more-enchanting Thanksgiving outing than the double bill of reissued Albert Lamorisse short films.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  November 19, 2007


Teen spirit

The Corn Is Green at Williamstown; Romeo and Juliet at the Publick
The Williamstown Theatre Festival revival of Emlyn Williams’s The Corn Is Green marks the first time this play has been trotted out in years.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  August 07, 2007


An Italian feast

‘Signore + Signore’ isn’t just about the ladies
A group of performers — especially one unified by gender and culture — is an unconventional focus for a film series.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  August 07, 2007


Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman, who died Sunday, was one of the last of the great world filmmakers who came to fame around the mid century and changed the face of movies.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  July 31, 2007


Counting Sheep

Charles Burnett at the MFA
Lyrical, contemplative, with a clear disdain for mainstream Hollywood, the African-American filmmaker Charles Burnett has cobbled out an unorthodox career.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 05, 2007
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