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The Rhapsodes by David Bordwell, on '40s movie reviewers

Rhapsody in Dew

Posted August 1, 2016 by D. K. Holm

David Bordwell has long been one of the most important film historians, and his interests have ranged over numerous cinematic topics (film theory, cognition in film-viewing) and genres (from Carl Dreyer to King Hu). His frequently updated film textbooks, written with Kristen Thompson, are key documents for any film student, young or old, and his… More


Cover of the BFI's new book on The General

General Tendencies

Posted July 31, 2016 by D. K. Holm

The General (1915) is one of the greatest American films ever made, but do we really understand it? Buster Keaton made the comedy during a rash of historically set silent films, and being a Hollywood film about the Civil War, takes the perspective of the South, as have Birth of a Nation, Gone with the… More


The cover of Criterion's Blu-Ray of Howard Hawks's Only Angels Have Wings

Delivering the Male

Posted April 12, 2016 by D. K. Holm

Recently, many writers and film commentators have come to see 1939 as Hollywood’s most magical year. Among the obvious titles are Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz, but there were also Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Hound of the Baskervilles (which helped introduce… More


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Favorite Movies of 2015: D. K. Holm

Posted January 10, 2016 by D. K. Holm

For those who are curious, here is one reviewers list of favorite films for last year. The full discussion will occur in our next podcast, No. 171. The short version of the theory behind this list is that they are all personal favorites, and comprise films that I will continue to re-see ad infinitum. Domestic… More


Robert Hughes and Christopher Htichens Covers

Shocks of the Old

Posted by D. K. Holm

Among other things, the 1970s through the 1990s were a great time for the essay-review. Certain publications thrived with their authoritative contributors, magazines such as The New York Review of Books and the Village Voice, The New Republic and the conservative voices of The New Criterion, then the rise of Spy and the New York… More


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Northern Lights, Action, Camera

Posted December 18, 2015 by D. K. Holm

Those of us who are Fargo fans already can’t wait for the third season, the second having just ended last Monday with its 10th episode. But in the off season there’s a way to occupy our minds, and that’s play a Fargo game and try to anticipate what might occur in Season Three based on the things… More


Le Carre bio cover

Liars Club

Posted December 10, 2015 by D. K. Holm

It’s a trend. A recent spate of biographies call into question the truthfulness of their subjects. A new, short account of Dashiell Hammett and the sources of his writing life calls into question many of his claims.[1] A recent clump of books about Orson Welles celebrating, to a degree, his 100th centenary, take varied stances… More


Covers to the Vidal related books under review

The Ugly Years

Posted November 26, 2015 by D. K. Holm

Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal, Jay Parini (Doubleday, 480 pages, $30, ISBN-13: 978-0385537568, October 13, 2015 [Vidal’s birthday]) Sympathy for the Devil: Four Decades of Friendship with Gore Vidal, Michael Mewshaw (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 224 pages, $24, ISBN-13: 978-0374280482, January 13, 2015) In Bed with Gore Vidal, Tim Teeman, Paperback (Riverdale Avenue… More


Cineaction cover story on Marnie

A Third Way of Thinking About Movies

Posted August 11, 2015 by D. K. Holm

When the BBC released the results of its poll of an unknown number of international critics about their favorite American movies, Alfred Hitchcock made the list five times – for Psycho, North by Northwest, Vertigo, Notorious … and Marnie (at number 47). This placement sparked the usual groaning. Why Marnie and not Rear Window? Of… More


SoundOfMusicCover

A Favorite Thing

Posted August 8, 2015 by D. K. Holm

A few Xmases ago, I had the unusual pleasure of meeting some Von Trapps. The two sisters and a brother were at a large festive party with much singing, and I ended up talking to them about the recently broadcast live version of Sound of Music on NBC. No, they didn’t get any money for… More


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