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Televisual Treats: Shadowing Sarris

Posted September 19, 2017 by D. K. Holm

      This week, 40 years ago, Andrew Sarris introduce a new feature to the pages of the Village Voice. Called Sneak Previews, he rounded up the best movies available on television for the week. Characteristically, Sarris begins with a mission statement, in which he assesses the state of movie-going, the conflicts between television,… More


Code Blue: Andrew Sarris, September 12, 1977

Posted September 15, 2017 by D. K. Holm

              One of the interesting things about “Films in Focus” is that from week to week the reader never knew what Sarris was going to cover. It might be CE3K, it might be three French films for adults, or it might be a tennis match. In his column for… More


On Your Marx: Andrew Sarris, September 5, 1977

Posted September 11, 2017 by D. K. Holm

            Two weeks into my project and I’m already behind. This week, I’ll post two column reviews. For September 5, 1977, Sarris issued one of his patented reflective obituaries. A lot of prominent people died in 1977, including Joan Crawford, Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, and Henri-Georges Clouzot, and it seemed… More


Shots and Murmurs: Andrew Sarris, 29 August, 1977

Posted August 29, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Having dealt with the coincidence of two Legionnaire films appearing at the same time,[1] the following week in the Village Voice, Andrew Sarris is back to the grind of seemingly random films openings. Yet the three films he dealt with for the August 29 issue do have a common currency: sex.        … More


Sands of Time: Andrew Sarris on the movies of August 22, 1977

Posted August 22, 2017 by D. K. Holm

      Let’s begin mid-stream. About three weeks ago I was writing a review, for the Montana paper where I have a column, of two mini-series from Amazon focused on F. Scott Fitzgerald. One was a fantasia about Zelda and her life in his shadow, with a shady portrayal of the writer himself, based… More


Criterion's Blu-Ray cover for Breaking Point

Lost and Found

Posted August 8, 2017 by D. K. Holm

            Scratch any number of films and you will find a legacy of remakes, adaptations, reboots, and translations into other media. A prime example comes in the form of the new Criterion Blu-Ray edition of The Breaking Point, which has an interesting history. The film is based on a Hemingway… More


Rossellini's War Trilogy from Criterion

In a Lonely Place

Posted July 9, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Roberto Rossellini’s The War Trilogy still holds cinematic power 60 years later.                        In the twilight of its life cycle, the DVD has finally achieved – or stumbled upon – an educational and clever use of its own technology. It’s the video essay. What you… More


DVD Cover for Hitchcock's The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

Upstairs, Downstairs

Posted June 27, 2017 by D. K. Holm

It’s called the first true Hitchcock film. It features the first innocent man chased both by cop and citizen. It has the first Hitchcock serial killer film, and the first Hitchcock cameo (two, in fact). It features the famous see-through glass floor. There is a staircase. The blondes. These are the words, labels, and motifs that… More


Murray Pomerance on Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Consequences of Knowing A Lot: Recent Hitchcock Books, No. 1

Posted April 17, 2017 by D. K. Holm

There is a curious moment in the middle of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much that has gone without much comment, or at least I haven’t seen any. Ben McKenna is searching London for the kidnappers of his son, Hank. His clue is the name “Ambrose Chapell,” who turns out to be a… More


The cover for Jon Lewis's new book

Hard-Hearted Hollywood

Posted April 14, 2017 by D. K. Holm

There have always been two Hollywoods. There is the burnished image of the place and people promoted by studio publicity machines via movie magazines and the media, a world of hardworking artisans cultivating their craft and family simultaneously. Then there is the brutal underside, real versus “real.” This is the Hollywood of disguised unwed pregnancies, of lethal… More


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