TCM Film Festival: 1930s Rarities

Though of course it’s great getting the chance to see any older film on a big screen, there’s a special thrill that comes with seeing things that you know aren’t easily available elsewhere or that haven’t been seen for a long time. That’s the case with all three of these films, early 1930s films that have been out of circulation...

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TCM Film Festival: “Drugs Are Bad” – 1950s Edition

Depicting drug addiction on-screen in the 1950s was heavily frowned upon by the Production Code office, but a few filmmakers pushed the limits of the subject, including Otto Preminger with 1955′s The Man With the Golden Arm and Nicholas Ray with 1956′s Bigger Than Life. Both films are hard-hitting, difficult to watch at times, and signs that the...

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TCM Film Festival: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

In a movie-going environment full of computer-generated effects that seek to impress through seamless integration with green screen live action, there’s something charming and dare I say it, enormously endearing about the stop-motion effects of Ray Harryhausen. Though these effects were groundbreaking at the time, the seams between animation and...

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TCM Film Festival: The Constant Nymph

Acording to TCM host Robert Osborne, they’ve been trying to get the rights to show this film on TCM since the network started some eighteen years ago. It’s taken them this long to sort out the legal intricacies binding up the rights, but now they finally have, allowing this screening and eventual airings on TCM as well. At the time Warner made the...

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TCM Film Festival: Walt Disney Laugh-o-Grams

Well, here’s a bit of movie history I didn’t know at all before. Most of this is a condensed version of the introduction given by J.B. Kaufman, who is the historian for the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. Before Walt Disney came out to California and pioneered the feature-length animated film, he worked as an artist for an advertising...

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TCM Classic Film Festival: 2011 Lineup

The second annual Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival is almost upon us (April 28-May 1), and I have been slacking off on drawing attention to it. From what I can tell, they’re doing fine without me, though – passes have already sold out, though individual tickets are available at the door to almost every screening. For classic film fans in...

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