While Some Like it Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder is short on personal details, it keeps it eye on what’s important – the work.
Judy Garland: a high-profile personality profiled in countless biographies, articles and documentaries over the last few decades. Like James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando, she has remained in the limelight long after her death. Ever since her untimely death in 1969 at the age of 47, Garland has been a focal point for celebrity […]
By the time production began on Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds began, the heat was on for America’s most famous auteur. The Birds was Hitch’s follow-up to the immensely controversial Psycho, a dramatic departure from the Master, crossing the border from suspense to outright horror. Critics might have hesitated for a minute, but the public loved […]
Fritz Lang – director of M, Metropolis, Fury, The Big Heat – his very name is a sort of talisman for cineastes the world over. The name conjures the best of German expressionism and the name forms a vital link in the mind of the bridge between the most exemplary of those expressionist films and […]
In the holy Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd trinity of silent film comedy, Charley Chase exists outside of the limelight but always earns an honorable mention. Silent comedy fans love this guy (for good reason). But Chase’s post-silent era talkies rarely get much attention. This oversight is so profound that Gerald Mast erroneously stated in the first edition of […]
The new release from Titan Books Very Naughty Boys: The Amazing True Story of Handmade Films is half celebration, half cautionary tale. The celebration part takes a look at what happens when a brilliant comedy troupe hooks up with one of the world’s biggest (and wealthiest) pop stars, to wit a few truly brilliant films […]
Film historian Ed Sikov’s 2008 book Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis is not so much a biography as a detailed overview of the thespian’s filmography. Sikov, playing the film critic, discusses Davis’ performance in each film and provides an analysis of her abilities in each role, leaving readers with only brief glimpses of what […]
Many of you might remember a fabulous podcast called “A Year of Hitchcock” and the resulting book of the same name co-authored by the hosts of that podcast, Eric San Juan and Jim McDevitt. If you recall one or both of those things, then Hitchcock’s Villains: Murderers, Maniacs, and Mother Issues, the new book from San […]