Category Archives: film

Wide Screen Projection

Daryl Zanuck was an early advocate of widescreen projection. One of the first things Zanuck did when he returned to Fox in 1944 was to restart the research on a 50mm film, shelved in the early 1930s as a cost-cutting … Continue reading

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Arthur Miller – Director of Photography

Arthur was known as one of Hollywood’s most accomplished lighting cameramen, a master at black and white cinematography.  With 7 Oscar nominations resulting in 3 awards.  He worked exclusively at Fox Films and today we’ll watch The Gunfighter, his second … Continue reading

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All About Eve

On Wednesday, Jan 25 at the Palm Theatre, we’ll kick off a short 4 film series highlighting Daryl Zanuck’s accomplishments as a producer.  Wednesday’s film will be “All About Eve”, directed by Joseph Mankiewicz (Ben’s uncle), starring Betty Davis, Ann … Continue reading

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Daryl Zanuck

The Producer!!!  Over 249 IMDB credits.  No one has had more impact on film since 1928 than Daryl Zanuck.  He’s produced some of the most iconic films ever, including All About Eve which was the first film to receive 14 … Continue reading

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The Best Years of Our Lives – 70th Anniversary

Today’s LA Times has a nice piece on Harold Russell, the star of the film who received two Oscars for the same film, today.  Many consider it to be one of the most popular films of all time. Click here

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Eight Men Out and Judge Kenesaw Landis

Today’s film was an interesting and historically accurate look at the times when baseball was in it’s infancy and corruptible.  Bad behavior of owners created player revolts and the temptation to take bribes was the result. The owners brought in … Continue reading

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Damn Yankees

Many in the audience didn’t know that “Whatever Lola Wants” and “Heart” were from musical Damn Yankees.  We also discovered that Tab Hunter didn’t make many memorable movies but Gwen Verdon was great, especially in the scene where she was … Continue reading

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Baseball themed movies

We had a good time watching The Pride of the Yankees yesterday but there wasn’t a dry eye in the house at the end.  Next Wednesday, a frustrated fan of the hopeless Washington Senators makes a pact with the Devil … Continue reading

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Baseball in the movies

Today we’ll watch “Pride of the Yankees” directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary Cooper, Theresa Wright and Walter Brennan.  The film is about the life of Lou Gehrig.  I’m looking forward to seeing all of the films I’ve chosen … Continue reading

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Saving old films

Thanks to Janis for sharing the link to the NY Times story from 2016 about what’s being done to save films. click here

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