INGRED BERGMAN: POST SELZNICK-PRE ANASTASIA

By J.M.E. | November 27, 2018

    Number of years ago I was eating in a New York restaurant when I looked up and noticed Ingrid Bergman’s eldest child, Pia Lindstrom, a short distance away eating dinner with her two young sons—Justin and Nicholas Daly—Ingrid Bergman’s grand-children. I knew Lindstrom by sight because she was the film and theater critic for a local New York TV News program. What I found fascinating watching them was how utterly disciplined her children were.   They ate quietly, and when they finished eating went…

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JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 1959

By J.M.E. | November 26, 2018

        Following the release of Disney’s TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA in 1954 and AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS in 1956, for the next six or seven years Jules Verne—as far as the movies were concerned—became a pretty hot author with a film adaptation of one of his books appearing every year or so. My favorite of these follow-ups was JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH.               I first saw it at the…

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AFI 2-CASABLANCA

By J.M.E. | November 25, 2018

Like most of the (as they were called back then) pre-48 studio films, Casablanca hit local television in the late 50s and early 1960s. This Warner Brothers package was leased to the local New York station Channel 5.  Since back then Channel 5 wasn’t associated with a network (it is now part of the Fox Network) it could run old films during prime time as well as in the morning and “Late” show. So, it was on channel 5 that I first saw CASABLANCA mixed…

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JOHN WAYNE AND THE ALAMO

By J.M.E. | November 24, 2018

                    I first saw Wayne’s THE ALAMO sitting in my fifth row center Aisle seat at the Wakefield. (As you should know by now it was my favorite seat at that theater.) And, at that time, I thought it was one of the greatest films I had ever seen. (My brothers had taken me when I was younger to every John Wayne film released and they included even THE SEA CHASE, THE CONQUEROR and LEGEND OF THE LOST. As I said, everything!) So, a…

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THE UNFORVIVEN-LANCASTER & HEPBURN

By J.M.E. | November 23, 2018

  THE UNFORGIVEN (not to be confused with UNFORGIVEN, Clint Eastwood’s great movie) is a movie I never grow tired of watching. (This one was directed by John Huston.) I loved this film from the moment I first saw it sitting in the 5th row aisle seat of the Wakefield Theater in the Bronx. I loved the visuals, loved the music and thought the actors especially good; most specifically Audrey Hepburn and Audie Murphy. I felt the same when I saw the film again on…

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AFI 1-CITZEN KANE

By J.M.E. | November 21, 2018

In addition to writing about the films of my youth I also wrote in FACEBOOK my experiences with all sorts of films.  Those I saw for the first time on TV and those I saw first on Home Video.  I also began writing about the American Film institute (AFI) 100 greatest Americans.   So in my blog posts, I am going to mix them up all together.  Here is the number one on the AFI list.   CITIZEN KANE     The first time I saw CITIZEN KANE was in…

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GOING TO THE MOVIES BACK WHEN!

By J.M.E. | November 20, 2018

    I had a Facebook page for close to 18 month and would write 1500-2000 word essays mostly about films but a little about myself. I had almost 3000 followers and an amazing amount of likes comments. I would write these essays four or five times a week and was religious about answering every comment. Along with the essay I also had a scan of the Poster for that particular movie. And with my replies relevant photos. As I thought I had a big…

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KENNETH ANGER'S HOLLYWOOD BABYLON: FICTION VERSES FACT

By J.M.E. | March 29, 2017

    HOLLYWOOD BABYLON VERSES TRUTH       I should have written the following when my book, The Purple Diaries,  was first published. Nevertheless, for reason discussed below I am now finally getting around to it.  Let’s begin with the  following paragraph from the book’s acknowledgment section. “The idea of wiring the Purple Diaries was first sparked when I read the Mary Astor Chapter in Kenneth Anger’s hugely successful Hollywood Babylon. It was Angar’s intention to scandalize and he succeeded quite well at this. Thus, the…

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MARY ASTOR'S GOLDEN TEN

By J.M.E. | January 19, 2017

          MARY ASTOR’S GOLDEN TEN   Iconic director William Wellman enjoyed telling interviewers that of the 100 or so movies he made during his 30+ years as a director, they were all made for the money. He considered 80 junk, twenty pretty good and ten among the best films to ever come out of Hollywood. The very same could be said of actress Mary Astor. She made 100 plus movies—all made for the money—and, like Wellman she also had her ten,…

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THE FILMS OF RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL

By J.M.E. | September 22, 2016

          THE FILMS OF RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL   Another book proposal that I wrote which didn’t go anywhere was THE FILMS OF RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL. Because Radio City Music Hall could rack up massive grosses it was the theatrical outlet preferred by the studios and for good reason.  If a film played at the Music Hall a studio would advertise those grosses in the trades and this would mean additional bookings.  And, this was the reason why the Music Hall played some of…

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