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AFI 11-SINGING IN THE RAIN

SINGING IN THE RAIN was supposed to have its first TV showing on NBC the week of the Kennedy Assignation in November 1963. But, considering the events, it was decided that the film (a light musical comedy) was not appropriate and the showing was postponed until (I think) January 1964 which is when I first…

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AFI 10-SCHINDLER’S LIST.

    My relationship with Schindler’s List is an odd one and goes back before the film was even made. Flashback. Years ago while in college I was waiting for someone in a dormitory lobby and laying on the coffee table beside my chair was a tattered paperback copy of Albert Speer’s “Inside The Third…

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DONG KINGMAN AND 55 DAYS AT PEKING

    From Wikipedia: Dong Kingman was a Chinese American artist and one of America’s leading watercolor masters. As a painter on the forefront of the California Style School of painting, he was known for his urban and landscape paintings, as well as his graphic design work in the Hollywood film industry. He has won widespread critical…

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AFI 9-ON THE WATERFRONT

  I first saw the ON THE WATERFRONT when I was five and my brothers took me to see it at a local theater in second run.  As adult memory doesn’t begin until about seven, I just remember fragments and most especially that the theater was so packed that I had to sit the petition behind…

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                                                INTERVIEW AS PLAY   STARRING SULLY BOYAR/LAUREN JONES JONES/JIM SPINKS/BILL DUKE and JOSEPH EGAN   Of all the interviews I ever did this is, without question, my favorite. Why I had…

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AFI 8-THE GRADUATE

    THE GRADUATE and I have an interesting history. It opened when I was a sophomore in High School. There was a lot of talk about it at the school but I wasn’t into these low budget films (I think it came in for something around $2,000,000.) that were basically anti-Hollywood and what soon…

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MARLENE DIETRICH AND JOSEPH STERNBERG

    Marlene Dietrich and Joseph Sternberg were one of the great Actor-director Hollywood matchings. Of the six films they made, in order of American release, MOROCCO did extremely well at the box office and established Dietrich as a star. The English Language version of THE BLUE ANGEL then solidified her star status. DISHONORED was…

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LOUIS B. MAYER MEETS JOHN HUSTON

    As we all know Louis B. Mayer was head of MGM studies from 1925—when the company was founded—until 1951 when he was forced out by the Nick Schneck, President of Loews Inc. MGM’s parent company. Mayer was not a picture maker. He knew how to run a studio which meant that he managed…

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AFI 7-THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

    Let me just say this from the beginning. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY is not one of my favorite films. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a great confection—a film in which style far outweighs content.  But first my history with the film. Truth is I don’t remember when I first saw it. It…

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AFI 6-THE WIZARD OF OZ

I am of the generation who first saw the WIZARD OF OZ on TV in 1956 when it was shown on CBS for the first time. As we did not have a color TV—for me—the movie was in B&W from beginning to end. Despite that I found the film to be magic and thinking back…

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