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Crime & Passion: Pool of London (1951)

To view Pool of London click here. I, along with some of my fellow StreamLine colleagues, have been modestly building a case for the reassessment of Basil Dearden’s career during the past year by spotlighting many of his films including Sapphire (1959), The League of Gentlemen (1960), Victim (1961), All Night Long (1963), Frieda (1947), The […]

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Double Noir: Laura (1944) and Fallen Angel (1945)

To view Laura click here. To view Fallen Angel click here. In retrospect, Otto Preminger has never been included in the pantheon of iconic Golden Age directors—Ford, Hitchcock, Welles, Hawks, Wilder, Capra. Sometimes, his career is covered in film history texts, largely because of his work in the 1950s. Preminger’s career ended with a few […]

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Three’s a Crowd: Daisy Kenyon (1947)

To view Daisy Kenyon click here. Daisy Kenyon (1947) is a rarity. It’s a romantic Hollywood movie made for adults that refuses to sentimentalize its subject and treats all its characters respectfully despite their failings and their flaws. Joan Crawford stars as the sympathetic Daisy, an ambitious commercial artist who becomes involved in a complicated […]

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Guess Who Killed The Woman in Question (1950)

To view The Woman in Question click here. My mother loved mysteries. Loved them. It was her favorite genre (science fiction and adventure were a close second and third) and whenever I discover a new one, it makes me think of her. One of the pleasures of watching a good mystery is trying to figure […]

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Crime & Punishment: Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

FilmStruck is currently streaming 11 films featuring Alain Delon as part of their “Icons: Alain Delon” theme and for the next 4 weeks I’ll be spotlighting a few of my favorite titles in this collection. To learn more about the French actor please see a previous post I wrote in 2010 to celebrate Delon’s 75th […]

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A Brutal Film Noir: Cavalcanti’s They Made Me a Fugitive (1947)

To view The Made Me a Fugitiveclick here. Brazilian filmmaker Alberto Cavalcanti had quite an interesting career. After several years directing films in France, the director signed a contract with the prestigious Ealing Studios in England. While Cavalcanti only made a handful of films at the studio before departing due to a contract dispute, his […]

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Bryan Foy and John Alton: An Unlikely Team

To view the “Anthony Mann/John Alton Noir” theme on FilmStruck, click here. Anthony Mann gained a reputation for creating lean, mean film noirs with the help of cinematographer extraordinaire John Alton. Mann’s stylish direction and memorable characters in film noir, as well as in Westerns and dramas make him a favorite among classic movie lovers. […]

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The Past Is Always With Us: The Naked Kiss (1964)

To view The Naked Kiss click here. Samuel Fuller developed a reputation over time of being the tough guy director of movies like Pickup on South Street (1953), The Steel Helmet (1951) and The Big Red One (1980). This is all well and good but his films have a sense of style, and insight at […]

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Bigotry & Bloodshed: Sapphire (1959)

To view Sapphire click here. A beautiful young woman named Sapphire (Yvonne Buckingham) has been murdered. Her bloodied corpse was found in London’s Hampstead Heath park. A seasoned detective (Nigel Patrick) and his young partner (Michael Craig) are called on to investigate the case but as they try to piece together the puzzle of this […]

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Sudden Fear (1952): Joan Crawford’s Shock to the System

To view Sudden Fear click here. As the first season of water cooler sensation Feud has recently finished airing, it’s funny to reflect how certain movie stars tend to surge in public interest at random intervals. Case in point: Joan Crawford, whose films have been TCM and home video favorites among younger viewers and who […]

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