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My Michael Curtiz manuscript is at the publisher with the book scheduled for publication in 2017.  “Done” is a relative term as there is still a considerable distance to travel before I am holding a completed book in my hand, but the work itself is completed and it’s a good feeling.  With that, I will be returning to my blog and updating the web site on what is going on with me and the world of classic film.



Alan's sporadic takes on Film Noir and other aspects of pop culture

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  The L.A. Film Noir Festival really gained traction this week with some superb screenings and great attendance for the hypercompetitive Tinseltown movie market. Thursday's double bill at the Egyptian was Cry of the City (1948) and City of Fear (1959). The former picture is one of the classic Fox noirs that has yet to be issued in DVD format - an omission that noir aficionados find baffling. Darryl F. Zanuck returned to 20th Century Fox in 1944 - as Otto Preminger put it sarcastically, the mogul was, “off filming the war” - realizing that prewar Hollywood fare such as Andy Hardy and the traditional gangster pictures wouldn't cut it anymore. The documentary style of filmmaking was first popularized at Fox by Louis De Rochemont with The House of 92nd Street had melded with the overt post WWII noir realism popularized by Mark Hellinger at U-I with The Killers and Brute...
Cry of the City
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Posted by on in Commentary
  Sometimes tragic events occur that transcend our day-to-day and force us to take pause and consider the status of our life and popular culture on this mortal coil. Such an occurrence is the Virginia Tech shootings. I don't want to wallow in this; that isn't what this blog is for. However, the news coverage of the murderer has caused me enough angst that I have turned off the television news and the car radio for the duration. Why? Probably for the same reason I don't need to watch Saw 3 in order to know that I strongly dislike watching simulated, graphic torture as entertainment. The current medic coverage of this murderer who executed these kids in cold-blood is wholly predictable and not something I want to be complicit in by watching. The grunge of the 24 hour news cycle with the cable news channels and the Internet leading the way...
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  The 8th Annual Festival of Film Noir jumped off at the Egyptian Theatre last Thursday night. Although the American Cinematheque  the sponsor of this enterprise, there are some new wrinkles in the dark shading of this year's festival: 1. The Film Noir Foundation is the festival co-sponsor with the Cinematheque. 2. My colleague and friend, Eddie Muller, is performing the hosting duties along with yours truly who wrangled most of the screening guests this time around. Eddie and I programmed this festival along with Chris D. at the Cinematheque. Thematically, this year's fest is a series of noir double bills featuring L.A. vs. N.Y. 3. The Egyptian Theatre is sharing the noir keylight with their sister theatre, the Aero, over in Santa Monica. The Aero will be a concurrent program called 'Noir at the Beach'. A quick recap of opening weekend: Thursday's opener was Act of Violence and Force of...
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