Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film - Due out this Fall from UOK Press

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Posted by on in Odds and Ends
  It has been awhile since I blogged (a new age verb?). The list of unapproved excuses is headed by having been so busy with a multitude of events including getting through the typically hectic day-to-day. There was the Brothers Warner festival this month, a guest appearance at the Robert Osborne Classic Film Festival in Athens, Georgia last week - a tremendous event, btw - and the Noir City L.A. Festival premiering at the Egyptian Theatre this Thursday evening.I have also been deeply involved in planning the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs, California that is scheduled for May 28-31.I’ll end up writing or yakking about all of those events in one form or fashion, but this post is for Art. After Arthur Lyons died-a shockingly sudden exit a year ago last week- I didn’t post anything about him on my blog.The public reason was because I was busier...
©Alan K. Rode

Posted by on in Film Noir Events
  Now that I have staggered my way towards the end of an incredibly busy week, I can take a few deep breaths and briefly pontificate about the 2009 Academy Awards. I thought Hugh Jackson did a superb job as the host; he was fetching, entertaining and charming. The production numbers were well-staged and thoroughly enjoyable. Watching the boffo Beyonce-centric number (how long are her gorgeous gams, I wondered...) I thought a time warp took us back to THE HOLLYWOOD PALACE or the ED SULLIVAN SHOW. It appears that the Academy finally deduced that with Hope and Carson gone and Billy Crystal on hiatus, the stand-up comic-host approach had become beyond stale. At least we did not have to suffer through another Jon Stewart or even worse, David Letterman extravaganza that requires East Coast viewers to reach for the No-Doz. I also dug the interactive way that the nominees were made...
©Alan K. Rode

Posted by on in Commentary
  Some idle thoughts on how some of the star-crossed couples of film noir would celebrate Valentine Day. You’ll have to fill in the blanks with the actors and the movies. Walter and Phyllis might ignore the 45 mile an hour speed limit and decide to kick it down at the beach in Santa Monica. Would Holiday Carleton be inspired to find a way to keep Ralph Cotter from the arms of heiress Margaret Dobson? Jeff and Kathie would probably start off with a drink at the La Mar Azul before heading to Pablo’s to gaze in each others eyes over some American music. Paula misses Frank and just wants him to come home to Banning. Martha asks Sam to drive up at the campsite above the city to look at the lights next to a campfire that is still smoldering… just like her passion Helen gets Sam in a clinch...
©Alan K. Rode

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