Hollywood’s Great Deluge

Hollywood’s Great Deluge

TCM will be broadcasting NOAH’S ARK on April 4, 2018 that will commence a month long spotlight on the films of director Michael Curtiz. Here is some background on the making of the film adapted from MICHAEL CURTIZ A LIFE in FILM   Michael Curtiz signed a contract with...
Top Ten Film Noirs

Top Ten Film Noirs

Ten of My Favorite Film Noirs Ten isn’t nearly enough, but there you have it. Here are some of my faves that are seminal genre entries, a classic that can’t be denied or, I just plain dug the hell out of the picture. The order of these films is not hierarchical.  Like...
Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film

Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film

“In a superbly researched, highly compelling account of one of cinema’s most gifted and underrated directors, Rode provides a vivid description of Curtiz’s personality and work- ing methods. It is di cult if not impossible to imagine a more complete account of his life.” —Steven C. Smith, author of A Heart at Fire’s Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann

Look Under the H for the Money!

Look Under the H for the Money!

By 1954, the venerable HOLLYWOOD sign had been the symbol of Tinseltown for over three decades. The fifty foot high milestone on Mount Lee was emblematic of the aspirations of those worthies who appear everyday in Hollywood in pursuit of their respective holy grail....
Charles McGraw: Biography of a Film Noir Tough Guy

Charles McGraw: Biography of a Film Noir Tough Guy

Books Blu-ray Discs Alan contributed numerous commentaries and special feature appearances for a variety of Blu-ray© and DVD classic film releases. Several recent releases include documentary featurettes produced by TVP Enterprises, Alan’s production company that...