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...
NOIR TALK – Alan K. Rode Interview

NOIR TALK – Alan K. Rode Interview

Episode 11: Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, with Alan K. Rode Film Noir Foundation charter director and treasurer Alan K. Rode joins us to discuss his new biography of Michael Curtiz, one of classic Hollywood’s greatest directors. We start with Curtiz’s...
The Politics of Yankee Doodle Dandy

The Politics of Yankee Doodle Dandy

The notion for a biographical film about legendary show business powerhouse George M. Cohan had been kicking around Hollywood since the late 1930s. The father of American musical comedy claimed to be born on July 4, 1878 and began treading the boards at age eight in...
75th Anniversary of Casablanca

75th Anniversary of Casablanca

  It is a life-enriching event to watch Casablanca on the big screen. In commemoration of the film’s 75th anniversary, I urge everyone to take in the nationwide TCM/Fathom theatrical screening on November 12-15. For more info:...
NOIR TALK Podcast Episode 2 with Alan K. Rode

NOIR TALK Podcast Episode 2 with Alan K. Rode

I had the privilege of being a guest on the FNF’s NOIR TALK podcast with host Haggai Elitzur. The discussion includes the recently concluded NOIR CITY, HOLLYWOOD festival and the upcoming ARTHUR LYONS FILM NOIR FESTIVAL in Palm Springs next month. Enjoy the chat!    ...
Dinner with Alfonse: A Family Remembrance

Dinner with Alfonse: A Family Remembrance

Alfonse at work Grandfather lit up a Salem and recalled the young Joan Crawford as we sat around the dining table.  “She would do anything with anybody,” he said with a knowing wink.  Grandmother shushed him with  “Alfonse!” as she and Mom cleared the table. Mom...