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Thanks to a good pair of elevator shoes, the famously diminutive Alan Ladd walks tall into battle against an evil cattle baron.

John Hinckley ignored Robert DeNiro and became obsessed with Jodie Foster, eventually attempting to kill President Reagan to impress her.

Dustin Hoffman chooses Mrs. Robinson over plastics. Who wouldn't?

Marcel Ophuls documents Vichy France's shameful collaboration with Nazi Germany.

Clint Eastwood won his first Academy Award for this Dirty-Harry-meets-the-western classic.

Robert DeNiro put on sixty pounds during the course of filming, probably by swallowing all that Hershey's syrup Martin Scorsese used for blood in the brutal black and white fight scenes.

Of all the shiksa goddesses that Woody Allen created, none could top Annie Hall. "La-dee-da, la-dee-da..."

Something was rotten in postwar Vienna, but it wasn't Graham Greene's brilliant screenplay.

In which an addled man stumbles through recent American history, kind of like George W. Bush.


Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe on his documentary.  

October 14, 2014

Many journalists went after Webb, destroying his reputation and driving him out of the profession and into a suicidal depression. Now they’re at it again.

October 10, 2014

Contemporaneous accounts of the Roosevelts ranging over seventy years.

October 2, 2014

On the 25th anniversity of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," America needs to ask itself some hard questions.

June 30, 2014

Nearly a third of American women will have an abortion at some point in their lives, but it’s an experience we almost never see on film.

June 5, 2014

According to one of its producers, the film “tells the story of two ex-soldiers... who walk across the country in a bid to heal from their time on the battlefield.”

May 27, 2014

Currently, 39 states and Puerto Rico subsidize the entertainment business to the tune of about $1.5 billion. Yet many of these agreements lack concrete mandates to direct how companies use taxpayer money in the local economy

May 14, 2014

How Mickey Rooney’s Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream changed Vidal’s life.

April 7, 2014

Naturally, J. Edgar Hoover, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Senator Richard Russell all put in appearances.

April 2, 2014

Actors and actresses were long known for contract disputes and sex scandals, not social activism. So when, and why, did the shift to the left occur?

March 25, 2014