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The ‘Forbidden’ William A. Wellmanleclisseother001other002other003other005other006other007other008other009other010purchase001purchase002purchase004purchase005purchase006purchase007purchase008

Tue, 17 Aug 2010 12:39:27 +0000

I tend to associate certain seasons with films from particular decades or genres.  Summertime conjures a certain nostalgia for the dusty grit of the 1930s or anything that takes place during the Depression years, which serves as a kind of visual mirroring of the heat of the day.  While at the library the other day, I […](image)

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Baby Doll (1956)leclisseOriginal one-sheet poster art for Baby Doll (1956).The view from Archie's peep hole in Baby Doll (1956)Baby Doll (Baker) and Vacarro (Wallach) in an abandoned jalopy.Vacarro (Wallach) and the cuckolded Archie (Malden).Baby (Baker) turning out the light on her marriage to Archie (Malden).The smugness of adulthood (Baker).View to a kill (Baker, Wallach, and Malden).

Fri, 02 Jul 2010 00:10:48 +0000

She’s nineteen. She makes her husband keep away — she won’t let the stranger go. Elia Kazan’s 1956 production of Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll outraged the censors upon its release and was condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency.  Carroll Baker plays the title role of Baby Doll, a nubile cross between nimphet Sue Lyon in […](image)

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Middle Age and the MoviesleclisseGeorge C. Scott and Julie Christie in Petulia (1968). Image courtesy artwork for Weekend With the Babysitter (1970)Original artwork for The Arrangement (1969). Image courtesy artwork for Petulia (1968)

Sun, 20 Jun 2010 13:49:04 +0000

Petulia (1968) is a movie I find myself returning to from time to time, but I wouldn’t classifiy it as a comfort movie.  It’s not even a film I necessarily think of when I find myself in a particular mood or or recalling the highlights of a specific genre.  However, it does share some major […](image)

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Cat Ballou (1965)leclisseOriginal insert poster for Cat Ballou (1965)Michael Callan and Jane Fonda in Cat Ballou (1965)Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman, Jane Fonda, and Lee Marvin in Cat Ballou (1965)Cover artwork from Cat Ballou (1965) tie-in novelColor publicity still of Jane Fonda in Cat Ballou (1965)Publicity portrait of Jane Fonda in Cat Ballou (1965)

Thu, 17 Jun 2010 13:28:40 +0000

In a performance that nails down her reputation as a girl worth singing about, actress Fonda does every preposterous thing demanded of her with a giddy sincerity that is at once beguiling, poignant and hilarious.  Wearing widow’s weeds over her six-guns, she romps through one of the zaniest train robberies ever filmed, a throwback to Pearl […](image)

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Serpico (1973)leclisseOriginal one-sheet poster for SERPICOOriginal lobby card for SERPICOOriginal publicity still from SERPICO

Wed, 02 Jun 2010 00:47:28 +0000

There once was a time when I lumped any film made after 1971 into something of an untouchable category.  Looking back on this self-imposed exile, I realize that the only real reason I tended to do this was because I didn’t think these films were stylistically up to snuff.  They were too dirty, too gritty; […](image)

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Klute (1971)leclisseItalian one-sheet for Klute (1971)Sutherland and Fonda between takes on the set of Klute (1971)

Wed, 26 May 2010 23:59:22 +0000

I must have seen Alan J. Pakula‘s Klute about a half-dozen times in that last couple of years.  After the first screening or two, I tirelessly searched the depths of eBay for original stills, posters, and lobby cards from the film’s original release, coming away with a rather attractive one-sheet and a trimmed 7×9″ publicity still of Jane […](image)

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Milwaukee Cinema Graveyardleclisse1912 postcard of the Alhambra TheatreMilwaukee Cinema GraveyardAvalon Theatre (photo by Erin Dorbin)

Tue, 25 May 2010 01:42:41 +0000

Like most bustling urban centers at the turn of the twentieth century, Milwaukee, Wisconsin was home to some of the nation’s first neighborhood movie theatres and downtown cinema palaces.  When discussing or reading about local film history, I am always struck by the unity of experiences shared by theatres and moviegoers across the country which always […](image)

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Crazy Heart (2009)leclissech002ch003ch005ch006

Mon, 24 May 2010 03:41:11 +0000

I rarely make it to the theaters for first-run movies.  This is usually due in large part to the fact that I need to be convinced to spend almost $10 to see a film that I know I can probably get much cheaper on DVD through Netflix or my local library.  I don’t usually regret […](image)

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La passion de Jeanne d’Arc (1928)leclisseMaria Falconetti as Jeanne d'Arc

Fri, 05 Feb 2010 16:27:10 +0000

During the course of a film class I had several years ago, we watched a 15-minute clip of Carl Dreyer’s La passion de Jeanne d’Arc (1928).  It was the first time I had ever seen a silent film (or part of one) without some sort of musical accompaniment, but I suspect that it would have only […](image)

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Classic Comfort MoviesleclisseJeanne Crain as Margie Frake"Why if anything happened, I'd... I'd fling my arms around your neck and I'd CLING and I'd CLING... like a clinging vine..."Rex Harrison and Gene TierneyAnne Baxter and Charlton Heston

Thu, 06 Aug 2009 15:16:11 +0000

There are a handful of films that I return to over and over again, particularly when I am in a rather gray mood, or just in need of some hand holding.  As I’ve thought about these movies lately, I’ve realized that they are all ones that I’ve loved as a kid, and still enjoy just […](image)

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