In celebration of Spooktober, I’m giving away one copy of the Criterion Blu-ray of Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious (1946), an underrated title in Hitchcock’s library. Starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains, it is a masterwork in quiet tension.
The Wind finds terror in the simplest, and harshest, place — the unforgiving, uninhabited prairie. A precise date isn’t given, but based on clues, it is set somewhere in the American west in the mid-to-late 1800s. The audience feels for the characters who try to stave off loneliness — and death — everyday.
An unconventional biography of an unconventional character. Rather than focus on timelines or family trees, Posnanski tries to get at Houdini as a legend, as an historical figure.
So many anticipated titles are released in the fall, which means lots of reading to catch up on for the next few months. Here is what I am working on this week.
Boston is one of my favorite cities. Having lived in New England a good part of my childhood, many hours were spent visiting its many historical sites, great restaurants and shops, and sports cathedrals.