Films Inspired by Shakespeare

This year, April 23 marks the 455th birthday of William Shakespeare. From thrillers that will “make your hair stand on end,*” to Broadway musicals, these are not adaptations put to film. Rather, these movies use Shakespeare as a foundation to tell a story relevant to its audience.
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Femme Fatales of 1950s noir

These sophisticated films of the 1950s highlight the noir sensibility and the femme fatale.
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Play ball!

Baseball season is finally here. From 1950s musicals to heartland dramas to historic icons of the game, it's the perfect time to revisit these essential baseball movies.
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Val Lewton: Producing from the Shadows

Val Lewton isn’t quite the household name he ought to be. Today, his films are seen as prime examples of low budget horror that rely on simple lighting and strong storytelling rather than special effects makeup or schlocky monsters.
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A heightened sense of fear

My latest for DVD Netflix focuses on Alfred Hitchcock's output during the 1940s, a decade fraught by global war. It was a time laced with suspicion, doubt, daring, and misplaced trust. He knew what plagued an audience’s psyche. These stomach-knotting thrillers use the paranoia and instability of World War II to his advantage.
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Madcap, Goofy, Bonkers, Enduringly Hilarious: Screwball Comedies of the 1930s

Along with a slew of decadent musicals came a slate of fast-talking, raucous comedies. Divorce-remarriage plots, fish out of water stories, and fierce, funny women all figure in the genre.
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Silence is Golden

Some of my favorite silent films -- from Buster Keaton antics to stunning double exposure to experimental stop-motion and early wildlife documentaries. These are movies that have truly stayed with me over the years.
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Winter thrillers to chill you to the bone

For many, winter signals blazing firesides and hot cocoa. But just beyond the frosted windows is a cold, unforgiving night. Short days, bare trees, deep snow, eerie quiet. Enjoy these shivering tales that will make your frostbitten fingertips tingle.
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