RUTH HUSSEY: Summer Under the Stars

Ruth Hussey’s first film was released in 1937. Her early roles were often as the girlfriend in romantic comedies. But she made her mark as magazine photographer Elizabeth Imbrie in The Philadelphia Story in 1940. She is snappy, snarky, all-knowing, and the perfect contrast to the erratic Katherine Hepburn. Audiences and the Academy agreed — she…
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Films for Apollo50

Lunar films for the dreamers, the sci-fi enthusiasts, the skeptics and the dramatic. All available from DVD Netflix.
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Audrey Hepburn

Elegant. Impish. Gamine. Audrey. This Saturday would be Audrey's 90th birthday. Schedule a marathon with these classics from DVD Netflix. In each of these films, Audrey’s joy is infectious. She can dance, sing, make you laugh or feel wistful. And she has some killer dresses.
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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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