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THE GATEKEEPERS

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 1, 2013 1:08 AM
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When Israeli filmmaker Dror Moreh saw Errol Morris’ riveting documentary "The Fog of War," in which he interviews former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, he was inspired to make a film that would give viewers access to someone from his country’s inner circle.

Catching Up With Chaplin, 3-D, Hitchcock And More

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 3, 2012 1:00 AM
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So many movie-buff discoveries, links, DVD releases and publications cross my desk that it’s not possible to keep up with them all, but I’d like to try catching up a bit. Let’s start with a Charlie Chaplin radio documentary. I don’t know how it escaped my notice for almost two years, but BBC radio in England produced a two-part documentary about the Charlie Chaplin archives.

The Central Park Five

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 26, 2012 1:00 AM
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In the wake of his magnificent PBS documentary 'The Dust Bowl,' Ken Burns has a new film opening in theaters that couldn’t be more different yet also explores a dark chapter in recent American history.

Under The Radar: Linotype--The Film

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 16, 2012 1:00 AM
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When I read that someone had made a documentary about the Linotype machine, I said “That’s for me.” It’s not that I’m automatically drawn to arcane subjects, but I had the great fortune to work with this mechanical marvel when I was an editor on my college newspaper, and I’ve never forgotten the experience. Thomas Edison referred to it as “the eighth wonder of the world,” yet today it is all but forgotten.

Photographic Memory—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 12, 2012 12:50 AM
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Ross McElwee made his reputation with a highly original film called 'Sherman’s March' and has continued to draw on his family history in such low-key, first-person features as 'Bright Leaves'. His latest effort, 'Photographic Memory', is another cinematic diary which follows two separate but related streams.

Searching For Sugar Man—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 5, 2012 12:44 AM
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I know I’m late to the party, but I only recently caught up with 'Searching for Sugar Man', which debuted to great acclaim at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and has built a steady following ever since. Its protagonist is even being profiled on '60 Minutes' this Sunday.

Side By Side—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 17, 2012 12:55 AM
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I never expected Keanu Reeves to be my guide to the history of digital filmmaking, but that’s the role he plays as producer and host of the vital documentary Side by Side, written and directed by Chris Kenneally. It opens theatrically today in Los Angeles, with New York and other cities to follow. It will also be available On Demand next week.

Raymond Scott Back On The Big Screen

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 12, 2012 1:00 AM
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If you grew up watching Warner Bros. cartoons, you know the music of Raymond Scott, even if his name isn’t familiar. He was an innovative musician and composer whose propulsive, syncopated piece “Powerhouse” was adopted by Warner’s music director Carl Stalling as a recurring theme in his Looney Tunes scores.

John Huston’s “LIGHT” Online

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 24, 2012 3:01 AM
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Striking a blow for film preservation, and widespread access to films once they are properly restored, the National Film Preservation Foundation is now streaming John Huston’s long-suppressed 1946 documentary 'Let There Be Light' on its website.

A Fitting “Noir City” Festival Finale

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 8, 2012 12:54 AM
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I always look forward to the film noir festival at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre. This year’s finale on Sunday night featured the eloquent, ever-youthful Marsha Hunt (who, incredibly, is 94) talking about her career after watching a film she made in 1949 and never saw before:' Mary Ryan, Detective'. It’s not a rediscovered classic, but a well-made Columbia B movie about a female cop who goes undercover to bust a stolen-jewelry racket.

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