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Orson Welles, Lifelong Friend

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 26, 2013 2:18 PM
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Various people have bid fair to become Orson Welles’ ultimate Boswell, so when three of them agree on the value of a new book, it’s well worth noting.

An Ode To Bob & Ray

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 5, 2013 2:16 PM
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Usually I write about film-related subjects, but I just spent a happy weekend devouring David Pollock’s biography "Bob and Ray: Keener Than Most Persons" and feel impelled to spread the word about this wonderful and exceptionally well-written book.

Going to the Source

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 11, 2013 12:00 AM
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Until this month I’d never read any fiction by Ernest Haycox, but a friend recommended "Bugles in the Afternoon," which inspired a mediocre 1952 movie starring Ray Milland and directed by Roy Rowland.

Songs In The Key Of Los Angeles

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 9, 2013 12:00 AM
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I’m a sucker for vintage sheet music, but most of my favorite examples are movie-related. I never realized how many songs were written as paeans to the city of Los Angeles and its way of life...

Critical Thinking

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 24, 2013 12:00 AM
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People often ask me what critics I read, if any. Of course, I’m not typical; I don’t consult reviews to help me decide whether or not to see a film. In most cases, I read reviews after I’ve already screened the picture in question.

In Search Of ‘The Searchers’

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 21, 2013 12:00 AM
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Glenn Frankel’s "The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend" (Bloomsbury) has received more attention from the mainstream press than the average film book, and for good reason: it is an exceptional piece of writing and research.

NEW AND NOTABLE FILM BOOKS

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 11, 2013 12:38 AM
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As always, there are more new film books than I have time to digest, but it’s been a while since I posted a survey, so here we go.

What’s On TV Tonight?

  • By Darwyn Carson
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  • March 31, 2013 4:12 PM
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guest review by Darwyn Carson — We’ve all heard it. Someone channel surfing tosses the remote aside and says: “Over a hundred channels and nothing’s on TV.” Seems times have changed. Point of fact, the viewing pendulum has swung from nothing to watch to too much to watch.

LEE MARVIN: POINT BLANK by Dwayne Epstein (Schaffner Press)

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 25, 2013 11:19 PM
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Dwayne Epstein may not have intended to spend nearly twenty years working on a biography of Lee Marvin, but had he not started in the mid-1990s he would have missed the opportunity of interviewing the actor’s older brother, many of his directors (from Sam Fuller to John Frankenheimer), and an even greater number of friends and costars.

MAKING FILM SCHOLARSHIP FUN

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 11, 2013 2:13 AM
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Book review — Jeanine Basinger is a rare film scholar who brings to her subject the enthusiasm of a lifelong fan.She’s not afraid to write conversationally, punctuating her thoughtful points with often-hilarious asides.

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