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Farewell, Marvin of the Movies

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 25, 2011 11:50 AM
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His name was Marvin Eisenman, but most of his film-buff pals knew him as Marvin of the Movies. He wasn’t a trained archivist or a professional librarian, but he kept careful track of all 42,000 movies in his collection and offered copies to friends, friends of friends, filmmakers, researchers, and scholars. He never asked for a nickel in return, so far as I know. His reward was the satisfaction of providing movies to people who wanted to see them. It was just as simple as that.
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Cowboys Are Still Riding High

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 18, 2011 9:00 AM
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I know a little something about fanzines, having published one for many years. Young people may not even know the term, which predates the Internet, with its sites and blogs, by many decades. Back then, before there was even widespread access to photocopy machines, I inherited Film Fan Monthly from its founder, Daryl Davy, in May of 1966 and combined it with my much more modest publication, Profile, which was then printed on a mimeograph machine. With a schoolmate, at first, and then my dad, I continued producing FFM every month—which included licking stamps, stuffing envelopes, and hauling bins to the post office—for the next nine years. (If you’re curious, you can explore and even purchase vintage issues HERE.)

dvd watch: Classic Comedies...Imported!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 14, 2011 4:30 AM
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ZaSu Pitts and Thelma Todd, Hal Roach’s distaff comedy duo.

Film Noir: Mildred Pierce...And More

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 7, 2011 4:24 AM
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When I was a kid, the first sign of spring was the arrival of the Good Humor truck in my neighborhood, bringing my favorite ice-cream pops (like the unforgettable Chocolate Éclair). Nowadays, I know it’s spring when the Noir City: Hollywood Festival arrives at the Egyptian Theater, under the auspices of the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation. For this 13th annual event, Eddie Muller (the Czar of Noir), Alan K. Rode and their cohorts have cooked up another interesting schedule, introducing rare and unusual titles from the 1940s and 50s, many of which are not available on DVD.
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Helen Mirren: A Hollywood Dame

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 30, 2011 4:30 AM
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Mirren and Russell Brand, costars of Arthur, clearly admire each other.
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Cinefest: A Little Slice Of Heaven

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 28, 2011 4:30 AM
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Every year, when my wife and I return from the Cinefest in Syracuse, New York, we find ourselves struggling to explain to our non-film-buff friends why we had such a good time in such an unlikely location in the dead of winter. Anyone who’s ever attended knows why we make the trek.
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Meeting Miss Taylor

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 23, 2011 6:55 AM
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I don’t usually get flustered before an interview, but I did when Entertainment Tonight told me I’d be talking to Elizabeth Taylor. The year was 1989, and she was promoting a new TV version of Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth she had made with Mark Harmon. I didn’t want to squander this opportunity, and I didn’t know what it would be like talking to the famously press-shy star. So I called her longtime friend Roddy McDowall, who’d been very kind to me on a number of occasions, and asked if there was anything Miss Taylor was fond of that people didn’t tend to ask her about.

Essential Reading...In Print And Online

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 14, 2011 5:30 AM
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Be honest: how often do you read the booklets that accompany deluxe DVDs? I always mean to, but too often I procrastinate and other things get in the way. If you’ve already been smart enough to pick up the Criterion Collection’s new two-disc release of Sweet Smell of Success, you’ll think even more of that whip-smart movie if you spend time with the supplementary reading material, which comes in a cleverly designed package meant to simulate a series of newspaper columns. First, there is an incisive—and expansive—essay about the picture by Gary Giddins, who not only explores the 1957 release in the context of well-worn genres (newspaper movies, Broadway movies, press agent movies, and nightclub movies, et al) but finds fascinating connections to The Great Gatsby. An essay by screenwriter Ernest Lehman, who originated the story, talks about the unusual production process that began with—
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Homes Of The Stars—Then And Now

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 9, 2011 5:30 AM
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Photo courtesy of Darrell Rooney.
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A Chaplin Milestone

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 7, 2011 5:28 AM
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This home-made cake pays tribute to the 75th anniversary—to the day—of “the end of the silent film era,” February 5, 1936, the date of Modern Times’ premiere in New York City. It also gives you some idea of the spirit behind Chaplinfest.
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