BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 01:  Actress Monika Henreid attends the 8th Annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival at the Writers Guild Theater on June 1, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Interview with Monika Henreid

Predominately identified as raconteur Victor Laszlo in the iconic Casablanca, audiences might not realize the diverse and varied career of actor Paul Henreid. So it’s appropriate that his daughter, Monika, has dubbed the documentary and book she’s working on Paul Henreid: Beyond Victor Laszlo because he was far more. Henreid herself calls his story a…

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Adam’s Rib (1949)

**This post is written as part of The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon. Click here to read the work of other participants.** Long-time readers of Journeys in Classic Film know how I feel about positive portrayals of femininity in cinema and how difficult that can be when discussed films created during the 1930s-1960s (and while it’s…

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Biopic Theater: Mommie Dearest (1981)

This Mother’s Day we should all hug our moms…for fear they decide to beat us with a wire hanger! Mommie Dearest, the movie that’s collectively become synonymous with schlock and the “mother” of all bad movie moms. No one walked away from this movie unscathed – Faye Dunaway disavowed it, Christina Crawford despised it, and director…

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Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

I understand the appeal of the 1950s CinemaScope adventure movies like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80 Days. While their special effects are dated, the practical effects are always spellbinding to see in a world gone to CGI and the actors take it seriously. However, these same movies suffer from…