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Star 80 (1983)

The last film directed by acclaimed choreographer and director Bob Fosse, is a a bleak tale of obsession, both for fame and romance, swathed in questions regarding public persona and the exploitation of women. Watching Star 80 is even more dour, because it shows how little our desire to consume, particularly the nude bodies of young…

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Interview with Joan Kramer

If you missed my interview with David Heeley, check it out here. Documentary directors David Heeley and Joan Kramer aren’t lying when they titled their biography, In the Company of Legends. There’s very few classic film stars they didn’t meet at some point in their careers, or, even better, create a documentary about. Their work…

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Interview with David Heeley

Documentary directors David Heeley and Joan Kramer aren’t lying when they titled their biography, In the Company of Legends. There’s very few classic film stars they didn’t meet at some point in their careers, or, even better, create a documentary about. Their work has endured, right up to being showcased on TCM a few weeks…

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Supernatural (1933)

Nearly every popular celebrity has a horror movie in their past, an idea traced all the way back to the golden era of film; but Supernatural is a unique case, being Carole Lombard’s only “horror” film in her brief career. Directed by Victor Halperin, the helmer of Bela Lugosi’s White Zombie, Supernatural is a bizarre…

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Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley

When Hollywood announced Ryan Gosling in the lead role of dance impresario/director Busby “Buzz” Berkeley, I was skeptical. Not just because this is another in the endless parade of prestige biopics, but because I didn’t really think Berkeley’s life warranted a 2-hour movie. I mean, the man who crafted human waterfalls for Footlight Parade? What…