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Everything Steven Soderbergh Watched and Read in 2015

Displaying a transparency that few filmmakers of his fame and / or caliber would even bother with, Steven Soderbergh has, for a couple of years, been keen on releasing lists of what he watched and read during the previous twelve months. If you’re at all interested in this sort of thing — and why not? what else are you even doing with your day? — the 2015 selection should be of strong interest, this being a time when he was fully enmeshed in the world of creating television.

He’s clearly observing the medium with a close eye, be it what’s on air or what his friends (specifically David Fincher and his stillborn projects) show him, and how that might relate to his apparent love of 48 Hours Mystery or approach to a comparatively light slate of cinematic assignments — specifically: it seems odd that the last time he watched Magic Mike Xxl, a
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One of Earliest Surviving Academy Award Nominees in Acting Categories Dead at 88

Joan Lorring, 1945 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee, dead at 88: One of the earliest surviving Academy Award nominees in the acting categories, Lorring was best known for holding her own against Bette Davis in ‘The Corn Is Green’ (photo: Joan Lorring in ‘Three Strangers’) Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Joan Lorring, who stole the 1945 film version of The Corn Is Green from none other than Warner Bros. reigning queen Bette Davis, died Friday, May 30, 2014, in the New York City suburb of Sleepy Hollow. So far, online obits haven’t mentioned the cause of death. Lorring, one of the earliest surviving Oscar nominees in the acting categories, was 88. Directed by Irving Rapper, who had also handled one of Bette Davis’ biggest hits, the 1942 sudsy soap opera Now, Voyager, Warners’ The Corn Is Green was a decent if uninspired film version of Emlyn Williams’ semi-autobiographical 1938 hit play about an English schoolteacher,
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Joan Lorring, Oscar-Nominated ‘The Corn Is Green’ Actress, Dead at 88

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Joan Lorring, Oscar-Nominated ‘The Corn Is Green’ Actress, Dead at 88
Joan Lorring, who was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actress category for the 1945 film “The Corn Is Green,” died Friday at age 88, the Associated Press reports. Born in Hong Kong, Lorring left for the United States with her mother in 1939 to avoid the impending Japanese invasion, landing in San Francisco. In addition to “The Corn Is Green,” which starred Bette Davis and featured Lorring in the role of Bessie Watty, Lorre appeared in “Three Strangers” and “The Verdict.” Her television work included the 1996 TV movie “The Star Wagon,” whose cast also included Orson Bean...
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The Forgotten: On the Hook

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Stupéfiants (1932) is interesting in itself, to a moderate degree. It's even more interesting for the lives around it, but more of that later.

Yes, the title literally means "stupefiers," and it's a drug drama, a French-German co-production delivering German thriller entertainment with a Gallic lightness of touch. The hero, Jean Murat, is the kind of energetic superman beloved of the German cinema of the era, with some of the agility that distinguished Roland Toutain in L'Herbier's crime romances of the period—one moment where he swings from a crane adds a welcome dash of Doug Fairbanks excitement to the proceedings: one watches keenly for the rest of the movie in case he repeats it, but sadly he doesn't.

Murat's sister has become addicted to drugs, and Murat embarks on his adventures first to save her, then to avenge her. Along the way, the movie delivers some surprisingly accurate behavior from the addict,
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Shadows of Film Noir: The Lineup

Shadows of Film Noir: The Lineup
For this edition Shadows of Film Noir, we take a look at Don Siegel's The Lineup, produced by the "B" unit at Columbia Pictures in 1958. It was unavailable for years, but Sony thankfully released it as part of the 2009 Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics DVD box set.

Behind the Scenes

Director Don Siegel was born in Chicago in 1912 and was educated at Cambridge. He landed a job as a "montage" director at Warner Bros., and made most of those little transitional sequences you see in Casablanca and the Bette Davis movie Now, Voyager. He made his feature directorial debut in 1946 with The Verdict, and continued making low-budget crime films (along with some Westerns and war films) -- including The Lineup -- for over a decade. His biggest hit from this period was, of course, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). In 1960, he directed what many consider Elvis Presley's best film,
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Peter Lorre's Rarely Seen Masterpiece "The Lost One" Now On-line In German-language Version With English Sub-titles

  • CinemaRetro
By Herbert Shadrak

Normal 0 false false false En-us X-none X-none MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 While subtitled versions of The Lost One/Der Verlorene (1951) – the only film Peter Lorre ever directed – are in circulation, the documentaries featured in the Arthaus Premium Edition German-language DVD extras will, in all likelihood, not be available soon. With that in mind, a Swiss film scholar who prefers to identify himself only as “Nordenwald” has posted a subtitled version of the Robert Fischer documentary: "Displaced Person: Peter Lorre and his film, 'Der Verlorene'" on YouTube. To view the first of seven clips and find out everything you always wanted to know about this relentlessly disturbing film, click here.

This subtitling project was strictly a labor of love, Nordenwald tells Cinema Retro. “I think this documentary should be available to the non-German speaking public somehow, as it sheds light on a side of Peter Lorre that audiences from
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