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'Mildred Pierce' 1945: Joan Crawford 'Terrific' in Film Noir or Melodrama?

Joan Crawford in 'Mildred Pierce': Best Actress Oscar winner enjoyed a triumphant comeback. 'Mildred Pierce' 1945 movie review: Very entertaining 'soap opera' Time has a way of making some films seem grander than they really are. A good example is Mildred Pierce, the 1945 black-and-white melodrama directed by Casablanca's Michael Curtiz, and that won star Joan Crawford a Best Actress Oscar. Mildred Pierce is in no way, shape, or form great art, even though it's certainly not a bad film. In fact, as a soap opera it's quite entertaining – no, make that very entertaining; and entertainment is a quality that can stand on its own. (The problem in recent decades is that cinema has become nothing but entertainment.) In […]


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'Mildred Pierce' 1945: Joan Crawford 'Terrific' in Film Noir or Melodrama?



Olivia de Havilland Turns 99: Two-Time Best Actress Oscar Winner Made Labor Law History

Olivia de Havilland. Labor relations' history-making 'Gone with the Wind' star and two-time Best Actress Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland turns 99 Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland, the only surviving major Gone with the Wind cast member and oldest surviving Oscar winner, is turning 99 years old today, July 1, '15.[1] Also known for her widely publicized feud with sister Joan Fontaine and for her eight movies with Errol Flynn, de Havilland should be remembered as well for having made Hollywood history. This particular history is unrelated to de Havilland's films, her two Oscars, Gone with the Wind, Joan Fontaine, and Errol Flynn. Instead, Hollywood – and U.S. labor – history was made as a result […]


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Olivia de Havilland Turns 99: Two-Time Best Actress Oscar Winner Made Labor Law History



Noah's Ark Flood Injures Extras: 'Hollywood Unknowns' Q&A with Film Historian Anthony Slide

Holywood Unknowns: A history of movie extras and bit players In Hollywood Unknowns (University Press of Mississippi), film historian Anthony Slide delves into a rarely discussed side of Hollywood moviemaking: the aspirations and travails of those invariably nameless, usually voiceless, and oftentimes faceless contributors to the art and success of motion pictures everywhere – the movie extras and bit players (in addition to “side” chapters on stand-ins and stunt doubles). (Image: Anthony Slide's Hollywood Unknowns: A History of Extras, Bit Players and Stand-Ins cover, with possibly MGM's short filmmaker Pete Smith next to the dog looking for extra work.) Hollywood Unknowns covers the history of the Hollywood extras from the early days of filmmaking – when, say, Florence Lawrence could […]


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Noah's Ark Flood Injures Extras: 'Hollywood Unknowns' Q&A with Film Historian Anthony Slide