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Dana Andrews Movies: Film Noir Actor Excelled as Angst-Ridden Characters

Dana Andrews movies: Complex film noir actor excelled in both major and minor crime dramas. Dana Andrews movies: First-rate film noir actor excelled in both classics & minor fare One of the best-looking and most underrated actors of the studio era, Dana Andrews was a first-rate film noir/crime thriller star. Oftentimes dismissed as no more than a “dependable” or “reliable” leading man, in truth Andrews brought to life complex characters that never quite fit into the mold of Hollywood's standardized heroes – or rather, antiheroes. Unlike the cynical, tough-talking, and (albeit at times self-delusionally) self-confident characters played by the likes of Alan Ladd, Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and, however lazily, Robert Mitchum, Andrews created portrayals of tortured […]


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Dana Andrews Movies: Film Noir Actor Excelled as Angst-Ridden Characters



'Porgy and Bess' & 'Bambi': National Film Registry Selects Controversial Black Musical & Anti-Hunting Classic

Porgy and Bess with Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge: one of this year's additions to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. The final production in the career of Samuel Goldwyn (Dodsworth, The Best Years of Our Lives), the Otto Preminger-directed 1959 film version of George and Ira Gershwin, and DuBose Heyward's 1935 Broadway opera Porgy and Bess was a box office failure. Since Goldwyn's rights to the story expired in the 1970s, apart from a few special screenings the Gershwin estate has made Porgy and Bess all but unavailable for viewing. As a result, modern-day commentary about the film is hard to come by. But what was said at the time of its release? “Porgy and Bess is only […]


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'Porgy and Bess' & 'Bambi': National Film Registry Selects Controversial Black Musical & Anti-Hunting Classic



'Hearts and Minds' & Twisted Gay Love: TCM Films

Maggie McNamara, William Holden in Otto Preminger's scandalous The Moon Is Blue Turner Classic Movies has a lot to offer tonight and tomorrow morning. There's a lot to say about the scheduled movies, but since time is short – the first one listed below has already started, I'll be brief. First of all, don't miss Sidney Franklin's The Hoodlum, a 1919 comedy-drama that feels more modern than most of the stuff that gets released today. Mary Pickford is simply sensational in the title role. Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, considered by many one of the greatest movies ever made, features one of the greatest performances ever: Machiko Kyo's conniving wife. Peter Davis' Oscar winning Hearts and Minds probably caused strokes and heart […]


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'Hearts and Minds' & Twisted Gay Love: TCM Films