French film producer René Cleitman’s prestigious credits include Cyrano de Bergerac and several Prix César and Oscar-nominated titles.
As a proudly evil Nazi, Laurence Olivier Is by far the best thing about the confusing and absurd 1976 political thriller Marathon Man. Dustin Hoffman stars.
The low-key documentary Calling Hedy Lamarr offers a glimpse into the phone habits of one of the most glamorous Hollywood stars of the studio era.
The last of the Romanovs are at the center of Nicholas and Alexandra, a lavish but appallingly conventional Oscar-nominated historical drama.
John Frankenheimer and Dalton Trumbo’s anti-Semitism drama The Fixer is ruined by a preachy and simple-minded script, and by badly miscast lead Alan Bates.
Valerie Perrine overshadows a miscast Dustin Hoffman in Bob Fosse’s unfocused 1974 biopic Lenny, about polemical standup comedian Lenny Bruce.
Stagy screenplay and 3 of its 4 leads hinder Fred Zinnemann’s early drug addiction drama A Hatful of Rain. Eva Marie Saint is the sole standout.
An Ed Wood film from 1971, the long-thought (partially) lost sexually explicit supernatural tale Necromania was an adult genre groundbreaker.
An experimental cult classic and a Glenn Ford star vehicle are among new DVDs featuring long-unseen titles with a little-known John Wayne connection.
John Wayne DVD collection features a rare all-star and multiple Oscar-nominated ‘disaster’ blockbuster, in addition to Shakespearean and 3D Westerns.
Naomi Watts delivers an exceptional performance - or rather, two of them - in David Lynch’s unsettling Hollywood horror tale Mulholland Dr..
What are the best British films of all time? A violent thriller is critics’ surprise #1 choice, while women-focused titles are (as usual) almost completely ignored.
John Cassavetes’ landmark and widely admired 1968 independent drama Faces is a narrative wreck and a long-winded cinematic chore.
The 1928 Pre-Code Western In Old Arizona is of historical interest as the first ‘outdoor’ talkie and for its risqué sensibility. Warner Baxter stars.
Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro: Biography of tragic gay actor discusses his personal life and career. (Pictured: The Ben-Hur star with Greta Garbo in the 1931 blockbuster Mata…
Robert Siodmak’s 1957 political drama The Devil Strikes at Night asks whether serial killers are any worse than socially sanctioned mass murderers.
Starring Queen of MGM Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford, George Cukor’s all-female 1939 bitchfest The Women is getting a second facelift.
Best Actress Oscar nominee Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes’ A Woman Under the Influence is seriously marred by its own inauthentic ‘rawness.’
Four new DVDs focus on two-time Oscar-winning director George Stevens: A (racist) tribute to British colonialism, an immigration family drama, and two documentaries.