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Do it Again, From the Top

Word on the street is that Hollywood is in the thrall of franchise-building and sequel-itis. The argument goes that the market is flooded with thinly disguised retreads, twice and thrice-told tales, and endless re-imaginings, from Tron, to Harry Potter. Get used to it: Modern movie-making is an art demanding commercial smarts. Cautious (aren’t we all?) […]

Hawks: Master of Comedy

December’s retrospective at the Austrian Film Museum is devoted to Hollywood legend Howard Hawks. Awarded an Honorary Academy Award in 1975 at the end of his long career, Hawks was described as “a master American filmmaker whose creative efforts hold a distinguished place in world cinema.” This was almost an understatement. Born in Indiana just […]

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