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Night moves

Jason Schwartzman tries another identity
Jason Schwartzman tries another identity
By RYAN STEWART  |  September 18, 2009
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Big sleepy

If television is indeed a reflection of society, then to judge from what's on the screen these days, we're all surrounded by people leading seedy double lives.
Bored to Death brings a stoner PI to HBO
By RYAN STEWART  |  September 18, 2009
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Dark passage

The Production Code, Hollywood's notorious self-censorship program, was instituted by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America in 1930, but it didn't go into effect till 1934, when it was administered by Joseph I. Breen.
Film noir and the Production Code at the MFA
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 29, 2009
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Sweet smell of skill

Alexander Mackendrick, who's the subject of a tribute at the Harvard Film Archive this weekend, is a somewhat mysterious figure in movie history.
Alexander Mackendrick at the HFA
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 06, 2009
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Pulp fiction

The forbidding, remorseless Russell Banks has finally conceded to popular literature.
Russell Banks dips into the mainstream in The Reserve
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2008

Detective comics

Tough guys and loose women populate the lighthearted musical City of Angels like tykes playing dress-up.
Brown’s playful City of Angels
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 24, 2007


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Open city

In the pioneering early-’80s days of the Toronto Film Festival, the audience actually rose before movie showings for a canned recording of “God Save the Queen.”
The 2007 Toronto Film Festival
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 18, 2007
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Old acquaintance

Lillian Hellman turned the pot down from boil to simmer for The Autumn Garden , her 1951 attempt to be Chekhovian.
The Autumn Garden in Williamstown; The Widow’s Blind Date in Gloucester
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 22, 2007
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Rhode Island’s man of mystery

The hard-luck obit writer has just made his literary debut, in Gravewriter , a fast-paced mystery that represents a promising new chapter in Providence Journal reporter Mark Arsenault’s budding sideline as a fiction writer.
 Projo reporter Mark Arsenault carves a budding sideline in fiction
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 14, 2006
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Reflections on a golden filmmaker

John Huston had such a long, illustrious career as a film director — just a few years short of half a century — that any series in his honor that isn’t comprehensive has to feel truncated.
John Huston at the Brattle
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  September 27, 2006
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Med noir

It all starts with murder.
The bloody Continental take on an American genre
By DANA KLETTER  |  April 27, 2006


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Doomed romance

Graham Greene and John le Carré have long cornered the market on tales of gray, dour espionage mandarins who, with inevitably tragic results, feel their lives revitalized by a taste of romantic love.
Or, the spy who loved her  
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  March 15, 2006