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2006 Stories by Elliott Stein

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  • He Wrote the Songs

    published December 5, 2006

    MOMA is celebrating the centennial of the hugely talented and amazingly prolific composer Franz Waxman, whose legacy comprises nearly 150 film... More >>

  • Fox, B.C.

    published November 21, 2006

    Although the company founded by William Fox in 1915 was left reeling after the stock market crash, in the early 1930s it managed to turn out a... More >>

  • 'Vitagraph: The Big V on Avenue M'

    published October 31, 2006

    The Vitagraph Company was founded in New York in 1896 by two pioneers of early cinema, J. Stuart Blackton and Albert Smith. After years of... More >>

  • Otto Focus

    published September 26, 2006

    Otto Preminger must hold some sort of record for one of the longest stretches of provocative and intelligent mainstream filmmaking in American... More >>

  • Pola Negri: Life Is a Dream

    published September 5, 2006

    Although somewhat forgotten today, Pola Negri was one of the great divas of the silent screen. The first European to be given star treatment in... More >>

  • Judy Holliday: The Smart Dumb Blonde

    published August 15, 2006

    Judy Holliday was the most lovable comedienne of her generation. Her Kewpie doll voice and a heart as big as Yankee Stadium gave depth and... More >>

  • The Huston Family: 75 Years on Film

    published August 8, 2006

    The Huston Family: 75 Years on Film August 18 through September 22, MOMA The main course of MOMA's retro of this remarkable... More >>

  • Summer Swashbucklers

    published July 25, 2006

    The swashbuckler has often been unfairly regarded as intellectually disreputable, but at its best (Film Forum's 36-movie retro includes most of... More >>

  • Keeping It Real

    published June 13, 2006

    The influence of neorealism went far beyond the demise of the movement. It was carried forward in the work of a succeeding... More >>

  • Rome, Open Cine

    published May 23, 2006

    A highlight of this year's "Open Roads" series, Michele Placido's Crime Novel is a two-and-a-half-hour epic about the political and civil... More >>

  • Painting With Light

    published April 25, 2006

    The star of Film Forum's copious series is not an actor or director. It's John Alton, film noir's major cinematographer, a great creator of... More >>

  • A Weighty Retro of the Silent Era's Most Tragic Clown

    published April 11, 2006

    The most tragic figure of silent comedy, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle saw his brilliant career as an actor dramatically halted in 1921 when he became... More >>

  • 'Summer Storm'

    published March 14, 2006

    Gays and straights alike must have had it by now with coming-out movies, which, however well-intentioned, follow a familiar trajectory from... More >>

  • Donnie Darko

    published March 7, 2006

    Don Siegel was the outstanding American action director of his generation, a worthy successor to Raoul Walsh and Howard Hawks. His finest work is... More >>

  • Film

    published January 31, 2006

    One of the highlights of the Walter Reade's Catalan series, Agustí Villaronga's sensational shocker has not been seen on the big screen in... More >>

  • Arty Monster

    published January 24, 2006

    Although Boris Karloff appeared in more than 160 films in varied roles, the huge success of Frankenstein (1931) permanently fixed his... More >>

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