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2009 Stories by Elliott Stein

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  • The Cameraman

    published December 22, 2009

    Dir. Edward Sedgwick (1928). This marvelous Buster Keaton feature, full of smart bits, stars the Great Stone Face as a lovesick would-be newsreel... More >>

  • Speedy

    published December 22, 2009

    Dir. Ted Wilde (1928). Although not among the most famous, this is one of the most rewarding of Harold Lloyd's silent comedies. Harold tries to... More >>

  • L'Inhumaine

    published December 15, 2009

    Dir. Marcel L'Herbier (1923). This fascinating curio stars Georgette Leblanc as a vampish concert singer. Not the story--here it's the truly... More >>

  • You Can't Take It With You

    published December 8, 2009

    Dir. Frank Capra (1938). Probably the worst movie ever to have won a Best Picture Oscar, Capra's trite and preachy turkey transforms the droll... More >>

  • Holiday

    published December 8, 2009

    Dir. George Cukor (1938). Cukor's 1940 adaptation of Philip Barry's play, The Philadelphia Story with Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, was... More >>

  • The Awful Truth

    published December 8, 2009

    Dir. Leo McCarey (1937). The great Irene Dunne brought warmth, beauty and expert timing to all her roles, and here she's ideally matched with Cary... More >>

  • Orpheus

    published December 8, 2009

    Dir. Jean Cocteau (1950). Through the figure of Orpheus, Cocteau explores his obsession with the role of the poet, torn between the familiar and... More >>

  • Blood of a Poet

    published December 8, 2009

    Dir. Jean Cocteau (1930). Cocteau made his debut in the cinema with this wholly original avant-garde study of the joys and agonies of being an... More >>

  • Fat City

    published September 15, 2009

    Dir. by John Huston (1972). Stunningly shot by ace cinematographer Conrad Hall, this gem of skid row poetry about small-town boxing in California... More >>

  • Suspira

    published September 1, 2009

    Dir. Dario Argento (1976). It was this bravura exercise in the macabre, a big bright nightmarish fairy tale in which a new student in a ballet... More >>

  • Tokyo Story

    published August 25, 2009

    Dir Yasujiro Ozu (1951). Simply and economically told, Ozu's masterpiece about the dissolution of a family and the plight of an elderly couple, is... More >>

  • The Criminal

    published August 25, 2009

    Dir. Joseph Losey (1960). For its period a remarkably uncompromising film, this benefits from the director's copious research which included help... More >>

  • The Fallen Idol

    published August 25, 2009

    Dir. Carol Reed (1948). Although it's not as well known as The Third Man, this is an equally great Reed picture, also based on a Graham... More >>

  • Brighton Rock

    published August 25, 2009

    Dir. John Boulting (1947). A key work in British cinema of its period, beautifully shot by Harry Waxman, Boulting's thriller does a good job of... More >>

  • Seven Samurai

    published August 18, 2009

    (Akira Kurosawa, 1954). Kurosawa's greatest period film is based on a simple story, but presents a surface of superlative physical beauty.... More >>

  • Good Time Girl

    published August 18, 2009

    (David Macdonald, 1948). Macdonald's enjoyably trashy flick concerns a young woman (Jean Kent) from a bad home who gets into the company of black... More >>

  • Never Let Go

    published August 18, 2009

    (John Guillermin, 1960). If you'd care to see Peter Sellers in a complete switcheroo from the comedies that brought him initial fame, head... More >>

  • Come and See

    published August 18, 2009

    (Elem Klimov, 1985). Klimov's epic and traumatizing enactment of the hellish experience of war whose protag is a young partisan witness to Nazi... More >>

  • Rebel Without a Cause

    published August 18, 2009

    (Nicholas Ray, 1955). Ray caught the timeless qualities of frustrated adolescence and proved himself a master in the CinemaScope format in this... More >>

  • Buried Dogs

    published August 11, 2009

    (Alexander Eik, 2008). In the final feature of the Varg Veum Norwegian private eye series, a young black asylum seeker dies at the hands of the... More >>

  • Monika

    published August 11, 2009

    (Ingmar Bergman, 1953). This bittersweet study of a doomed youthful love affair was shot in the summer of 1952 when Bergman and leading lady... More >>

  • To Catch a Thief

    published August 11, 2009

    (Alfred Hitchcock, 1955). Cary Grant is a retired cat burglar living on the Riviera who gets involved with elegant Texas tourist Grace Kelly in... More >>

  • The Philadelphia Story

    published August 11, 2009

    (George Cukor, 1940). This acclaimed adaptation of Philip Barry's play sports a witty if conventional script and a fine cast headed by Katharine... More >>

  • Flying Leathernecks

    published August 11, 2009

    (Nicholas Ray, 1951). Ray was under contract to RKO, and this World War II saga (made as the Cold War was escalating) was a studio assignment for... More >>

  • High and Low

    published August 4, 2009

    (Akira Kurosawa, 1963). The masterpiece of Kurosawa's modern-day movies, this stunning thriller, a profound meditation of difference and identity,... More >>

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