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Bette Davis in "The Letter"

TCM’s Film Noir “Into the Darkness” Course Study Group: Week 1

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In the course materials for “TCM Presents ‘Into the Darkness,’” we’re told to “think of this is as a ‘welcome week,’ your chance to settle into your new surroundings,” so it seems appropriate to approach this first “Study Group” post in the same spirit: as a hello, an introduction, and a first-day-of-school getting-one’s-bearings sort of situation. If you’re not sure what the hell I’m talking about, let’s backtrack: this summer, Turner Classic Movies is presenting a free, online summer school course on the history and themes of film noir. Your film editor is taking it, because why on earth wouldn’t I, and a couple of weeks back, I encouraged you to do the same, so we can meet and discuss every other week. (If you haven’t enrolled yet, it’s not too late.) So here we are; I’ve got on a new school outfit, and my Trapper Keeper has that first-day-of-school smell. How’re we doing so far?
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10 Literary Misquotations You Can Buy Right Now

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It all started with the T-shirt below, which exhibits a feminist appropriation of an Ayn Rand quote. Big news! Détournement! Or is it? It seems that the original phrasing was twisted a little — edited, if you will — into the form you see on the shirt. The words on the shirt, in other words, are not the words in the book. The quotation on the T-shirt is a misquotation.

But any curmudgeon can hurl a list of misquotations at the reading public. Instead, we’ve decided to gather a list of items featuring misquotations that you can buy right now, just in time to round out your misquotation wardrobe or library this holiday season.
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Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, and Henry Fonda in "The Petrified Forest"

The Forgotten TV Roles of 15 Hollywood Legends

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Last week, my heroes at Shout Factory unleashed The Marx Brothers TV Collection, a comprehensive, three-disc set that’s like Christmas come early for us “Marxists.” Among its many pleasures — variety show guest shots, dramatic turns on anthology series, appearances on celebrity golf and poker shows (yes, they had those back then) — is the set’s crown jewel: the obscure, final appearance of the three brothers together, on an episode of The General Electric Theater. Inspired by this find, we take a look at some of the other long-lost or long-forgotten television turns by Hollywood legends.
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Lauren Bacall & Humphrey Bogart

The 10 Best On-and-Off-Screen Couples in Movie History

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Hollywood lost one of its last lions yesterday, as the legendary Lauren Bacall died at 89. She had a long and storied career, performing on film, radio, stage, and television, but America first knew her as the whisky-voiced marvel who taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle. Bacall and Bogart were just one of the many Hollywood couples whose onscreen relationship became an off-screen one; let’s take a look at their famous pairing, and those of a few more great movie couples who kept their chemistry going off the set.
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Faye Dunaway and Jack Nicholson in "Chinatown"

10 Mystery Movies That Will Blow Your Mind

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Forty years ago this week, Jack Nicholson redefined cool, Faye Dunaway redefined icy, and director Roman Polanski and screenwriter Robert Towne redefined film noir with the masterful detective thriller Chinatown. It isn’t just that the period drama boasts terrific performances, crackerjack cinematography, and all the period bells and whistles; it’s also a mighty good mystery, offering twists and turns that blindside the first-time viewer. And isn’t that what really great mystery movies are all… Read More

Laura Harring in David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive"

20 Mind-Bending Movies Guaranteed to Make You Feel Stupid

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In 1991, following his brilliant The Thin Blue Line, director Errol Morris attempted something even harder than getting an innocent man off Death Row: making Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time into an accessible, audience-friendly, major motion picture. The resulting film is, at long last, available on DVD and Blu-ray via Criterion. It’s awfully good — though its in-depth discussions of quantum mechanics and black holes and the Big Bang are bound to make those of us who nodded off in science class feel a bit out of our element. Then again, some movies, with their convoluted storylines or surrealistic imagery or intellectual subject matter, have the unintended side effect of merely spotlighting our intellectual shortcomings. Here are a few others that made us feel just a little… Read More