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Continuing my exploration into the world of Carson McCullers, I’ve just finished The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, her first novel, which instantly launched into literary fame. I was surprised, after all I’d heard about it, and after having just re-read Member of the Wedding, and after having seen the movie version twice, at how […]

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As you may recall, a few weeks ago I wrote about film director Howard Hawks’ cavalier attitude towards, not to say contempt for, stories. What interested him was scenes, and how they brought out the relationships between characters. So I’ve been watching some Hawks films with this in mind. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it makes […]

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Peter Bogdanovich has written an interesting pair of books for movie buffs, Who the Hell’s In It and Who the Devil Made It. They’re combinations of essay and interview, the first about Hollywood actors and the second about directors. Bogdanovich, over the years, has worked in all sorts of capacities within the theatrical industry. As […]

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Before Chuck Jones landed at Warner Brothers he worked a short stint with a group of puppeteers, which taught him an important lesson; for the audience to believe in your characters, make sure they follow the laws of gravity. A marionette that dangles just above the floor is just a marionette. One whose feet reach […]

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