Mar 12

Notorious: Hers & His Perspectives

For the nineth installment in our 2023 Classic Couple Movie Challenge, we offer our take on Notorious (1946). We’ve returned to our journey with Peter Bogdanovich settled back into his recommendations. HERS Great cast, great director, great original screenplay. Film noir Notorious has it all. And it has, for me, a performance from Ingrid Bergman that, while it […]

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Feb 11

Anatomy of a Murder: Hers & His Perspectives

For the fifth installment in our 2023 Classic Couple Movie Challenge, we offer our take on Anatomy of a Murder (1959). HERS Anatomy of a Murder was a new, classic discovery for me. Until this challenge, I had not seen it from start to finish. And now I question what I’ve been doing with my time, especially as […]

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Jan 02

2023 Classic Couple Movie Challenge

52 classic movies in 52 weeks? Count us in! In 2023 we’re diving into a list of classic movies curated by none other than the great American director, writer, actor, producer, critic, and film historian Peter Bogdanovich. In his 1999 book Peter Bogdanovich’s Movie of the Week: 52 Classic Films for One Full Year, he […]

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Jun 12

Hollywood Dads: Through Their Children’s Eyes

In this curated book collection, the grown children of some of Hollywood’s most famous actors share their childhood experiences, giving us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Hollywood dads. CLASSIC COUPLE RECOMMENDATION: My Place in the Sun: Life in the Golden Age of Hollywood and Washington by George Stevens, Jr. In Search of My Father: A Portrait of […]

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Nov 14

Dennis Hopper’s 1980 Directorial Masterpiece, Out of the Blue, Returns to Theaters

In 1980 Dennis Hopper wrote, directed, and starred in Out of the Blue. Often described as the spiritual sequel to Easy Rider (1969) also co-written by, directed, and starring Hopper, it was hailed as a winner, critically acclaimed for its brilliant performances and gripping story. The film’s origins were as a family story, something akin […]

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Feb 16

An Essential Film in Black History: The Duke Is Tops (1938)

The Duke Is Tops (1938) is an American musical film released by Million Dollar Productions, a production company noted for advancing Black filmmaking in the late 1930s. Ralph Cooper, one of the three heads of Million Dollar Productions, scripted, co-directed and starred in the film. The Duke Is Tops is a B-musical featuring a mostly […]

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Sep 07

Can’t Look Away: La Ciénaga (2001)

As the Classic Couple, most often we use this platform to write about classic movies—those dating from the 1910s through the 1970s. From time to time, we encounter a film we like to call a new classic discovery. These can be true classic movies we have only recently viewed. They can also be serendipitous encounters […]

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May 26

Myrna Loy’s First Starring Role: Indecent (1932)

Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray, follows the lives of two friends Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley as they move through British high society. First published as a 19-volume monthly serial from 1847 to 1848, its popularity led to the publishing of a single volume in 1848. Today the book is regarded as a classic. […]

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Apr 17

Harold and Lillian: New Classic Discovery at TCMFF Special Home Edition

At every TCM Film Festival we have had the good fortune to attend, we discover something new about Hollywood behind-the-scenes that sets us on our heads. The documentary Harold and Lillian A Hollywood Love Story stole the show! Every classic film fan – every film fan – needs to watch this incredible film. A truly […]

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Feb 16

Girls! Girls! Girls! Lady of Burlesque (1943)

Lady of Burlesque (1943) is based on The G-String Murders a 1941 detective novel written by famous burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee. The film, directed by William A. Wellman and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Michael O’Shea, is a faithful and fun-to-watch adaptation of the novel. It’s the story of Dixie Daisy the hot up-and-coming star […]

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