Tag Archives: Charles Vidor

“I never retired.” — Doris Day

“I like joy; I want to be joyous; I want to have fun on the set; I want to wear beautiful clothes and look pretty. I want to smile, and I want to make people laugh. And that’s all I … Continue reading

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For Film Comment: On Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

It was a pleasure to write about 1955’s Love Me or Leave Me – and the two towering performances by Doris Day and James Cagney – for Film Comment.

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January 2018 Viewing Diary

Supernatural, Season 7, episode 10 “Death’s Door” (2011; d. Robert Singer) What an extraordinary episode of television. It’s funny: I too block out what happened in that kitchen in Bobby’s childhood. I forget it almost every time. Those actors playing … Continue reading

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“The Long Shadow of Gilda“: My Essay Up on Criterion

The Criterion Collection’s release of Charles Vidor’s Gilda came out this week. You can order it here. Special features include: commentary track by critic Richard Schickel, interview with Film Noir guru Eddie Mueller, plus a couple of wonderful heart-warming clips … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Gilda on Criterion

The Criterion Collection release of Charles Vidor’s Gilda will be available on Criterion in Blu-Ray on January 19, 2016. You can pre-order here. The release includes an essay I’ve written about the film. Some other great special features, too!

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October 2015 Viewing Diary

Moontide (1942; d. Archie Mayo – and an uncredited Fritz Lang) And John O’Hara wrote the screenplay. How I love this film. Ida Lupino plays a suicidal girl, rescued from the waves by Bobo (a to-die-for Jean Gabin). Bobo is … Continue reading

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Announcement: The Criterion Collection’s January Release: Gilda (1946)

So this has been percolating for a couple of months, but wanted to hold off saying anything until Criterion made the announcement. Criterion just announced their January 2016 releases and one of them is the classic twisted noir/movie-musical Gilda, the … Continue reading

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September 2015 Viewing Diary

I got a pretty big writing assignment this past month, with a deadline of October 5. So I’ve been working hard, researching, as the below list will probably show. Not ready to talk about it yet, still working on the … Continue reading

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Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly: “Put Me to the Test”

From Cover Girl (1944). Directed by Charles Vidor (same director as Gilda). Starring Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth. It is, putting it mildly, NOT a film noir. It’s a musical comedy, having to do with high-fashion, Broadway, class differences, Brooklyn … Continue reading

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Rita Hayworth in Gilda: Take Off That Glove

All Rita Hayworth has to do is take off her glove … … and men are hers forever. Women too, I reckon. Even with all the explicit sex stuff in films today, there’s very little that can compete with her … Continue reading

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