Tag Archives: Lucille Ball

“My philosophy is that to be a director you cannot be subject to anyone, even the head of the studio. I threatened to quit each time I didn’t get my way, but no one ever let me walk out.” — Dorothy Arzner

It’s her birthday today. I have written quite a bit about her films here, mainly one of my favorites, Merrily We Go to Hell, a superb drama about a marriage gone terribly wrong, starring Sylvia Sidney and Fredric March in … Continue reading

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Things that got me through 2020. In no particular order.

Elvis mask, made for me by Jill Blake who was like “I just happened to have this Elvis 68 Comeback Special fabric lying around … do you want a mask?” Do you have to ask? There were so many great … Continue reading

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Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2020, Part 1

What a year. Hard to say “the worst” because I was at least somewhat mentally stable during 2020, but this year was an assault. An assault after a couple of years of exhausting assault. It was an assault on us … Continue reading

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Dance, Girl, Dance (1940): Criterion release today 5/19

My second Criterion booklet essay to come out in one month. Taking a moment to be proud of this. First came The Great Escape (my essay here), and now my essay for the long-awaited release of Dorothy Arzner’s Dance, Girl, … Continue reading

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Criterion May releases announced

I wrote booklet essays for two of Criterion’s May 2020 releases – Dorothy Arzner’s 1940 film Dance, Girl, Dance, and the 1963 beloved classic The Great Escape. There are multiple reasons these were very exciting assignments. Dance, Girl, Dance is … Continue reading

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January 2020 Viewing Diary

Hell Is for Heroes (1962; d. Don Siegel) A spare lean and mean war movie – pretty standard, actually – except Steve McQueen is actually presenting a character study here, a character he probably knows something about. He is eerie … Continue reading

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December 2019 Viewing Diary

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019; d. Marielle Heller) This is a really good film. Thoughtful and deep. I love Marielle Heller’s work so much and so psyched to see whatever it is she chooses to do next. The … Continue reading

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The Dark Corner‘s Depth of Frame

The Dark Corner is a gritty and unforgiving noir, directed by Henry Hathaway, and starring Mark Stevens, Lucille Ball and Clifton Webb. Wonderful acting all around, and I loved the living-breathing feeling of New York City that pulsates through the … Continue reading

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Because.

Lucille Ball, “The Dark Corner”, 1946 Because she’s so great. Because I love this movie. Because I can’t wait for baseball season.

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The Ball of Lucy, by Alexandra Billings

I remember the first time I saw Stage Door. At the time (back in college), I was obsessed with both Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers. But from the first moment the actress playing “Judith” came onscreen, I remember vividly thinking, … Continue reading

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