Tag Archives: Rod Steiger

June 2023 Viewing Diary

Succession (2018-2023) I finally watched, having somehow resisted the DEAFENING buzz over the last couple of years. I like Jeremy Strong, liked his small moment in Zero Dark Thirty, he totally stood out in The Big Short (directed by one … Continue reading

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Sunday night, 8 pm ET: Movie Club discussion of The Big Knife

Every Sunday night, the Criterion Channel has been hosting “Movie Club” discussions on Twitter. Everyone watches the same movie and talks about it. They’ve been so much fun and a wonderful way to continue to create community. This Sunday night, … Continue reading

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The Books: “Marlon Brando” (Patricia Bosworth)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: Marlon Brando, by Patricia Bosworth This tiny book is part of the absolutely wonderful Penguin Lives series (article about it here) – short condensed little biographies – which certainly will not take the place of … Continue reading

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The Pawnbroker: Rod Steiger’s Closeup

Evocative frightening stills from a TERRIFIC movie. Wrenching. Makes me remember Rod Steiger’s closeup at the end of the film and think I should have written about that for Matt’s Close-up Blog-a-Thon. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll immediately know … Continue reading

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On the Waterfront. Literally.

Last night, I was waiting for a cab in Hoboken. Freezing my BUTT off. Frigid wind whipping down 13th Street. I happened to be near the Hoboken Historical Museum – which has its entrance in a covered-over walkway between two … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Elia Kazan

I have spent my life pretty much studying his movies, ever since I saw East of Eden when I was 12 years old. His involvement in The Group Theatre in the 1930s helped launch him as a director – even … Continue reading

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Sidney Lumet Appreciation: On working with Quincy Jones

Excerpt from Sidney Lumet’s Making Movies: Sidney Lumet: The Pawnbroker had as complex a score as I’ve ever worked on. In the opening sequence, Sol Nazerman, a Jewish refugee from Germany, is sitting in a suburban backyard, soaking up the … Continue reading

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Sidney Lumet: On Locations/Art Direction For The Pawnbroker

An interesting story about The Pawnbroker. This element worked on me subliminally when I saw the film. I love how conscious all of it is, behind the scenes. Excerpt from Sidney Lumet’s Making Movies: Sidney Lumet: To talk about art … Continue reading

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Acting

“Acting is like making love: if it’s going well, don’t ask questions.” — Rod Steiger

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Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint’s Glove

One of the many film-making books I have on my shelf is Kazan: The Master Director Discusses His Films–. It is a book-long interview with Kazan, going over each one of his films. In-depth discussions of his relationships with various … Continue reading

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