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At the Internet Archive I downloaded a 1948 public domain feature called WOMEN IN THE NIGHT, an independent quickie filmed at a hotel in Ensenada (substituting for Shanghai in WW2) about women captured by the Japanese to be their “Comfort Women.” On the Web there are various discussions about how “good” or “bad” the movie […]

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Shadi Abdel Salam was the One-Hit Wonder of International Cinema. He had many successes working in film (including set design for the Elizabeth Taylor / Joseph L. Mankiewicz CLEOPATRA and for Roberto Rossellini’s FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL) before directing al-Mummia; and he created many award-winning shorts afterwards. But the only feature film he directed (also known […]

I’d like to add my name to the roster of cineastes who viewed the recent DVD release of Busby Berkeley’s classic 1943 Technicolor dementia THE GANG’S ALL HERE and afterwards asked, “Hey, where did all the colors go???” Despite my advancing years, I wasn’t around for this film’s first release. But in the 1970s, when […]

I don’t think it was ever released on home video, but thanks to Turner Classic Movies, we occasionally get the chance to see BORDERTOWN, a Warner Brothers drama from 1935. The two top dramatic talents then under contract to Warners (Paul Muni & Bette Davis) are lensed together in their early, edgy days of raw […]



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