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  • Deadline - U.S.A.

    Deadline - U.S.A.

    ★★★★★

    To celebrate the freedom of the press, here's an old article by Christopher Wicking (from the The Movie collection published by Orbis) about the history of newspaper films which features Deadline USA among many others, collected in a Letterboxd list here.

    The Big Story
    The newspaper movie

    Resourceful reporters, hard-bitten editors, scandalous exposés and office pandemonium - these are some of the ingredients of a fascinating Hollywood genre

    'News is anything that makes a reader say "Gee whizz",' opined Arthur…

  • Bathtubs Over Broadway

    Bathtubs Over Broadway

    ★★★

    While the story of industrial musicals is undeniably interesting, this film is severely hampered by focusing on a man who is not: a washed-up staff writer for David Letterman's talk shows. Expectations were set pretty low when he introduces himself as a comedy writer who can't even laugh at things - after watching 90 minutes of him, I'm struggling to believe I could laugh at anything he's written either.

    His discovery of these musicals was through a search for records…

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  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    Great commentary track by Bogart biographer Eric Lax, full of brilliant anecdotes and details. I particularly enjoyed the following comment:

    "During the long process of making Treasure, Jack Warner undoubtedly came to realise that what all his money was buying him was a film where Bogart, his highest-paid star, was playing a thoroughly detestable creep, and on top of it, looked like an unshaven bum. Walter Huston had no teeth and could barely be understood. There was no love interest…

  • Havoc

    Havoc

    Who wrote this shite? A fourteen year old??

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