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The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend. Directed by Edwin S. Porter for the Edison Company. USA, 1906.

The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend. Directed by Edwin S. Porter for the Edison Company. USA, 1906.

Winsor McCay's comic strip "Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend" ran in the Evening Telegram (a sister newspaper to The New York Herald) from 1904-1911.  Pictured here is the Dover Books facsimile edition of a 1905 Frederick A. Stokes publication collecting the early...

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Rescued by Rover. Directed by Lewin Fitzhamon; Produced by Cecil Hepworth. UK, 1905.

Rescued by Rover. Directed by Lewin Fitzhamon; Produced by Cecil Hepworth. UK, 1905.

This delightful film is the template for all hero dog movies to follow, especially the Lassie films. Maybe it is an urban legend, but allegedly the surge in popularity of the name Rover for pet dogs started with this movie.  When a baby is kidnapped, the family dog...

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Torment. Directed by Alf Sjoberg. Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman. (Sweden, 1944)

Torment. Directed by Alf Sjoberg. Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman. (Sweden, 1944)

Ingmar Bergman's first stamp on the film world was his brooding screenplay for Torment (1944) about a high school senior trying (and ultimately failing) to finish his finals and graduate despite a sadistic Latin teacher and a relationship with a troubled shopgirl. ...

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Sunday Film Series, Week #50. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. (2004). Directed by Wes Anderson.

Sunday Film Series, Week #50. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. (2004). Directed by Wes Anderson.

On the surface a parody of Jacques Cousteau's undersea documentaries, but even if you were born too late to grow up on Cousteau on television, this is a brilliant masterpiece of understated droll comedy with a touch of Chaplinesque pathos.  Starring Bill Murray,...

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SUNDAY FILM SERIES, WEEK #19: DESPAIR, DIRECTED BY RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER (1978).

SUNDAY FILM SERIES, WEEK #19: DESPAIR, DIRECTED BY RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER (1978).

Despair. Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Germany, 1978.   Rarely has a film had so many luminaries behind it and been so thoroughly forgotten.  One of the greatest novelists of the 20th Century, Vladimir Nabakov, wrote the novel upon which it is based;...

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