Tag Archives: Reeling Backward

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A Bridge Too Far (1977)

Virtually forgotten on American shores, “A Bridge Too Far” is perhaps the last of the great World War II epics made. Continue reading

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Harry and Tonto (1974)

Paul Mazursky was a strange species in Hollywood, who made movies not about the big clanging events in life but what comes right before, and after. Continue reading

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The Informer (1935)

Of John Ford’s four Oscar wins for Best Director, his first — 1935’s “The Informer” — is the least well-known. Continue reading

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Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

Woody Allen’s much-lauded drama about morality and guilt splits the difference between two interesting characters, and loses its way. Continue reading

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Theirs Is the Glory (1946)

“Theirs Is the Glory” is one of the boldest filmmaking ideas ever conceived, but it ends up feeling like a pastiche starring non-actors. Continue reading

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Gandhi (1982)

“Gandhi” is a worthy piece of filmmaking, though mostly remembered today as “the movie ‘E.T.’ lost the Best Picture Oscar to.” Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments (1956)

Cecil B. DeMille’s great epic is a prime example of Hollywood cheese spectacle, at once haughty and glorious. Continue reading

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The Duke of West Point (1938)

A largely forgotten work, “The Duke of West Point” is one of the earliest of films about young men at a military academy. Continue reading

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The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

“The Day the Earth Stood Still” is one of those Great Movies that assumed its mantle of greatness without ever escaping the fact that it’s merely good. Continue reading

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Orlando (1992)

Sally Potter’s gentle, gorgeous and surprisingly funny adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel launched Tilda Swinton’s career. Continue reading

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