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Cronache di un amore

The world was too shocked by the scandal of their love affair to notice that Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman had changed movies forever with the three films they made together between 1950 and 1954 — “Stromboli,” “Europe ’51,” and (supremely) “Voyage to Italy.” The roots of modern cinema are clearly visible in these […]

Monomania

This week’s New York Times column is a note of thanks to the gang at Warner Brothers for doing right by the Monogram library — a much-abused and hopelessly obscure body of work that WB most likely acquired for the sake of the studio’s late productions (by then, it had been renamed Allied Artists) […]

Make Way for Tomorrow

A victim of his own versatility, Gordon Douglas seemed never to encounter a genre he couldn’t feel comfortable in. His huge body of work embraces slapstick (“Saps at Sea,” 1940, situation comedy (the “Glidersleeve” series, 1942-44), musical comedy (“If You Knew Susie,” 1948),swashbucklers (“Fortunes of Captain Blood,” 1950), science-fiction (“Them!,” 1954), melodrama (“Sincerely Yours,” […]