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Anny Romand in “Diva”: An Agnès B. Kind of Sensibility

Anny Romand and Jean-Jacques Moreau in “Diva”, 1981. Les Films Galaxie, Greenwich Film Productions, France 2   We go to different films for different reasons, Roger Ebert once said. And, of course, we love each film for different reasons. Jean-Jacques … Read More

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Romy Schneider in “Innocents with Dirty Hands”: A Study in Black Yves Saint Laurent

Romy Schneider in “Innocents with Dirty Hands”, 1975. Jupiter Generale Cinematografica, Les Films de la Boétie, Terra-Filmkunst   Romy Schneider is glorious in Les innocents aux mains sales. And although this article will mainly cover the role her Yves Saint … Read More

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March Newsletter: On Music in Film and Escapism

The Classiq Journal newsletter goes out the first Sunday of each month. It’s a culture trip. Read More

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Tallulah Bankhead in Lifeboat, from Jaded Sophisticate to Humane Survivor

A solitary and impeccably dressed Tallulah Bankhead appearing in a lifeboat surrounded by fog opens Hitchcock’s Lifeboat. She remains impassive as drifting survivors from a ship attacked by a German U-boat start to fill the lifeboat. She is one of the most self-sufficient and independent of Hitchcock heroines and one of my personal favourites. Read More

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Mickey Rourke in Angel Heart: Dressed to Fit the Monochromatic Look and Distressed Reality of a 1955 Noir

It also makes perfect sense that Mickey Rourke would play Harry Angel. Not only does Rourke’s presence lend absolute conviction to the film’s generic roots of early 1950s noir, but his disheveled appearance combined with his emotionally vulnerable screen performance alluded to a Read More

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