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1958: Marilyn Monroe Poses for Life Magazine and Richard Avedon

In 1958, Life Magazine invited Marilyn Monroe and photographer Richard Avedon to recreate images of five celebrated actresses of different eras.  Entitled “Fabled Enchantresses,” the piece was part of the magazine’s December 22 “Christmas” issue and included an article by … Continue reading

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June 30 on TCM: Directed by Preston Sturges

R.D. Finch of The Movie Projector is hosting a wonderful blogathon in honor of American auteur William Wyler and I have been so busy finishing up my piece on The Letter (1940) that I’ve paid little attention to anything else. … Continue reading

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What Sally Draper Saw…

During Season 4, young Sally Draper blossomed as one of Mad Men‘s most interesting characters. Continuing to act out in reaction to her parent’s divorce and her mother’s remarriage, Sally appeared one afternoon at her father’s office under the care … Continue reading

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VERTIGO, The Alternative Ending

When Vertigo was released in Europe in 1958, it contained an ending with an additional scene inserted.  According to most accounts, Hitchcock provided this extended ending in order to satisfy a foreign censorship committee that apparently would not accept onscreen … Continue reading

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Obsessed with Vertigo

In 1997 American Movie Classics produced the original documentary, Obsessed with Vertigo, a fascinating look at the history of the Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece and its dazzling 1996 restoration. Two of the films stars, Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes, appear … Continue reading

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