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  • Thompson on Hollywood  Reviews

    Now and Then: Hitchcock's First Classic, and an Underrated Modern Descendant

    Alfred Hitchcock had been working as a director for more than a decade when he made "The 39 Steps" (1935), a film that's half trench coats, street lamps, and foreign agents. The other half is English wit, a marriage plot, and a MacGuffin: the first proof, long before his later masterworks, that he w...

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    Now and Then: Do Silent Movies Still Matter?

    In some quarters I'll be considered a heretic for even asking the question. But think about how many people you know — discounting film school types and critics, people pretty much required to do so — who have ever seen a silent, let alone watch them regularly. I'll bet the number is small. Should w...

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    Now and Then: For Woody Allen, the Place is the Thing, from Manhattan to Midnight in Paris

    When asked about Woody Allen's New York, critics often cite the glorious black-and-white Gershwin cinepoem that opens “Manhattan” (1979). I’ve always been partial, though, to the rough magic of Diane Keaton’s terrible driving in “Annie Hall” (1977). (See clips below.)

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