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Barbara Rush and Grauman's Chinese Theatre - Barbara Rush, Robert Osborne Thursday 12th April 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival opening night premiere of the 40th anniversary restoration of 'Cabaret' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre - Arrivals

Barbara Rush and Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Barbara Rush and Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Barbara Rush and Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Barbara Rush and Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Barbara Rush and Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Barbara Rush and Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Magnificent Obsession Review


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Restrained passion, brooding desire, and undying love are painted on the screen in glorious Technicolor. Obsessed with the suffering of the American over-privileged upper class of the 1950s, director Douglas Sirk created several Hollywood blockbusters that subversively tackled topics ranging from race to age in relationships. And while All That Heaven Allows (1955) and Imitation of Life (1959) are beloved by cinephilies as "masterpieces," Magnificent Obsession is not among that canon.

That's not to say that Sirk's 1954 remake of a 1935 film, and adaptation of the 1929 novel by Lloyd C. Douglas, is not a melodramatic gem. The story focuses on reckless playboy Bob Merrick (Rock Hudson, in his first leading role), whose boat-crashing antics inadvertently kill Helen Phillips' (Jane Wyman) husband. When Merrick falls for the widow, he learns a lesson in selflessness and giving to others -- but not before Helen is blinded in an accident that was once again a result of Merrick's actions. Whereas the melodrama in Sirk's major works are supported by substantive themes that still resonate today -- the racism that forces Sarah Jane to abandon her mother in Imitation of Life, for example -- Magnificent Obsession drowns in its sentimentality.

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When Worlds Collide Review


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The granddaddy of apocalypse sci-fi is When Worlds Collide, which gives us not one but two foreign bodies (a planet and a star) on a direct collision course for earth. The first will graze us, wreaking havoc with the weather, but the second will smash us to bits.

A plan is hatched to build a latter-day Noah's Ark, taking 40 or so people from Earth to the first planet, after it has passed us by and before the second one hits. But who will get to ride the rocket to safety? And how will those who are left behind react to their imminent doom? And isn't it amazing that that first planet can support human life? And how did they get all these B actors together in one place?

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When Worlds Collide Review


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At the bottom of the barrel of disaster movies rests When Worlds Collide, which gives us not one but two planets on a direct collision course for earth. The first will graze us, wreaking havoc with the weather, but the second will smash us to bits.

A plan is hatched to build a latter-day Noah's Ark, taking 40 or so people from Earth to the first planet, after it has passed us by and before the second one hits. But who will get to ride the rocket to safety? And how will those who are left behind react to their imminent doom? And isn't it amazing that that first planet can support human life? And how did they get all these B actors together in one place?

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Robin And The 7 Hoods Review


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The legend of Robin Hood gets a curious and not entirely successful updating with Frank Sinatra's Robin and the 7 Hoods, with Sinatra taking the role of a 1930s gangster in Chicago -- at least an alternate-universe version sans Al Capone.

Sinatra plays a low-level gangster named Robbo, and his band of merry men (with usuals Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., plus a cryptically cast Bing Crosby) battles the malicious big-time hood Guy Gisborne (Peter Falk, quite funny here). Things aren't going so well until Robbo comes across $50 grand he refuses to accept. He ends up donating the money to charity -- and suddenly, the legend of Robin Hood, who robs from the rich and gives to the poor, is born.

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It Came From Outer Space Review


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It Came from Outer Space... but by way of a long wire lowering it down to Earth.

Almost 50 years ago, this pioneering sci-fi film (Universal's first of many sci-fi flicks, based on Ray Bradbury's story) took a look at the genre that would become unpopular in later years -- instead of working as an anti-communist allegory where the aliens possess wholesome Americans and slowly converted our Great Nation to something awful, we got one of our first looks at aliens as the good guys, and we're the ones messing things up.

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