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Author: Scott Holleran

Faye Dunaway on Turner Classic Movies (2016)

The Academy Award-winning Faye Dunaway, star of Network, The Thomas Crown Affair and Chinatown, sat before an audience attending the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival and discussed Bonnie and Clyde, The Towering Inferno and director Elia Kazan.

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Richard Neutra, Frank Lloyd Wright & Ayn Rand: An Interview with Architect Dion Neutra

On the eve of his 90th birthday, Dion Neutra sat down at his home with Scott Holleran and remembered his father, his childhood and his career with a great 20th century modern architect including thoughts and remembrances of Richard Neutra’s architecture and relationships with Frank Lloyd Wright and Ayn Rand. Dion Neutra also spoke of his single proudest achievement at Gettysburg.

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Movie Review: High Noon

United Artists’ High Noon (1952) is a lightning rod of controversy. This compelling movie was made with the best talents and its taut, purpose-driven plot gains and keeps attention. Any honest appraisal must account for its flaws, too. I recently saw it again at the Autry Museum of the American West, where the movie will be discussed in a program next year comparing the classic Western to what’s become known as the Hollywood blacklist. The picture’s timely connection to a congressional campaign against Communism pertains to its downside. High Noon has a stagy, stiff quality that feels pedantic, forced...

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Movie Review: A Dog’s Purpose

A Dog’s Purpose is a wonderfully rendered fairy tale from Hollywood’s most magical filmmaker. I laughed, I cried, and I thought about “the meaning of life” as the opening line of the movie asks the audience to do. This is such a rare combination in movies—and people, especially show business people, go on about how Hollywood used to make light and intelligent pictures and bemoan that they’re not like that anymore—that this Universal film, made with Amblin, Walden and others and based on a book by W. Bruce Cameron, deserves 100 percent support. The best pictures often don’t get...

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