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Beloved Infidel from Twilight Time

In 1933, British gossip columnist Sheilah Graham arrived in New York to accept a position writing for The New York Mirror and The Evening Journal. After two years establishing herself in the entertainment scene, Graham was offered her very own syndicated column, Hollywood Today, with the North American Newspaper Alliance. Graham moved to Los Angeles so she could insert herself into the Hollywood scene, putting her in with the likes the notorious gossip columnists Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper.

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THE MACOMBER AFFAIR: IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE

“And you’re a coward.”

Ouch! Our Hollywood-American movies have such a strong moral code: THE BAD MUST PAY. And bad women must pay…dearly. Whether the law metes out justice for our deeds or what’s in our hearts ( The Postman Always Rings Twice, A Place In the Sun ), the Moral Code in movies is inescapable and apparently, essential. It runs through our American cinema, literature and souls like an artery to the heart.

I was stunned by The Macomber Affair. I first saw it at the 2012 TCM Film Festival and it stayed with me throughout the rest of the festival. Now, I might not have the right words to describe how I feel about this movie ( my heart is so much more eloquent than my brain ), but here are the words I managed to pull from my heart’s brain:

I…love…this…movie.

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Bicycle Thieves: A Real Italy

By Kim G.

I had the television turned onto TCM (not a rare occurrence) and a commercial for the upcoming Essentials film came on: The Bicycle Thieves. Actually I believe this is a repeat of an earlier Essential from this year but I missed that showing so I figure why not write about this brilliant film now?

I visited Italy back around May 2005. The movie that sparked my interested in the country in the first place was the wonderful Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn & Gregory Peck (a definite favorite of mine).

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