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Articles that explore the development of film as an art form and also look forward to its future.

Downstairs Film Review star
"Downstairs" proves that silent star John Gilbert had the ability to adjust to the new sound medium and the cynical zeitgeist of Depression-era America. A conniving chauffeur profits by exploiting women both financially and sexually in this 1932 film.

Drama Movies Newsletter 1/7/17 star
This week?s newsletter contains additional info about actor Stellan Skarsgard and his film "In Order of Disappearance". I also preview the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

Haunted Screens - German Expressionism in Film star
German Expressionist films, produced between 1913 and 1933, influenced American film noir and continue to inspire filmmakers, including Tim Burton and Ridley Scott. I attended a museum exhibit that displayed set designs and production stills from groundbreaking features such as "Metropolis".

Medium Cool Film Review star
Haskell Wexler was voted one of the most influential cinematographers in American film. His 1969 directorial debut, "Medium Cool", is a prescient exploration of politics, violence, and the deleterious effects of a post-literate culture on democracy.

My First Time in Hollywood Book Review star
In 1909, Hollywood was a dusty village surrounded by orange groves. Then the movie folk arrived. "My First Time in Hollywood" presents 42 of Hollywood's pioneers and their role in creating a town and an art form.

Three Capsule Film Reviews star
Reviews of "Janis: Little Girl Blue", "Stealing Charlie Chaplin", and "Blade Runner 2049".

Thunderheart and The Activist Film Review star
"Thunderheart" and "The Activist" are political thrillers that also comment on the stereotyped view of the American Indian in Hollywood films.

Top 10 Movie Songs - Vocal star
These songs are performed during the film or featured on the soundtrack. See if my eclectic mix of favorites matches some of your own.

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