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Shaidle at the Cinema

La Grande Illusion

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Long before Parasite, Jean Renoir's La Grande Illusion was the first foreign film nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Kathy Shaidle explores how the once-lost film stands up over time.

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Telstar

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Kathy Shaidle looks at the biopic Telstar and lobbies for songwriter-producer Joe Meek to be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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The Hammer

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Kathy Shaidle on comedian Adam Carolla's semi-autobiographical film about an underperforming contractor who loses his job and his girlfriend on his fortieth birthday.

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Rope

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Kathy Shaidle on a minimally edited Hitchcock thriller with Jimmy Stewart and Farley Granger

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Falling Down

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Kathy Shaidle delves into the 1993 Michael Douglas film Falling Down.

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All About Eve

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Kathy Shaidle on the 70th anniversary of a Bette Davis classic

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Make Way for Tomorrow

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Kathy Shaidle on Oscar-winning Leo McCarey's non-Oscar-winning 1937 masterpiece, Make Way for Tomorrow, a "ruthlessly candid" film with all-too-familiar themes for many families.

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Eyes Without a Face That Wouldn't Die

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Kathy Shaidle explores two films whose stars died in 2019 – Eyes Without a Face starring Edith Scob, and The Brain That Wouldn't Die with Virginia Leith.

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A Walk on the Wilder Side

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In this week's Shaidle at the Cinema, Kathy Shaidle explores the genius and geniality of the late Gene Wilder.

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Cléo from 5 to 7

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Kathy Shaidle on a French pop star awaiting the results of a cancer biopsy in Agnes Varda's Cléo from 5 to 7

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Bette Davis Lies

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My grandmother was a Bette Davis impersonator. Not professionally, and barely amateurly, either: She only entered, and won, a single look-alike contest, well before my time.

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What's Left to Say About Psycho?

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Some of the more elevated observations about Psycho approach the level of poetry, but too often these critics are also, quite possibly, seeing things that not even Hitchcock himself conceived of.

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Less Than Meets the (Queer) Eye: Gilda (1946)

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Kathy Shaidle attempts to decipher the message of Gilda, a film she watched despite her efforts to the contrary.

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Dodsworth

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When we "discover" a great old film, we often regret not having watched it sooner. But not in this case...

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Pather Panchali

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Mark at the Movies guest columnist Kathy Shaidle is back, this time with her take on the 1955 Bengali classic, Pather Panchali.

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Westward the Women

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Guest columnist Kathy Shaidle hates westerns, yet still has a bit of a soft spot for this 1951 film, she writes in this week's Mark at the Movies.

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Champagne for Caesar

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As a teen, I read an old movie review by Pauline Kael, in which she complained that some contemporaneous satirical film was inferior to a similar one made back in 1950, called Champagne for Caesar.

That weird title lodged in my brain; I never stopped scanning TV Guide listings for Champagne for Caesar, and it wasn't until a couple of years ago that I finally saw it.

Which is odd.

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Galaxy Quest

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Mark at the Movies guest columnist Kathy Shaidle takes an intergalactic look at an underrated parody film from 1999, Galaxy Quest starring Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver and Tony Shalhoub.

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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

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In this week's Mark at the Movies, we explore a wartime film misinterpreted in its day as being unpatriotic despite the opposite being true. Guest columnist Kathy Shaidle on The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.

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Nightmare Alley

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Kathy Shaidle explores the gritty, alcohol-saturated and "God-haunted" noir film Nightmare Alley, based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham...

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Valley of the Dolls

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Imagine a 1960s without the most infuriating parts of that era...

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The Song of Bernadette

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Kathy Shaidle on the best Catholic movie ever made by two Jews

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Seconds

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In this week's Mark at the Movies, guest columnist Kathy Shaidle delves into the evocative Seconds, starring Rock Hudson. The 1966 sci-fi drama is "fantastical," but also real in its depiction of a man's midlife crisis, Shaidle writes.

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Scarlet Street

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Kathy Shaidle explores the subtle touches and edge-of-your-seat twists of Fritz Lang's detectiveless film noir, Scarlet Street.

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Movie Magic, No Computer Required

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Kathy Shaidle on the pre-CGI era of Hollywood special effects, from Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jr to the skeleton fight in Jason and the Argonauts

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Ace in the Hole

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Kathy Shaidle is back! To kick off this series of Shaidle at the Cinema, Kathy considers Kirk Douglas in Ace in the Hole...

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Clown Ascending a Staircase

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Mark is "on assignment", as CBS used to say about Dan Rather, for a few weeks. So, as we approach the first anniversary of Jerry Lewis's death, we thought we'd invite Mark's compatriot Kathy Shaidle to offer her take on one of Lewis's most famous roles:

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