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Lauren

Lauren Humphries-Brooks is a writer, editor, and media journalist. She holds a Master’s degree in Cinema Studies from New York University, and in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. She regularly contributes to film and pop culture websites, and has written extensively on Classical Hollywood, British horror films, and the sci-fi, fantasy, and horror genres. She currently works as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader.

DameStruck: All That Heaven Allows (1955)

During the holidays, we tend to talk about certain classic films: White Christmas, Holiday Inn, Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas in Connecticut. But let’s also count Douglas Sirk’s fantastic melodrama All That Heaven Allows as a holiday film, not just because a piece of it depicts some chilly […]

DameStruck: Playtime (1967)

French director/comedian Jacques Tati is often mentioned in the same breath as Chaplin and Keaton, though he occupies, for the most part, a different period of history. Tati’s work spans the 1950s to the 1970s, substantially later than Chaplin and Keaton’s work, but he’s operating from much the […]

Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers Blu-ray Review

In 1916, Universal’s most successful film was Where Are My Children?, a film about birth control and abortion made by Lois Weber, a female director who just happened be the first woman elected to the Motion Picture Directors Association, whose name was routinely mentioned alongside D.W. Griffith and […]

DameStruck: The Stranger (1946)

I debated putting up yet another Orson Welles recommendation this month, but it is Noirvember and a number of Welles’s films are right now available to stream on Netflix. The Stranger has circulated in public domain prints of varying quality, but it should not therefore be dismissed as […]

DameStruck: The Bigamist (1953)

We talk a lot about female directors on Citizen Dame – as we should, because female directors are amazing. And first among the greats is Ida Lupino, nicknamed “Mother of Us All” on her sets. Lupino was best known for her noir performances as an actress, but she […]

Blindspotting (Blu-ray Review)

2018 has been an excellent year for high-profile critical successes that deal with issues of race, violence, and gentrification in America. Spike Lee took on the KKK with Black KkKlansman; Boots Riley scored a critical success with his socialist masterwork Sorry To Bother You; Ryan Coogler gave us […]

DameStruck: Shadow of a Doubt (1942)

Of all the directors of his generation, Alfred Hitchcock’s films are probably the most widely available, both on streaming and on physical media. Even his early British films are available, sometimes in less-than-stellar public domain prints. But beyond the most famous “masterpieces,” there are other, smaller films that […]