Thirst Trap: Donald O’Connor

My latest entry into our stroll down Thirst Trap Lane takes us deep into my cinematic nostalgic core. While there were a few classic Hollywood era crushes in my deep formative years, it was my first sitting through Singin’ in the Rain and in turn, Donald O’Connor, who […]

DameStruck: Hitler’s Hollywood (2017)

When we discuss Nazi propaganda films, we usually talk about only two: Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia and Triumph of the Will. Those films are recognizably propaganda—supposed documentaries meant to showcase the power and pomp of Germany under the Nazis. Riefenstahl’s work has become the only mode by which many […]

DameStruck: Shock Corridor (1963)

Just as Douglas Sirk used melodrama as a vehicle (and a partial blind) for social commentary, writer/director Samuel Fuller utilized hardboiled noir and hallucinatory imagery to interrogate the ugly underpinnings of the American psyche. His films are full of sharp-witted prostitutes and strippers, nasty newspaper men, racists and […]

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