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Drama Movies Column - News and Reviews 3 star
This focus of this week's column is female filmmakers. I look forward to Anne Sewitsky's new film about skater Sonja Henie, discuss Amy Adrion's 2018 documentary "Half the Picture",and celebrate the success of Susanne Bier's "Bird Box".

Drama Movies Column - News and Reviews 9 star
Cinematographers Ellen Kuras and Rachel Morrison are featured in this week's column. I also review an entertaining and thoughtful new biography for cinema fans, "The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick".

Errol Flynn - When Image Clashes With Reality star
Errol Flynn often played a carefree adventurer but felt straitjacketed by his image. This essay explores why Flynn referred to himself as a contradiction within a contradiction.

Ida Lupino - Two Films star
Ida Lupino, known primarily as an actress, was the second woman to be admitted into the Director's Guild. The founder of an independent production company, Lupino directed six feature films between 1949-1953. I discuss her two personal favorites in this article.

Raymond Chandler on Hollywood star
Novelist Raymond Chandler, the creator of iconic private eye Philip Marlowe, was also the screenwriter of "Double Indemnity" and "The Blue Dahlia". All of Chandler's novels are set in Los Angeles and he is inextricably linked with the city and its most influential export - motion pictures.

Veronica Lake and Ramrod star
"Ramrod" (1947) is a Western that ventures into noir territory, but is Veronica Lake's character your typical femme fatale?

Vilmos Zsigmond - Master Cinematographer star
When Vilmos Zsigmond died on New Year's Day, 2016, American film lost one of its greatest photographers. A Hungarian immigrant, Zsigmond helped revolutionize the look of film in the 1970s. His work includes "The Deer Hunter", "Deliverance" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind".

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