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Talk Cinema's Ron Falzone Discusses Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd

A media star, imbued with a love of self even greater than his disdain for everyone else, parlays his on-air popularity into a rapid climb to political power.  It is only when he attains his highest position does the full measure of his antipathy become apparent to his worshipful followers.

The year is 1957.

Talk Cinema's Ron Falzone Discusses Adrian Lyne's Fatal Attraction

Shortly after the Twin Towers fell on 9/11, video stores across the country reported a big spike in rentals for two older movies: Die Hard and The Towering Inferno.  It’s easy to see why:  Both movies posited a disaster in a doomed building that tested the resolve of heroes, and a day to be won by a combination of Yankee ingenuity and a refusal to give up.

Talk Cinema's Ron Falzone Discusses John Sturges' Bad Day at Black Rock

 “And the truth shall set you free.”

This is one of the core themes of the movies, the belief that the restoration of order can only occur once truth confronts power.  While Hollywood has proselytized this notion throughout its history, it was probably never more necessary to it than it was in the decade following World War II.

Talk Cinema's Ron Falzone Discusses Otto Preminger's' Advise and Consent

There seems little doubt that the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is going to drive yet another reckoning in a year filled with them.  Forces on both sides lined up within an hour of her passing to stake their territory and begin what will undoubtedly be a very ugly couple of months.  It seems the ironic state of our current approach to democracy requires that politics, once entrenched, has no room for compromise.  You

Talk Cinema's Ron Falzone Discusses The Big Country, directed by William Wyler

The western is the most muscular and malleable of all genres and, as such, it has attracted great directors over the years.  Some, like John Ford, Anthony Mann and Budd Boetticher are so linked to the western that it comes as a surprise to see movies with these names attached that have nothing to do with horse, a gun, and a flower-faced girl.

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