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One-Eyed Jacks

Marlon Brando put his all into this impassioned, expertly acted and crafted VistaVision western spectacle. Has it been overlooked because of the scarcity of quality presentations? Karl Malden, Katy Jurado, Pina Pellicer, Ben Johnson and Slim Pickens are unforgettable, as are the Big Sur locations. One-Eyed Jacks Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 844 1961 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 141 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date November 22, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Katy Jurado, Ben Johnson, Slim Pickens, Pina Pellicer, Larry Duran, Sam Gilman, Míriam Colón, Timothy Carey, Margarita Cordova, Elisha Cook Jr., Rodolfo Acosta, Joan Petrone, Joe Dominguez, Tom Webb, Ray Teal, John Dierkes, Philip Ahn, Hank Worden, Clem Harvey, William Forrest, Mina Martinez. Cinematography Charles Lang. Jr. Film Editor Archie Marshek Original Music Hugo Friedhofer Written by Guy Trosper, Calder Willingham from the novel The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones by Charles Neider Produced by Frank P. Rosenberg Directed by Marlon Brando
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The Last Surviving Cast Member of Citizen Kane, Kathryn Trosper Popper, Dies at 100

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The Last Surviving Cast Member of Citizen Kane, Kathryn Trosper Popper, Dies at 100
The last surviving cast member of Citizen Kane, Kathryn Trosper Popper, has died at 100. Trosper, a longtime assistant to the film's director, Orson Welles, died Sunday at her home in New York City, her son, Joe Popper, told The Hollywood Reporter. In the classic 1941 film, Trosper played the photographer who asks, "What's Rosebud?" following Kane's famous last words. Recalling her dual roles as actor and assistant, she said in an interview last year, "I would just drop my notebook and run on the set." Years later, Trosper defended her old boss after Pauline Kael's essay "Raising Kane" asserted that
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The Last Surviving Cast Member of Citizen Kane, Kathryn Trosper Popper, Dies at 100

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The Last Surviving Cast Member of Citizen Kane, Kathryn Trosper Popper, Dies at 100
The last surviving cast member of Citizen Kane, Kathryn Trosper Popper, has died at 100. Trosper, a longtime assistant to the film's director, Orson Welles, died Sunday at her home in New York City, her son, Joe Popper, told The Hollywood Reporter. In the classic 1941 film, Trosper played the photographer who asks, "What's Rosebud?" following Kane's famous last words. Recalling her dual roles as actor and assistant, she said in an interview last year, "I would just drop my notebook and run on the set." Years later, Trosper defended her old boss after Pauline Kael's essay "Raising Kane" asserted that
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Seven Anti-James Bond Movies You Haven’t Seen

The Bond franchise which has been with us so long, has become so deeply entrenched in popular culture, that we often forget what it was that first distinguished the Bonds a half-century ago. Skyfall might be one of the best of the Bonds, and even, arguably, one of the best big-budget big-action flicks to come along in quite a while, but it’s not alone. The annual box office is – and has been, for quite some time – dominated by big, action-packed blockbusters of one sort of another. The Bonds aren’t even the only action-driven spy flicks (Mr. James Bond, I’d like you to meet Mr. Jason Bourne and Mr. Ethan Hunt).

That’s not to take anything away from the superb entertainment Skyfall is, or the sentimentally treasured place the Bonds hold. It’s only to say that where there was once just the one, there are now many.
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Blu-ray Release: Birdman of Alcatraz

Blu-ray Release Date: Nov. 11, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Twilight Time

Burt Lancaster is the Birdman of Alcatraz.

The 1962 prison drama Birdman of Alcatraz stars Burt Lancaster (Twilight’s Last Gleaming) and was directed by John Frankenheimer (Seconds, The Train).

The classic film is a largely fictionalized version of the life of Robert Stroud, a surly federal prison inmate convicted of murder who is held in permanent isolation. Stroud adopts an orphaned baby sparrow as a pet…and then another…and then many, many others. He ultimately redeems himself by becoming a renowned bird expert who others refer to as the “Birdman of Alcatraz.”

Interestingly, despite the film’s title, much of the action is set at Leavenworth where Stroud was jailed with his birds.

Adapted by Guy Trosper from the 1955 book by Thomas Gaddis, the film also stars Telly Savalas (The Slender Thread) and Thelma Ritter (Boeing Boeing). Both were nominated
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Seven Anti-007 Movies You Haven’t Seen

(*My apologies for this coming so long after Sound on Sight’s celebration of 50 years of James Bond, but I’ve been swamped with end-of-semester work and only just now managed to finish this. Hope you all still find this of interest.)

As a coda to the Sos’s James Bond salute, there’s still a point I think deserves to be made.

The Bond franchise which has been with us so long, has become so deeply entrenched in popular culture, that we often forget what it was that first distinguished the Bonds a half-century ago. Skyfall might be one of the best of the Bonds, and even, arguably, one of the best big-budget big-action flicks to come along in quite a while, but it’s not alone. The annual box office is – and has been, for quite some time – dominated by big, action-packed blockbusters of one sort of another.
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