Kim Novak, Beyond Vertigo

All hail, Vertigo, which premiered 50 years ago this May and remains one of the greatest movies ever made. Although the film was supposedly a disappointment at the box office, it clearly influenced a few films of the time. There’s Portrait in Black, for instance, from 1960, with Lana Turner driving around San Francisco in [...]

Gloria Grahame: Bad Girl So Good

Nice piece in Bright Lights about icon of film noir Gloria Grahame. While the author denigrates her performance in Oklahoma (perhaps because it invalidates the thesis of doom) this is a devoted—perhaps slightly lascivious—account of the career of one of the genuine bad girls. Meanwhile, over at there’s an account of 1952′s The Sniper, a recently rereleased (to [...]