Tagged: crime

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Nightmare Alley: Sad but True, by David Bax

Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley is, to be clear, not a remake of Edmund Goulding’s 1947 film but rather another adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel. The hallmarks of noir fiction–a dissatisfied man cast his scruples aside and attempts...

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West Side Story: Half Turn, by David Bax

It’s not that I was skeptical about the notion of Steven Spielberg directing a big budget, throwback musical; on the contrary, that sounds like a terrific idea on its own. But I was trepidatious about the fact that he was...

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The Deceivers: Loose Cannon, by David Bax

1988’s The Deceivers, playing in theaters now in a new restoration, is produced by Ismail Merchant but it’s not quite what you imagine when you think of a Merchant/Ivory production. For one thing, it’s not directed by James Ivory. Instead,...