From the editor and writers of Bright Lights Film Journal
Action! Interviews with Directors from Classical Hollywood to Contemporary Iran
(Anthem Art and Culture), by Gary Morris (Editor), Bert Cardullo (Introduction), Jonathan Rosenbaum (Foreword). London and New York: Anthem Press, 2009.
"I dare anyone to squeeze between two covers a more varied, useful and flat out entertaining sampling of the personalities that make the seventh art the liveliest."
David Hudson,
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Dan Callahan
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Dan Callahan is a film writer based in New York. He's the former Arts Editor of Show Business Weekly and Book Editor at He has written for Slant Magazine, Time Out New York, and Senses of Cinema.
Nuts and Nice Messes: On Laurel and Hardy (BLFJ 68 - May 2010)
"Life isn't short enough . . ." – Laurel in Sons of the Desert (1934)
Rudolph Valentino: Dream Lover (BLFJ 67 - February 2010)
"Valentino said there's nothing like tile for a tango!" — Norma Desmond to Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard (1950)
The Prisoner of Kicks: Mary Astor (BLFJ 67 - February 2010)
""I always say, keep a diary and some day it'll keep you." — Mae West
Delphine Seyrig: The Eternal Return (BLFJ 66 - November 2009)
"Seyrig is capable of stopping an entire film with one decisive physical gesture, one smile, one glare, one sound from her smoky, murmuring voice."
John Barrymore: Sweet Prince of Irony (BLFJ 65 - August 2009)
"Isn't it extraordinary that the most popular character ever written should apparently be defeated by life instead of transcending it?" — John Barrymore on Hamlet
Ida Lupino: Demon Mother Night (BLFJ 64 - May 2009)
"[H]er favorite expression of strained intensity would be less quickly relieved by a merciful death than by Ex-Lax." — James Agee, 1943
Robert Ryan: A Moon for the Misbegotten (BLFJ 63 - February 2009)
"I have been in films pretty well everything I am dedicated to fighting against."
Norma Shearer: The Primrose Path to MGM Stock (BLFJ 62 - November 2008)
"She hovered somewhere between the realest of realities and the most blatant of impersonations." — F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Crazy Sunday," 1932
George Sanders: A Mitigated Cad (BLFJ 61 - August 2008)
"Where on the screen I am invariably a sonofabitch, in life I am a dear, dear boy." — George Sanders
Fatal Instincts: The Dangerous Pout of Gloria Grahame
(BLFJ 60 - May 2008) "I'm a girl who loves to be manhandled! After all, what are a few contusions or abrasions if you get the man you love?" — Gloria Grahame, 1953
Nuts to the Squirrels and Roués Redeemed: The Discreet Charm of Charles Boyer (BLFJ 59 - February 2008)
"In Boyer, self-belief and theatrical technique are seamlessly fused together."
Ode to Lili: And Leslie Caron (BLFJ 65 - February 2008)
"This MGM movie is studio-system filmmaking at its most protective, and it's designed entirely to showcase Leslie Caron . . ."
Bergman vs. Bergman: Ingrid Dearest in Ingmar's Autumn Sonata (BLFJ 58 - November 2007)
"Ingmar can't fully follow his own gloomy party line as he stares at this simple, oblivious, wondrous creature."
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: The Elusive Pleasures of Irene Dunne (BLFJ 57 - August 2007)
"You'd never get tired of having her around, because she'd always be someone else for you."
Uneasy Living: The Insecure Charm of Jean Arthur (BLFJ 56 - May 2007)
"Funny, tender, a little neurotic, a little erotic, and always spontaneous . . ."
Through the Looking Glass: Thoughts on The Window (BLFJ 55 - February 2007)
Ted Tetzlaff brings Bobby Driscoll to the voyeur's front window
The Martyrdom of Lulu: Louise Brooks at 100 (BLFJ 54 - November 2006)
"If I ever bore you, it'll be with a knife."
Death Becomes Him: Robert Altman's Prairie Home Companion (BLFJ 53 - August 2006)
In which Altman doesn't go gentle into that good night
Kay Francis, Secrets of an Actress: New Books Reveal the "Wavishing" Star (BLFJ 52 - May 2006)
"I'm not a star, I'm a woman, and I want to get fucked!"
Notes on Naruse: An Auteur Ascends (BLFJ 52 - May 2006)
Pitch-black pessimism, unsparing emotional truths, and women on the verge
Blossom in the Dust: Lillian Gish, The Wind, and Mr. Griffith (BLFJ 51 - February 2006)
"I was never young, and if you were never young, how can you ever feel old?"
Golden Boy: The Sexy Ways of Joel McCrea (BLFJ 50 - November 2005)
"Easy to overlook but endlessly rewarding to look over"
Talking About the Space Between Us All: On Forty Shades of Blue (BLFJ 50 - November 2005)
Ira Sachs' sophomore feature is charged with emotion
Margaret Sullavan and the Art of Dying (BLFJ 49 - August 2005)
"Now . . . here comes the paradox . . ."
Hooker with a Heart of Darkness: Jane Fonda in Klute (BLFJ 48 - May 2005)
Bree Daniels trumps all Fonda's real-life characters

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