gregferrara
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It was in grade school that I starting going out of my way to see whatever movies I could from the Golden Era of Hollywood, movies I had read about in the "Motion Pictures" entry in the encyclopedia. I'd stay up late or convince my mom to take me to whatever revival in whatever town I could find. It was with my mom that I saw the double feature of "Creature from the Black Lagoon/It Came from Outer Space," both in their original 3-D, complete with the red and blue glasses, and even though she wanted to leave after the first feature, I convinced her to stay for the whole thing.

It was around this time that my middle school library got a brand new book, just published! And it was about film! That didn't happen often, I can tell you. The book, published in 1976, was "Silents to Sound: A History of the Movies" by Juliet P. Schoen, an author I'd not heard of before and have not heard of since but it was she who introduced me to the movies in a real way. Oh sure, the book was general knowledge, just like the encyclopedia, but it had so much more detail, so many wonderful stories. I read it every week in the library until, one day, quite absent-mindedly, I put it in my backpack and walked out. I didn't mean to and promised myself I'd return it just as soon as I read it a couple more times. Then a little more. Then just a little more. Okay, just one more time!

I've still got it today.

Though it no longer holds anything for me in the way of film knowledge or analysis, I can't get rid of it and the school doesn't even exist anymore anyway. When I started writing online in 2007 I named my blog "Cinema Styles: From Silents to Sound." By 2009 I had dropped the "From Silents to Sound" part but the love remained, the film studies continued and the reception of so much joy, of spiritual fulfillment, taken from the cinema daily is something that remains powerful to this day.

Posts by gregferrara

A Summer Place airs (or “aired” depending on when you read this) this morning on TCM and I have two confessions: First, as famous as it is, I didn’t actually see it until a couple of years ago.  Yes, it took me that long to get around to it but the theme song has played in my […]

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Late tonight, TCM airs the 1935 version of Mutiny on the Bounty, the classic true life tale of the infamous mutiny led by Fletcher Christian against William Bligh aboard the HMS Bounty in 1789.  The story has been told enough times on film that the characters have become iconic and each successive portrayal is inevitably […]

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I was looking through TCM’s schedule, as I often do, and noticed that Broadcast News was airing on Monday.  I won’t be posting here on Monday and since I wrote the article for it I felt like I had a few things to say about it and so I may as well take the opportunity to […]

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Today on TCM, we travel back through time as we air the 1933 time travel romance, Berkeley Square, with Leslie Howard and  Heather Angel.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s a pretty interesting take on time travel in which Leslie Howard goes back in time to become his own ancestor.  The dates traveled are from […]

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Back in the seventies, eighties, and nineties, many of Hollywood’s classic stars began to pass on to that great gig in the sky.  Fred Astaire left us in 1987, Cary Grant a few months prior in 1986.  Earlier that year, Cagney left us, too. Bette Davis hung on until 1989, Barbara Stanwyck until 1990. Gene […]

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Many times when I watch a movie, I’m more than familiar with all the actors involved.  Oh, not every single actor, mind you, not the dozen or so with a line or two, but every supporting player and lead.   Especially if it’s a big movie, with a big budget, most of the important roles […]

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Earlier last week, the legendary Leonard Nimoy died and fellow Morlock Suzi Doll wrote up a great piece on all the Star Trek actors here shortly after.  Now the great producer Harve Bennett has died, the man who signed on to the Star Trek franchise with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and put […]

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Today on TCM, one musical after another is on the schedule and I’ve written up musicals here so often that I have to take a break from the singing and dancing and move a little further down the schedule to write about something else.  So what’s playing later, as we hit the late night hours, […]

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When I write my posts here at the Movie Morlocks, I try my best to work whatever is on the schedule that day into my piece.  You may have noticed a phrase I use with alarming regularity (seriously, go back and check out my past posts), “today/tonight on TCM,” because I find my inspiration from the movies […]

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“If you want a happy ending that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.” We’re probably all familiar with that observation by Orson Welles and in most cases, it holds true. Stop One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest after R. P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) has brought much needed relief  in the form of a […]

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