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  • Cinestudio in Hartford Showing the Film 'Grand Illusion' Until Aug. 14

    Cinestudio in Hartford Showing the Film 'Grand Illusion' Until Aug. 14
    Classic cinemaphiles need to head over to Trinity College's Cinestudio sometime this week to catch a brand-spanking new, ultra-high def digital restoration of Jean Renoir's film, Grand Illusion, considered to be one of the best in the antiwar genre — despite the fact that there's not a single shot fired. The action in the black-and-white 1937 film, which takes place during the first World War and centers around a burgeoning friendship between a French officer (Pierre Fresnay) and a German captor (Erich von Stroheim), was Renoir's warning against the threat of militarism in Renoir's time (Joseph Goebbels considered the movie to be a public threat).
  • Are movies about moviemaking the shortcut to Oscar glory?

     
    This is the year when nothing says Oscar like a movie about movimaking.

    Around Town: Marvel legend Stan Lee hosts 'Avengers' screening

     
    Marvel Comics' guru Stan Lee will be honored with the Ronald Reagan Foundation "Great Communicator" Award and will host a screening of "The Avengers," which is opening theatrically this weekend, at the Catalina Film Festival. The festival, which runs...

    Lon Chaney's 'The Phantom of the Opera' plays on after 85 years

     
    Eighty-five years ago, moviegoers saw Lon Chaney unmasked as “The Phantom of the Opera” at the classic film's premiere, and while the movie was silent, the audience certainly wasn’t. There were plenty of screams and gasps on Sept. 6,...

    A celebration of dance in film at TCM Classic Film Festival

     
    Dance critic Debra Levine rounds up the extensive dance content at TCM's second annual Classic Film Festival over the weekend, including an interview with "West Side Story" dancer, George Chakiris.