Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Decalist #3: It’s a Hard Knock-Drag Out-Film-Noir-into-Romantic-Comedy Life

“To be happy at home, said Johnson, is the end of all human endeavor.” C.S. Lewis Frank Capra’s immigrant status was an integral part of his persona and perspective.  His work carries a theme of gratitude mixed with critical citizenship, … Continue reading

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The Decalist #2 The Screwballs Strike Back

When Stanley Cavell introduces his book Pursuits of Happiness, which contains chapters on both The Philadelphia Story (1940, directed by George Cukor) and Bringing Up Baby (1938, directed by Howard Hawks),  he asks an important question: why do we love … Continue reading

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Decalist #1: The Empire Strikes Back

“It was something quite different from ordinary life and even ordinary pleasure; something, as they would now say, ‘in another dimension.’” -C. S. Lewis When I was barely old enough to remember, my parent’s took us to my dad’s cousin … Continue reading

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The Decalist and Daffy.

I’ve spent a great many words in an out of the classroom talking about film.  In every discussion, my own tastes and biases cannot help but color the kinds of movies that are talked about.  Countless films and filmmakers are … Continue reading

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