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Viewer Guide: “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Vessel”

July 16, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN This week’s classic is The Magnificent Seven, the 1960 action-adventure Western directed by John Sturges. An adaptation of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 art house hit Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven transplants the story’s setting from Japan to a Mexican village not far from the ...

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Viewer Guide: The Man in the White Suit and Rabbit Hole

June 15, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT This week’s classic is The Man in the White Suit, the 1951 film noir satire directed by Alexander Mackendrick. The Man in the White Suit takes its inspiration from the postwar era’s boom in scientific invention, as the vast gains made from wartime ...

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Viewer Guide: The Good German and Carol

June 9, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE GOOD GERMAN This week’s classic is The Good German, the World War II romantic drama from 2006 based on the novel by Joseph Kanon directed by Steven Soderbergh. Both an homage and an update on World War II genre classics like Casablanca and The Third Man, The Good ...

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Viewer Guide: The Last Picture Show and Love & Mercy

May 26, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE LAST PICTURE SHOW       Tonight’s classic is The Last Picture Show, from 1971, directed by Peter Bogdanovich. Set in the early 1950s in Texas, the film was based on Larry McMurtry’s semi-autobiographical 1966 novel. McMurtry and Bogdanovich adapted the story for the screen. The film follows a group ...

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Viewer Guide: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Brothers Bloom

May 19, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS This week’s classic is Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the 1988 crime caper comedy directed by Frank Oz. In the most charming role of his mid-career, Michael Caine stars as Lawrence Jamieson, a self-described widowed prince living in glamorous exile on the French Riviera, yet still secretly helping ...

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Viewer Guide: The Third Man and The Music Never Stopped

May 12, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE THIRD MAN Tonight’s classic is The Third Man, the great 1949 film noir mystery-thriller directed by Carol Reed. Featuring a screenplay by British novelist Graham Greene and a famous zither score by Anton Karas, The Third Man takes us to Vienna in the aftermath of World War ...

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Viewer Guide: Inherit the Wind and A Most Wanted Man

April 22, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | INHERIT THE WIND This week’s classic is Inherit the Wind, the 1960 courtroom drama directed by Stanley Kramer. Adapted from the long-running hit Broadway play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, Inherit the Wind is a fictionalized account of the famous Scopes “Monkey” Trial of 1925, dramatizing ...

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