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Best Movies by Farr: Henry V

September 23, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses the exceptional adaptation of Shakespeare’s finest historical play, starring and directed by Kenneth Branagh. Henry V (1989) What It's About: When a flap-up with King Charles of France (Paul Scofield) escalates into full-blown war, England's hotheaded soldier-king Henry V (Kenneth Branagh) assembles an army to invade the Gallic ...

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Best Movies by Farr: A Raisin in the Sun

September 16, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses one of Sidney Poitier's magnificent films, directed by Daniel Petrie. A Raisin in the Sun (1961) What It's About: Walter Lee Younger (Sidney Poitier) is a proud but frustrated young man counting on his recently widowed mother, Lena (Claudia McNeil), to let him invest her $10,000 life-insurance check ...

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Best Movies by Farr: In A Lonely Place

September 9, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses one of Humphrey Bogart's great movies, directed by Nicholas Ray. In A Lonely Place (1950) What It's About: Volatile screenwriter Dixon Steele (Humphrey Bogart) finds himself in hot water, needing to clear himself of a murder rap. Fortunately his new sexy neighbor Laurel Gray (Gloria Grahame) is on-hand ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Tin Men

September 6, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses Barry Levinson's second homage to his hometown of Baltimore. Tin Men (1987) What It's About: Bill "B.B." Babowsky (Richard Dreyfuss) and Ernest Tilley (Danny DeVito) both sell aluminum siding in 1963 Baltimore, but that's where the similarities end. B.B is smooth, neat, and a consummate salesman, while Ernest ...

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Best Movies by Farr: The Set-Up

September 4, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses one of the great American boxing films, directed by Robert Wise. The Set-Up (1949) What It's About: Despite the pleas of lovely wife Julie (Totter), washed-up heavyweight Bill "Stoker" Johnson (Ryan) steps into the ring one more time, feeling "in his bones" that tonight he'll emerge the winner. ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Gentleman Jim

July 22, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses one of Hollywood’s greatest sports dramas, directed by Raoul Walsh. Gentleman Jim (1942) What It's About: Sponsored by a bank executive, brash Irish pugilist and bank clerk Jim Corbett (Flynn) trains himself in the scientific methods of prize fighting at San Francisco's Olympic Club. Cocky and charismatic, Corbett ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Hud

July 9, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr recommends you revisit Paul Newman’s brilliant lead performance in this film. Hud (1963) What It's About: This modern-day psychological Western concerns unfulfilled, resentful Texas rancher Hud Bannon (Paul Newman), and his uneasy relationships with distant, steely father Homer (Melvyn Douglas), sexy, weathered housekeeper Alma (Patricia Neal), and impressionable nephew ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Rear Window

July 9, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses one of Alfred Hitchcock's masterpieces. Rear Window (1954) What It's About: After breaking his leg on the job, photojournalist Jeff Jeffries (James Stewart) must pass the sweltering New York summer looking out his apartment window--into his neighbors' windows-and his natural nosiness causes him to study a battling couple ...

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Best Movies by Farr: The Narrow Margin

June 28, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses one of the most thrilling crime pictures with a surprise ending. The Narrow Margin (1952) What It's About: Tough-talking LA detective Walter Brown (Charles McGraw) arrives in Chicago to escort a cynical mobster's wife (Marie Windsor) to a California grand jury, where she plans to testify against her ...

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