Viewer Guide: The Caine Mutiny and Resistance

October 18, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE CAINE MUTINY This week’s classic is The Caine Mutiny, from 1954, starring Van Johnson, Fred McMurray, José Ferrer, and Humphrey Bogart. The film was based on Herman Wouk’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, which itself was loosely based on an actual World War II incident that had already ...


Viewer Guide: Holiday and Ladies in Black

October 11, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | HOLIDAY This week’s classic is the delightful 1938 romantic comedy Holiday, starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, and directed by George Cukor. Holiday is one of playwright Philip Barry’s two most successful and best remembered plays, the other being The Philadelphia Story, which also provided Katharine Hepburn with ...


Viewer Guide: Stand By Me and Bless Me, Ultima

September 27, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | STAND BY ME This week’s classic is Stand By Me, the 1986 coming of age comedy-drama directed by Rob Reiner. Adapted from Stephen King’s autobiographically inspired novella “The Body,” Stand By Me begins its tale of a childhood summer adventure from the nostalgic vantage point of an adult perspective. ...


Viewer Guide: Witness and Reign Over Me

September 20, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | WITNESS This week’s classic is Witness, the romantic crime-thriller from 1985 directed by Peter Weir. Opening with a horse-drawn funeral procession winding through gently flowing wheat fields, Witness takes us to a wonderland hiding in plain sight—the bucolic farm land of Pennsylvania Dutch country. In this dream-like vision ...


Viewer Guide: High Noon and The Pretty One

September 13, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | HIGH NOON This week’s classic is High Noon, the iconic 1952 western directed by Fred Zinnemann. Produced during the peak years of the Blacklist era, far from being a conventional western High Noon was often interpreted—and in some corners derided—as being a thinly veiled parable about the political ...


Viewer Guide: Oliver! and Sucker

August 30, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | OLIVER! This week’s classic is Oliver!, the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens literary classic Oliver Twist, directed by Carol Reed. Anyone who has ever read Charles Dickens’ classic portrait of poverty-row London might have problems initially imagining the novel as a likely source for a musical. However, we ...


Viewer Guide: Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid and Men Go to Battle

August 23, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID This week’s classic is Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, one of the best-loved classics of the Sixties, starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Katharine Ross, written by William Goldman and directed by George Roy Hill. Based on the true story of the ...


Viewer Guide: The Age of Innocence and Resistance

August 16, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE AGE OF INNOCENCE   The Age of Innocence (1993) This week’s classic is The Age of Innocence, a 1993 romantic drama adapted from the novel by Edith Wharton and directed by Martin Scorsese. Making his reputation with movies like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas that explore the seamy, ...


Viewer Guide: Meet John Doe and The Dynamiter

August 12, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | MEET JOHN DOE This week’s classic is the 1941 romantic drama Meet John Doe starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck, directed by Frank Capra. In Meet John Doe, Barbara Stanwyck plays Ann Mitchell, a nervy columnist faced with losing her job when her newspaper “The Bulletin” is taken ...


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