Category Archives: ’20s

Liza Minnelli’s Terrific New Movie, Jodie Foster Honored & More

April 19, 2024 Links to the past, with relevance today: Liza is excited about a new project. (Image via TriBeCa) FACEBOOK: Liza Minnelli announces she has worked with a filmmaker to tell the story of her career: "Hi Kids! Sit down, because this is a long story! People always wonder what I’m up to… when…
Read more

New Book Traces How ‘Mommie Dearest’ Got Made

March 27, 2024 We all love Mommie Dearest, right? (Image via Chicago Review Press) Well, maybe not all of us. The film was a critical disaster in 1981, and seems to have singlehandedly mortally wounded Faye Dunaway's previously flawless career. Nonetheless, it was a box-office hit — it earned five times its budget worldwide —…
Read more

‘Poor Things’ X ‘Metropolis,’ an Open ‘Back to the Future’ Secret, History of the Pyramid Club & More!

March 23, 2024 Links to the past, with relevance today: https://www.tiktok.com/@boyculturedotcom/video/7349679839886019870?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id=7347408016276964907 Old Lang signs TIKTOK: @cinematologist over on Instagram has crafted a short but compelling argument that while Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935) are clearly the main sources of inspiration for the 2023 Oscar-winning film Poor Things, perhaps Metropolis (1927) was also in…
Read more

Clara Bow’s Lost Film ‘The Pill Pounder’ FOUND

March 20, 2024 The film is said to be in perfect condition 100 years later. (Images via video stills) A man who bought a lot of films at a storage-locker auction wound up discovering a long-lost Silent Era movie — one that starred none other than Clara Bow. The Pill Pounder (1923) had been considered…
Read more

William Frawley? Don’t Make Me Laugh

Many of us are actively alarmed by the invasion of AI technology, and the possibility it raises of creating entirely false historical narratives. After all, if an engineer and scientist is uncritically sharing this pretty obviously AI-created image/story: This story is fake. This picture is fake. (Image via Twitter) ... where will it end? Nothing…
Read more

Paul Robeson Mural in D.C. Destroyed 1 Week After His Birthday

April 17, 2023 Paul Robeson is an undisputed American icon, and in particular an African-American icon. He was one of the first — if not the first — Black men to cross over as a major star with name recognition among white audiences, and his work in the theater, in films and as an activist…
Read more