Ben Mankiewicz talks Citizen Kane

TCM host Ben Mankiewicz spoke with a small group of journalists ahead of the TCM Big Screen Classics screenings of Citizen Kane. Mankiewicz’s grandfather, Herman, co-wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay with Welles. The TCM host certainly had no shortage of comments during the 40ish-minute roundtable on Monday. What I’m printing below is his answer to my question. In November, fans can also bring home the film when The Criterion Collection releases Citizen Kane on on 4K…

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Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story

Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story takes us behind the scenes to give stunt performers their due in this action documentary. If you don’t pay attention to the credits, there’s a good chance you don’t know their names.  It’s more than a good chance, honestly, because let’s face it–you’re already rushing out of the theater when the credits roll.  Unless it’s Marvel or DC so that you can see the post-credits scene.  But these are the…

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Ben Mankiewicz talks The Plot Thickens, TCM

Film critic Ben Mankiewicz spoke with Solzy at the Movies in late April about The Plot Thickens, TCM’s podcast documentary of filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich. How did you first get involved with the Peter Bogdanovich podcast documentary for TCM? Ben Mankiewicz: I had wanted to do something with Peter Bogdanovich for quite some time. He’s a huge hit at our festival. He and I have developed a really nice friendship. He’s just great. I described them…

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The Great Buster celebrates Buster Keaton

The Great Buster: A Celebration is a well-deserved cinematic tribute to Buster Keaton–one of the greatest silent comedy stars to have ever lived. Discussing the great silent comedy stars must include Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Harold Lloyd.  Interestingly, Keaton starred in College as a response to Lloyd’s The Freshman.  Where Lloyd starred as a freshman who played football, Keaton would play every other sport.  As for Chaplin, he directed Keaton in 1952’s Limelight.  This…

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Chicago Film Festival 2018: The Great Buster

The Great Buster: A Celebration is a well-deserved cinematic tribute to Buster Keaton–one of the greatest silent comedy stars to have ever lived. Discussing the great silent comedy stars must include Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Harold Lloyd.  Interestingly, Keaton starred in College as a response to Lloyd’s The Freshman.  Where Lloyd starred as a freshman who played football, Keaton would play every other sport.  As for Chaplin, he directed Keaton in 1952’s Limelight.  This…

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