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Romeo and Juliet

Is it better or worse casting actual teenagers to play the title roles? How well does Zeffirelli handle the Bard? What are we really looking for in adaptations of this story anyway? Tune in to this week’s show to find out these answers and more!

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Rachel, Rachel

Is there more to the film than a great central performance by Joanne Woodward? Can Paul Newman direct? Would Estelle Parsons’ character have made a better character to follow? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!

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Oliver!

Film adaptations of Charles Dickens’ works almost seem as common as Shakespeare’s works. It’s even quite possible that certain stories of his may have been adapted for the screen more frequently than some from the Bard. When Carol Reed brought Lionel Bart’s musical stage adaptation to the big screen in 1968, the time was ripe…

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The Lion In Winter

British royalty is full of fascinating tales of power, conspiracies, distrust, and greed. They make such great characters that actors relish the opportunities to play them, sometimes even playing the same character more than once. Peter O’Toole certainly jumped at the chance when he read the script for The Lion in Winter based on the…

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The Producers (2005)

Adapting a non-musical into a Broadway musical into a film musical takes a lot of work, but Mel Brooks clearly had the gumption to do it, and was successful most of the way along. His Broadway adaptation of 1968’s The Producers was a massive hit with records that still haven’t been broken. The question, then,…

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Here’s a gift for the whole family from The Film Board’s clan to yours – The thugs went out and saw our first official show-sanctioned animated film this week, Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse. It’s a break from what we usually do on our monthly show and the movie itself is a bit of a break…

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The Producers (1968)

Mel Brooks got his start doing stand-up comedy and as a TV writer, but he finally got his chance to direct a feature film when he read his script The Producers to producer Sidney Glazier, who wanted to make it right away. Once the film was made, however, the backers were nervous about the film…

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The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

“You really think there’s ‘happy ever after’ for people like us?” With his successful start as James Bond, Pierce Brosnan thought he’d try his hand at producing, and after a small film for their first test outing, he and producing partner Beau St. Clair opted to remake the McQueen/Dunaway heist classic The Thomas Crown Affair.…

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The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

“Do you play?” Norman Jewison had worked with Steve McQueen on the film The Cincinnati Kid, so it was natural for him to immediately think of McQueen in the title role of The Thomas Crown Affair when he got the script. Luckily for him, McQueen was interested, as the part was vastly different from other…

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Green Book

“You never win with violence. You only win when you maintain your dignity.” The Film Board spent the holiday weekend giving thanks and watching Green Book, a dramedy based on the true story of master pianist Dr. Don Shirley touring the American deep south in the 1960s. It’s back-to-back biopics for our guys with similar…

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