Lean Marathon

On one fateful day during the summer of 2013, I watched two of David Lean's epic pictures in one day. In a movie theater. It was the closest I've ever gotten (or will ever get) to participating in any sort of marathon. At BAM's Harvey Theater, the incredible Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962) were playing on the same day. Shockingly, I had never seen either of these movies, mostly because I had been told many times that I should only watch them on the big screen, but also they're both VERY, VERY long (each film includes it's own intermission) and require a lot of time and concentration. Paying to go to a theater is the best way to ensure that you sit through the whole movie.

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Spotlight on Leo McCarey, The Original Improviser

Leo McCarey was an incredible movie director from the first half of the 20th century. His filmography is mainly full of comedies, but he also made quite a few dramas, that also had small touches of comedy. He was one of the most well-known director's around the world during the 1930's and 40's, with his name above the film title, a sign of prestige that many director's didn't have during the studio system of yesteryear.

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Spotlight on Preston Sturges, An Underrated Genius

Preston Sturges: The King of Comedy, in my opinion (I don't think anyone else says that about him). Sturges was a film director and screenwriter who had an amazing knack for writing incredibly sophisticated dialogue that was delivered by characters ranging from working-class types to the wealthy. He worked in all genres, and was equally adept at tragedy and social satire.

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