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Farran Smith Nehme

Farran Smith Nehme has written about film and film history for the New York Post, Barron’s, the Wall Street Journal, Film Comment, the Village Voice, and Sight & Sound. She writes about classic film at her blog, Self-Styled Siren. Her novel, Missing Reels, was published in 2014.

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Look at That Girl
Look at That Girl

Depth, beauty, curiosity—what gave luminous French star Danielle Darrieux staying power across eight decades? Critic Farran Smith Nehme looks for the answer in two films from opposite ends of her career.

Now You Has King of Jazz
Now You Has King of Jazz

This spectacular and technically ambitious Hollywood musical is a priceless window onto American pop culture’s view of itself in the 1930s.

By Farran Smith Nehme

On Film / Essays
Mar 30, 2018
The Philadelphia Story: A Fine, Pretty World

The Philadelphia Story: A Fine, Pretty World

A haughty socialite is torn between the affections of three men in George Cukor’s blissful comedy of manners.


By Farran Smith Nehme

On Film / Essays
Nov 7, 2017
His Girl Friday: The Perfect Remarriage
His Girl Friday: The Perfect Remarriage

A feast of whip-smart banter, Howard Hawks’s protofeminist take on newsroom politics is the most grown-up of all remarriage comedies.


By Farran Smith Nehme

On Film / Essays
Jan 10, 2017
Here Comes the Angel of Death
Here Comes the Angel of Death

Alexander Hall’s 1941 film showcased Robert Montgomery’s star power and, with its premise of a death revoked, provided much-needed comic relief to war-worried audiences.


By Farran Smith Nehme

On Film / Essays
Jun 14, 2016
It Happened One Night: All Aboard!
It Happened One Night: All Aboard!

Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable’s effortless banter is pure magic, but Frank Capra’s comedy is rooted in the reality of the times.

By Farran Smith Nehme

On Film / Essays
Nov 17, 2014
Jane Wyman and All That Heaven Allows
Jane Wyman and All That Heaven Allows

Time has added some latter-day ironies to All That Heaven Allows, and not just the revelation that its star Rock Hudson was gay. There’s also the political career of Ronald Reagan, the ex-husband of Hudson’s costar, Jane Wyman—built on the gos…

By Farran Smith Nehme


Jun 19, 2014
The Uninvited: Spirits by Starlight
The Uninvited: Spirits by Starlight

This delicately creepy Hollywood horror movie lives up to its reputation as a classic of the genre.

By Farran Smith Nehme

On Film / Essays
Oct 22, 2013
Autumn Sonata: Mothers, Daughters, and Monsters
Autumn Sonata: Mothers, Daughters, and Monsters

Ingmar Bergman plumbs the depths of a fractured family and gives Ingrid Bergman a shocking star role.

By Farran Smith Nehme

On Film / Essays
Sep 16, 2013
The Man Who Knew Too Much: Wish You Were Here
The Man Who Knew Too Much: Wish You Were Here

Both sparkling and suspenseful, Alfred Hitchcock’s benchmark thriller is the perfect getaway, and it set the scene for much of the master’s later work.

By Farran Smith Nehme

On Film / Essays
Jan 16, 2013
This Happy Breed: Home Truths

This Happy Breed: Home Truths

Noël Coward and David Lean created a patriotic diptych with their first two films: In Which We Serve, from 1942, about the bravery and sacrifice of British sailors and those who love them, and the 1944 This Happy Breed, on the indomitable spirit of …

By Farran Smith Nehme

On Film / Essays
Mar 27, 2012