Author Spotlight

Dan Callahan

Dan Callahan is the author of Barbara Stanwyck: The Miracle Woman (2012), Vanessa: The Life of Vanessa Redgrave (2014), The Art of American Screen Acting, 1912–1960 (2018), The Art of American Screen Acting, 1960 to Today (2019), and the novel That Was Something (2018). He writes about film for Sight & Sound, Film Comment, Nylon, and The Wrap.

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Performances

Love in Bloom: Jack Benny in To Be or Not to Be

In the one great film role of his career, the comedian and radio personality used his beloved, minimalist performance style to capture the silliness of human vanity.

By Dan Callahan

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Too Close for Comfort: Theresa Russell in Bad Timing

Performances

Too Close for Comfort: Theresa Russell in Bad Timing

A true acting iconoclast, Theresa Russell unleashes a torrent of emotion in this tale of sexual obsession, her first collaboration with the director Nicolas Roeg.

By Dan Callahan

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A Flower in the Mud: Val Lewton’s Isle of the Dead

Deep Dives

A Flower in the Mud: Val Lewton’s Isle of the Dead

A showcase for some of Boris Karloff’s most nuanced acting, this beguiling horror gem is perfect Halloween viewing.

By Dan Callahan

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The Corn Is Green and Bette Is Evergreen

Deep Dives

The Corn Is Green and Bette Is Evergreen

Bette Davis struck a blow against expectations of pliant female loveliness and grace with her role as a no-nonsense teacher in The Corn Is Green.

Flickers of Passion: Celia Johnson in Brief Encounter

Performances

Flickers of Passion: Celia Johnson in Brief Encounter

No one has captured the complexities of forbidden love with more intimacy than Celia Johnson in David Lean’s classic romance.

By Dan Callahan

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