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Bruce L.

I've lived (and worked) with movies most of my life -- over 60 years now -- (and many for Criterion itself), but now as I move into retirement they're more a matter of fun than anything else. I was born in New York just a couple of years before "Million Dollar Movie," with its multiple reruns of the same movie for an entire week, made its debut on local television, and so watching movies multiple times seemed natural to me from an early age -- which may explain my easy choice of a specialization, as a writer. My taste has gotten much more conservative as I've gotten older, and especially since retirement from writing about film -- most mainstream movies, which deal with characters whose motivations and reasoning I don't understand, don't say anything to me, anymore than I understand the reasoning behind a lot of modern music that is driven by grant movie and academic considerations. I have enjoyed recent films by Volker Schlondorff and John Torturro, among others, but I'm much more likely to be found at a screening of a picture by Hitchcock, Michael Powell, John Ford, Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch et al.

  • Favorite director: Michael Powell
  • Favorite Criterion edition: The Thief of Bagdad
  • Most wanted in the collection: Oh Rosalinda
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