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OK–NY: An Appreciation of the Lighthouse Theater

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OK–NY: An Appreciation of the Lighthouse Theater
OK–NY: An Appreciation of the Lighthouse Theater

5. There’s also that musical about Oklahoma that seems to never go away. Hillbillies do have a proclivity for singing and dancing.

Even though there are plenty of DVDs to watch around here, people in Oklahoma still enjoy going out to theaters to watch live entertainment. And for those of us lucky enough to attend an evening at the Lighthouse Theater in Edmond, Oklahoma, the live entertainment provided by this unique endeavor will live long past its unfortunate closure.

The Strange Case of Rouben Mamoulian

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The Strange Case of Rouben Mamoulian
The Strange Case of Rouben Mamoulian

Rouben Mamoulian’s critical reputation as a filmmaker has always seesawed uncertainly. For years, he was lauded for the technical innovations of his first four films at Paramount, but in the sixties, Andrew Sarris downgraded Mamoulian to the dread “Less Than Meets The Eye” chapter in his auteur-labeling book The American Cinema. Around the same time, Tom Milne wrote a small, persuasive monograph in favor of the director, and Mamoulian has had several modern champions among critics: Mark Spergel, who wrote his own more critical book on Mamoulian in 1993, David Thomson, who has praised the sense of movement in his films, and Adrian Danks, who contributed an insightful, ambivalent great director entry on Mamoulian for Senses of Cinema. At Manhattan’s Film Forum, they are running a full festival of Mamoulian’s sixteen films, from September 7-18, as well as a documentary on his career, and such exposure should add to the debates over his work and overall merit.