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RESCUING KING OF THE KONGO

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KING OF THE KONGO has it all! Scary gorillas, hissing dinosaurs, pumped-up jungle explorers, Boris Karloff and sound.

WE’RE WAVING AT GENE WILDER

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Gene Wilder first amused and impressed me in a wonderful sequence in BONNIE AND CLYDE in 1967. He provided what was to be the last burst of ‘fun’ in the movie before things went terribly downhill for Clyde Barrow and his gang

MAMBA

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Watching the action and spectacle of the 1930 Technicolor film MAMBA, you feel like you are watching an epic from the more technically advanced sixties, or seventies. “Mamba’ smashed all records at the Gaiety (Theater) for the two weeks of it’s run,” heralded a trade magazine of it’s day. “The jungle scenes are vividly portrayed in natural color…. Marvelous Technicolor effects. Mamba is supreme for any house, anywhere!” For over eighty years, MAMBA went unseen. It was a lost film.

PIES, FUNNY-MEN AND A MASTER MOVIE-MAKER

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Welcome to GLENN’S NITRATE LOUNGE, our newest Column by Glenn Andreiev.If you want to see a really great pie fight, go to the Museum of Modern Art. That is where THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY, a long lost Laurel and Hardy silent short, which features the greatest pie fight in film history, will screen on July 15th, kicking off SERIOUSLY FUNNY- THE FILMS OF LEO McCAREY.

BEST OF 2015
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Do you agree with our 2015 Best Of List?

CHRISTMAS COLUMN 2015
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CHRISTMAS COLUMN 2015 – As always, around this time of the year, there are some sumptuous films to be found, as well as some film-related books, for the special gift that asks a bit more of your wallet.

HALLOWEEN 2015 COLUMN
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This has been a quieter than usual Halloween season here at FIR. But there are a few choice treasures surfacing out there in digital-land.

First of all – scrape me off the ceiling and hold me down. Criterion has released their BluRay of KWAIDAN, and it’s a mind-boggler