Her roles were largely stereotypical, yet her charm and goofiness made her memorable. Here’s a look at her work beyond Gone With the Wind.

DESIGN IN FILM: THE MODERN HOUSEAn eight-minute video montage of modern homes—real and fake—as seen on the silver screen.

An examination of the lengthy career of the Chinese-American character actor, from Charlie Chan to Woody Allen.

70MMThirty visually stunning films that illustrate the grandeur of large-format filmmaking.

Our look at the Texas actor’s 43-year film career, including an ill-advised Oscar campaign. 

A look at the professional life of an actress who proved to be much more than just the Wicked Witch of the West.

NEBRASKANSA look at some of the memorable talentsfrom Astaire to Zanuck—to come from the Cornhusker State.

Twenty-five cool photos reveal what goes on outside of movie camera range.

Our list of at least a dozen silent film performers that are happily still with us.

12 GREAT MOVIE SONGSElvis, The Beatles and The Supremes join our list of favorite movie themes of the 1960s.

WILHELM SCREAMWe trace the history of one of the most famous and beloved sound effects in movies.

LOST HORIZONA dud receives its due as we explore the elements that made this 1973 musical so preposterously memorable.

One hundred films whose final words of dialogue make indelible lasting impressions.

25 GREAT SILENT MOVIE POSTERSOur selection of artwork from the early days of motion pictures that expertly illustrate the tone and tale of the films they represent.

RAVES AND RASPBERRIES We select some choice bits from reviews by the late Roger Ebert.

ERROL FLYNN GETS WHACKEDThe actor recalls an unforgettable moment with Bette Davis on the set of The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex.

CINEMATIC RIDESTen films where carnival attractions add to the plot and give their protagonists a cheap thrill.

Three overwrought cautionary tales from the 1930s examine the perils of smoking marijuana in polite society.

20 DIRECTORS / 20 FILMSSome of the world’s best moviemakers from Hollywood’s Golden Era provide a behind-the-scenes look at their creations.

LOS ANGELES IN THE 1920SVintage clips offer a look at famous boulevards, studios, theaters, eateries and more.

BILLY WILDEROur favorite lines of dialogue from the Oscar-winning writer/director.

WOODY ALLENChoice lines of dialogue, from Take the Money and Run to Midnight in Paris.

KATHARINE HEPBURNTen authoritative moments when Kate's movie character speaks her mind.

UFA MOVIE POSTERSA look at the early one sheets from the longest standing film studio in Germany.

THE LANGUAGE OF NOIRWe celebrate tough talk from the best of Hollywood’s gritty crime dramas.


Aerial shots of Hollywood in 1958 includes Griffith Observatory, Grauman’s Chinese Theater and major studios.

AMERICAWe celebrate one of the most exuberant dance numbers committed to film, a thrilling showcase for freakishly talented folks with music in their bones.

HOLLYWOOD POSTCARDSTen vintage postcards revealing the glories of Southern California's movie mecca.

MAJOR FILMS, MINOR GAFFESTwenty-five mistakes in some of the greatest movies ever made.

GEORGE GERSHWINTen classic songs as seen on the silver screen.

GREAT ENDINGSA memorable tussle in Death Valley caps Erich von Stroheim’s broken classic.

10 GREAT POSTERSOur look at striking works of art that just happen to sell movie tickets.

MUST READMGM: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot provides a fascinating look at a lost treasure.

IN THE COOL, COOL, COOL OF THE EVENINGJane Wyman and Bing Crosby charm with the Oscar-winning song from Here Comes the Groom (1951).

PLUNDER ROADFilm noir at its best—and most economical. No backstory, a lean look and just 72 minutes long.

W.C. FIELDSTen of his most memorable character names.

Aliens and mutants take center stage in twenty-five spectacular movie posters from the 1950s.

Our list of ten must-see films—ten artful depictions of the human condition—by one of the world’s most influential directors.

Accomplished directors from the past 50 years talk about their triumphs and challenges in bringing a story to the big screen.

We single out five films that display the talent and range of the Warner Bros. character actor.

AL HIRSCHFELDWe select our ten favorite movie posters by the famed caricaturist.

Five films that best represent the fluttery voiced character actress’s charms.

DIAMOND SETTINGSWe take a look at five of our favorite baseball movies of the ‘40s and ‘50s.


A dozen books that became publishing phenomena and, at times, well-made and popular films.

SCREEN TESTSAudition footage from Monroe, Dean, Brando and others.

MOVIE MOMENTS THAT MAKE LIFE WORTH LIVINGOur collection of ten little moments of breathtaking beauty, expert craftsmanship and happy accidents that rank as our favorites.

A tribute to a character actress who’s made aunts and spinsters her specialty.

STARS ON STARS: 30 CANDID OPINIONSA collection of favorite quotes from movie folk discussing their peers.

We take a good look at the work of MGM’s legendary art director.

JOHN QUALENFive of our favorite performances from the character actor’s lengthy career.

We select three movie musicals we deeply wish the sunny singer/actress would have made.

Twelve examples of what made the late actor such an enduring movie star.

Ten artful, playful and downright silly shots from some of the most famous movies in existence.

JEFFREY HUNTERWe tip our hat to the underrated (and very pretty) actor best known for going toe-to-toe with John Wayne in The Searchers and hanging on the cross in Nicholas Ray’s King of Kings.

ELVIS PRESLEYFive essential films for the Elvis movie fan.

We take a closer look and listen at Johnny Mercer’s witty ditty about the coming of the season.

BILL GOLD’S MOVIE POSTERSOur salute to the legendary graphic artist, including 25 of his posters for some of the most famous movies ever made.

BEAUTIFUL MENFilm giants Cary Grant and his ilk will have to wait. Here we look at ten not-so-obvious choices—actors blessed with incredible good looks, if not legendary status.

BEAUTIFUL WOMENTen of the most physically stunning females to grace the silver screen.

FOOTBALLFive classic films where gridiron shenanigans drive the plot. 

THE 43 FACES OF JOHNNY DEPPWe review the wide variety of characters the actor has played, from early teenager roles to larger-than-life eccentrics.

FRED ASTAIREFive lively numbers from the peerless hoofer.

THE ROAD TO HELEN LAWSONJudy Garland, Susan Hayward and the bumpy road Valley of the Dolls producers experienced in casting an important role in a truly lousy film.

 AMERICAN LANDMARKS ON FILM From the Empire State Building to the Golden Gate Bridge, we take a look at ten famous sights that added drama to the movies.

THE GIRL HUNT BALLETWe revisit the stylish Fred Astaire dream ballet from The Band Wagon (1953).

IOWA FILMS & STARSTen contributions the Hawkeye State has made to motion picture history.

FOX THEATEROur fond look back at one of San Francisco’s grandest movie palaces.

AUTOBIOGRAPHIESTen great titles penned by industry legends.

THE BAND WAGONNanette Fabray recalls a glaring mistake in the 1953 classic musical.

TRIGGERWe celebrate the life and somewhat creepy afterlife of Roy Rogers's favorite mount.

CHARACTERS: AGNES GOOCHPeggy Cass's memorable turn as a plain Jane coaxed into living a little in Auntie Mame (1958).

DESIGNS ON FILMA handsome volume by author and designer Cathy Whitlock chronicles the history of Hollywood set design.

REBECCAFive screen tests for Hitchock’s 1940 classic, with comments by David O. Selznick.

CHARACTERS: BABY ROSALIEIn a daffy send-up of Shirley Temple, June Preisser plays an aging child star in MGM's let's-put-on-a-show musical, Babes in Arms (1939).

PRESTON STURGESSnippets of dialogue from six of the writer/director’s best films.

ANSELMO BALLESTEROur gallery of ten striking one sheets from the Italian poster artist.

GREAT MOVIESCelebrating the cool jazz short, Jammin’ the Blues (1944).

BETTY HUTTONTwelve films that exemplify the charms of this freakishly energetic performer.

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZSmart dialogue from the Oscar-winning screenwriter.

DESERT NOIROur report from this year’s Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs.

RED DREAM FACTORYWe profile eight films from a unique Russian-German film studio of the twenties and thirties.

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Woody Allen Lines

We revisit a few choice lines of dialogue from Woody Allen films, from his early, funny ones to this year's charmer, Midnight in Paris.

Alien: We enjoy your films, particularly the early, funny ones.
Stardust Memories (1980)

Carol Lipton (Diane Keaton): You were jealous of Ted.
Larry Lipton (Woody Allen): Ted? You gotta be kidding. Take away his elevator shoes and his fake suntan and his capped teeth and what do you have?
Carol Lipton: You!
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

Leonard Zelig (Woody Allen): I’m 12 years old. I run into a synagogue. I ask the rabbi the meaning of life. He tells me the meaning of life. But, he tells it to me in Hebrew. I don’t understand Hebrew. Then he wants to charge me $600 for Hebrew lessons.
Zelig (1983)

The Queen (Lynn Redgrave): Kiss me quick!
The Fool (Woody Allen): Yes!...where is your quick?
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

Harry Block (Woody Allen): Tradition is the illusion of permanence.
Deconstructing Harry (1997)

Cecilia (Mia Farrow): I just met a wonderful new man. He’s fictional, but you can’t have everything.
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

Esposito (Jacobo Morales): [sings rebel song] Rebels are we! Born to be free! Just like the fish in the sea!
Bananas (1971)

Luna (Diane Keaton): I wrote a song about the revolution.
Miles Monroe (Woody Allen): There’s not going to be any revolution unless we stop the Aries Project.
Luna: Don’t worry about that. You just relax. Now, listen…[plays guitar and sings] Rebels are we! Born to be free! Just like the fish in the sea!
Sleeper (1973)

Helen Sinclair (Dianne Wiest):  Oh, this old theater, this church. So replete with memories, so full of ghosts. Mrs. Alving… Uncle Vanya…there’s Cordelia, here's Ophelia. Clytemenstra! Each performance a birth, each curtain...a death. [ Mr. Woofles barks ] Was that a MUTT?!
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

[Alvy and Annie are seeing their therapists at the same time on a split screen]
Alvy Singer’s Therapist (Humphrey Davis): How often do you sleep together?
Annie Hall’s Therapist (Veronica Radburn): Do you have sex often?
Alvy Singer (Woody Allen): Hardly ever. Maybe three times a week.
Annie Hall (Diane Keaton): Constantly! I’d say three times a week.
Annie Hall (1977)

Kevin (Michael Rapaport): I’ve had 16 fights and I won all of them but 12.
Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

Bob (Alan Alda): Frieda, this pasta doesn’t have any sauce.
Frieda (Trude Klein): It’s Bavarian pasta―it doesn’t need sauce. The Italians need sauce. The Italians were weak!
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)

Alvy Singer (Woody Allen): Hey, don’t knock masturbation! It’s sex with someone I love.
Annie Hall (1977)

Prostitute (Lily Tomlin): The only love that lasts is unrequited love.
Shadows and Fog (1991)

Allan (Woody Allen): That’s quite a lovely Jackson Pollack, isn’t it?
Museum Girl (Diana Davila): Yes, it is.
Allan: What does it say to you?
Museum Girl: It restates the negativeness of the universe. The hideous, lonely emptiness of existence. Nothingness. The predicament of Man forced to live in a barren, Godless eternity like a tiny flame flickering in an immense void with nothing but waste, horror and degradation, forming a useless bleak straitjacket in a black, absurd cosmos.
Allan: What are you doing Saturday night?
Museum Girl: Committing suicide.
Allan: What about Friday night?
Play It Again, Sam (1972)

Leopold (José Ferrer): So, you’re an inventor, eh?
Andrew (Woody Allen): Crackpot.
Adrian (Mary Steenburgen): Andrew’s invented a wedding present for you and Ariel. Tell him about that.
Andrew: It’s a silly apparatus that takes the bones out of fish and, if you prefer―although there’s no point to it―it puts bones in fish.
A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982)

Jerry Falk (Jason Biggs): She’s so sexy. Look at her body language. All verbs!
Anything Else (2003)

Gil (Owen Wilson): Five hundred francs for a Matisse? That seems fair! So, can I get six or seven?
Midnight in Paris (2011)

Louise (Janet Margolin): He is always very depressed. I think that if he’d been a successful criminal, he would have felt better. You know, he never made the Ten Most Wanted list. It’s very unfair voting, it’s who you know.
Take the Money and Run (1969)

Hobie (Will Farrell): You feel like we don’t communicate anymore?
Susan (Amanda Peet): Of course we communicate. Now can we not talk about it anymore?
Melinda and Melinda (2004)

Frederick (Max von Sydow): [about television] You see the whole culture. Nazis, deordorant salesman, wrestlers, beauty contests, a talk show. Can you imagine the level of a mind that watches wrestling? But the worst are the fundamentalist preachers―third-rate con men telling the poor suckers that they speak for Jesus, and to please send money. Money, money, money! If Jesus came back and saw what people were doing in his name, he would never stop throwing up.
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Sonja (Diane Keaton): Oh, don’t, Boris, please. Sex without love is an empty experience.
Boris (Woody Allen): Yes, but as empty experiences go, it’s one of the best.
Love and Death (1975)

Fan: Can I have your autograph?
Sandy Bates (Woody Allen): Oh, jeez.
Fan: Could you just write: “To Phyllis Weinstein, you unfaithful, lying bitch.”
Stardust Memories (1980)

Rocco (Danny Aiello): I meet nobody from the old neighborhood in years. I finally do, and I gotta kill her.
Radio Days (1987)

Yale (Michael Murphy): You are so self-righteous, you know. I mean, we’re just people. We’re just human beings, you know? You think you’re God.
Isaac Davis (Woody Allen): I…I gotta model myself after someone.
Manhattan (1979)

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