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October 10 2017 Drama Movies Newsletter

"I suppose the contemporary actor who I most wanted to emulate was Pacino. Al's passion, intensity, and sexuality, all of his now legendary signatures, took my breath away...I didn't want to imitate Al. But I wanted to learn from him. The task was to maintain a reservoir of emotional truth, pain, and love." Alec Baldwin from his new memoir "Nevertheless"

I've been reading "Nevertheless" this week and it is surprisingly well-written. Baldwin reveals quite a bit of his family life. He writes movingly of his parents and their failed marriage, how his father was absent much of the time, and how his emotionally-depleted and financially-stressed mother raised six children. Baldwin's father died before Alec was successful. This, and other issues, led to Baldwin's cocaine and alcohol addictions. Baldwin joined AA and moved on with his career in theater, television, and film. He has thoughtful comments about other actors and his own performances. Baldwin also addresses the infamous voice-mail message that affected his public image so negatively. Definitely worth reading.

I also watched a documentary on celebrity journalist Dominick Dunne from filmmakers Kirsty de Garis and Timothy Jolley. Dunne was a television and film producer in the sixties and seventies. When that career crashed, he became a novelist and journalist. His daughter, actress Dominique Dunne, was brutally murdered by an ex-boyfriend. Dunne wrote about the trial, in which the murderer received a two-year sentence. Dunne became a life-long advocate for victim's rights. He covered the O.J. Simpson and Phil Spector trials for "Vanity Fair" magazine. Dunne had a life-long obsession with celebrity and an amazing cache of Hollywood stories. The doc, titled "Dominick Dunne: After the Party", is revealing and fascinating.

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The Eyes of the Mummy Film Review
If you want to get into the Halloween spirit but have an aversion to graphic horror movies, check out this obsessive tale of love set in Egypt and Germany. Silent film diva Pola Negri and Academy Award winner Emil Jannings star.


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