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Today in Movie History: April 12

On the list of great directors whom the Academy shafted, Alfred Hitchcock is pretty high. The only film of his that won Best Picture was  Rebecca, a solid though hardly groundbreaking slice of Gothic based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier. Hitch didn’t even win Best Director that year — it went to John Ford for The Grapes of Wrath — and …

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Today in Movie History: August 4

Then someone said, “hey, let’s do a movie about a talking pig in a barnyard who doesn’t want to get turned into pork chops. Not, not Charlotte’s Web, but close. And it will be wise and delightful and poignant, and it will make us all love James Cromwell until the day we die.” That man was director Chris Noonan (with …