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Today in Movie History: April 2

We have a couple of entries form the same day in 1982 today. Paul Schrader’s Cat People took on the unenviable task of remaking the 1942 horror classic, and created a more sensual and overtly adult take on the same material. Nastassia Kinski stars as a young woman whose heritage may entail a certain feline quality, along with a creepy brother (Malcolm …

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Today in Movie History: March 6

There are good movies, there are great movies, and then there are movies that have become indispensable parts of the pop culture language. We didn’t think The Big Lebowski would join them, at least initially. It felt like a goofy one-off from the Coen Brothers: blowing off steam after the triumph of Fargo. Turns out, their shaggy-dog take on Raymond Chandler mysteries …

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Today in Movie History: August 28

With the screenplays for Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Empire Strikes Back under his belt, Lawrence Kasdan was ready to try his hand at directing. His freshman effort proved to be a stunner: Body Heat, a super-steamy update of the classic Double Indemnity, in which a sleazy Florida lawyer (William Hurt) falls for a routinely naked woman (Kathleen Turner) who needs help …