Allan Arkush

Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from his early days, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Allan’s day job is directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, The Client List and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting and many other tv series as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He wishes that someone would release his 1997 Showtime movie Elvis Meets Nixon on DVD.

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Goodbye, Columbus

1969
Paramount Pictures
Director Larry Peerce’s 1969 adaptation of Philip Roth’s 1959 debut novella stars Richard Benjamin...
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From Headquarters

1933
Warner Bros.
Thanks to the good folks at Warner Archive, pre-code movies unavailable for decades are...
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Best In Show

2000
Castle Rock Entertainment
Best in Show continues director Christopher Guest’s series of satirical documentaries on the American...
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The Lady Eve

1941
Paramount
Preston Sturges’ screwball masterpiece is typical for the director, mixing outlandish slapstick with...
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The Trip

1967
AIP
Writer Jack Nicholson and star Peter Fonda told Roger Corman he couldn’t make a...
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Shampoo

1975
Columbia Pictures
Director Hal Ashby’s satire about a West Hollywood roué in the midst of an existential crisis is...
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Stop Making Sense

1984
Cinecom Pictures
Jonathan Demme’s 1984 film documenting Talking Heads’ three night stand at the Hollywood...
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High School Confidential

1958
MGM
1958’s High School Confidential is an exploitation natural made by two pros who knew...
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Blackboard Jungle

1955
MGM
A turning point for rock and roll. Bill Haley and the Comets provide the...
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Eat My Dust

1976
New World Pictures
First in the New World smashathon car chase series, made economically to say...
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Get Crazy

1983
Embassy Picture
Director Allan Arkush gives us the lowdown behind his film maudit, an underappreciated and certainly...
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8 1/2

1963
Embassy Pictures Corporation
Federico Fellini’s follow up to La Dolce Vita (and his last black-and-white movie) is the rare classic that rewards each viewing over a lifetime with new and different insights....
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Adam’s Rib

1949
MGM
Tracy and Hepburn define the word “chemistry” as  husband and wife lawyers battling each each other at...
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Postcards from the Edge

1990
Columbia
Carrie Fisher’s witty 1987 roman-a-clef about her Hollywood upbringing is brought to...
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Red River

1948
United Artists
Howard Hawks’ first western was a huge hit and marked what John Wayne had...
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Animal House

1978
Universal
Director John Landis’ raucous satire of early sixties college life was a real game-changer...
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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

1961
Paramount
Blake Edwards’ adaptation of Truman Capote’s bittersweet novella was a big hit in 1961...
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All That Jazz

1979
20th Century Fox
All That Jazz, director Bob Fosse’s ode to Bob Fosse, is one of...
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The Doors

1991
TriStar Pictures
Oliver Stone’s bio-pic about 60’s prog-rock band The Doors spent over ten years in...
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A Night at the Opera

1935
MGM
Although some bemoan Irving Thalberg’s civilizing influence on the Marx Brothers...
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Festival Express

2004
THINKFilm
Director Bob Smeaton’s rock ‘n road-trip movie, featuring some of 1970’s preeminent musicians on...
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The Thrill of It All

1963
Universal
Well on his way to leading man movie stardom, TV favorite...
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The Man I Love

1947
Warner Bros.
Raoul Walsh gets a powerhouse performance out of an exhausted Ida Lupino...
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Fatal Attraction

1987
Paramount
The battle of the sexes goes gonzo in Adrian Lyne’s megahit psycho killer (in...
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The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

1979
World Northal
Although only sparsely released theatrically in the United States, the recently deceased director...
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The Actress

1953
MGM
George Cukor’s bittersweet remembrance of actress Ruth Gordon’s determination to become an actress showcases...
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Goodfellas

1990
Warner Bros.
Martin Scorsese’s most acclaimed film after Raging Bull was considered a return to form but...
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Almost Famous

2000
Columbia
Despite generally rapturous reviews, Cameron Crowe’s engaging semi-autographical chronicle of a teenage writer touring with...
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The Best of Everything

1959
20th Century Fox
Joan Crawford has one of her better roles of the decade in...
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Sid and Nancy

1986
Samuel Goldwyn Company
Roger Ebert called Alex Cox’s unexpectedly romantic dissection of the destructive relationship between...
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Breathless

1961
Films Around the World
Film critic Jean-Luc Godard’s first feature directorial outing, based on a‚ concept by Francois Truffaut,...
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Only Angels Have Wings

1939
Columbia
Calling Baranca! Calling Baranca! Cary Grant followed up his successful role in...
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The Women

1939
MGM
A lot of laundering had to be done to Clare Boothe Luce’s 1936 all-female...
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The Last Waltz

1978
United Artists
Martin Scorsese’s incandescent celebration of The Band’s last performance ‚ was the first...
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His Girl Friday

1940
Columbia
One of the greatest newspaper pictures ever (can there be many more in...
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Two Weeks in Another Town

1962
MGM
Director Vincente Minnelli and star Kirk Douglas reunited‚ for this operatic...
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American Graffiti

1973
Universal
George Lucas was originally slated to direct Apocalypse Now for Warner Bros. but the...
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Help

1965
United Artists
This trailer for the Beatles’ fantasy follow-up to A Hard Day’s Night takes pains to...
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O Lucky Man!

1973
Warner Bros.
Lindsay Anderson’s monumentally ambitious musical pastiche plays like a mammoth music video. Themes...
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Deathsport

1978
New World
Well, they can’t all be blockbusters. Allan chronicles his efforts to rescue the troubled futuristic...
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A Hard Day’s Night

1964
United Artists
In 1964 the widespread teenage lament was, “what?! the Beatles movie is...
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Where the Boys Are

1960
MGM
Spring break in Fort Lauderdale got a huge publicity boost from this...
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Grand Theft Auto

1977
New World Pictures
Ron Howard’s smashing, crashing directorial debut is a family affair with relatives, friends...
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The Horse Soldiers

1959
United Artists
For some reason, this late John Ford cavalry picture has been relegated to...
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Rebel Without a Cause

1955
Warner Bros.
It’s pretty much a bromide that if James Dean had not died...
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Winchester 73

1950
Universal
The first of eight collaborations between noir specialist Anthony Mann and a newly flinty...
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Queen of Outer Space

1958
Allied Artists
“Howdya like to drag that one to the High School Prom?” leers...
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Wild in the Streets

1968
AIP
AIP toppers were floored by the unexpectedly positive reviews this lightning-in-a-bottle satire...
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The Knack

1965
United Artists
Philadelphia-born Director Richard Lester sandwiched this wacky paeon to Swinging ’60s London between “A...
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House of Bamboo

1955
20th Century Fox
Former tabloid reporter Sam Fuller’s dynamic movies have been called crude and primitive,...
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A Bucket of Blood

1959
AIP
“Life is an obscure hobo, bumming a ride on the omnibus of...
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Rio Bravo

1959
Warner Bros.
Howard Hawks’ riposte to the likes of “High Noon” and “3:10 to Yuma” is...
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