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Nightmare Alley

Released 1947
Distributor 20th Century Fox

One of the darkest major studio movies of the post-war period, this bleakly cynical melodrama anticipates the most nihilistic upcoming noirs despite its classy auspices. A movie Tom Cruise needs to remake.

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About Stuart Gordon

Writer/director Stuart Gordon returned to the world of live theater in 2009 with productions of Nevermore starring his old friend Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allan Poe and 2011’s Re-Animator The Musical (the title says it all.) In 2014 he produced and directed Taste, a play based on the true life story of the man who put a help-wanted ad on the internet for someone he could kill and eat. Of course he's best known for his film work, notably Re-Animator and From Beyond.

Stuart passed away in March 2020 after a long illness.