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THE FRONT PAGE: Blu-ray (Universal, 1974) Kino Lorber

When Billy Wilder elected to re-re-make The Front Page(1974) his real ‘glory days’ were arguably well behind him. Indeed, Wilder had only two more movies left in him, the sublime and scathing – if equally as overlooked Fedora (1978), and the less than impressive, Buddy Buddy (1981) for which his reputation could just as easily have done without. Just prior to The Front Page, Wilder’s standing in the industry had suffered a pair of box office disappointments; 1970’s lavishly appointed and intricately plotted The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, and the spry sex comedy, Avanti! (1972). Neither was an artistic failure, despite each’s inability to bring in the crowds. In fact, Wilder’s reboot of ‘Sherlock Holmes’ is one of the best re-toolings of a film franchise in movie history, given to superb performances by Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely and Christopher Lee. But back to The Front Page that, at least for Wilder, disproved the old adage about ‘third time’ being ‘the charm.’ Wilder and …

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