Moira Sullivan from San Francisco, CA
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Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?
I teach about the representation of women in film, film history and film studies at City College of San Francisco. I write for agnesfilm.com, dedicated to Agnès Varda about women in film, I'm a radio reporter for Movie Magazine International in San Francisco and do weekly film reports and tributes to film personalities. I was selected to be a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists which gives annual awards.
What’s your favorite movie snack?
Try not to snack during films. Just me and the film.
What’s your favorite part of TCM?
Tributes to famous stars and directors. The wide array of films from all genres. The takes on films by guest hosting. Especially enjoy Ben Mankiewicz 's comments. He is a great story teller.
What’s your favorite movie genre?
Thrillers with complicated plots, clever dialogue, interesting film language -- editing, cinematography, sound, mise en scène. American studio films from the 30's-50's before TV, because the style and craft was so meticulously professional.
Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?
Pier Paolo Pasolini and Dorothy Arzner. Pasolini makes intricate memorable films that make me think on different levels. His use of style is exceptional. Arzner made films in which the women have agency -- especially during a time when the studio system controlled everything. They even controlled her so-called personal exit from the business because of homophobia. She helped launched the careers of some great actresses: Katherine Hepburn, Maureen O'Hara, Lucille Ball, Clara Bow and Joan Crawford. Maureen loved working with her on Dance, Girl, Dance.
Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?
I meet a lot of film directors and enjoy speaking with them. I have learned that they need us (film critics) as much as we need them so it is easy to converse.
What do you collect?
Tintin objects, old films, DVDs and Blu-rays of international film, rare films.
If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?
Lawrence of Arabia. The construction of the film, Peter O'Toole, the origins of modern conflict in the Middle East, the story of TE Lawrence.
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