“The first serious drama written and directed by myself,” goes the opening title. For his premiere United Artists release, Charlie Chaplin chose a sophisticated drama sans himself (apart from a heavily disguised cameo), with his frequent leading lady Edna Purviance as the eponymous femme kept by rich philanderer Adolphe Menjou.
Shot outside of Pittsburgh at a fraction of the cost of a Hollywood feature by a band of filmmakers determined to make their mark, George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead is one of the great stories of independent cinema: a midnight hit turned box-office smash that became one of the most influential films of all time.
George A. Romero
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