Richard J. Leskosky

Richard J. Leskosky

Richard J. Leskosky | 'Long, Long Trailer' a fascinating look at life in the '50s

Sometimes a honeymoon can be no honeymoon. At least that's what Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz discover in the 1954 comedy "The Long, Long Trailer," which the News-Gazette Film Series will present at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign. Tickets are $6.

Richard J. Leskosky | 'African Queen' overcame a jungle of obstacles

You would think that if you were going to shoot a film on location in a remote, dangerous region, the first thing you'd want to have with you — besides a medical kit — would be a finished script. That did not happen when John Huston went to Africa in 1951 to shoot "The African Queen."

Richard J. Leskosky | 'Bringing Up Baby' proved to be a challenging project

If you tried compiling a list of the most memorable and respected titles in different Hollywood genres, a director whose name you would keep encountering is director Howard Hawks.

Richard J Leskosky | A trailblazer behind and in front of the camera

This year marks the centenary for Ida Lupino, the actress whom I cited in my previous column as the second woman to become a member of the Directors Guild. But Lupino could claim even more titles than those — including composer, screenwriter and producer.

Richard J. Leskosky | Female directors have faced hurdles

The organizers of the recent Ebertfest made a conscious effort to highlight women filmmakers in this year's film line-up. Of the 12 films screened, women directed or co-directed six and produced two others.

That percentage of women directors far exceeds the percentage of women in the Directors Guild of America.

Richard J. Leskosky | Facts often sketchy in 'My Darling Clementine'

What's in a name? Or a title? Does the title "My Darling Clementine" tell you the film is a great Western, let alone that it deals with one of the most iconic conflicts in the myth and history of the American West — the gunfight at the O.K. Corral? That's only the first of many complexities to explore when The News-Gazette Film Series screens John Ford's 1946 masterpiece at 1 and 7 p.m.

Richard J. Leskosky | Serious steps on display at Virginia Theatre

About 90 years ago, Hollywood was going through a major upheaval as it tried to adapt to the new technology and aesthetics of the sound film.

Richard J. Leskosky | The many Howards of Hollywood

Every once in a while, in haste to meet a deadline and/or writing after midnight, an error sometimes slips by me into one of my columns. That happened with my March 11 piece on "Gone with the Wind": I misidentified the actor playing Ashley Wilkes as Ronald Howard, instead of Leslie Howard.

Richard J. Leskosky | 'Gone with the Wind' presents challenges for today's viewers

It's Women's History Month, and St. Patrick's Day is approaching. And, coincidentally, this month's offering in The News-Gazette Film Series is a classic Hollywood adaptation of a bestselling novel by a female author about a strong woman from an Irish immigrant family who runs a couple of businesses in a war-torn region trying to preserve her family.

Richard J. Leskosky: Ticks in spotlight at Insect Fear Film Festival

Parasites are never fun — unless you're watching them on the big movie screen at the annual Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois. This year's festival (the 35th) will take place Saturday in Foellinger Auditorium and deals with some particularly loathsome parasites — ticks!