Alan K. Rode

Alan K. Rode

Classic cinema is imbued in Alan K. Rode's DNA. His mother was born and raised in Hollywood, was an extra in Our Gang comedy shorts and studied acting at Ben Bard Drama. His grandfather was a silent film violinist who went from bit actor to Universal Studios house composer and founded Corelli-Jacobs Recording Inc. A great-uncle doubled Gary Cooper in The Plainsman (1929) and fought Jack Dempsey with another grandfather who promoted rodeos with cowboy star Hoot Gibson. While growing up, Alan incessantly watched and catalogued movies on television. He is the author of a pair of notable cinema biographies. CHARLES McGRAW FILM NOIR TOUGH GUY is a critically acclaimed saga of the rough-hewn character actor’s life and times. MICHAEL CURTIZ A LIFE IN FILM is the critically acclaimed biography of the director of CASABLANCA, MILDRED PIERCE, YANKEE DOODLE DANDY and WHITE CHRISTMAS among other classic films. Alan has been the producer and host of the annual Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs, California for over a decade. He has hosted and programmed classic cinema events for a variety of organizations and is a charter director and treasurer of the Film Noir Foundation. With FNF president Eddie Muller, Alan has spearheaded the preservation and restoration of “lost” films and co-programs and co-hosts several of the annual NOIR CITY film festivals. More recently, Alan exec-produced featurette packages and commentaries for ClassicFlix’s restored Blu-Ray® releases of T-MEN, RAW DEAL and HE WALKED BY NIGHT with more projects planned for 2018. Alan has been tapped as a commentator on Turner Classic Movies Filmstruck streaming site and co-hosted a month long TCM spotlight series during April 2018 on Michael Curtiz with Ben Mankiewicz. Videos of Alan’s interviews with numerous Golden Age of Hollywood personages can be found on his web site and the Film Noir Foundation’s video archive. His blog ONE WAY STREET and writing and interviews for a variety of publications (several are archived on his web site) have been supplemented by his commentaries and featurettes on numerous Blu-Ray®/DVD classic film releases.
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