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The Curse of Playing the Wicked Witch of the West

After nearly dying while filming “The Wizard of Oz,” Margaret Hamilton spent the rest of her career trying to escape her evil character’s long shadow.

Meet the Teenagers Who Started a Film Production Studio in Their Refugee Camp

Too many of the 185,000 souls here have given up hope of rebuilding their lives. These kids are just getting started.

How the Fiercest Warrior in “Wonder Woman” Kicked Her Way Into Hollywood

This Swedish kickboxing champion devoted her life to the sport. When a terrifying health scare knocked her out, she found a surprising second act on the big screen.

I Was an Extra in a North Korean Propaganda Film

As a visiting documentary filmmaker, I got a rare up-close look at Kim Jong Il’s fanciful film industry. Then they turned the cameras on me.

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The Imaginarium of Black Cinema

From an unassuming office building in Harlem, inside one man's mission to preserve Dorothy Dandridge's dispatches and other iconic heirlooms of African-American film.

The Devil and Walt Disney

Forever enraptured by the magic of Disney's darkest masterpiece, a theater director remembers his terrifying boyhood encounter with "Fantasia."

Master of the Macabre

A self-taught special effects guru, A.S. Hamilton has crafted everything from severed heads to exploded organs with chilling perfection. But his greatest big-screen challenge was...

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Forty Years in Flames

After a barn fire destroys a lifetime of master reels and priceless memories, one documentary filmmaker picks up the pieces of his career’s cruelest plot twist.

I Am Rocky Balboa

How a boy named Mike Kunda grew up to become the ultimate Italian Stallion.