When a writer/director decides to do battle with the studios, the loser is always us. That’s what happened to Bernard Rose, a truly brilliant filmmaker who stormed out of the gate in the early 90s with two masterpieces in a row: the terrifying gothic horror film Candyman, about a modern-day Chicago slum haunted by the ghost of a 19th century slave, and Immortal Beloved, the definitive screen biography of Ludwig Van Beethoven. (By the way, fans of Candyman knew that Virginia Madsen could act long before Sideways.)

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