No matter how much an expert one might be on films and film history, there will always be a few subjects or performers that you just aren't going to know as much about. Mind you, I don't consider myself an expert – my editors and colleagues regularly outclass me in knowledge and insight – but I have spent a couple of decades watching as many movies as I can get my hands on. But one of the performers I haven't investigated with much effort is Dudley Moore, who historically speaking was a fairly huge comedy star of the late 1970s and '80s before succumbing to the degenerative brain disorder progressive supranuclear palsy in 2002.
While I was certainly familiar with some of his work, including the underrated 1990 film 'Crazy People' (I'll never forget his proposed Volvo tagline: "They're boxy, but they're good"), I actually hadn't seen many of his highest-profile or most successful movies, in particular his 1979 commercial breakthrough '10,' written and directed by another celebrated but decidedly under-researched (by me) Hollywood luminary, the late Blake Edwards. But the recent Blu-ray release of '10' by the good folks at Warner Home Video prompted me to take an overdue look at Moore, Edwards, and their famous collaboration; hence, '10' is the subject of this week's "Shelf Life."