Directed by William Wyler
Screenplay by Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht, from the novel by Emily Bronte
Starring Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon, David Niven, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Flora Robson, Leo G. Carroll
The auteur theory of filmmaking is premised on the notion of a film having a single author. That despite all other efforts from others contributors, including the screenwriter, there is ultimately just one person who ‘authors’ the film. Usually, that person is presumed to be the director, because he is the one on set directing the action, placing the camera, and interpreting the script into a form that eventually winds up on film. Continue reading
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on the novel “A Letter to Five Wives” by John Klempner, adaptation by Vera Caspary
Starring Jeanne Crain, Ann Sothern, Linda Darnell, Kirk Douglas, Paul Douglas, and Jeffrey Lynn
Here’s a little ‘behind the curtain’ info on this series – and really, this blog as a whole: I don’t own most of the movies reviewed here. I also don’t rent them – probably because that’s not a thing anymore. The usual way I do it is take some from Amazon Prime and Netflix if they have ‘em, then catch the rest either on TCM through Hulu, or from DVD’s I borrow from the library. Continue reading
Directed by George Stevens
Screenplay by Richard Flournoy, Lewis R. Foster, Frank Ross, and Robert W. Russell, based on the story “Two’s a Crowd” by Garson Kanin
Starring Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, and Charles Coburn
War really messed with George Stevens – I’m pretty sure I noted this during my entry on I Remember Mama, but if I didn’t, I’ll say it here for the first time. And if I did say it there, it’s good to say it again.
War really messed with George Stevens.
Before Stevens went off to work with the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II, he was primarily a director of comedy and lighter fare – he came up through Hal Roach Studios and kept right on doing comedies, with the occasional Gunga Din thrown in for good measure. Continue reading
Directed by Andrew Stone
Screenplay by H.S. Kraft, story by Jerry Horwin and Seymour B. Robinson
Starring Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson, Lena Horne, Dooley Wilson, Cab Calloway, and Fats Waller
Bill Williams (Robinson), returns from WWI determined to make a go in showbiz. Through a loosely connected series of vignettes, staged as Bill’s memories, and interspersed around a variety of musical numbers, we see his sputtering start as a dancer, his eventual ascent to fame and fortune, and his love with Selina (Lena Horne).
Directed by John Sturges
Written by Leon Uris, based upon a story by George Scullin
Starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Jo Van Fleet, and Rhonda Fleming
Dennis Hopper had a very long career. In the back of my head I’m always aware of this, because I know he was in Giant (1956), directed Easy Rider (1969), was in Apocalypse Now (1979), was in Blue Velvet (1986), was in True Romance (1993), and was in all kinds of things right up until his death in 2010. Hell, it’s arguable he was even active after his death, but only on a technicality – he shot his part of The Other Side of the Wind back in the 70’s, even if it didn’t see the light of day until 2018.
Anyway, the point is while I knew he had a long career, I didn’t really make the connection that it was 50 years long until he popped up late in this movie – Gunfight at the O.K. Corral – as one of the Clanton boys, to be shot down at the O.K. Corral. And the only reason that fact registered on my radar at all was because I’d just seen Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Continue reading