Directed by Norman Jewison
Screenplay by William Rose, based upon the novel by Nathaniel Benchley
Starring Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan Arkin, Brian Keith, Jonathan Winters, Paul Ford and Theodore Bikel
The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming might’ve been nominated for Best Picture – and Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay, and a couple others – but it had zero chance of winning. And by zero, I mean zero. There’s always one or two of those kind of films in any Best Picture race and in 1966 The Russians are Coming was it.
One reason was history: Since the beginning, only six comedies have won the Oscar for Best Picture. Ironically, at the time Russians came out, it would’ve had a better chance than it does today, because at that time five comedies had won Best Picture. In the fifty years since, just one. In a very real way its zero chance of winning in 1966 has steadily fallen below zero since. Continue reading
Directed by Elia Kazan
Screenplay by Budd Schulberg
Starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb and Rod Steiger
Some movies can be taken on their own terms and are never more than what they are. There is no subtext, there is no commentary, there is no hidden agenda and absolutely no meanings can be read into them from the context in which they appeared or from whom they were born. On the whole, I’d say most movies are this way.
Some movies, though, can never be merely a movie because they are nothing but subtext, are rife with commentary, teem with hidden agendas and are overloaded with meaning. Continue reading
On the heels of Ernest Borgnine passing last week, forcing an edit to the post about the longest surivivng Oscar winners, comes word of the death of Celeste Holm, Best Supporting Actress 1950, Genetleman’s Agreement.
As of this writing, the longest surviving Oscar winner in the Best Supporting Actress category is Eva Marie Saint, for On The Waterfront, 1954.
You can view the edited post here.