Monthly Archives: August 2011

Face to Face (Ingmar Bergman, 1976)

Read my review of the DVD release of Ingmar Bergman’s hitherto hard-to-see Face to Face (1976) on Slant Magazine.

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The Films of Anthony Mann (Part 3): Winchester ’73, The Naked Spur, The Man From Laramie

The first of five films to team director Anthony Mann and star James Stewart, Winchester ’73 (1950) begins with Lin McAdam (Stewart) and “High-Spade” Wilson (Millard Mitchell) tracking killer Dutch Henry Brown (Stephen McNally) into Dodge City, Kansas, arriving in … Continue reading

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Tod Browning/Lon Chaney: The Unholy Three, The Unknown, London After Midnight, West of Zanzibar, Where East Is East

Between 1919 and 1929, director Tod Browning and actor Lon Chaney, Sr. made a total of ten films together, the best of them comprising what might be called the “masochistic melodrama” genre: Chaney’s protagonist, an obsessive, often embittered individual, usually … Continue reading

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The Films of Anthony Mann (Part 2): Railroaded, Raw Deal, Border Incident, Side Street

One of three films noir Anthony Mann released in 1947 alone (T-Men and Desperate being the other two), Railroaded is a solid, visually exciting genre effort, though at bottom it’s a fairly conventional police procedural, with just enough noir emphasis … Continue reading

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“Neverending Story”: The Immortal Story (Orson Welles, 1968)

Based on a story drawn from Isak Dinesen‘s collection Anecdotes of Destiny and originally produced for French television, which explains its abbreviated c. 58 minute run-time, Orson Welles‘ The Immortal Story originally played in stateside theaters as one half of … Continue reading

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“If They Move, Kill ‘Em!”: The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)

Preeminent among the Revisionist Westerns, The Wild Bunch also stands as an exemplar of the Twilight Western, elegiac films that explored the “closing of the frontier” theme, Sam Peckinpah‘s own The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1971) being another prime example. … Continue reading

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The Films of Anthony Mann (Part 1): Desperate, The Black Book (aka Reign of Terror), Devil’s Doorway, The Tall Target

After trying to get through the thoroughly old-fashioned Two O’Clock Courage (1945), an ideal cure for insomnia interesting only for its opening dolly-in and crane shot of an injured Tom Conway standing at a crossroads, bleeding from a nasty head … Continue reading

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