Delmer Daves was a director who made some exceptional Westerns in the 1950s as well as teen oriented Soap Operas of variable quality from the early 1960s. He was a master of landscape and had a way with crane shots that enhanced this. In particular … Continue reading Personal reflections on The Hanging Tree, its Director Delmer Daves, and wasted youth
It’s interesting that George Stevens, a Christian believer, made a soporifically dull film in The Greatest Story Ever Told that not even the great Swedish actor Max von Sydow or a host of guest stars could breathe any life into. On the other hand, Gospel … Continue reading The Greatest Story Ever Told? Depends…
I’ve always loved seamless and elegant mise-en-scene and I’ve always loved romantic and family melodrama . Therefore, among my favourite film makers are The Archers (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger), Jacques Tourneur, Nicholas Ray, Vincente Minnelli and Max Ophuls . And of course, Douglas Sirk, … Continue reading All That Heaven Allows and Douglas Sirk’s melodramas
I love Orson Welles for his largeness in all senses-the extravagance that cost him his career also left us a handful of energetic, bizarre, baroque theatrical masterpieces that display his acting and film making skills and present his fascinating humanity warts and all. Several parts … Continue reading Thoughts on Falstaff and Orson Welles
From the point at which serious film analysis took off (in the late 60s here in Australia), the Hollywood musical has been, like the western, film noir, science-fiction, horror and comedy, a heavily celebrated genre, producing countless epigraphs, tomes, theses and coffee table books. Common … Continue reading Remembering Alice Faye
JOEL MCCREA, RANDOLPH SCOTT, SAM PECKINPAH AND MY ADDICTION TO WESTERNS My very first memory of cowboy films is Broken Lance with Spencer Tracy which my father took me to see at the Regent cinema in Brisbane some time during 1954. Tracy was then a … Continue reading A bit of background to my love of the western
Hi, I’m Noel Bjorndahl. I’ve been encouraged by some of my friends to transfer my writings on selected film topics to a more appropriate, searchable channel. So here goes!
Earlier this month, Coleen Gray,John Wayne’s lost love in Red River died aged 92. She was born Doris Jensen of Danish descent.She scored good roles in several 1940s and 1950s films noir: for example, Kiss of Death, opposite Victor Mature (Director, Henry Hathaway); Nightmare Alley, opposite Tyrone … Continue reading RIP Coleen Gray