Her most engaging performance ever was for Jacques Demy in his intoxicating musical The Young Girls of Rochefort. But her sister Francoise Dorleac got the best lines and some of the most engaging scenes with Gene Kelly who was still able to hoof it gloriously … Continue reading Catherine Deneuve
Mann directed some intelligent minor Thrillers and Film Noir before hitting his stride with a number of the greatest Westerns of the 1950s, the decade which celebrated the adult Western’s coming of age. Mann’s list of films speaks for itself: Devil’s Doorway (1949) was regrettably … Continue reading ANTHONY MANN-A PURE CLASSICIST
My favourite Martin and Lewis film is Artists and Models. This very funny, wacky Tashlin film is one of the definitive colour films of the 50s-and clearly a strong influence on Jerry Lewis’s imaginative and expressive colour schemes in his own films, most notably in The … Continue reading Artists and Models-Martin, Lewis and Tashlin at their peak
This post was recently published in Film Alert 101 – thanks Geoff Gardner I’ve had De Toth on my radar for many years. I put together the brief set of notes below a few years ago and should expand them into a more detailed account … Continue reading Andre De Toth – three classics
When I first saw this film at a Coolangatta cinema on Queensland’s Gold Coast in 1959, I was barely 15. As a youthful but seasoned aficionado of the western, I found it held my interest but considered it overlong and talky by the standards of … Continue reading Rio Bravo – Howard Hawks, John Wayne, Angie Dickinson and Borachon!
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