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
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!