BURT LANCASTER– He was a street kid who became a circus acrobat and after military service in N Africa and I think Italy, he was discovered along with Kirk Douglas (later a frequent co-star) by Hal Wallis and started his long and impressive career in … Continue reading Burt Lancaster: from swash and buckle to arthouse
Writing about Hitchcock is daunting. Hitchcock scholarship by now fills scores of volumes, some of them by the crème de la crème of critics and film-makers. Hitchcock’s towering significance to my education about and appreciation of the film process, along with the years of undiluted … Continue reading Hitchcock
I don’t know whether she and her sister Olivia de Havilland ever made up but I’d like to think they did because they were both supremely talented actresses. And both made lists of good movies as long as your arm. Joan was first shown to … Continue reading JOAN FONTAINE – a class act
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!
DORIS DAY-MY EARLIEST HEROINE-A PERSONAL REMINISCENCE The Mt Gravatt Princess Theatre (cinemas were always called theatres in Queensland during my childhood) opened on March 24, 1955. Situated on my side of Logan Road, a short stride from Nursery Road, and therefore four streets away from … Continue reading Doris Day – 1950s gender bender
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…