#2 in my ranking of Carl Theodor Dreyer's filmography. This movie snuck up on me. I'm used to Dreyer's films having great endings where the building blocks of the first three-quarters of the film come together in incredibly elegant ways to create a surprisingly emotionally effective finale. It happened on The Parson's Widow, Master of the… Continue reading Ordet
#11 in my ranking of Howard Hawks’ filmography. The formula worked with Rio Bravo, so Howard Hawks went on vacation to Africa and made another movie chockfull of interesting characters in a dangerous profession with a bare minimum of plot starring John Wayne. It's also the birthplace of one of Henry Mancini's most famous pieces of… Continue reading Hatari!
#6 in my ranking of Howard Hawks’ filmography. Howard Hawks, smarting from the failure of Land of the Pharaohs, left for Europe for a few years to lick his wounds and consider his next moves as a film director. While in Europe, he discovered that television westerns with emphasis on character rather than plot were fairly… Continue reading Rio Bravo
#32 in my ranking of Howard Hawks' filmography. I would be very unsurprised if I discovered that the first workprint of Howard Hawks' Land of the Pharaohs was well over three hours long. The way this film was marketed, it was held up as a huge historical epic with a trailer that boasted of the… Continue reading Land of the Pharaohs
#15 in my ranking of Howard Hawks' filmography. An adaptation of a popular stage musical, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, is a delightful romp through a mixture of greed, consumerism, and true love that combines together to create a light and energetic entertainment full of fun songs, bright colors, and winning performances from everyone, in particular its… Continue reading Gentlemen Prefer Blondes