Mae Doyle comes back to her hometown a cynical woman. Her brother Joe fears that his love, fish cannery worker Peggy, may wind up like Mae. Mae marries Jerry and has a baby; she is happy but restless, drawn to Jerry’s friend Earl. —IMDb
Born in Vienna in 1890, Fritz Lang was brought up in Viennese middle-class comfort by his Roman Catholic father Anton and his Jewish mother Paula Schleisinger who both hoped that young Fritz would become an architect. But like so many middle-class children of the new century, Lang was fascinated by the pulp and fantasy literature of his day, the art world both in and outside Vienna and a potent new form of entertainment that invited artistic scrutiny and craftsmanship, the motion picture. Though the teenaged Lang attended school as his parents wished, he secretly haunted the cafe’s and cabarets of Vienna and intended to become a painter like his idols Klimt and Schile. At aged 21 Lang’s yearning took him to Paris where he lived in Bohemian splendor until the outbreak of W.W.I. Returning to Vienna, Lang enlisted in the Austrian army where he repeatedly saw combat, was wounded at least three times and decorated twice.
It was while on leave recuperating from one of these wounds… read more
Although she's sporting the most appalling haircut of her film career (think Ethel Mertz crossed with yr grandma), Barbara Stanwyck excels as a fickle slut who walks her own path quote unquote. Robert Ryan is a joy to watch in his surly magnificence and Marilyn Monroe (in her first major role) is bimbo autism at its finest. Rating is for the first 75 minutes only.
An appreciation of the great American actor Robert Ryan on the occasion of a New York retrospective.
The comic tragedy (or is it tragic comedy?) of Marilyn Monroe’s acting.
One of the downsides of going to the Rotterdam Film Festival (more on which next week) was having to miss a whole week of Film Forum’s essential
While this season of taking stock finds us tinkering on our lists of the best films of the year - best of the decade, even - along comes